Gilroy Veterinary Hospital

9565 Monterey Hwy
Gilroy, CA 95020


Dr. Greg's Diet Recommendations  with weight, skin, ear, stomach, bowel, or seizure problems

The dietary needs of our canine friends can vary greatly from dog to dog. Many will go through their entire lives without any problems, whereas others need some modifications to their diet because of weight problems or chronic skin, ear, stomach, or bowel issues.  Over the past fifteen  years, I have been following some very simple feeding rules, which yielded positive results in many, but not all dogs.  If you follow the suggestions below, you may notice improvement in about 2 months. Medical treatments may also be needed, but the changes in diet ingredients may reduce or eliminate the need for 

1. Many dogs may not tolerate wheat gluten, beef, or chicken in dog food, chews, or treats  Dogs allergic to these ingredients may have chronic diarrhea,vomiting, irritated anal glands,  itchy skin and ears, or ear infections that just won't clear up.

2.Chicken and rice, venison and potato,rabbit and potato, or a hydrolysed soy diet like Purina HA may all be good ingredients or foods  to try for 4-6 weeks.. Feeding a limited number of  ingredients that dogs will tolerate help them overcome some chronic skin and bowel issues. You have to feed only the chosen ingredients and avoid treats, biscuits, or chews. ( Keep the chosen food handy in a bag or bowl and feed it as a treat)

3. Fish oil capsules daily.(one to two capsules for every 30 lbs). Fish oil has omega three fatty acids which help keep the skin, heart, kidneys, and brain in good shape. Fish oil can also promote healthy joints and treat mild arthritis. You can also feed canned sardines in water 2-3 times a week!

4. Supplement diet with our healthy food ingredients such as carrots, green beans, squash, apples, bananas, melon, lean chicken, eggs, fish, shrimp, or lean pork. Dogs with a touchy digestive system or chronic pancreatitis should not be fed fatty meats!

5.  If dogs like to slowly gnaw and chew, and don't just eat bones, they can chew on large raw bones, rawhide, and other dental chew toys. Dogs that chew, crack, gulp, and swallow may end up in emergency with a blockage or could crack a tooth. Some dogs really enjoy a frozen chicken thigh as a dental treat. If your dog doesn't tolerate beef or chicken, or is on a limited diet due to allergies, most chews, biscuits, greenies, rawhide, beef bones, or frozen chicken may make things worse. 

 Your dog will get used to various things in the diet. When adjusting your canine friend to a new diet, he may leave his food at first. Do not worry. Over time, when he gets used to his new diet, there will be less left in the bowl. If your dog gets sick several times, try another type of food ( fish, venison, rabbit, chicken, lamb). 

Your dog may have diet-related problems if you notice any of the following:  

  • Excess gas
  • Diarrhea or chronic bowel problems
  • Scooting on the floor (chronic anal gland problems)
  • Loss of hair, excessive shedding
  • Itching at face, ears, or butt
  • Chronic ear problems (waxy, irritated, or infected)
  • Shaking head
  • Seizures 

Most dogs can eat just about anything without any problems (e.g. Garbage, dead material, and poop), while others cannot tolerate some common foods. Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, Golden Retrievers, Labs, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and  Boxers are some of those breeds with allergy problems. We own dogs that have been selectively bred for their wonderful characteristics, but also have numerous immune disorders and digestive problems associated with breeding for a particular shape, size, or color.Think of the pug as a descendant of the wolf. Imagine all the changes on the outside, and it isn't too hard to imagine many changes that occurred on the inside. Some of the changes may cause allergies, digestion issues,or  heart and breathing problems.

"Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food" Hippocrates 400 BC

--Dr. Greg Martinez

If you are interested in most nutritional information, check out my books (Dog Dish Diet,Dog Diet Answer Book, and Feed Your Pet to Avoid the Vet)