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So... I changed Lucy's food about 2 weeks ago from Avoderm to Nutro Natural Choice. She doesn't seem to like the new food very much but I'm not sure if its a good idea to change her food once again. She already lost a pound I ended up taking her to the vet today because she has a caugh and green buggers from her nose... she has pneumonia :( She will be taking anti biotics now. She dosent want to leave my side not even for one minute I feel so horrible for my baby. :( Oh and something I just wanted to mention because it happened today at the vet... people that can't control there agressive dogs. So before I walk into the vets office I see an american bulldog and for some reason I don't get a good vibe and for the most part my vibes are always right. So I walk in and this dog goes crazy and starts barking and growling at Lucy and the girl can barely control the dog. So the dog almost comes loose and I had to practically get in between Lucy and this freakin dog that bit my finger!! I now have a swollen finger and I'm so upset at the ignorant people I have to deal with here in Miami! Oh and to top it off the girl was telling me off after her dog was the one being agressive. Well sorry for the essay just had to tell you guys my lil story here of aggresive dogs... be careful! :mad:

Anyways... back to the food situation. What would be some good choices if I where to change Lucys food once again I really want to give her the best of the best money dosent even matter. Let me know guys! And once again thank you all for the great advice you have always given me! Love u all!
 

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If she has pneumonia and a stuffy nose she won't be able to smell. That's probably why she's not eating. Sounds like she might have been sick for a while,(kennel cough maybe?) and hiding the symptoms...Goldens are good at that. I would wait till she feels better before switching, see how she likes the food when she gets her sense of small back. In the mean time you might tempt her with cooked hamburger and rice, or chicken and rice. If it's warm it will smell better.

Sorry she's feeling bad. Lots of hugs needed!
 

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If she has pneumonia and a stuffy nose she won't be able to smell. That's probably why she's not eating. Sounds like she might have been sick for a while,(kennel cough maybe?) and hiding the symptoms...Goldens are good at that. I would wait till she feels better before switching, see how she likes the food when she gets her sense of small back. In the mean time you might tempt her with cooked hamburger and rice, or chicken and rice. If it's warm it will smell better.

Sorry she's feeling bad. Lots of hugs needed!
Thank you so much!!! I really appreciate your help it makes a lot of sense... I guess I'm going to wait until she gets better then I'll see how she reacts with the food.
 

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I personally think Nutro is a great dog food. I worked as a salesperson selling it for a while - even without the paycheck, I would say that's a great food!

Cam's mom, that was super insightful of you!!

EDIT oh, did you get her number so you could send her the medical bills? Well, actually, the vet will have that information in their schedule. You really need to be careful with dog bites, they infect very easily.
 

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Was there a particular reason you changed her off the Avoderm if she was eating it well? Maybe just go back to what was working for her.

You really do need to get the contact info for the pits owner and send her a bill for a doctor visit for your finger!
 

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Poor Lucy! I hope she gets to feeling better real soon! I feed Misty Nutro Lamb and rice, but I think I will be switching her to the Nutro Lite Lamb and Rice. she has always eaten Nutro and loves is...my other dog Riley eats the Lite and my golden angel Sandy ate Nutro. I never had a problem with it, they always did fine with their weight ( well Sandy was a bit on the heavy side) and ate it fine.
Take good care of Lucy!....and take care for that finger!
PS My son just moved to Miami to go to Law School.....any neat places for him to go?? (when he has some time!)
 

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I can't believe some people! Your agressive dog story makes me so mad! How dare that lady get mad at YOU when you were just trying to protect your dog. Unbelievable!

I hope Lucy feels better soon. Poor girl!
 

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Thanks everyone for all the great feedback as always! Well my finger is getting swollen :( I'm so upset at the whole thing it is incredible how some people are! Lucy is doing better but a little drowsy she took a lot of antibiotics today my poor lil angel.
 

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I think if your finger is not better in the morning you should call the vets office and ask for the name of the lady of the dog that bit you. So she can pay for your doctor visit. It could get infected. She should have a better handle on her dog.
 

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I'm sorry to hear Lucy has pneumonia. How did that happen? Give her a big hug for me. And one for you too!

Cam's Mom is smart :) Reminds me of something I heard on a dog training show once .... the nose moves the brain. Maybe a little sardine juice in her food would stimulate her appetite?
 

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Sorry to hear Lucy's not feeling well. I agree to wait out the food issue until she's feeling more herself. Wouldn't have thought of the smell thing... great catch!

Out of curiosity, exactly what did this woman go off on you about after her uncontrolled dog bit you? Absolutely get it checked out and send her the bill. Dog bites can turn into very nasty infections very quickly!

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Well the Lady was upset with me because she said I was acting as if her dog was going to eat Lucy... Well obviously if I see a dog coming towards Lucy like this dog was I'm going to react as I did. I react very fast and I'll definitely never let anything happen to my Lucy thats for sure. Oh and one of her responses was... "Oh my dog has never reacted that way with any other dog, its your dog" I went off on her! haha... Ignorant people.
 

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Most vets I've been to if your dog is like this lady's was. They make you have a muzzle on them or put you in a room right away. I'd be going after the vet and the lady... If her dog bit you it's more then likely going to go after someone else and next time it might not just be a finger
 

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I really hope the vet's office or you called animal control. It's too bad people can't keep their aggressive dogs under control.
 

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Why did you choose to go to Nutro? What was it that attracted you? That may help in reccomending a diffrent food. If she sick I would tempted to make up a few meals of hamburger and rice and add in some yogurt before feeding. Hopefully, she is feeling better soon :)
 

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You can get a nasty infection from a dog bite. Antibiotics, and a tetanus shot (if not up to date) are frequently needed. Plus, you should report the bite to animal control. Generally dogs that break skin are quarantined for a couple of weeks. Imagine if a child holding a dog leash came up against that dog. Animal control will fill in forms, but it helps to write your complaint down, and keep a signed, dated copy too.

Is Lucy drinking? She can get by without food for a few days, but she should get lots of fluids. Low salt beef or chicken broth will help if she's not getting enough water...you didn't mention, but I've had dogs with pnumonia who don't want to eat or drink. The gums get sticky if they're dehydrated. The vets can give fluids under the skin if that happens.

Looks like I've repeated info...sorry.
 

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Did the vet's office people know the dog bit you? They should have reported it to animal control. If your finger is swollen, you should get to the dr. for antibiotics and a tetanus shot. Plus make sure that dog has had it's rabies shots!


Oh and I am so sorry Lucy is so sick. I hope she feels better fast.
 
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