Diet Too Rich? Possible Cardiomyopathy?

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Goolia83

Boxer Booster
Hello! I have 2 boxers and they are both having common boxer health issues. We were told by our vet that their food was too rich, but we are feeding them a 4 star, grain free diet and I have no idea what to feed them now!

Roxy: 7 years old, 56lbs, Active
Eye Ulcer (95% healed with amazing, innovative procedure!!! YAY!)
When she was in for her eye surgery they tested her blood and said her diet was too rich and we should switch foods.

Buster: Almost 6 years old, 65lbs, VERY Active
We suspect Cardiomyopathy, but he has not been diagnosed officially. The vet tested his blood and said everything was normal. He didn't think we needed to be concerned enough to do the harness test, but said the fainting and heart issues could improve if we change his food to something less fatty. He had one really bad episode last summer where he was out for about 45 seconds and then woke back up (we did do CPR). Then in the past 3 weeks he has had 3 minor spells where he gets really excited from chasing a bunny, getting his leash on for a walk and a friend coming over. His legs get wobbly and then he stumbles to the ground, but does not pass out.

We are feeding them Nature's Domain, a 4 star, grain free food. Protein: 27%, Fat: 16% and Carbs: 50%

Buster has always been skinny because he never stops, so I don't want him to loose weight if we switch to a reduced fat diet. Is 16% fat high? Do you have any recommendations for quality food that won't break our budget? They go through 35lbs every 3 weeks!
 

HBBoxerGirls

Boxer Pal
Taste of the Wild

Our 5 1/2 year old Boxer, Layla, has Cardiomyopathy and ARVC. We have her, and our 1 year old Boxer- Luna, on Taste of the Wild. They love it, no itching and considering how ill Layla is, she's doing really well- in fact, our vet is amazed. In addition, for the quality of food, it is pretty reasonable.

If you would like any feedback on the Layla and her Cardiomyopathy/ARVC treatment, let me know. She's on Vetmedin, Lasix, Spironalactone, Hydrochlorothiazide, Benazepril and Omega 3. I'm conviced the food is contributing to her health.

Best wishes...
Heather
Layla - Fawn 5 1/2yrs
Luna - Fawn 1 year
 

Jan

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I think you need a new vet! Alternatively, I would insist on a referral to a cardiologist for Buster. I can't believe that that he doesn't see a need for Holter test. :(

Are you feeding the duck and sweet potato? You might try the turkey and sweet potato instead. I found that my dogs lost weight when they were on the duck version. They do better on the turkey even though it is lower in fat. It might be worth a try.

Good luck!
 

darwinsmom

Super Boxer
To be honest, I would seek a new vet. I think it is malpractice for him to recommend against a Holter for Buster - he has all the symptoms and there are drugs to control the abnormal rhythms that would help his quality of life. A blood panel that would tell you about diet tells you nothing about cardiomyopathy (there is a test for one of the genes for boxer cardiomyopathy). Nor is the disease caused by a fatty diet. I speak from experience with this disease. It might not even be cardiomyopathy, perhaps it is aortic stenosis. Either way you will be better off knowing that not knowing.

-Karlyn
 

whiskers

Boxer Insane
I would switch vets. I have no clue how they can decide a diet is "too rich" just be a blood test. And absolutely I'd want a Holter done.
 

Gatorblu

Boxer Insane
I agree on the new vet as well. If you have a boxer that has fainted, IMO a Holter should have been the first thing done.

On fat 16% is pretty much around average, you may want to find something closer to 12%. Wellness Core is grain free and is at 12%.
 

cantfindlog

Completely Boxer Crazy
Buster: Almost 6 years old, 65lbs, VERY Active
We suspect Cardiomyopathy, but he has not been diagnosed officially. The vet tested his blood and said everything was normal. He didn't think we needed to be concerned enough to do the harness test, but said the fainting and heart issues could improve if we change his food to something less fatty. He had one really bad episode last summer where he was out for about 45 seconds and then woke back up (we did do CPR). Then in the past 3 weeks he has had 3 minor spells where he gets really excited from chasing a bunny, getting his leash on for a walk and a friend coming over. His legs get wobbly and then he stumbles to the ground, but does not pass out.

WOW! My girl doesn't have heart issues but everything I've learned on BW suggests that your boy needs a specialist, now. You need to dump this vet. What he is telling you is preventing your boy from getting the help and medications he needs if there is a heart issue. Yikes!
 
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