could diet cause springer hyperactivity?

by Trina
(Oregon US)

Charlie and Tucker (mine)

Charlie and Tucker (mine)

Could a dogs diet cause his hyperactivity? My folks have the brother to my pup, he is EXTREMLY hyer active. He scratches some mostly at his face..



From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com

Yes diets can make springers hyperactive, I always feed mine a hypoallergenic diet here is my guide to hypoallergenic diets to help you


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Apr 22, 2012
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by: Anonymous

If they are feeding TOW or the Kirkland brand, I would not think it is the food.
I WOULD be concerned about the scratching of the face...suggesting allergies.
I doubt that would be the source of the hyperactivity.
I think 2 things on the hyperactivity.
1)The obvious is, he is young, needs something to occupy his brain, (I am guessing he is very smart, which makes it WORSE for hyperactivity), and they probably do not exercise him enough for HIS needs.
He may get as much as YOUR dog gets, but not enough for HIS needs.

And 2) genetics are tricky....Springers that have hunting backgrounds were supposed to be more active and even if you are looking 10 generations back since they bred for that, the genetic are still there and will pop up.

Apr 17, 2012
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by: Anonymous

The folks are currently feeding taste of the wild. . I don't beleive that food has any of the high allergen foods in it.. They had been feeding kirtland brand (costco). I just wondered because one pup is so mellow, well mellow for a springer lol and the other fella is thru the roof hyper. It just seemed strange to me that one should be so hyper while other other is pretty mellow.

Apr 17, 2012
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by: Michele

Springers are usually hyper dogs anyway, but certainly diet can contribute to hyperactivity.

Scratching can be a sign of allergy. Could be the dog food is causing that or it could be something else. You don't say what food you feed, but a better commercial grade food is Blue Buffalo. It's a little more expensive than most dog foods, but it's also a much better food.

Apr 17, 2012
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by: breeze

Try arden grange its great and my two love it.also all goodness no rubbish in it.

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