We adopted our standard poodle, Philo, from a local shelter last November. He was 2.5 years old, and he weighed only 45 pounds (he is about 24 inches tall at the shoulder). His ribs and hip bones were very prominent--though he has a hard poodle coat, so they weren't visible.
As you might expect, he exhibited a number of problem behaviors that have greatly improved in the 4.5 months he has been with us. When he came home with us, we started him on Earthborn Holistic Great Plains Feast, because that was what I could get at the Tractor Supply in the small college town we live in. (We had not thought we would be chosen to adopt him, so, when we got the call, I had to move fast!)
We have kept him on Earthborn Holistic since then, alternating between Great Plains Feast, Meadow Feast, and Primitive Natural. He eats well, and, at his second vet visit earlier this month, he weighed 60 pounds. And his problem behaviors are much improved.
The one problem behavior that continues is shredding and eating paper: paper towels, magazines and catalogs, mail, any kind of paper. The shredding is not unexpected (our ALD Cosmo used to love shredding paper towels and paper napkins just for the fun of it), but Philo is truly eating the paper.
I have read that eating paper could indicate an iron deficiency. I don't see iron mentioned specifically in the nutrition analyses for any of the recipes of Earthborn Holistic that we're feeding. Is there something we should be supplementing his diet with on this? His vet has not mentioned any concerns about anemia or iron deficiency--but I have not discussed the pica behavior with him yet.
Or could it be just a habit left over from the time when he was so undernourished, before we adopted him?
We really want to do our best for him. He is really a wonderful dog who has been through a lot. I'd really appreciate any advice!