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Introductions / Re: Hi
« on: Nov 14, 2017, 18:25 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. I hope that you will be able to find lots of useful information here as well as share your experiences in terms of food for your dogs.

I do worry about the quality of food I provide but have no desire to reproduce a diet that looks like human food. . Anything I do feed extra to her normal raw complete, is usually veg or something unprocessed and I feed it because I feel it add to her diet rather than makes it more human.
I am guilty of humanising her at times however and admit to giving her fish and the odd chip when she is 'on her holidays'
and I sometimes feel torn between feeding what I consider to be healthy and not leaving her out of family treats. Common sense usually wins out but not always :-[ :-[

I was also surprised to learn that there are so many raw food producers and also how few of those are registered members of PFMA.  With so many producers now, I would hope that they would want to work in partnership to develop safe and ethical practices. This seems to be especially important in the raw food industry.

Dog foods / Re: Aldi dog food
« on: Nov 07, 2017, 17:32 »
I am really impressed with Aldi's range of clearly labelled and healthy food for humans so it is a shame that it doesn't seem to apply to pet food. I have checked out the bags and haven't found the information I would need to feel confident feeding it. I do get the Langhams training treats when they are in store but they are not a constant at least not in my local shop.

Dog foods / Re: Help! - Beagle with atopic dermatitis
« on: Oct 19, 2017, 19:39 »
My dog has seasonal itchy paws which have been kept under control this year with bathing the paws after walks and if they do flare up, I add a capful of hibiscrub to the water and it seems to help. I am confident that it isn't her food as it always happens in the summer months.

General discussion / Re: Overweigh Bichon Frise
« on: Oct 19, 2017, 19:28 »
Excellent advice all round. My dogs weight started to creep up when she decided that she didn't want her walks as often. I just used portion control and reduced her usual food. Firstly by 10% then a further 10% until it stabilised.  I usually pad it out a little with whatever veg I am cooking and sometimes she has a home cooked meal. A 20 % reduction sounds like a lot but she was walking lots and was having over the highest recommended amount to start with.

I don't feed any supplements at the moment but my dog's food has Salmon oil in and some extra virgin coconut oil.

Hello and welcome to the forum. I can only echo what Dottie has advised. If you come across any foods that you are interested in, it is worth asking for feedback as somebody on the forum may have had some experience.

Hello and welcome to the forum. My dog does very well on Nutriment  and I can confirm that the stool output is quite small and stools are firm.  As Dottie says, you do need lots of freezer space for the frozen raw complete foods. You also have to be aware of any potential risks and how to reduce them. There are other similar  raw completes  to choose from such as Poppy's picnic, natural instinct etc.

I also used to feed naturediet which is similar to forthglade in terms of ingredients. Again stools were good and not large. However I stopped feeding this when they changed the cooking method and started cooking it in the plastic trays. (Nature diet not forthglade, as far as I know) The availability of forthglade in the supermarkets,  certainly makes it convenient to buy.

Classifieds / Re: Digbys pets skegness
« on: Oct 09, 2017, 20:34 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. It sounds like you carry a good variety of foods. Lucky for the dog owners of Skegness.

Hello and welcome to the forum. I am not sure of the guidelines for reducing IBD symptoms. There are lots of variables which makes it difficult for anybody to advice you on the most appropriate food for your dog. Do you know of any specific allergies? Is your vet aware of what you were feeding before? Duck is a less common protein source so the vet may be recommending one thinking it will be new to your dog.  From the little I do understand about IBD, The hypoallergenic diet would have been to establish the diagnosis and then the process of finding a diet that suits begins. It will probably be some trial and error but starting with carbohydrate and protein sources that are new to your dog and I am guessing the less ingredients the better. It sounds like anything that isn't duck or rice based would be the place to start. There are some foods with sweet potato or potato as a carb source. Have you tried using the dogfood directory to have a search. You could add grain free to the filter and see what comes up. Let us know if you need help using the directory. Good luck.

Raw feeding / Re: Luna and Me Raw Dog Food
« on: Sep 28, 2017, 17:08 »
Good to hear he is doing well on his new food and getting up to a healthy weight. Thank you for your feedback.

I never thought of apple storage. OH has just pureed a load. Now I am not sure where we are going to fit the next batch of nutriment!

I have one small dog and when I fed nutriment solely, the 500g tub was fine and lasted 3 days. Now she has a bit less due to being less active and older. I also add some home cooked or she has the odd home cooked meal. The smaller packs work out more expensive so I cut the packs in half when only slightly softened and put half back in the freezer.

I was frustrated for a long time that the cold pressed only came in 5 kg packs. I don't feed it solely and it has a six month shelf life. The lukullus one comes in smaller 2 kg packs so that is the one I get now. I sometimes split a pack of the other cold pressed foods if anyone is happy to do so but otherwise the size of pack is the primary consideration.  I prefer the paper packaging of other cold pressed but can't justify the waste of food a 5kg bag would be.  The nutriment comes in polystyrene boxes to keep it cold but we use these for cool boxes when going away in the caravan, planters for veg, and storage for OH's vast collection of Leicester city programmes!

Poor fellow. I hope his lump goes down soon and that the itching continues to improve. Thanks for the further update. It may be very useful to others having similar issues.

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