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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.

Forum rules / Re: Any advice
« on: Sep 06, 2017, 10:56 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. You should never feed cooked bones as they can splinter and cause damage. Feeding raw bones is not risk free. You can reduce the risk by following good food hygiene practices. You should also be aware of your dog. I feed raw but would personally not give bones anymore as my dog tends to try and swallow large pieces. I did give her bones at one point but had a couple of scares so don't anymore. As with everything, it is down to personal choice but if you do decide to give them, make sure you get as much information as you can and are aware of the risks.

Introductions / Re: Dry food advice
« on: Sep 04, 2017, 13:53 »
i can't add much to what Red Akita has said but just wanted to say hello and welcome to the forum. We don't recommend any particular brands on the forum because it can very much vary what suits individual dogs. I hope that you can find something to suit both dogs.

General discussion / Re: Puppy food help!
« on: Aug 29, 2017, 16:47 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. It does seem to be that lots of dogs find a higher meat/protein diet too rich. Sometimes this can be solved by reducing the portion size. You did the right thing by gradually introducing the new food but sometimes certain foods just do not suit every dog.  Were his stools okay on the Gusto? Although it doesn't score highly in the ratings, the list of ingredients is reasonably small which would reduce the risk of allergic reaction but I think you are right to want to feed something with clearer labelling so you know what your dog is eating.  Often it is just trial and error. Perhaps going back to a basic bland chicken or fish and rice diet until it settles and then try a food with a small but nutritious ingredient list. The one that instantly springs to mind is Forthglade wet complete. They also do a cold pressed dry food now but that has a bigger range of ingredients. Others may be able to recommend some foods with limited ingredients.
As always with this type of problem, do keep going back to the vet if it persists. 

Thanks for posting this. Somebody was telling me about this earlier but didn't know the details. I have just made the decision to switch to a vegan diet for myself but not considering this for the dog so would be good to feel a bit more confident that action is being taken to try to address cruelty.

Dog foods / Re: Diet dog food for Retriever
« on: Aug 15, 2017, 18:46 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. You don't say what you were feeding before and how much. It may be that you could cut down on the amount and limit treats or feed lower calorie treats like carrot sticks. When I am watching my dogs, weight, I sometimes add some cooked veg, oats  made with water or brown rice to a reduced portion of her regular food for a while. That way she has enough bulk in her meals that she doesn't feel hungry.

You can see This  thread for  some discussion on this issue.

Dog foods / Re: dog putting on too much weight
« on: Aug 06, 2017, 15:28 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. You don't specify what raw your dogs have. Is it a raw complete or do you put their meals together yourself. I have had a mixed experience feeding raw completes. I fed Natures menu cubes and my dog lost weight. She was producing bigger stools so I assume that she wasn't using a lot of what went in. I know the cubes contained dried peas and it looked like these were going straight through her. Initially she was keeping her weight stable on nutriment complete but as she has slowed down, the weight crept on. She now mostly has the low purine variety and is keeping her weight stable on this. While getting her weight down a bit, I fed less nutriment and added some brown rice, oatmeal made with water . or  vegetables.  She also has the odd home cooked meal. Not so often now as I am not sure if she is getting all that she needs in terms of nutrients.

General discussion / Re: Vegan, Vegetarian or Meat
« on: Aug 02, 2017, 18:16 »
Interesting article, thanks for posting Seaweed.

Hello and welcome to the forum,
 There are so many variables and each dog is different. Most have us have just settled on a food that suits through trial and error.  My dog was a little underweight when we got her but I just fed her the recommended daily amounts and she stabilised at a healthy weight in time.
There is so much choice and if you want any information about a particular food, hopefully some members may have had some experiences to share. Also there are lots of threads about various foods to browse through. It is fairly easy to order online which gives you more options than what is available at PAH.

You can also look at this thread to see how to search for a suitable food in the dog food directory. It should give you some ideas. I hope this helps. Good Luck.

Raw feeding / Re: Introducing Raw
« on: Jul 27, 2017, 20:37 »
I just started feeding nutriment without transition and didn't have any problems. That said, my dog seems to have a strong stomach. She stole a fair bit of white chocolate that a family member had irresponsibly left lying around two days ago. No ill effects at all.

Raw feeding / Re: Luna and Me Raw Dog Food
« on: Jul 26, 2017, 19:37 »
I haven't tried it myself but as Dottie say's your feedback would be much appreciated.

Dog foods / Re: Dry vs Wet vs Mixed
« on: Jul 24, 2017, 18:11 »
I feed a mix of raw complete and cold pressed but like you worry about getting the ratio right so I tend to have meals of all raw or meals of all cold pressed. I also feed a home cooked meal occasionally. I sometimes add a few bits of kibble if I get to the end of the carton of raw and am left with a small portion.
I haven't tried adding water to many dried foods but for the ones I have , the cold pressed mushes down well. The others I have tried have just expanded and held their shape. I would worry that they would digest at a slower rate than the wet food so may cause digestive problems.

Hello and welcome to the forum. I was fortunate to come across the site when I was first thinking about what to feed my dog. It was quite an eye opener and I still find it hard to understand why it is so difficult to buy a decent pet food from the supermarket. Interestingly Markus Muhle was the food I first picked. I quickly noticed some changes in my dog such as less wind, healthier looking stools and a less greasy, smelly coat.

Hello and welcome to the forum. I can't help thinking that it isn't the food itself which is causing your dogs weight loss if she has been on it for 2.5  years and the loss is a recent thing. Is there any way you could monitor her intake to see if she has a decreased appetite and is eating less. Perhaps put out the recommended daily amount and see how much she eats in relation to that. If she is eating less, it could be worth checking that there is nothing physically wrong. If all is well then maybe a change would improve her appetite.
You are lucky that she has no allergies as that gives you a lot more choice.  You can use the dog food directory to put in your requirements.

*Go to the home page

*On the top right hand side you will see the quick search tool

*Enter the details for your dog and available budget

*Click on go to full dog food directory and look to the left hand side of the directory to filter your options  further.

*Press go and the search should come up with suitable foods for you to look at.

It is hard to give any specific advice as different dogs do well on different foods. If some moisture helps with her appetite then one of the cold pressed foods may help as they soften down well with water added.

Dog treats / Re: Treats selection
« on: Jul 17, 2017, 21:45 »
Fish4dogs super star training treats are very small and quite good when you need to treat often. They  don't do too much damage to the waistline.

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