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Raw feeding / Re: Puppy weaned on raw, transitioning off?
« on: Apr 01, 2019, 00:24 »
Folk that want to feed raw make it work...even when factors make it more difficult for some owners than.

If you want to stop feeding raw you will justify it....Indeed from your post it looks like you have already decided to quit feeding same.

By far easiest way to switch would be to move to cold pressed as this can be fed with raw and the ratios gradually adjusted.

Your feedng  seems a massive drama & nightmare.

3 dogs under same roof here all on raw and the youngest on it from 8 weeks (now 9 months).

Our feeding is like this....

When we want to feed the dogs we take food from fridge, place into 3  bowls and put same on floor....dogs then eat food.The bowls get a rinse & we defrost before putting  food in fridge &/or later feeding. That's it !

I have never fed a dog in its crate.

A dog with a healthy appetite should eat it's food in one sitting. If mone started messing with food it would be taken away.....I have never had blood and raw meat from the bowl dragged around and played with.

Over the years I have fed various barf completes including prey model.....Personally my choice is not to feed the raw brand you  mentioned.

Either try another brand or switch to cold pressed.....or a dry  extruded kibble if you really want to do so.

You mention shampooing paws and face, more frequent clothing washes, hand feeding meals & potty training....Not wishIng to offend but these remarks and general tone of your post make me suspect you may be over complicating matters.  I understand you want to love & care for your new arrival but It's a puppy not a baby. Over fussing can sometimes make dogs over fussy.

Training wirh treats is simple.....just drop a bit off allowance if  excess feeding causes pup to look overweight or maybe have loose stools.....None of our 3 have been fat as pups....if pounds pile on then just ease off total food a bit.

If you get stressed when feeding then the dog may pick up on this.....possibly this is already hapenning and punis anxious or joining in with all the playful drama.

Try to relax a bit, feed something you and pup get on with and keep things sensible but simple.

Good luck.



Raw feeding / Re: Paleo Ridge Raw Dog Food Products
« on: Mar 02, 2019, 20:04 »
Thanks for sharing :)

General discussion / Re: Dental Plaque
« on: Feb 12, 2019, 20:56 »
The ingredients pedigree dentastix did concern me but they have good abrasive action.....I wish I coukd find something similar texture but different ingredients

Introductions / Re: Hello newbies here
« on: Feb 09, 2019, 20:22 »
Ok so I have a little more time today.

I totally agree re the comments on separate supplements being the best route.

Just as I wouldn't expect a pharmacist to recommend a human medicating on fish fingers high in omega 3 to improve a health condition I would not look to feed a certain brand of dog food to improve health in a dog with a clinical condition.

Above appropriate doest can arguably help with overall health or specific health issues. I personally wouldn't entrust my mobility improvement to diet alone.

I know of an owner on another forum whose dog showed night and day mobility  improvements after glucosamine and chrondotin suppelemted into diet....I should add that the doses were significant but a lethargic dog in pain became a runaround happy dog. I have seen videos and the poster was a well know forum contributor known personally to other members.

Bottom line is supplements are key not food albeit good good better than lesser quality food.

As for what is a good food....that depends on budget,  food type (ie.  Wet, dry extruded kibble,raw,cold pressed etc etc),  dog specific need etc.

The directory is good but I have prior valued lso recomendations....especially in early days of wanting to head in the right direction whilst still learnin about dog food.

Introductions / Re: Hello newbies here
« on: Feb 08, 2019, 21:55 »
Nothing of additional value to add here for now I will just say  welcome  :)

General dog chat / Re: Alabama Rot
« on: Feb 08, 2019, 00:50 »
Sad to see the cause still remains a bit of a mystery.

I was hoping that by now that common patterns might have been linked....I looked at the maps& wondered if it
might be linked to wild forest certainly seems to have had a few cases.

I have some psylium husk,....sourced from vet over the counter.

I just put it in with the dogs food and use the feeding guide on the packaging.

It causes bulkier stools....less dry than they are normally on barf complete.

It seems to give the dogs a  bit of a clear out but stools still solid. 

Raw feeding / Re: Raw diet for puppies
« on: Jan 26, 2019, 06:22 »
Raw feeding is easy & I would always feed same instead of dry extruded kibble.

Common sense applies........If you can prepare a roast dinner from scratch without ending up with food poisoning you should be ok.

Wash hands after handling uncooked meat and keep bowls and utensils clean innbetween feeds etc.

To start off simply feed decent barf (with veg added), raw complete products,

Nutriment, wolftucker or paleo ridge are good start or longer term use product brands.

The last pup  to arrive here went from kibble to raw within a week straight swap no issues.

You can buy puppy only raw barf products but IMO it's not worth the extra cost if there is a premium charge for minor tweaks to composition.

General dog chat / Re: Dog Vaccination
« on: Dec 28, 2018, 18:01 »
On reflecton, my initial response was somewhat patronising & abrupt.

You have highlighted a strong sentimental attachment to dogs, however, when it comes to vaccination choices aI feel there can be pro's and con's of vaccine decisions.
 For me it is not aĺways s clear cut as "Do I vaccinate or not ?"

Vaccination can prevent serious or fatal illness in dogs, however, allegedly there can also be risks from vaccination or over vaccination.

The following links may be if interest.

I am not advocating owners should not have dogs vaccinated but there are arguably lots of factors to consider.

My dog has had 3 surgeries to analyse/remove mast cell tumours found at the same site to which he was prior spot on wormed & lump arrived shortly after an injection was given.

I stool sample test for worms and have added DE to dietrather than using spot on treatments.

In the past I thought I was doing the right thing by near religpusly causing annual vaccination to be given and monthly spot on wormers to be used.

Like others I adore & love the dogs I own &/or have with me however, my decisions are now more carefully made & based on various factors..

Apologies for my initial response re this important, contraversial and sometimes emotive subject.

General dog chat / Re: Dog Vaccination
« on: Dec 26, 2018, 16:44 »
Wow.....amazing news !


Handling & preparing poultry for home cooked meals &/or driving to shops to get same present higher risks.

I stand by my prior comments, however, some may feel that the alleged comment posted on the VT link is relevant....

"     Weren’t the strains of STEC different in the raw dog food from the ones that infected people?    In one case, where the strain of STEC was identical to the other infections, wasn’t there was no family link to a raw fed pet?…oh yes, and putative only means “generally considered”, ie “not proven”.      "

I note this allegedly relates to green tripe and 3 cases relate to one supplier.

I am sure many people will be handling frozen and fresh uncooked turkeys in coming doubt with less hygiene OCD than many raw dog food feeders.

Regadless of my comments the alleged tragic consequences cannot be ignored.

General discussion / Re: Lack of Water in Dog Foods
« on: Dec 01, 2018, 17:50 »
When I used to feed dry extruded kibble I always used to have it swimming in water.

Having seem solid kibble vomited up hours after feeding my dog on more than one type of same I personally would not choose to feed it long term.

If I ever step away from raw complete my choice would be cold pressed, freeze or air dried over dry extruded.

Dog foods / Re: Advice needed - changing to Eden kibble
« on: Dec 01, 2018, 17:42 »
If you had a significant period without loose stools I would simply cut back the food amount and monitor.

I would have expected full transition by now.

Personally Ai would want to sort the transition within a week....I accept views on timescaale can vary .

You could try 24hrs on smaller amount of RC and monitor then try 24 hours of small amount if the Eden.

I understand where Dottie is coming from and certainly agree vet visit/sample may be if of likely benefit and considering the cost of same

This might sound dismissive of thr dogs wellbeing but If I had samples taken every time a dog passed loose stools I would be at vet too often for my liking especially when effects of scavenging on populated  beach walks is considered.

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