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Autarky salmon probs as low as I would go money wise if on a relatively tight budget.  Not fed it myself but would be my choice if I had to select a fairly decent value kibble. Some Csj products worth a look but factor delivery costs. Skinners worth a look.  F&T fine but a friend has fed  rough & ready to working dogs...ok if you like that type of thing.

Introductions / Re: hello i am new here
« on: Apr 08, 2018, 18:45 »
Welcome to the Forums :)

We like timely updates....especially positive ones - Thanks :)

Nutriment do a low purine raw complete. Call discusss & ideally ascertain if suitable



Have you cut back on daily feed amounts   ?

What are you feeding your dog now  & how much ?

What does it weigh ?

What is target weight ?

Any other health  issues ?

Did you try any of the recommendations ?

Did you use the directory ?

Ìf issue is pressing then hopefully it won't be another  11 months before  next reply :)

Dog foods / Re: James wellbeloved
« on: Mar 28, 2018, 22:10 »
Stick dog back on the original food for 3 weeks if no change then likely the snip, adolescence or other factor.

Sometimes circ's &/or need dictate we make more than one change at a time but ideally we should isolate changes if we want to try to best evaluate the impact of individual  changes.

Historically not a follower of some rainbow bridge posts, ( I confess to sometimes being more detached than some).

That said I was genuinely moved by your detailed but sensitive post.....thank you & RIP Maddie.

PS I just edited my post thoughts & general advice still the same.

I think your choice of foods to trial is good. Of the two foods named  I would be keenest to get my dog onto the Gentle CP.....assuming dog got on with it ok.

Once you ascertain if dog likes a particular food I suggest you trial it for say a month.....During which time you may see gradual changes. Difficult to evaluate what change is diet related when a dog is still growing. Stool output is a pretty good indicator when judging correct feed amounts in adult dogs, however, pups can have sensitive stomachs and are prone to garden scavenging so don't dismiss a food until you have given  dog time to adjust & worked out correct amounts.

Make sure you only give ear powder or other treatment once certain what the specific ear issue is.

I am still not entirely convinced whether you or your vet are that clear re the specific problem so be careful....Someone suggested a 2nd vet opinion - I agree with that advice & would add that it is important to find the right vet. I am presently happy with mine but have changed practices 3 times in last 5 years.

Good Luck


A quick call to receptionist at vets will clarify.

If vet recommended diet change I suspect NOT mites.

Consider a decent quality fish based kibble such as fish4dogs puppy.

Dottie makes a good point re relative complexity of Orijen. A simple initial approach may be better if wanting to evaluate improvements &/or rule out issues.

It is interesting that the breeders dog has bad ears too. If the breeders bitch had ear mites it might suggest why yours has same assuming you have had a correct diagnosis.

I have prior fed both AG & JWB....better than some kibbles but neither would be my choice now.......If I had to feed a kibble & could justify cost then origen would be at the top of my shortlist. As for dogs wanting more....many dogs will happily eat more of most foods we provide if allowed to do so.

I am not a vet but I would look beyond diet to get rid of the ear mites. I haven't read lots about them but limited reading suggests they are living things & passed from cat/dog to dog.

Some reading today suggests some results from using corn oil...Please do some research before engaging in any home treatment programme & make sure treatment is specific and appropriate to the condition.

Have you had proper confirmation from your vet that your dog has a parasitic infection rather than a bacterial or dietary related infection ?

I’m also concerned that going on to an adult feed she would be lacking in minerals/supplements for her growth and joints?

Years ago protein & nutrition levels were typically lower in many adult kibbles. Accordingly &/or perhaps seizing market opportunities some kibble brands also sold puppy/breeder compositions.

Dog food has improved recent years....especially for those prepared to look beyond supermarket shelves.

It is now  possible to feed a quality  adult kibble that may provide more for a puppy than a lesser quality puppy kibble.  Some studying of adult &/or puppy composition lists will explain this better.

One more thing to consider is that there can be mixed views re appropriate protein levels when feeding puppies.  Some advocate high protein levels whereas some advise not exceeding a given amount.  I could suggest you speak with your vet or breeder but the reality is that many owners have a good understanding of what to feed.

The issue likely aggravated by diet or an allergy exposure environment (the later not necessarily in the home but make sure you are happy re carpets, bedding etc). Ear mites need a host so main focus is the dog.

Blood tests can be done for both the above.

I am not suggesting existing diet is the issue but I prior noticed maize content in AG large breed chicken & after they allegedly revised their compositions some years ago. I should clarify that I am NOT saying Maize is the issue or  that the issue is diet related.

A quick Google search yielded various results with natural suggestions for treating ear mites.  Corn oil seemed to be frequently mentioned. 

As with any treatment regime, do ensure you do your research 1st....particularly you should  consider any specific issues for younger dogs. There can be risks or pitfalls from various treatments. Treating your dog on your own or at variance with vet advice not for everyone . Consider a soft padded Elizabethan collar if itching aggravates the issue or topical applications might cause dog to scratch, rub or itch.

Proper research is key.

As for specific food recommendations I suggest you decide on food type (whether continuing with kibble or trying another type/category). Personally I would aim for appropriate protein level to assist appropriate growth rate but I would keep ingredients natural and basic. I might consider Fishmongers from PAH or fish4dogs if keen to keep it kibble based. If looking into cold pressed Gentle fish might be worth a look. Wainwrights or forthglade worth a look for grain free wet complete trays.  I see diet elimination has been sensibly prior mentioned.

Dog news / Re: Saving the British Bulldog
« on: Mar 13, 2018, 14:02 »
Thanks....I will take a look at the programme.

I had thought there had been some improvements in some lines of British Bulldogs of late.

Without wishing to stray off topic... There can still be healthier examples of breeds prior associated with health issues.  (Pug here that will do 4 hour walks without breathing issues).

Bad breeding can cause health issues but obesity can badly impact dogs......especially brachacyphilic breeds.


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