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Best way to home test for diet allergies is to try elimination diet trials.

Try your dog on home cooked chicken & rice for 2-3 weeks & monitor her skin plus stool output.

If the issue continues then it is either NOT diet related or it is chicken &/or rice related.

You can repeat with other protein sources....beef, white fish, lamb etc.

A proper evaluation period before trying a new protein source is advisable.

In any significant deterioration in condition speak to your vet immediately.

Dog foods / Re: Rottweiler Dry Food Help!!
« on: Feb 22, 2018, 23:59 »
I will echo the sentiments above.

I would probably choose Fish 4 dogs over said get back to us re any other foods you like look of.

Decent grooming is a good idea. I have a ferminator...they can provide good results but go easy to start with...especially if skin is really dry. You don't want sore patches or a patchy uneven coat.

General discussion / Re: Ketogenic Dog Diet
« on: Feb 20, 2018, 23:42 »
Seaweed,  Thanks for sharig.I will take a look as soon as able :)

Just to add that Milies Wolfheart is the brand name.....They sell a significant number of foods which can significantly vary in composition side-by-side. 

Raw feeding / Re: Fed Nutriment- always hungry!
« on: Feb 13, 2018, 18:49 »
Thanks - appreciated.

I am always mindful that we do not know peoples full circumstances.....there can be legitimate perhaps personal reasons for members seemingly disengaging , (albeit it is so often new members & on back of a topic they start).

Fear not .....On here it will take more than this to stop my ramblings.  ;)

Raw feeding / Re: Fed Nutriment- always hungry!
« on: Feb 12, 2018, 20:25 »
So glad I contributed ::)

Hi all, newbie here. I’ve had dogs before but feeding and food have changed A LOT in the last few years and I am getting confused!
Hopefully I will be getting a puppy soon (cavapoochon) and looking around at the best quality of food I can afford and can store. We live on a boat so storage space is very limited.
1. Tinned food used to be looked down on but I gather it’s now a really good option if you get the right one? Better than kibble in many cases?
2. Can you mix raw and wet complete foods or is it best to stick to one brand, one type..? In the past the advice was not to chop and change, but now I see people saying you need to offer a variety of foods.
3. Bones? Raw of course- or not bones? As a treat, and to gnaw and to clean teeth, alongside any kind of food.
4. I guess this will be a small dog which gives me more options for food because of cost. I want a complete so it has everything it needs nutrition-wise. I can’t store kilos of anything which is why tins might work. Particularly interested in whether you can add things to that sort of food as raw feeders do, to keep it interesting especially if I use one tin/flavour over a few meals (depending on size of dog).
Thanks for any help!  :)

1. There are some more acceptable wet completes.  Forthglade  &/or PAH Wainwrights grain free trays are just  a couple that are maybe worth a look.

2. You can change/swap periodically albeit most choose wet compete OR raw independently because they desire the specific advantages of each. I would not keep chopping changing as dogs can take a while to adapt which can result in issues including looser stools.

3. Raw bones are fine. Avoid choking risks or dental fracture risks....maybe try raw chicken wings or lamb ribs rather than load bearing bone from heavy cattle. Supervise feeding ideally and chuck them before they collect excess bacteria (more so in warmer conditions).

4. Agreed.....Maybe take a look at cold pressed foods. Closer to raw than dry extruded kibble and can be stored in cool dry locations......on a boat this might be an insulated store cargo hold away from moisture.


Dog foods / Re: Any small dog Milles Wolfheart Feeders?
« on: Feb 05, 2018, 19:04 »
Fed my active Lab MWH Agility mix for a while.....he didn't put on any excess weight and I fed slightly over RDA.

Smaller dog hear has never been fed kibble in his life so can't share my experience feeding MWH or other kibble to a small dog.

What I wil add is that MWH sell a variety of products which are often quite different from one another so do not base one particular food as representative of other products in their range.

Excellent customer service.....give them a call & ideally speak to Mark (joint proprietor).

Established BARF Raw feeder here.....

Sensible precautions can reduce risk.

I feed ours in  the rear porch. We no longer have small children.

Ideally bowls should be washed between feeds, worktops wiped after serving utensils washed.

Dont leave raw food hanging around at room temperature once defrosted !

As far as bowl, utensil, hand and work surface hygiene go its the same rules as dealing with &/or handling uncooked meat being prepared for human meals....common sense stuff.

Yes your dog may lick saliva kills a multitude of germs but transfer is possible, albeit the same risk as if you were to give your dog a bone as a treat. We have one smaller dog that is brachycephalic (short jaw - flat faced). Due to his face shape and skin creases we wipe his face with a hot flannel....I confess this is not done after every meal albeit we do it frequently. This is more to prevent bacteria or skin issues for him but I guess  it will also reduce risk of bacteria transfer from dog to human.

Both dogs here sniff recent urine (& occasional faeces) from other dogs. Like other dogs walked off leash they have been known to roll in dead fish, dead birds,  fox faeces & cow faeces. They have eaten horse faeces, scavenge discarded food, drink from puddles walk in mud of unknown composition. I chuck them in the sea, hose them off or stick them in the shower.

Like most humans I can't say I have never had a tender stomach for reasons unclear to me but I have never been admitted to A&E with confirmed medical issues linked to our dogs.

We keep a relatively clean home,  use spray bleach, anti-bacterial products  etc. All homes have plenty of health hazards in the home and out of it....Fridge doors, internal door handles, toilet seats, taps, bins, towels....Dont get me started on supermarket trolleys, public use door handles, shared work use keyboards etc.

Yes there are risks but a little common sense & everyday hygiene provision will reduce these significantly.

Hope this adds perspective &/or reassures a little.

Raw feeding / Re: Fed Nutriment- always hungry!
« on: Jan 24, 2018, 18:25 »
Original Poster - You have responses from members trying to assist you......Please reply/respond when able.  :)

Raw feeding / Re: Raw feeding and vegetables
« on: Jan 21, 2018, 17:14 »
I feed BARF complete off the shelf products that include veg. I also chuck in some fresh Kale , (I am aware that there has been some commentary it may contain thallium). I add Kale as some say it has anti-cancer properties. I also chuck in certain veg if we are cooking same & have some spare.

I feed Nutriment or Wolftucker complete BARF mince products that include veg.

Interestingly Nutriment also market premium Raw products called Laverstoke Organic. Noteably these does NOT include veg in the composition despite a relatively hefty £5.20, (current at time of typing), price for one 500g tray of the Beef & Bone variety.

Prey feeders essentially don't tend to add veg to the bowl.

Grazing habits on certain grasses & greenery when on walks are enough to convince me dogs like &/or can benefit from veg, (some say dogs do this if they feel health benefit from adding same to diet - I am open minded) .

Raw feeding / Re: Fed Nutriment- always hungry!
« on: Jan 21, 2018, 13:44 »

I have a Pug as one of the dogs in the household. He has been fed Nutriment for long periods of time without any issues......

Male, entire, active & 4 years old, relatively lean & can walk off lead for 4 hours without issues. He is fed between 200- 250g per day spread over 2 around 3% of bodyweight if he has half a tray a day. Quite often we add Kale which can fill out the bowl. A little left over veg or perhaps the occasionally added sardine can feature too. In excellent shape & muscular condition with a last ribs easily felt through coat.

Meal times he gets very vocal when food is being prepared. Once food is in the bowl he devours it. He would happily eat more each feed but I aim to feed no more than he needs. I tweak feed amounts slightly based on physical condition &/or relative to exercise levels.....Stool output is a useful indicator as excess or looser stools can indicate when we may need to cut back. If I/we were to feed based on his appetite I reckon we could easily feed twice the amount.

I also feed Woftucker raw complete which has a slightly coarser consistency.....I/we feed similar amounts as the Nutriment perhaps a little less. The odd sardine may be added to daily amount but the raw complete is kept at max 250g per day, (unless we have been on a genuine mission walk and I feel he needs a bit more.)

Raw chicken wings, carcus sections or other uncooked bones may assist in helping with cleaning teeth. I say this because raw complete minces do not provide the same challenge & chewing compared to bones.

I have not fed natures menu.....not keen on look of it - personal choice.

What observations makes you feel dog is always hungry &, (importantly), needs more ?

Which specific Nutriment products have you been feeding ?

Have you tried various Nutriment flavours ?

Please keep us updated  - Many seek a quick fix but fail to contribute further.

Dog foods / Re: Feeding a cockapoo raw or wet
« on: Jan 17, 2018, 22:15 »
Re raw complete output.

Some dogs don't get on so well with some higher bone content  raw complete foods which cause powder like stools

Some trial and error or adding  veg can help soften things a little. Firm stools should help express glands but too dry &/or too much bone content can cause powder like output.

Dog foods / Re: Help! Need advice on feeding my pup!
« on: Jan 08, 2018, 20:47 »
CSJ & Natures Way are not products in their own right.....just a brand names.....Both brands have many different foods of varying compositions. So often members post having a brand  issue after feeding just one product  from an entire range.

It is worth trying to rule out health issues 1st......particularly if stools loose on sensible portions  chicken & rice.

I fed JWB fish & rice when he was a few months old.......stool output was loose.

Dog foods / Re: Pure Pet Food - amount to feed
« on: Jan 05, 2018, 17:18 »
Feeding guidelines are just that.....guidelines.

Use them as a startpoint.

Agree it is worth a call.

i wouldn't want to feed the lower amount to a 24kg active dog.

I would start at the higher amount and ease back if stools loose after a few days.....then adjust based on energy levels, appetite, stool output & condition.

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