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Introductions / Re: Hello
« on: Aug 28, 2015, 00:02 »
Welcome Angie!

I also have 2 Cavaliers (6 months and 5 years) :)
I don't personally feed Eden but it is a very good quality food. I often find that most manufacturers guides are usually more than needed. Maybe start by feeding slightly under what is recommended and keep close track of your dogs condition. Each individual will put on weight differently so feeding guidelines are exactly that...guidelines. You will be the best judge x

I'm sure a more experienced Eden feeder will be along to offer advice shortly.

Hi Catrin!
I must say, I'm a tad envious of your ability to get the bulk of your meat from your butcher :) I get most of mine from a raw supplier but I'm developing a good relationship with my butcher. I got my first bag of free scraps on my last visit! It's still too expensive to get the bulk from him though. I rely mostly on Nurturing by Nature and a few Natures Menu tidbits. I'm feeding two Cavaliers for £40/month (that includes treats)

Raw feeding / Re: Raw Feeding
« on: Aug 26, 2015, 21:50 »
I've never personally used DAF as I conveniently live about 2 miles from NBN and I absolutely love them. I've only heard good reviews from those who use DAF so I hope they work out for you, too! Buying direct from raw suppliers is a great money saver as the closer you get to DIY the cheaper feeding becomes.


My older dog has decided he doesn't like thunderstorms ever since my daughter was born.  I have started doing training sessions with him during the storms so he begins to associate the storms with positive experiences.  It is slow going, mainly because I can't control the weather (If I could, I would add a lot more sunshine!) but we've seen significant progress this summer as there have been quite a few impressive storms this year.

The gun fire is even trickier I would think. Agandl has given some sound advice and made a good point with the shots potentially being too close and risking the treat becoming the predictor. Are their any military training grounds near you that do large artillery fire? I live in Dorset so Bovington, Lulworth and Hamworthy are all close by and their firing schedule sounds ideal for desensitization training. 

Site help and suggestions / Re: Help needed
« on: Aug 19, 2015, 12:39 »
I will be participating in new posts. I've had a read through all of the old threads but many were over a few months old so I didn't want to comment on those.
I'll definitely be around to offer another opinion in future posts :)

it would be interesting to find out what zoos feed animals and if they supplement to make up a complete diet. eg do wolves in captivity just get a meat diet or are they fed things they might scavenge for in the wild such as berries,eggs & herbs? (do they only scavenge if they don't have an easy meat source?)

Zoos will try to stick with the most natural diets they can provide where they can and supplement where needed. Having worked in both US and UK zoos, I've found that UK zoos seem to be more into feeding as close to a natural diet as possible.

I agree that it does seem unnecessary to use sups all the time.
With my own dogs I will only add supplements as needed. I firmly believe that a balanced and varied diet does not need supplementing. I give my 5 year old Cavalier Hawthorn tincture daily since he suddenly developed a grade 4/6 murmur (MVD) last year. He still remains asymptomatic and his heart and respiration rates have not changed since the diagnosis. I'm hoping the Hawthorn is playing a part in keeping it from progressing. Other than that, there are no supplements that go in their food as there are no other issues.

Introductions / Re: Allow me to introduce myself
« on: Aug 16, 2015, 16:50 »
Thanks for the welcome :)

Dog treats / Re: puppy chewa
« on: Aug 16, 2015, 16:10 »
My boys love tripe sticks, pizzles, antlers,  hooves and horns. My puppy seems to prefer eating/destroying the trunk of my Canarian Palm tree...the naughty little devil! I'll throw them the odd frozen carrot stick on occasion as well. Nylabones aren't suitable for my boys as they're not hardy enough to stand up to their level of chewing and I rather they didn't eat plastic. They're absolutely fine for the less destructive chewers though.

I would say the majority of vets seem to lack an in depth knowledge of nutrition but that certainly doesn't mean all vets do. Many will only make recommendations based published studies and feel it would be inappropriate to give a professional recommendation for anything that is lacking in hard evidence such as raw or home-cooked diets. Unfortunately, the amount of manufacturer funded studies far outweighs the amount of independent studies. I can't say I blame them really. If they advocate diets that are not backed by solid research they could jeopardize their reputation and/or practice if something happens as a direct result of such a recommendation. My vet is pro raw but will not recommend it to clients for the simple fact that she doesn't want them to fail the dog by not doing the proper research and end up feeding an unbalanced diet. She much rather offer advice on what to look for or avoid and encourage her clients to read labels and do a little research to understand better what it is that they are actually feeding.

Raw feeding / Re: Natures Menu complete meals
« on: Aug 16, 2015, 13:06 »

I occasionally feed NM if I've run out of food and can't get to my normal supplier. In my experience, the completes seem to have a quite high bone content as my boys will get chalky poo from it. Adding the offal is a good idea to balance it. As mentioned, only 5% should be liver.  I'm sure you've sorted it in the 2 months since the post anyway  :D

Introductions / Allow me to introduce myself
« on: Aug 16, 2015, 12:45 »
Hi everyone,
I'm new to the forum, but have been using the website for quite a while now. I am the proud owner of two fantastic Ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (Riley, 5 years and Jimi, 5 months --father and son). I am a DIY raw feeder and have been for the past 2 years. Though I am a raw feeder I still absolutely see the value in quality commercial diets and will often help friends and family find the perfect food for their individual dogs that also suits their lifestyle. I am currently in the process of building a business plan and constantly studying canine nutrition, anatomy, physiology, etc. I think it's safe to say I'm a bit of a "crazy dog lady"! I am also a zookeeper with 10+ years experience and have worked in various other animal related jobs from the moment I could shovel horse poo as a 5 year old on my parents farm! I'm no stranger to pretty much any animal you can think of   :)

I'm more here to offer help than ask advice, though I am occasionally faced with something I need advice one is perfect, that's for certain  ;D

I look forward to chatting with you all!

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