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Dog foods / Re: Itchy dog/Natural Dog Food Company
« on: May 17, 2015, 21:05 »
Thanks dottie, sorry to have hi jacked the thread. Yes, jwb was the first food i noticed really did help his itching, but it just lay in the dish for days. He just wasn't too keen on the fish for dogs either but this natural dog food is definitely best for him. In fact, i would say his itch is nil. The only place he has a little scrat is his ears and they probably need a bit of hair clearence! ( i tend to leave that job to the groomer)

prior to jwb, we had tried origen, canagan and eden whuch didn't suit and he was pretty itchy on all. Vets kitchen he really likes and itching was low.

It was only when he had that terrible reaction to acana rhat i made a definite link to food. Within half hour of eating that he was drawing blood. Very happy now though, he is in great shape!

Hi david yes i tried fish for dogs and he was on eden too a while ago which might have been fish but i can't remember. Eden gave him sloppy poo. Fish for dogs he didn't like BUT it was good for itching. This natural dog food co definitely works best for him, no doubt about it. My vet told me, rather than a specific protein being the problem, most likely it's when the protein is from more than one source, he doesn't tolerate it and i think that could be the key with my dog.

Dog foods / Re: The big question: What do you feed?
« on: May 16, 2015, 19:41 »
The natural dog food company. It's the only food I've fpund that stops my dog itching and he likes it too. It's perfect for him!

Dog foods / Itchy dog/Natural Dog Food Company
« on: May 16, 2015, 19:34 »
Hi Shirley and lottie, i had a problem with my tibetan terrier being really itchy. Problems seemed to be linked both to high protein foods and also foods with more than one source of protein. we noticed a BIG reduction in itching with james wellbeloved but mr murphles really didn't enjoy this food at all. Vets kitchen was a good compromise of palatability and reduced itching but best results have been on the natural dog food company chicken variety. Itching is close to nil and good palatability. So i would recommend that as a trial anyway for itchy dogs.

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Hello everyone!  I have now trialled Fish for Dogs and The Natural Dog Food Company and the winner is . . . . . .The Natural Dog Food Company (adult chicken flavour)

Fish for Dogs was fairly well tolerated with itching reduced to an acceptable level BUT Mr Murphles wasn't at all impressed by the taste of it and only ate a small amount when he realised there was nothing else on offer.  I didn't much enjoy the intense aroma from this food either.

However, he LOVES the chicken flavour Natural Dog Food company and there is NO ITCHING AT ALL!!!!  It seems to be perfect for him.  I have also found that the company is excellent to deal with, fantastic speedy delivery and also very rapid response when I needed to phone them.

Fish for Dogs gave me excellent customer service too and sent a very detailed email about their products, it just wasn't the food for my dog.

So pleased I have found the right food :) :) :) :) :)

Thanks, the sample of Gentle hasn't arrived yet but even if he LIKES it, it will be a start!  Funnily enough, he prefers to eat his kibble from a kong, rather than the bowl.  I was alarmed to see on the fish for dogs reviews (on this site) a few people saying their dogs weren't keen on it.  I have high hopes for that when it arrives, their customer support dept gave me so much helpful advice.

I think TTs are notorious for their various allergies, so it would be good to hear what other TT owners are feeding.  Mr Murphles was started on Royal Canin by his breeder, but he was itchy when we first got him, so that's not the one.

The vet had told us that, despite his itching, his skin was ok so he hasn't needed any allergy testing.  Tbh, there wasn't even a definite connection to food until he tried the Acana - I have never seen a reaction like that.  He has been itchy at various points, but never to such a degree.

Will keep you posted :)

Thanks everyone for all your helpful tips.  I donated the Acana to Greyhound rescue.  My dog, Mr Murphles, is back on JWB for now.  Unfortunately,  although the itching has subsided considerably, he has given himself a terrible deep scratch just under his eye.  I have some cream here, but if it doesn't start to heal soon, he will be going to the vet's.  What an expensive mistake this has turned out to be!!

I have ordered some samples from Gentle and Fish for dogs and I will follow up with the advice here too.  I will get back to you if I ever manage to find the perfect nutrition for him!  He is due to go to the groomer next week, so I will ask her opinion about his skin condition.  I know it has been dry in the past, despite the addition of the Yumega to his food.  I keep his coat long (though he is just a pet, not a show dog) and it is lovely and shiney but that might be more to do with the magic mist coat conditioner, rather than his diet!!

thanks Dottie, that is really helpful.  I normally add some Yumega oil to his food as he has hip dysplasia, but it doesn't seem to increase palatability!  I am sure some fish will be far better and also the oil will help his coat too.  We were very lucky to find out about his hips so early on through x ray as the only outward sign has been a slight hip sway which is barely noticable unless you are watching for it.  Luckily, we were able to get him to a specialist in orthopaedic problems and he said as long as we keep his weight on the low side, there is every chance he can live his whole life through without the hips bothering him.  So I am very careful not to give him any treats at all and eating not much wellbeloved seems to keep him in a good lean condition under all that hair!

Many thanks for your reply x

Hiya - I joined the site specifically to say what a disaster Acana is for my Tibetan T -errier - but I can't work out how to post my comment on the Acana page - it repeatedly asks me for email verification which I have done 3 times now - anyone know where I am going wrong?

Anyway - I have tried my 2 yr old TT on several foods since he was a puppy (Origin, Eden, Canagan, James WB and Vet's Kitchen)  The only one that stops him itching altogether is JWB - BUT he hates it!!!  He will only eat every 2-3 days on it, it just sits there in the bowl.  Vet's kitchen is tastier for him, but some itching.

So - I bought a 13 kg bag of Acana (stupid or what?!)  He has been TORMENTED!!!  Itching worst it's ever been after only 2 days on it - he has drawn blood so I have had to stop it.

Is James Wellbeloved going to have to be it for my TT?  I would like him to enjoy his meals ideally !

Many thanks for reading!

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