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General discussion / Re: Just What is in Dog Food?
« on: Jul 03, 2018, 21:45 »
Hopefully the ruling will be in favour of evidencing claims which will deter others from making unsubstantiated statements about products  in the future.

I just watched it and can't add much to what you say Seaweed. I wasn't sure if the vet was indicating that the calcium oxalate  stones could be helped by acidifying the urine but  this article says the opposite.

 It is worth noting that Wendy McGrandals, the vet being interviewed stated, that she was basing what she said, on her 35 years experience rather than evidenced studies. One of the points that made sense to me was the issue with the need to drink plenty with dry food. I am always shocked at how much my dog drinks when she has dry but she always has access to water and will take in quite a lot when playing when I wash her paws.  She can be fussy about where she drinks from eg I need to wash her bowl daily and refill with fresh water and she won't drink from a communal bowl. These quirks may mean dogs are not drinking as much as they need and concentrated urine is another risk factor identified. I have to say, that the necessity to drink that much has always made my favour wet over dry. There are too many factors which may inhibit an individual dogs intake.

ETA I also found it interesting that the podcast stated that some of the prescription diets were high in salt to acidify the urine and to encourage more drinking but they weren't designed to be used as a long term solution.

Another diet related factor was the need to reduce inflammation in the body as this was identified as a contributing factor to the formation of stones. Which is why struvite stones are common after a UTI in female dogs. The implication was that dry food was more likely to contain ingredients which may lead to inflammation.

I have decided to give this food a go as I am running out of uses for polystyrene boxes now. Being vegan, I have had to wrestle with which I feel worse about, non recyclable packaging or the  wool lined boxes.  However the news that black plastic is not recycled in the UK, has led me to decide on the wool lined boxes. At least the lining can be sent back free of charge for reuse.  I will have a look at the podcast later and see if I can do a summary. :D

ETA I am trying to decide between Bella and Duke and Naturaw now as I can't find much info about how the meat used for Bella and me is sourced.

General discussion / Re: Canagan dog food
« on: Jun 07, 2018, 18:04 »
Raw is the only likely way I can think of to harden the stools too.  Other foods may well have the same effect on your dog but probably the only way to know is trial and error.

Manufactures do change the recipes at times or maybe change where they source their ingredients from. It is a shame that the stools have suddenly become more appealing when it sounds like you had it sorted.

General discussion / Re: What is the future of Dog Food?
« on: Jun 06, 2018, 18:15 »
It is very encouraging to see all these new developments.  The Koji sounds similar to quorn. It will be interesting to see the research in some depth. I know the issue with some plant based proteins is that they are  not complete for a humans needs. This is generally not an issue however as the mix of proteins that are often eaten together, will equal a complete source. EG Rice with lentils would be fine.

Just to add that, I used to spend a lot of time trying to guess why she was so reactive e.g.  genes, trauma. I came to the conclusion that it didn't really matter. Better just to focus on the behaviour.

She reacts badly to the music of a T V show.  I know it is because it used to be sponsored by a hair product and the men with beards set her off.  If we didn't know why, it wouldn't make a difference.  Whatever the reason  the solution is the same. Just don't have the programme on.

Hello and welcome to the forum. I can't add much to what Dottie has said. All the work on walking and reactive dogs makes complete sense to me having lived with one and learned what works and what doesn't.  You can read a bit about my experiences on this thread
I feed a raw complete diet and don't feel that diet made any difference in my case. If anything things improved when I started it but that may have been just timing. She is an ex dogs trust dog and they had no information about her past so we were in the dark.
Again I haven't had any experience with GSD's but your issues do sound similar. I found that all the traditional training routes didn't work for us because of all her anxieties. We are at the stage now, where she copes with most things much better than she used to but we are mindful not to overload her and put her in situations which may set her back.  I don't think we will get her over her issue with other dogs completely but at the moment she has been introduced carefully to SIL's two dogs and regularly walks with them. She looks forward to her walks and seems to have gained confidence if we are approached by off lead dogs. The other dogs actually seem to look out for her and prevent other dogs from going close by putting themselves in front of her which is interesting to watch.  We have also found a field we can rent for £5 where she can be off lead, no other dogs, to do as she pleases. This also gives her an opportunity to feel relaxed outside.
It can be overwhelming at times but as Dottie says, the key is accepting your dogs differences and working with them even if what you are doing is the opposite to what everybody is telling you. Things improved immensely when I started to do that. It sounds like you have put lots of time and effort into helping your dog.
I will often give her a day or two without a walk if she has had a stressful one. In fact I pretty much only take her if she goes happily. She mostly is happy to go out but sometimes she just wants to go for a sniff walk so we do.

It would be great if you could update us and lets us know what nutriment said about this, and if you decide to try it, how Boo gets on in terms of keeping the stones at bay. It could be useful information for anyone else having similar issues. I hope you manage to  maintain her health. Hopefully somebody else who has had more experience of this may be able to offer some advice.

Hello and welcome to the forum,

I have very little knowledge about stones but was wondering if you had contacted nutriment about their low purine complete food. They may be able to advise if it is suitable. It is a complete food so you wouldn't need to add any veg if you didn't want to. I have come across some info since becoming vegan myself, about veg which may cause problems and it seems that spinach. rhubarb and beetroot can be a problem for those prone to forming stones. I have no idea if that applies to dogs to but there may be some veg which are okay.

Dog foods / Re: Cavapoo and Akela
« on: May 09, 2018, 20:05 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. I am wondering if the vomiting maybe that her stomach is empty. This happened to my dog  and a small snack a couple of hours before her evening feed sorted things out. I am guessing that the portion of Akela is smaller than the other food as it is richer. I would advise that you speak to a vet if it persists. It could also be that the food is a little rich for her and the portion size needs to be reduced further. The higher meat content foods do not suit all dogs. How are her stools since you changed ? If Daisy decides she isn't keen, there are lots of other foods you can try.  It can be lots of trial and error.

Introductions / Re: Hello
« on: May 09, 2018, 19:51 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. Your contributions would be welcome.

General discussion / Re: Just What is in Dog Food?
« on: Apr 30, 2018, 18:27 »
Thanks for the heads up Seaweed, I will watch it soon.

Training and behaviour / Re: Nervous Cocker Spaniel
« on: Apr 10, 2018, 17:58 »
reactive dogs 1
reactive dogs 2

I have re-posted the links to the threads discussing this in depth as I don't know if you had a chance to read them. I didn't see your response before it disappeared so please ask if there is any thing else you wanted to know.

Introductions / Re: hello i am new here
« on: Apr 08, 2018, 14:40 »
Welcome to the forum. Please feel free to share a little about your pets and any experiences you have had with food.

Houndmad5, I have removed your other post as it was asking the same question as this one. It will be useful if you can give us the information Coaster has requested in order to advise you better.

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