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I shall have a look at cold pressed food, it's first time Iv heard of it.  I'm not overly keen on bran, i think the vet could of given me better examples of adding more fibre to her diet, but never mind.  I had a look at the American website, that was mentioned on the home cooked food page, and chia seeds look like an excellent source of fibre. I like the idea that they provide a good amount of fibre without having to add so much bulk to her diet, she's quite a dinky border, so I don't want to overfill her tummy.  They advised best way to feed to,dogs is to soak the seeds for 48 hours and it forms a jelly like substance, which I'm busy doing now, it reminds me of when I used to soak whole linseed for my horse years ago before you could buy it milled.  I also agree that I don't just want to bulk her stools up, which is what bran will do.  Her stools have been good tonight when I took her out for her evening potter, and she had small portion of natural yogurt before bed, my other two also enjoyed this, my Lakeland cross, was vomiting every morning a while back, I found out it can be just their stomach being empty for too long, so they now they all have a light late snack and it solved the problem of vomiting. Iv got appointment next tues at vet for glands to be expressed and to see if any improvement, I shall update on how she gets on x

Hi thanks I just found the section on home cooked food once I posted, so,I'll have a read through today. She does like yogurt so that's a good addition to put in her diet.  Her stools are normally firm and quite good, they were a little loose and not very bulky yesterday, but good this morning.  I made them all an omelette with wilted spinach for fibre and a little grated cheese which she normally goes mad for, but she picked through it and spit most of spinach out, I picked most of spinach out but she was suspicious by then(Antibiotics were in too), so I heated a small cup of chicken bone broth up and poured that over, again something she normally laps up and she only managed a few mouthfuls.  I'm concerned now she is getting sick of antibiotics now, which will add to her infection problem.  I'll see how she gets on during the day, she's happy in herself and done her usual morning routine of roly poly on both settees kicking all the cushions and throws off, which is always a good start to the day.x

Hi I have a 16 1/2 yr old border terrier, she has always had to have her glands expressed around every six months for as long as I can remember.  She has been fed burns food nearly all her life, as I thought it was a good quality food for her, and tbh she's doing well for her age.  I had to change her food to home cooked, as she had to have dental work , she had an awful build up of plaque (my fault for not brushing her teeth, and from years of eating dry kibble), and she was struggling with the burns food, i attempted raw, but she wouldn't entertain it.  To try cut a long story a bit shorter, I researched and continue to do so for home cooked food, I also have a 14 yr old Lakeland x border and a rescue lurcher around 10 yr old. Apart from being constantly exhausted from cooking and washing dishes, I thought I was doing ok, although I have to admit, I worry about getting it all right , and the three of them seem to show sensitivities to different things.  I'm happy to continue to cook for them, I wonder if any one else is successfully home cooking, or if anyone can recommend a good book or guide I start to drown on the internet sometimes.  Back to the anal glands, visited vet today, and glands had to be expressed again as were full and infected, this is only 10 days after being emptied and after finishing a her fourth course of antibiotics in same amount of months.  Vet suggested booking her in once a week to have them expressed and put her on a 10 day course of antibiotics.  I'm very stressed and worried about my old girl, one reason is it's very uncomfortable and stressful for her at vet, and I realise it's not particularly good for them to have glands expressed often, and secondly they have given same antibiotics she had last four times.  Her urine sample was diluted, indicating her kidneys could be struggling and her blood test was on high side,of normal. Dietary advice is to reduce protein in her diet and add bran to her food.  If this doesn't clear the infection up, vet considering having her anethatised and her glands flushed, which is risky at her age.  She is a very stressful little worrier, I gave her a weeks course of lindbell digestive plus pro biotics after her last lot of antibiotics, and it really seemed to help her she was more relaxed and happier in herself, but now she's turning her nose up if I try to add it to her food.  She's still a very active little dog and I was hoping she be around for a good few more years, so any help will be very much appreciated.  X

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