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I am sure like many aspects of nutrition, the issue is complex. Definitely more research needed.

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Introductions / Re: Hello everyone
« on: May 20, 2019, 19:51 »
Hello and welcome to the forum Lemmy. Feel free to share your feeding experiences with us.

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Introductions / Re: new on the forum
« on: May 15, 2019, 18:04 »
It is difficult to say without knowing the weight in terms of grams instead of cups as cups can greatly vary in size. If you go to the dog food directory and tick the boxes at the top for age of dog and  weight of dog  then tick the box for lukullus then click on the one you feed.As you scroll down you will see that there is a guide to the daily amount and also daily cost. This amount was about right for my dog when she was younger but would be a bit too much now. I would start by using it as a guideline and monitor for weight loss or gain and adjust accordingly.

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Introductions / Re: Best food
« on: May 12, 2019, 18:04 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. For a dog with no specific health issues, It is hard for members to recommend a particular food as all dogs are different and finding one that suits is mostly trial and error. You can look at this thread for advice on how to use the quick search tool and find some different foods. If you find one that you like the look of, feel free to ask about it as some members may have had experience feeding it.
You don't say what the toilet issue is.


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Personally I would avoid Royal Canin. I would think that some of the 80/20 foods would be better for weight gain as many are higher in fat. Often they are a little more expensive though.  Are you looking to spend about the same as you do the skinners?

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I stopped feeding them to my dog because she eats too quickly and swallows bits that are worryingly big to me. That is just personal choice however based on her habits.

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You can find a little information on lukkulus on this thread.  It is a very long thread so it might be useful just to type lukullus in the search bar. I have fed it to my dog before and she did well on it. I like that it comes in smaller packs if needed.  I feed a bit of a varied diet now.

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One possible reason for frequent bowel movements is overfeeding. Sometimes the portion sizes are a bit too generous.  If it is a recent thing and you haven't made any changes it could be just that the food has stopped agreeing with her.  When I looked at tails.com and the ingredients that they came up with based on the information I gave them for my dog, they didn't score very highly in the review generator.

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Raw feeding / Re: Day 5 of a diet including raw
« on: Apr 23, 2019, 18:16 »
Not sure about the moulting.  My dog mostly eats raw but she hardly sheds at all. She never has really. I rarely find a single hair.

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Thank you for your very detailed post. There are many potential causes of some of the issues you described so it was lucky that you seem to have isolated the problem for your dog. I know that some of the thickeners can irritate the gut in humans so it follows that they may cause problems in dogs too.

I would be unhappy to give my dog anything with  Carrageenan in. It is a known carcinogen in humans. It is a worry that it can be added to foods without going on the label.

I hope that your dog continues to have good digestive health and thank you for sharing your experiences.

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Hello and welcome to the forum. It is good to hear that you are making headway with your dog and  I am sure it will be useful to others to share what has worked for you.

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Dog treats / Re: Healthy dental chews?
« on: Apr 17, 2019, 16:34 »
My dog likes to chew on a nylabone. Occasionally she will have an antler which she seems to like better if it is soaked in water. Her teeth are pretty good for her age. she is 9 and hasn't had any work on them yet.

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Dog foods / Re: Butternut Box
« on: Apr 13, 2019, 19:36 »
I can't find any information on what material the new pouches are made of, or the old ones for that matter.  I wasn't really aware that the food was cooked after it was in the pouches either. That worries me a bit and makes me think of all the warnings about drinking water from a plastic bottle that has been in the sun as heating the bottle can cause chemicals to leach into the water.

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Raw feeding / Re: Raw bones
« on: Apr 06, 2019, 14:59 »
Hello and welcome to the forum, I would echo what Dottie says. Nobody can give a 100% guarantee that it is safe to feed bones or anything else for that matter. I used to feed them and had no problems but I started to worry too much as my dog gobbles her food and was tending to swallow quite bit bits. I found that it wasn't worth the worry every time she had one.  I wouldn't have worried so much if she chewed and swallowed properly.

I personally don't have a problem feeding raw, I take all the usual hygiene precautions and consider the risks in comparison to possible risks to health from a kibble and other issues like eco friendly packaging. The food I have chosen to feed as my main food, fits my needs best at the moment. I would be inclined to say avoid feeding any food that makes you nervous. You have to feel comfortable, whatever you decide to do. If you really don't want to feed kibble,  there are some good wet cooked food options out there. 

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Raw feeding / Re: Puppy weaned on raw, transitioning off?
« on: Apr 02, 2019, 21:00 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. I think whatever you decide to feed you need to feel comfortable with your decision and it sounds like raw feeding is quite stressful for you.

Although I do feed raw myself, it is not completely raw. I add some home cooked and I give small bits of kibble or plain unsalted rice cake pieces as training treats. I don't give the dry stuff at the same time as meals and haven't had any problems. I wouldn't really want to hand feed raw and I wouldn't worry too much about giving extra to meal portions. i just keep an eye on weight.  If it starts to creep up I reduce the raw portion and add oats cooked in water or more veg for a while.
Hopefully your pup will not be too sensitive. I am all for a varied diet but some dogs don't cope well with changes. It is just a case of seeing what suits him and what suits you and your circumstances best.

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