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Dog foods / Re: Butternut Box
« on: Yesterday at 18:08 »
I got some pouches for my dog and will probably feed BB at weekends and holidays. She definitely loves them. I have to remove her bowl as she wont leave it for long after it is licked clean.  I didn't transition because she doesn't seem to be bothered by a change of diet at all. I like to mix it up a bit.  She did have four bowel movements today after one pouch but I think I over fed her. The recommended amount was 200g daily and I thought each pouch was 200g so weighed out half in the morning and gave her the rest in the evening. When I did the same tonight, the evening meal looked big so I checked the weight and it was almost 170gs. I weighed a full pouch and it was 292gs . Not sure if that is because the two week trial packs are bigger and her usual packs will be the recommended 200gs.  I am not complaining but will remember to weigh it. If I switched completely I think I would have one happy dog. Sadly It is a little pricey for me but understandably so.  Downside is she has already become more pesky at meal times and is trying to hide her bowl so I don't take it away to stop her chasing around the room for an hour.

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Personally I don't buy into the idea that dogs should eat the same thing day in and day out. Left to fend for themselves, they would not have a complete food available twice daily, so would need to eat a variety of things to get some balance. As Dottie says, as long as your dog has  good digestive function, they should be fine.

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Hello and welcome to the forum, The various hills plans are in the dog food directory. If you look in the list of brands and click Hill's you will find them. They don't have a high rating. They have some ingredients highlighted in red which lowers the rating.  There are lots of foods to explore all with pros and cons depending on your dog and personal circumstances. 

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Hello. Sorry to hear that your dog is experiencing some digestive issues. You may find some useful information on this thread.

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General discussion / Re: Dental Plaque
« on: Dec 28, 2018, 18:19 »
We just use the beaphar toothpaste ( a tiny amount) with a finger brush. She isn't very cooperative so we do as much as we can.  She does have some treats that aren't raw but I try to keep them healthy. I have noticed a little tartar now but the vet wasn't concerned. She is 9 or possibly older now so I would expect some build up. She has a good gnaw on a nylabone at least once a day.

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I really hope you find something to suit your dog and help with all the digestive issues. Your feedback is very much appreciated.

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Interesting. The apparent improvements made after supplementing with taurine in dogs showing a deficiency and having DCM are promising.
There still seems to be lots of unknowns. Presumably the condition happens over an extended time period so not sure how useful recording treats and other things fed on top of the diet and keeping the packet info would be.  I tend, not to feed the same treats or extras. So what I would record after diagnosis, wouldn't necessarily  be what may have contributed towards the disease.
For anyone reading BEG diet is Boutique, exotic-ingredient, and grain-free. The abbreviations were explained at the end. ???



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Another interesting read. The chart showing the phosphorus levels of popular raw ingredients could very useful for those trying to work out a diet plan.

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General discussion / Re: Lack of Water in Dog Foods
« on: Nov 30, 2018, 19:55 »
An interesting read, thank you Seaweed. I didn't realise that histamine was produced if water was lacking.  I wonder if the same is true of humans. That may well explain some of the rise of allergies and auto immune conditions.  Fizzy, dehydrating drinks often seem to be the favoured drink for a lot of younger people today. I always worried about the effect on the kidneys of dry food but it seems the problems could run deeper.

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Dog foods / Re: Nutriment
« on: Nov 29, 2018, 17:18 »
It all sounds good but I would like to see them working on eco friendly packaging too. :(

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One of the reasons I switched to raw, was an unsettled feeling that giving the same dry food day in, day out must lead to some nutrition requirements not being met. I never felt that the problem was completely solved by changing and I add various bits of cooked human food such as quinoa, brown rice,  well cooked veg, sometimes a few lentils or chick peas. The more I learn about pet and human nutrition, the more convinced I am that the best way to avoid deficiencies is to mix it up as much as possible.  Of course this doesn't always work due to allergies or digestive issues but I have been lucky that my dog rarely has any adverse effects from her diet.

I have had issues with some complete foods leaving her hungry and making her go to the toilet excessively so I try not to mess with the main  food without a reason but use one that has some variety anyway then I just vary what I add to it. I am still not convinced that I am getting it right although she seems happy and healthy. 

It is hard to find a study on nutrition conducted without a possible bias.   :(

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Raw feeding / Re: Naturaw
« on: Nov 26, 2018, 07:05 »
It seems like Naturaw are experiencing a stock issue at the moment. see here for their statement on twitter. Bad news for me although hopefully they will be back on track soon. Good news for the planet because hopefully this is an indication that there is a growing demand for eco-friendly packaging.

In terms of the food. I found that my dog has started to gain weight rather rapidly. Took me a while but I realised that in order to feed like for like, I need to add some water to make up the weight to 85 grams for my dog. I tried 65gs this morning and when topped up with water this looked very similar to the consistency of the other raw completes I have fed. The naturaw is pretty dry in comparison. I am assuming this is because it needs to be to prevent leakage through the sugar cane cartons. More good news because it means the food should go further. I am hoping the reduced portion will stabilise her weight but will monitor.

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Dog foods / Re: Good (dry) food with a smell?
« on: Nov 25, 2018, 20:56 »
Hello and welcome to the forum,
I haven't fed many dry foods but when I fed Markus Muhle cold pressed food a few years ago, I remember that it had quite a strong smell that my dog seemed to like. I wasn't so keen but then again, I didn't have to eat it. :-\

Edited to add  You could also try adding some warm water to your chosen food. That will release some of the odour and possibly make it more appealing to your dog.

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General discussion / Re: issue with Millies Wolfheart
« on: Nov 20, 2018, 19:19 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. Did you ask Millies if they changed the recipe in any way, when you contacted them? Sometimes companies make changes that people aren't aware of. 

It is very hard to say if there is a problem with the food as it may just be coincidence that your dog got ill at that time and sometimes intolerance's do develop over time. . I hope Barney gets better soon and I hope you can find something that agrees with him.

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Dog foods / Re: How to gain weight without over-feeding?
« on: Nov 15, 2018, 18:33 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. I am not an expert but can share my personal experience. I have found with some foods that my dog will be eliminating more and will loose weight. As you say, I don't expect feeding more would have solved the problem. When I did that with the last food I tried, she was waking me early because she needed to go to the toilet.  I have found that cold pressed food generally results in stable weight and solid stools, except fourthglade which doesn't seem to agree with my dog  as much as others. I changed to raw because at one time there wasn't much choice of cold pressed foods and they all came in bags too big for my needs.  I was happy with nutriment raw but decided to change as the black plastic cartons are not being recycled in the UK yet.  I tried a couple of different raw foods but they seemed to go through her quickly. Stools weren't soft just frequent and my dog seemed hungry and started eating earth and other stuff. I am now feeding naturaw which has reduced the amount of stools, they are still firm but not too hard. The weight is creeping up to so I will have to reduce portions a bit now and monitor. Nutriment sometimes made her a bit constipated as stools were very hard but small and two a day.  A little veg added to her meals solved this issue. I don't know if you have considered raw but there a a few things to consider, like if you have freezer space or vulnerable people in the house and the hygiene measures needed to reduce any risks.

I would agree that increasing the current food would probably just cause more problems with digestion. Eden do say that loose stools indicate over feeding.

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