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Dog treats / Re: Warning about Kong toys
« on: Oct 18, 2019, 22:13 »
Rhodesian Ridgeback here has had a giant classic kong xtreme XXL for about 8 issues and the only toy he has not destroyed.


General discussion / Re: Hi opinions please
« on: Jun 24, 2019, 01:57 »
My view is that dry kibbe is fuel rather than enjoyable food. Ours seem to simply swallow it.  2 out of  here also eat barf complete without it touching sides.

Most dry extruded kibbles are baked to a temp too high for my liking ─║eaving me concerned re the true  vitamin and nutrition levels left. Carb levels can be relatively high also.

Cold presseed foods maybe worth a look...carb levels look high but this arguably due to the way mineral clay is included as carb content

General dog chat / Re: What's In Your Doggy First Aid Kit?
« on: Jun 10, 2019, 18:11 »
Thand will take a look

General dog chat / Re: What's In Your Doggy First Aid Kit?
« on: Jun 07, 2019, 22:30 »
Like listed above we just added peroxide and an eyedropper to ours. Our bull terrier ate the 8" handle of his tug toy 3 days ago and we had to run out and buy peroxide to make him throw it up. Which he did.  Defintely a must, in case your dog eats something dangerous.

Polite words of caution.........

I noticed the reference to peroxide to induce vomiting but also noticed the absence of info re what type, what dose, when to & when NOT to use it.

Hair dye use peroxide should NOT be used. I have read that only 3 % Hydrogen Peroxide should be used.

There isn't a lot of credible uk based info re this online....however there is a link below,

For small cuts and grazes......Luecillin as mentioned by seaweed has  been recommended to me before.

Wow !

Once again a fantastic shared link.

This was a fascinating read.

A potentially groundbreaking change in the fight against cancer.....

Thank you so much

Dog foods / Re: Nutriment
« on: Apr 13, 2019, 21:03 »
Low purine price has risen significantly since placed into the range

Dog foods / Re: Suggestions to stop sloppy poos!
« on: Apr 10, 2019, 00:35 »
I have prior fed Akela fish to adult lab without loose stool issues. I was, however, mindful not to overfeed.

Dogs can produce loose stools If over fed and from my experience, feeding dry extruded is a bit of a balancing act when wanting to mantain or add weight to a dog needing it.

I fed Akela because on paper it looked good. In hindsight I reflected that the composition list appeared to tick a lot of boxes that would qualify it here for a top rating.

When I called them to discuss I only managed to speak to sales staff & not anyone who convinced me they were over knowledgeable.

I would still recommend this brand if someone was adamant on feeding a dry extruded kibble but not to the extent of disregarding other products of acceptable "on paper" composition.

I can't comment on what you have switched to for now as I am unfamiliar with it.

One final thing......Collies can be a bit hit and miss with food and other products fed or used on them. You may end up with some trial and error before settling on long term food.....The proprietor of CSJ  dog food was very much a collie owner and has prior spoken of understanding collie diet needsa......maybe worth a call if so motivated.

Raw feeding / Re: Puppy weaned on raw, transitioning off?
« on: Apr 09, 2019, 16:31 »
Firstly ....Thanks for replying & with an update. So many new members fail to do this.

Personally I feel decent cold pressed is a better choice than dry extruded. If the dog gets on with guru you could stick with that or maybe look at other cold pressed foods....most have acceptable composition but not all. Cetainly there are CP foods cheaper per kg than Guru that review ok for the needs of many.

As for the dry extruded you have mentioned.  Personally I would avoid &/or dispose. It shouldn't be fed alongside raw or CP products meaning that any change would have to be instant and maybe after skipping a meal.

In terms of visible outer appearance....most dogs will seem fine on most foods.....assuming they eat them. The long term effects of feeding a lesser food may only show in that longer term. A happy dog after initial feeding is not repesenative of the bigger long term picture.

Seeing a video on you tube comparing dry extruded kibble breaking down in water compared to CP will be eye opening....I suggest you do a search. (There is one for farm foods and one for guru if you search online.....personally I would definitrly chose guru out of the 2 given a choice). I have seen my Lab vomit whole dry extruded kibble still hard and many hours after feeding time......that alone is enough reason for me not to feed it !

As for how much you should settle down a bit as time goes on. Sorting the food positively is a major step.

Feel free to start other threads if you want advice on other ownership issues. Food is just one part of thr jigsaw of reponsible and enjoyable dog ownership.

Raw feeding / Re: Puppy weaned on raw, transitioning off?
« on: Apr 01, 2019, 12:04 »
I agree re the natures menu raw nuggets....take feed amount from freezer as they otherwise thaw quickly into one mass.

Re wet complete...I have fed the wainwright's grain free trays. Easy to store and feed and dog concerned seemed ok on it for the time.used, (months not weeks).

Re dry extruded kibble....I have fed a few lastly Akela which was ok. Milles Wolf heart (variety means composition can vary significantly between products). Simpsons grain free worth a look. Acana and Orijen pay for it crossing the Atlantic. Majority of uk branded kibble is made by 2 mass producers so the actual manufacturer choice is a lot smaller than some may think. Skinners in suffolk have there own mill & once told me they can batch audit trail specific bag ingredients to individual ships. Some significant variation in quality depending on price point.

Re cold pressed...Never fed it but if I was looking to do so sourcing by mail choice would be grain free choices from....
Lupo  24/10
Markus Muhle seem to make the majority of CP products that are typically sourced by mail order in the  UK.

Forthglade Cold pressed  is more shop available but I haven't researched it in detail as in my view there are more cost effective choices out there.

Raw feeding / Re: Puppy weaned on raw, transitioning off?
« on: Apr 01, 2019, 00:24 »
Folk that want to feed raw make it work...even when factors make it more difficult for some owners than.

If you want to stop feeding raw you will justify it....Indeed from your post it looks like you have already decided to quit feeding same.

By far easiest way to switch would be to move to cold pressed as this can be fed with raw and the ratios gradually adjusted.

Your feedng  seems a massive drama & nightmare.

3 dogs under same roof here all on raw and the youngest on it from 8 weeks (now 9 months).

Our feeding is like this....

When we want to feed the dogs we take food from fridge, place into 3  bowls and put same on floor....dogs then eat food.The bowls get a rinse & we defrost before putting  food in fridge &/or later feeding. That's it !

I have never fed a dog in its crate.

A dog with a healthy appetite should eat it's food in one sitting. If mone started messing with food it would be taken away.....I have never had blood and raw meat from the bowl dragged around and played with.

Over the years I have fed various barf completes including prey model.....Personally my choice is not to feed the raw brand you  mentioned.

Either try another brand or switch to cold pressed.....or a dry  extruded kibble if you really want to do so.

You mention shampooing paws and face, more frequent clothing washes, hand feeding meals & potty training....Not wishIng to offend but these remarks and general tone of your post make me suspect you may be over complicating matters.  I understand you want to love & care for your new arrival but It's a puppy not a baby. Over fussing can sometimes make dogs over fussy.

Training wirh treats is simple.....just drop a bit off allowance if  excess feeding causes pup to look overweight or maybe have loose stools.....None of our 3 have been fat as pups....if pounds pile on then just ease off total food a bit.

If you get stressed when feeding then the dog may pick up on this.....possibly this is already hapenning and punis anxious or joining in with all the playful drama.

Try to relax a bit, feed something you and pup get on with and keep things sensible but simple.

Good luck.



Raw feeding / Re: Paleo Ridge Raw Dog Food Products
« on: Mar 02, 2019, 20:04 »
Thanks for sharing :)

General discussion / Re: Dental Plaque
« on: Feb 12, 2019, 20:56 »
The ingredients pedigree dentastix did concern me but they have good abrasive action.....I wish I coukd find something similar texture but different ingredients

Introductions / Re: Hello newbies here
« on: Feb 09, 2019, 20:22 »
Ok so I have a little more time today.

I totally agree re the comments on separate supplements being the best route.

Just as I wouldn't expect a pharmacist to recommend a human medicating on fish fingers high in omega 3 to improve a health condition I would not look to feed a certain brand of dog food to improve health in a dog with a clinical condition.

Above appropriate doest can arguably help with overall health or specific health issues. I personally wouldn't entrust my mobility improvement to diet alone.

I know of an owner on another forum whose dog showed night and day mobility  improvements after glucosamine and chrondotin suppelemted into diet....I should add that the doses were significant but a lethargic dog in pain became a runaround happy dog. I have seen videos and the poster was a well know forum contributor known personally to other members.

Bottom line is supplements are key not food albeit good good better than lesser quality food.

As for what is a good food....that depends on budget,  food type (ie.  Wet, dry extruded kibble,raw,cold pressed etc etc),  dog specific need etc.

The directory is good but I have prior valued lso recomendations....especially in early days of wanting to head in the right direction whilst still learnin about dog food.

Introductions / Re: Hello newbies here
« on: Feb 08, 2019, 21:55 »
Nothing of additional value to add here for now I will just say  welcome  :)

General dog chat / Re: Alabama Rot
« on: Feb 08, 2019, 00:50 »
Sad to see the cause still remains a bit of a mystery.

I was hoping that by now that common patterns might have been linked....I looked at the maps& wondered if it
might be linked to wild forest certainly seems to have had a few cases.

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