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Sounds like a plan Warfieldwolf, but would they have your dogs interests at heart, and how likely are they to know what's good and what isn't? I was thinking in terms of up to £25 for a large bag, or £15-20 for a 7kg bag. As mentioned I had been able to get the 7kg bags of the Lily's Kitchen grain free grass free Lamb, and a couple of their other flavours for £15/bag, but the guys supply has now run out, so I'm looking for a similar quality at a similar price

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I've been following the 'Good food on a budget' thread and I guess this question is similar, but I'm wondering wether anyone can recommend a good quality kibble that doesn't cost the earth? For the bulk of her meal, I feed my girl Rocco Classic tinned food (about 4.3 on the site), but I like to add a handful of kibble to it even though it's  not really necessary. A chap on the market near me was selling 7kg bags of Lily's Kitchen for £15 (normally about £35), but his supply has run out and so is mine.  I know what I should and shouldn't be looking for in a food, but recommendations would be make the task a bit easier. I know in the 'budget' thread people were saying stuff like Wagg and supermarket brands are OK, but I would prefer to steer clear of these if possible.

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General discussion / Re: Vegan, Vegetarian or Meat
« on: Nov 05, 2015, 15:45 »
Well Seaweed, I didn't think it would happen but I shall now keep an open mind about the idea of feeding Vegan or Vegerarian diets to dogs. I know from personal experience that it's possible to get everything you need nutritionally from them, so why not dogs? If they enjoy what they are being given, and provided it's nutritionally balanced, then I suppose that's all that matters. Unless it it scientifically proven by a long time study, who's to say it's bad for them?

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Introductions / Re: New Member
« on: Nov 03, 2015, 21:49 »
Hi and welcome to the group.

I buy my food from zooplus.co.uk and find it very competitively priced. They do some very good multi buy deals.  It's also worth signing up to receive their newsletter which informs you about regular special offers which they have. They also do free delivery on orders over £29, which when you are buying food is not difficult to achieve.

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Being a member of the Facebook Turmeric User Group UK myself,  I can only say that Turmeric is a spice upon which lots of scientific studies have been carried out.  There are links which the group accumulates to support its positive effects to stop cancer cells from forming, it's effects on Diabetes, Arthritis and other ailments too numberous  to mention.  The Facebook Group is very lively with lots of daily positive testimonials from people who have seem miraculous improvements both for themselves and their pets. The sheer number of these testimonials offer positive proof that there might just be something in the claims made for it..

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I don't know how many of you are Facebook users, but if you are, and have a dog who is getting a bit stiff in the joints, Turmeric could help.  My dog is too young to suffer from something like Arthritis yet, but I still try to include it in her diet daily for its anti  cancer properties and as a preventative for problems normally associated with aging.  It's worth looking in on the Facebook 'Turmeric User Group UK', just to read the many miraculous stories posted by owners who have seen the effect this amazing spice can have on a large number of different ailments.  Turmeric is a spice which has has lots of scientific studies performed on it, so it's possible to verify most of the claims made for it.  It can also be used by humans.  Golden Paste is regarded as the best way to take Turmeric daily as a dietary supplement. It consists of Water, Turmeric, Black Pepper and Coconut/Olive Oil.

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General discussion / Re: High protein and hyperactivity
« on: Oct 28, 2015, 18:03 »
I was very quickly in direct contact with the people at Eden about the effect their kibble had on my girl. They suggested exactly the same thing - reducing the amount I gave her. This I tried along with one or two other things they suggested to no avail.  Also it wasn't as if I hadn't given her plenty of opportunity to adjust to it as well as I'd bought a large bag.  I spent a long time searching for reviews of the food and found plenty of evidence of other owners who had experienced exactly the same thing with regard to the effect it had on their dogs digestive system. Needless to say, Eden didn't want to know.

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General discussion / Re: Vegan, Vegetarian or Meat
« on: Oct 28, 2015, 17:12 »
I myself am a vegetarian and look at it this way. If I wasn't able to feed myself and my dog could make the choice as to the type of food I'm fed, I wouldn't be very pleased if she chose to fed me meat.  Before choosing to feed a dog a totally vegetarian diet, I think extensive testing should be done where the dog is given a choice of either a veggie meal or a bowl of regular food. I'm guessing that when given the choice, they would pick meat every time. If you decide to feed your dog a vegan or vegetarian diet because of your own ethics, then I don't believe you should force something upon them which is unnatural. If you can't stand preparing raw or feeding tinned foods then kibble is available and I would like to hope that's acceptable by any veggie or vegan owner.  I wouldn't dream of forcing a veggie diet on my dog, and have in the past chopped up raw liver and chicken for her. I didn't find it pleasant doing so, but will do it for the overall health and benefit of my dog.  It would be interesting to see a study done on veggie fed dogs over their complete lifetime to see if there are any health drawbacks or whether it decreases their longevity.

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Dog treats / Re: Do you feed treats to your dog?
« on: Oct 28, 2015, 11:47 »
They sound interesting Dottie. I shall have to look into those myself.  I use a product like Plaque Off to soften the plaque on Indies teeth, but she really needs something to clean it off. The plaque isn't to much, but could really do with something to finish the job. I haven't tried brushing, but she's such a wuss with everything including having her fur brushed, I don't think she'd stay put for it.

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Dog treats / Re: Do you feed treats to your dog?
« on: Oct 27, 2015, 10:40 »
LOL not sad at all. It's great fun. And the moulds are useful. I know of others who use bone or paw shaped moulds for making doggie biscuits.

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Dog treats / Re: puppy chewa
« on: Oct 26, 2015, 22:30 »
The only thing I would say about Antlers is that I have read several reports that dogs can break their teeth on them.
My daughters bought my girl one when she was a very young puppy. I'm sure she appreciated it when she was teething, but it was one of the points and I was always worried about her stabbing herself with it as she used to romp around with it and throw it around. Needless to say, I took it off her when I read about the teeth issue.

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Dog treats / Re: Do you feed treats to your dog?
« on: Oct 26, 2015, 22:22 »
Some super healthy home made treats that I make are a variation on a popular treat with added ingredients and my dog loves them.

It's a super enhanced Tuna loaf treat which I make into 1cm cubes (just right for training treats) in silicone mould.

I use 3 cans of Tuna in oil,  Turmeric Paste (or golden paste as it is known),  ground Chia seeds and Linseed,  Diatomaceous Earth (natural de wormer), 1/2 tsp of minced garlic (also a natural de wormer) and wholewheat flour mixed in equal quantities to add up to 160g, and finally two eggs.

The silicone moulds are great and make 160 1cm cubes which I bag up and put in the freezer just taking out a handful at a time to take with me on walks.  They take 4 mins to cook in the microwave.  If you are interested in the moulds just look up 160 cube moulds on eBay. Just under £2 each.  Mine took 2 weeks to arrive from China.

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General discussion / Re: High protein and hyperactivity
« on: Oct 19, 2015, 21:23 »
I wish my memory was better. I'm sure I vaguely remember my dog who was just over a year being slightly more demanding of attention when I tried her on Eden (5* rated). It had a disasterous effect on her digestive system and gave her the runs. She was miles better as soon as I put her on something else.

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Dog foods / Re: bought a new food.... Thoughts?
« on: Oct 19, 2015, 21:10 »
Quite a high protein content I see!  Soon after I first came across this site and also when my dog was still quite young (just after she was 1 year I think) I tried her on Eden, a 5* rated food. It had a disastrous effect on her and practically ran straight though her. I quickly took her off it and converted to something with a lower protein content and she her stools became much better almost instantly.

It's interesting that you say the pork is the most popular variety. I'd always been led to believe that pork isn't particularly good for dogs?

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Introductions / Re: Show and tell!
« on: Oct 17, 2015, 01:01 »
This is Indie my 2 1/2 year old Border Collie/Samoyed cross. She's a sweetie. Likes people,  long walks especially when a bit of water is involved. Knows her depth though and never goes in far enough to swim. Also likes the Tuna loaf treats I make for her and digestive biscuits. She'd play fetch all day if I let her. She gets spooked by distant shooting (shotgun).  It happens too often for my liking on some of the walks I go on. I'm never sure whether it's clay pigeon or farmers after a bit of game. She's also not keen on noisy motorbikes.

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