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My dog used to be fussy and can still be choosy at times. Ive found the best priced wet food is either forthglade or natures diet. Feeding amounts are relatively low in comparison to price and to keep costs down, I mix kibble with the wet food. You don’t need much wet food and you could always portion a carton up and freeze the extra.  Forthglade freezes particularly well...especially in a Kong! Fish flavours also go down well, both in kibble and wet food. The smellier the better. If you are buying big bags of kibble that last a few months, the kibble will lose its aroma and it may be contributing to your dog going off food. Also, watch portion sizes and always weigh the food. Over feeding can lead to soft poops every few days. If you do buy big bags, maybe try smaller bags and alternate flavours within the brand. Good luck sorting things out...you’ll figure it out in the end.

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Feeding dogs with health problems / Re: Wet Food Additives
« on: Sep 06, 2020, 23:00 »
I also got rid of the dot and added a comma in between.

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Feeding dogs with health problems / Re: Wet Food Additives
« on: Sep 06, 2020, 09:01 »
I’ve been looking at Walker & Drake (I’m a sucker for fancy packaging). The ingredients are good and I’ve just put the ocean fish into the calculator and got 86% with no red or Amber ingredients showing. I might send for a sample to see what my dog thinks of it

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It’s difficult to recommend a food but as an owner of a dog with allergies , whilst you are going through the elimination diet route, my advice would be to buy the best you can afford but make sure you have a limited ingredients list. Avoid any food that gives a generic description such as “oils & fats” or “cereals “. Also, don’t just alter the food, if you feed treats then choose wisely with them too. If your dog does have food allergies, the rating will factor but what will be more important is that you get a food that suits your dog. Good luck! It will be a stressful time but please persevere.

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Hi. It seems you have given things much thought. I guess it will now come down to what types of treats you offer and the price range. If you are catering for allergies,  might I suggest you include a full ingredients list for your customer to read before they make a choice. I have to avoid any food that has generic ingredients listed, such as “cereals” or “animal fats”  or “poultry “. As I know from blood tests what my dog is allergic to, I have to be careful and be aware of all ingredients before buying a product. I was given the advice by my vet that if I wasn’t sure what was in a product then I should avoid feeding it to my dog. Maybe also look for novel proteins such as camel, ostrich etc... as a flavour option. I now tend to feed air dried animal parts such as chicken feet or camel skin. They absolutely reek but my dog goes crazy for them!

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Hi, as an owner of a dog with food allergies, it would be great to see these being catered for. Maybe let the customer personalise their own box , for example offer a pick your own treats to a value of £? . I’m not sure if I would subscribe to something like this but at the minute I can’t because I would be throwing half the box away each month as my dog can’t eat the treats due to his allergies. Also, may be give options of 2 monthly subscription, quarterly etc... During this current time people may not be able to justify spending ££££’s on their dog each month. Hope this helps....good luck in your new venture

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General discussion / Re: What is the best dog food?
« on: May 05, 2020, 23:16 »
Recommending a dog food is difficult as what suits one dog, doesn’t necessarily suit the next. I would advise to make a decision as to what type of food you want to feed eg kibble, raw, wet etc... and then set the filters on the food pages to see which would be best. Some of the higher rated ones are not widely stocked so ordering from the manufacturer is the only option. This might not suit some people so whilst the ratings might be good, it’s not so great as it doesn’t suit your needs. What I would recommend is don’t keep changing food , especially as your dog is young. I did this when my dog was young as he wouldn’t eat & kept having a runny bum. He now has numerous food allergies and whilst there is no proof that changing his food repeatedly caused the allergies, I do often wonder if This contributed to them. I raw feed when I have room in the freezer & use compatible kibble the other times. I have found Akela is a good brand that suits my dog and I’ve never had any issues with delivery. They sell raw, wet & kibble. But as I’ve said, what’s good for one dog and owner isn’t always good for the next.

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Akela do a kangeroo wet food that might suit.  Meat love sell pure single source wet food in horse and goat flavour too. You could add a suitable veggies or something like smartbarf that people add to raw food to get a better balanced diet & fibre

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If you use the site and select the appropriate filters, you will get a list of appropriate foods for your dog, giving nutritional information about the foods. As an owner of a working cocker, I can say spaniels are very lively little things...especially when they are pups! Choose the best quality food that’s within your budget and don’t be tempted to overfeed. Maybe practice ditching the bowl for the odd meal and making the little monkey work for his dinner by using his brain to play games and rewarding calmness using his kibble as the reward. There’s plenty of information on line regarding this style of training. A particular favourite of mine is on FB...called Absolute Dogs. They are linked to a dog training school in Devon & produce DVD’s ...I think they do one especially  for puppies. Enjoy the time you spend with your pup...and try to keep your sense of humour (even when they have decided to try to dig to Australia in the middle of your back garden!)

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General pet chat / Re: Dog and Cat food brands
« on: Oct 15, 2019, 19:31 »
I use Millie’s Lionheart (dog version is Millie’s Wolfheart) for my cats. They are black & white moggies and their coats are really soft with a mirror like shine. They also hoover the kibble up when it’s in their bowls. Delivery is excellent and they are reasonably priced. Do I feed my dog it? No.... but that’s because he has many allergies and it’s not suitable for him but if he didn’t  have these issues then yes I would as it’s really good value with a fantastic variety.

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Getting a puppy / Re: How to choose a puppy
« on: Sep 25, 2019, 18:43 »
Check out Absolute Dogs on FB. They adopt a novel way of training all types of dogs and of all ages. This involves play and food rather than the conventional way of obedience & reward based training. I had my doubts but my WCS who preferred sniffing and chasing rather than anything else started to change when I took their advice. I just wish I had discovered them when he was a pup and used their dvd for puppies. I’m sure I wouldn’t have felt so much of a failure as his new “mum” in the early days if I had. They offer advice on how to incorporate food rewards into every day activities, whether you feed raw, kibble or wet. It might make the choice of which pup to choose easier as they show you how to teach your dog calmness and or optimism and excitement in life.

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Dog foods / Re: Dog Mixers - large sized chunks?
« on: Sep 05, 2019, 21:57 »
Have you looked at laughing dog? They do various mixers. I’ve never tried them so I’m unsure of the size of the pieces.

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Dog foods / Re: Back to the drawing board...
« on: Sep 05, 2019, 21:54 »
Tribal makes a grain free turkey cold pressed food. They also make a salmon flavour one too. It’s more expensive than Forthglade but as your dog is small, the feeding amounts will be low.

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General discussion / Re: Cockapoo with poo problems : (
« on: Sep 03, 2019, 21:00 »
I agree with Dotty, it sounds like over feeding. I’ve been guilty of this, blaming the food and so I kept constantly changing his food. I now raw feed (my dog has LOTS of allergies) and this suits him but I weigh every meal and under feed from the recommended daily allowance. Hes a WCS about the same weight as your dog and he tends to approx 70 to 80 g per meal time but definitely no more as he suffers from soft poop in the same way as you describe your dog does.

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It’s a shame your vet doesn’t hold out much hope for the blood tests. I’d still be in the dark about my dog &  getting stressed about it all as I’d never have guessed storage mites (found in grains and kibble) would have been in the list of things to avoid. For us, the blood tests were money well spent...we had insurance that covered it. In the long run I guess we’ve saved money as we’ve had less vet bills and not so much wasted dog food. Maybe you can speak to your vet again or see a different one at the practice to see if they have any alternative suggestions if they don’t think a blood test will help.

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