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General dog chat / Vet food recommendations
« on: Jun 20, 2019, 14:20 »
Hi to all.

My problem is my vet is always recommending the bigger manufacturers of food when it comes  to suggesting food for my Border Collie. Daisy had to go on a gastro friendly diet to deal with a parasite that was in her bowel when she was very young. The vet recommended Virbac Gastro Friendly as that’s the one they sell so I went with her suggestion She is now 9 months old and the problem seems to be sorted but my vet wants her on a food that contains 20% fat as she is still growing and recommends Hills or Royal Canin. Neither of these gets great ratings here but I don’t want to go against my vet’s advice as I have always valued her opinion. I’ve asked her to take a peek at this site but to no avail. When I look at puppy food produced by the smaller companies that get far better nutritional ratings, very few of them contain the 20% fat and those that do have quite high protein levels and my vet wants to avoid high protein as she thinks it might contribute to Daisy being hyperactive even though there doesn’t seem to be much evidence to suggest this.

Dog foods / Re: Suggestions to stop sloppy poos!
« on: Apr 08, 2019, 09:44 »

Many thanks. Yes, we have bought some YuDigest although the vet didn’t seem to think they do much good. Things have improved over the last few days by using the vet recommended  Virbac HPM Digestive Support food along with the YuDigest. Not sure what to put the improvement down to? I do use quite a lot of high reward treats when training such as Chicken along with Liver cake. Wondering if the combination of 80/20 foods along with these treats could be the cause of the problem?

Dog foods / Re: Suggestions to stop sloppy poos!
« on: Apr 08, 2019, 00:02 »
Hi. Many thanks for the reply. I may well give Akela a call. I certainly come into the category of using high reward treats during training. The vet didn’t seem to think she was overweight though? It’s an interesting point you make though because yes, we are feeding her her full quota of Akela food as recommended for her weigh 240g per day but I am giving her quite a few treats during training as I’m very much from the school of positive reinforcement. She had a problem when very young with a parasite in her bowel called Cryptosporidium but we got the all clear on that. I did thin that for a 5 month old pup, she was doing a hell of a lot of poo. As I say, things have improved since we started giving her the gastro friendly food and we are feeding her the full amount and still giving treats. Maybe cutting down on the food will help? Seems weird the first poo is fine?

Dog foods / Suggestions to stop sloppy poos!
« on: Apr 07, 2019, 20:29 »
Looking for some advice. We have a 7 month old Border Collie puppy. We started feeding her 80/20 Green Dog Food but had to change because her poos were so sloppy they were impossible to pick up which makes it very difficult to go anywhere. We changed to 80/20 Akela Salmon puppy food but have exactly the same problem. The weird thing is, her first poo in the morning is fine, but the later poos get more sloppy and on occasions she will  do 11 tiny cow pat type poos. Are these 80/20 foods too rich? We are now feeding her a gastro friendly food recommended by our vet and she seems so much better but we want to get her back onto a more ‘normal’ dry food. Has anyone here experienced anything similar?

Many thanks

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