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Hello everyone can anyone help me please?. On Friday I had to take my Shih Tzu to the vet as she looked like she was suffering with full Anal glands. This was confirmed by my vet when she emptied them .
On reading all sorts of advice it seems she needs more fibre in her diet and a single protein. I recently changed her and her sister to Gentle Small Bites Cold Pressed food. There were on raw previously. I have found that Cold Pressed has suited them very well and really would like them to stay on this as it suits them and us.
The one thing I notice is that Gentle is not grain free ( not recommenced for Anal gland problem- which I did not know at the time)  but it is also very low in fibre - only 3.%. Could anyone help me to decide what I should do . I know that Tribal have just brought out a small breed  food but is lower in fibre and not single protein and also Forthglade do cold pressed too. Does anyone have similar issues with their pooches and works for them.? 
I would be very grateful for any advice.
I should mention this is the second time she has had this problem in 8 months and never in her 11years previously.

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Dog foods / Gentle Dog food and other meats
« on: Aug 26, 2019, 17:47 »
Hello some of you may remember a few weeks back I was trying out Cold pressed food (CobbyDog) with not a lot of success due to the volume of pooh they were producing.
About 3 weeks ago as I had quite a bit of food left I decided to have another try and this time it has been much better, except for one of mine who does not like CobbyDog Fish supper. I decided to then get some samples of Gentle to see if she liked that better and glad to say she does.
One reason I think is that the CobbyDog fish supper has 49% fish and seems to be a little harder to crunch. With Gentle Fish variety it has only 34% Fish so maybe that is the difference and a bit softer. Unfortunately it was the fish one I really wanted for her to stop her itching.
Anyway with that in mind I want send for a large bag 5kg and do Gentle morning and raw the evening meal.

Does anyone feeding Cold pressed add a small amount of meat or even raw with the dry food? Just to give a bit of variety. I see that Gentle do a roll called Gentle Pure containing Buffalo meat has anyone tried this or any other meat like forthglade or Nature Diet.?
If this diet is a success I may take them off raw altogether as it is getting harder to find space in my freezer for our food and don't have room for another one.
 Any help or advice would be very appreciated thank you. Apologies for going on a bit but just wanted to set the scene as it were.

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Dog foods / Can any one advise please
« on: Jun 11, 2019, 08:01 »
As some may know on here I have been feeding my two Shih Tzu's CobbyDog Cold Pressed Fish Supper variety for just over two weeks now. My concerns are that the amount of Pooh they are producing is far more than when on completely on raw food.

 At the moment I am giving them raw in the mornings and CobbyDog in the evening. Yesterday they both pooed at least 3 times each and a huge amount each time. Which I find worrying that the nutrients aren't being retained in their system as long as on raw.

I realise that they are going to produce more but not to that extent.

The reason I started feeding CobbyDog is that my older one itches quite a lot and as CobbyDog has TumerAid included in the food and is very close to raw I thought it may help. I think it is too early to tell if it is helping but they are liking it very much, it is also a bit more convenient that raw in that I haven't got to remember to take it out of the freezer.
 I do soak it in some warm water which I think the younger one is finding it easier to eat.

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Dog foods / Concern with Cold Pressed food
« on: Jun 03, 2019, 07:48 »
Hello  Although I mostly raw feed my two Shih Tzu's I thought I would try some dry food that may help with the older one with itching and when I haven't taken the raw out of the freezer in time.
With the help of the All About Dog Food directory I decided on Cobbydog Cold Pressed food ( Fish Supper) mainly because of the addition of TumerAid, and the fact that they manufacture it there, as they say they are the only ones to do that in the UK
 
They are both loving it so have introduced it gradually and feed it for their breakfast and raw at night, which is how I would like to feed them from now on and Cold Pressed allows it to be fed like that.

What I am finding is that the younger dog who is 9kg &10 years old is poohing a lot more ie 4 times a day in fact twice a day more than on completely raw, and my concerns are that the nutrients are not staying in her for want of another way of putting it. Their stools are nice and firm but not as solid as on raw only which much be more comfortable for them when passing them through.

My older one is ok at the moment as she doesn't always want breakfast and is almost half the weight of the other at just over 5kg &12 years old.
 Is this normal with Cold Pressed as they say it is very close to raw  which is why I wanted to try it in the first place. Has anyone else noticed this ?

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Dog foods / Canagan dog food opinions please.
« on: Jul 30, 2018, 10:31 »
I am currently raw feeding my two Shih Tzu's  and have done for more than 6 years. But my eldest Mali is 11 years old and frequently scratching. There is no evidence  of any thing causing it . My other one Tasha is almost 10 years old and seems to be chewing her paws and licking. These are all things I don't really expect being raw fed. I am thinking now it is time for a change and was thinking of Canagan . Does anyone feed their dogs Canagan or have any views on it. I did try them a couple of years ago with Eden , they liked it but their bottoms did't and I was told it was too high in protein being around 40% . Canagan being 33% . I don't want the trouble I had with Eden as it took weeks to get them back to normal. So if anyone have any views tI would appreciate it very much.
Also any views from those who have changed from raw to kibble that could also be welcome. Thank you in advance.

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Introductions / HELLO
« on: Jul 30, 2018, 07:59 »
Hi everyone I would like to introduce myself and my two  Shih Tzu's Mali & Tasha  age 11yrs and 10 yrs. We live in West Wales.
 Mali has recently been having seizures periodically we are not sure what the reason is. She has seen a canine cardiologist who did blood tests and a heart scan but has not come up with an answer. She is now on heart medication for the rest of here life which fortunately she takes like treats. Other than that you wouldn't think there was anything wrong with her.
They have been raw fed for the last 6+ years. 

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