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Messages - Psychedelic

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Hi, thanks for the reply.

So far she is doing quite well on Tribal, not that it's been more than a couple of weeks at this stage. The reason for high fat is due to the weight loss associated with kidney failure. I'm not too worried about her getting all the fat from her food, as supplementing with suitable oil is doable and potentially good for her joints too.

As for phosphorus, Tribal is 0.55 and that's the maximum I would go to. The veterinary diets are more like 0.2-3 with around 15% protein. However, for the moment I decided to go with slightly higher levels of higher quality protein. It's difficult to know if that's the right decision, hence the post.

I've always fed dry but I'm open to any suggestions including wet and raw as part or whole of the diet.

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My 14 year old girl has recently been diagnosed with kidney failure, and so her dietary requirements have changed quite drastically.

It seems that the jury is out on whether low protein is the way to go, but she definitely needs low phosphorus and high fat content in whatever food she has.

At the moment I am feeding Tribal TLC senior with vegetables and a small amount of oil. I'm reluctant to go for the veterinary diets, as the ingredients really do leave a lot to be desired, even if the nutrient values are better. She also has mixed vegetable tablets as she has quite advanced arthritis and has had to stop her medication due to the renal failure. So, any further joint support would be good.

Does anyone have any experience with these problems?

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Supplements / Re: Herbal/flower additives
« on: Nov 01, 2014, 16:59 »
I don't mind added joint supplements and similar things that conceivably would be of use to most/all dogs, but by and large I would rather add my own supplements - herbal or otherwise. If my dog doesn't need whatever is added, then not only am I paying out for something useless, but it's also adding to the number of ingredients to look up and check up on.

I add scullcap and valerian when the dogs need it, as well as cod liver oil and evening primrose oil daily. This way I know where the ingredients come from, and can monitor exactly how much they're having.

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Dog foods / Re: Markus Muhle
« on: Oct 20, 2014, 20:55 »
Thanks for that one, will investigate further.

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Dog foods / Re: Markus Muhle
« on: Oct 20, 2014, 18:03 »
I'll have a look at it. Thanks. :D

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Dog foods / Re: Markus Muhle
« on: Oct 20, 2014, 17:19 »
Just thought I'd ask another question about Markus Muhle, as I am looking for yet another food to try Roger on as he is still having some sloppy poos and not maintaining his weight terribly well.

So, I'm fairly sure his issues are down to corn, but as this food is cold pressed, does anyone know if this would change the reaction his gut would have to it?

My initial thought is just to steer clear, it's just a shame as so many people seem to have had such good experiences with it.

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General discussion / Re: Carnivores or omnivores?
« on: Oct 19, 2014, 20:54 »
To my mind, dogs are scavengers. I think they can thrive on most diets, although I do believe that meat should always play a major role.

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Getting a puppy / Re: Selling puppies in pet shops
« on: Oct 16, 2014, 16:52 »
Interesting question. I'd wondered about this too, as the only place I ever knew that sold puppies was Harrods, and they stopped ages ago. I know it's a problem in the USA, but here I think we need to be more concerned with people breeding just because they can, as well as puppy farmers and illegal importers.

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Dog foods / Re: Pedigree reply about there food
« on: Oct 07, 2014, 08:20 »
As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing wrong with the ingredients used in the lower end dog foods, it's just impossible to tell what they are. Because of this, it's less likely to suit many dogs, but for those without any tummy issues, I honestly don't see anything wrong with feeding a food, so long as it is one without all the nasty sugars and additives.

I'd never buy pedigree or something of that ilk, though, as you can get a much better feed for the same money, or one of equal quality for less.

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I would suggest doing an advanced search on this site. You can't exclude peas, so you'll have to go through manually for that, but you can just exclude all cereals from your search. If I remember correctly, Lupo might be a suitable food, although I've not used it myself.

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General pet chat / Re: Dogs or Cats or Both
« on: Sep 29, 2014, 08:10 »
I used to like cats, when I was a child and just saw a fluffy thing. Now I hate them with a passion, although I suppose it's more the owners I can't stand. I've had three dogs attacked by cats, cat poo in my garden and heard numerous stories of them getting bitten by on lead dogs, or dogs in their garden, at which point the owners act as if it's the dogs fault. Plus, they kill wildlife...a whole nest of kestrels and swallows, just from one cat in one summer.

I don't mind farm cats, so long as no one feeds them, and I do like house cats, because they tend to be much nicer and of course don't go out and cause havoc.

Yes, that was a bit of a rant...I apologise.

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Dog treats / Re: Do you feed treats to your dog?
« on: Sep 28, 2014, 17:46 »
I give anything and everything. I use free samples of kibble, along with various other treats that usually come as prizes from dog shows or other competitions. I use treats alot during training, and have the occasional 'jackpot' treat in my bag that is usually something fishy or anything smelly and a bit larger than what they usually get.

They also get the odd chew. Lizzy has large munchies, as this is the only thing I've found that lasts a couple of minutes and breaks up easily to avoid a certain someone swallowing it whole. And Roger gets a small rawhide ring, which thanks to the shape takes him a while to get through. They also have free access to antlers and bull horns, although only Roger really enjoys these.

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General discussion / Re: Good dog feeding on a budget
« on: Sep 28, 2014, 09:06 »
My dogs love raw veg too. They always wait in the kitchen when I'm preparing the vegetables for dinner, and are very disappointed when they have to share with the chickens. ;D

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Because they don't need to. I really believe that the responsibility has to lie with the owner, and when more people start looking into the exorbitant price and low quality of most of the popular brands, nothing will change. It does seem that more supermarkets are stocking better foods, so that's at least getting them in the public eye, but I have a feeling it won't have an impact for a while.

What's most frustrating, is that if Mars and the like did bother to make a good quality food, they could do it so much more cheaply than the smaller companies, and it would be brilliant for everyone.

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General discussion / Re: Good dog feeding on a budget
« on: Sep 24, 2014, 16:43 »
I really don't have a problem with feeding cheap foods, so long as the dog has no issues with it and it is not full of added sugars, salts and colours. I've fed my current dog on Wagg for just about six years, and only recently changed due to her digestive system slowing down and not agreeing with it as well as she used to. As the labelling isn't clear, I decided to switch to one where I knew exactly what was going into her.

I feed Autarky now, and would also recommend Skinners, as they are both cheap options and are also suitable for the wheat intolerant dog (of which one of mine is), although some of the Skinners range doesn't fit into this.

All in all, I'd say keep it as natural as possible, and just because someone poo poos it, if your dog is healthy and happy on a certain food, stick with it.

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