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General pet chat / Re: Dog and Cat food brands
« on: Oct 14, 2019, 20:33 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. Many of the larger companies sell both dog and cat food. If you start off using the filters on the Dog Food Directory to choose something for your Border you can then check if the company sells cat food too. Two reputable companies that spring to mind are Natures Menu and Millie's Wolfheart. Hopefully someone else will be along to make further suggestions.  Pets at Home own brand (Wainwright's) might also be worth looking at.

Introductions / Re: Millie won't eat dog food
« on: Oct 10, 2019, 17:34 »
Hello and welcome to the forum Pandora. This thread might be of use to you. Dogs prefer food with an aroma so it might be best to stick to wet food for now. Home cooked food is sometimes preferred by the fussy eater but it’s not easy to get the nutrients at the correct level. There are now commercial fresh cooked foods, Butternut Box and Different Dog being two. Might be worth looking at. Also it could be helpful to give a canine specific probiotic such as YuDigest.

Pet news / You and Yours on vegan pet food
« on: Oct 04, 2019, 21:37 »
You and Yours (Radio4)  today has a piece on Vegan pet food. It is at 6.35 minutes.

Re the Dog Food Directory: David has added carrageenan as a red ingredient to some of the wet foods that contain it. I don’t know if it is complete as yet.

As mentioned, dogs sometimes need smaller quantities when fed high quality foods. It’s necessary to adjust the amount down until the weight is steady. Some dogs will always appear hungry even when you know they are getting enough for their needs. I suppose you just have to be firm with them but it’s not easy.

I looked up the Butchers and it has high protein (47.1%) and moderate fat (14.7%) - link. Orijen Adult is high in protein and fat - link. Protein and fat have higher calories than carbohydrate. These quality foods sometimes need to be fed in lower quantities which might not satisfy appetite.

Regarding weight control my experience is that it’s easier to stick with one product and to weigh the food. In this way you can adjust the quantity up and down by 10% until you get the right amount. Dogs need animal protein so it might be helpful to try a product that has moderate protein and lower fat, say 10% to 12%. A number of the cold pressed foods meet this criteria.  I find that topping up this type of food with lean protein eg chicken, fish will raise protein without adding too much fat. As Tinyplanets has said, supplementing can help. Suitable vegetables are useful but they should be cooked and mashed to aid digestion. Some hungry dogs do better having the daily food allowance divided into three meals.

I’ve split your post and given it a meaningful title so it will be searchable. Please can you tell us what low calorie wet food you are using? The reason I ask is that most wet foods have higher fat/protein levels.

Dog foods / Re: Puppy on adult food.... advice
« on: Sep 27, 2019, 09:46 »
Hello and welcome to the forum Pugmomma. Puppy food usually has a higher fat and protein content to help with their rapid growth. Some adult foods have high protein content too so can be used for pups. However, if it was not one of these then I would hazard a guess that the the difference in nutrition between that and your current food has been too great for the pup’s digestion to deal with.  Butchers Puppy Perfect has high fat - 33.3% and high protein - 44.4%. The carbohydrate content is low.

Overfeeding can also cause these symptoms so make sure that you are giving the correct amount. Often the RDA as stated on the packaging is higher than the dog actually needs.

Puppies are best left on the food that the breeder used for a while until they are settled. Transition to a new product should then be gradual. Talk to the vet and perhaps look at finding a good food that will suit your puppy. If it doesn’t improve ask for a stool analysis to rule out infection.

Getting a puppy / Re: How to choose a puppy
« on: Sep 24, 2019, 14:34 »
I am not an expert on canine behaviour but my experience is that it is all about routine so the dog knows what to expect, and when. Also, taking care not to overstimulate.  With my pups they would have play time and/or walk then they would go into their crate for a little while in order to wind down and sleep. I would take them out of their crate and approve them when they have had a rest and are quiet, not when they are showing off so they learn that quiet behaviour is rewarded. If there are children in the home it’s really important that they are taught hands off during the rest hour. The crate needs to be sited somewhere that is away from activity. There is probably lots of information on the Internet about teaching calmness.

Getting a puppy / Re: How to choose a puppy
« on: Sep 24, 2019, 13:34 »
I don’t know anything about this breed of dog so can’t be of much help. I think it is down to personal choice and lifestyle. As an older person I would be happier with the quieter pup but you are energetic so the livelier one might be the better choice.

One thing I would caution you about is over exercising the pup. Large breed dogs grow rapidly and need their joints protecting in puppyhood. The breeder will hopefully advise you on the correct exercise regime. As adults exercise is good but IMHO it’s best to not overdo it because the dog could become too hyperactive and find it hard to settle down. I sometimes think we underestimate the need to teach dogs to be calm.

Dog foods / Re: Kibble vs cold pressed pellets
« on: Sep 24, 2019, 09:31 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. There is a useful explanation about types of food here. We also have a thread about cold pressed foods here.  This video demonstrates the difference in digestion/absorption.

Most dry food is extruded which means that they are cooked at high temperatures. Cold pressed food is processed at lower temperatures except for the carbohydrate content which the dog could not digest unless it was cooked properly. The lower temperature is said to be beneficial because it enables more of the nutritional value to be maintained. They have a shorter shelf life than extruded foods. Cold pressed foods are said to be suitable for dogs who are partially raw fed.

General discussion / Re: Gentle dog food
« on: Sep 21, 2019, 17:02 »
IIRC it is shelf life is circa nine months. Expiry would probably be dependent on stock turnover. I once asked if I could have 2kg and the company obliged. If you explain your situation maybe they would help.

I was rather hoping that members would add to the list but sadly this has not been the case.  I can only suggest that pet owners contact the company if they are unsure about whether their products contain carrageenan.

General discussion / Re: Cockerpoo gone off Guru
« on: Sep 10, 2019, 08:46 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. Do you weigh the food and are you giving the right amount? AFAIK the usual advice is 1% to 1.2% of ideal body weight. It is so easy to overfeed cold pressed food due to its density.

Is your dog of a satisfactory weight and is he well and healthy? It’s always useful to check teeth and gums and to have them seen by the vet if there is the possibility of a health problem.

We  have a thread about feeding the fussy dog here. I cannot recommend a particular brand but generally dogs are attracted by odour. Because of this, adding wet food as a topper is a good idea.  Have you tried adding some fresh food to the Guru eg fish, sardines, chicken, suitable cooked, puréed vegetables -  link.

With regards to cost, Zooplus and Bitiba have a selection of cold pressed foods made by Markus Muhle which are good value for money. Some of these are Black Angus, Lukullus, NaturNah and Rotwild. Cost wise, you might have some leeway to add fresh food.

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