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Dog foods / Re: Cold pressed manufacturers
« on: Jun 10, 2021, 18:08 »
The only Netherland manufacturer of cold pressed food that I know of is Farm Food.  Their website is here.

Hello and welcome to the forum Jonathan.  I am not familiar with Lily's Kitchen food so I have just checked on the Dog Directory and found the puppy dry food review - link. It has a nutritional rating of 80% and the ingredient list is quite lengthy. 

At 8 months old, I would be inclined to discontinue puppy food. The main difference between this and adult food is the percentage of protein. Puppy foods usually have a protein content of circa 30% and this particular one is 31.5. Many high quality dog foods have an equivalent percentage, some being higher so it would be ok if you look for a generic product in this category rather than a puppy one.

There are so many good quality dog foods that I cannot recommend a particular one but you can search using the Dog Food Directory on this website.  I usually use the filters clearly labelled and no red/yellow ingredients just as a start.  If you turn the ratings slider up to 80% to 100% it will return the better quality products.

Overfeeding can cause the problems you describe so I need to ask - are you weighing the food accurately?  Is anyone in the family feeding extras? 

At eight months old it is unlikely that your dog has developed an intolerance to ingredients but it would be worth going for a product that has a fairly simple recipe. One group of foods that are worth looking at are the cold pressed types. They are quite digestible and generic so you would not have to move your dog onto another product as it gets older. These can be found using the Dog Food Directory and ticking the relevant box under Type of Food.

Supplements / Re: Michael Lazaris Canine Prime supplement
« on: Jun 04, 2021, 14:23 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. I hadn't heard of this supplement. The website is here: Canine Prime. At £49.45 for one jar some people would consider it to be expensive. However, the ingredient list is impressive and the reviews are good. I would be interested to know how you get on with it and if it helps your dog.

Dog foods / Re: Cold pressed manufacturers
« on: Jun 04, 2021, 14:13 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. We have a thread about cold pressed foods here. Until the last year or two most of the cold pressed foods sold in the UK came from Markus Muhle in Germany. IIRC one or two few were manufactured in Holland but they were few and far between.  Recently  some UK companies have invested in the infrastructure to make their own cold pressed food products. The brands you mention are made by UK companies.

The Dog Food Directory includes the country of origin for each brand eg Cobbydog Fish Supper.

General discussion / Re: Cookies for Dog
« on: May 27, 2021, 17:07 »
Hello and welcome to the forum.  I don't understand your question. You mention 'regular meat food' but also talk about 'cookies' which we call biscuits here in the UK. Some people call kibble complete food 'biscuit' so I am wondering if you mean this.  Assuming that you are talking about giving a biscuit as a snack, it is better to use ones that are properly formulated for dogs. Human biscuits can contain unsuitable ingredients, chocolate and salt being two.

Dogs don't actually need biscuits as snacks although they can be useful to give last thing at night to stave off biliousness in the morning. Some pet  owners prefer to give natural treats eg dried sprats, fish jerky.  The dog treat directory is here and contains various options.

Hello and welcome to the forum. I am sorry but I cannot fully understand your post. I think that this could be due to the predictive text on your device or maybe you used speech recognition to type your question. I understand that your vet has suggested a certain variety of Royal Canin food prior to seeing a gastrointestinal specialist and subsequent investigations. In view of this, I would not want to suggest anything different at this moment in time. Hopefully the referral vet will be able to make a diagnosis and suggest a treatment plan for your dog.

General discussion / Re: Bone Broth or Meat Stock
« on: May 22, 2021, 18:09 »
Interesting and informative video.

This is a dilemma and I sympathize with you. This kind of scenario is so common and it is difficult to know what to do because they are the qualified professionals so you do end up questioning yourself. I had a similar scenario about two years ago with my dog. The vet said to use duck and tapioca for my dog's skin condition. I had no faith in it but did as I was told and sourced the product - I think it was Royal Canin. My dog ate it but it did no good whatsoever even though I kept her on it for at least two months to give it a fair trial. What has worked spectacularly well is fresh cooked food.

The comment about him using Chappie is one I have heard so much and it intrigues me why pet owners swear by it, particularly for dogs with digestive problems. We have a thread on the subject here.

I can understand why you feel demoralized - I too have had ups and downs regarding my dogs' diets over the years, particularly when there has been problems.  What you have learned about dog food is good and useful. It's simply a case of him having his opinion and you having yours. That's life - we cannot all agree. Many people have turned their dog's health around for the better by learning about dog food via websites such as this one.  You are only trying to do the best for your dog.

I think you have a choice to make - either go with one of his recommendations or find something yourself that meets the criteria of low fat and a novel protein.  In the short term, it shouldn't harm your dog to try one of his suggestions.  If you go for something sourced by yourself, it's worth remembering that low fat foods usually have high carbohydrate. Of course there is a third way - tinned Chappie. It's not one I would recommend myself but there's no getting away from it that some people find it works for their dog.

It's good that you have stopped the supplements for now. Back to basics is often the best thing in cases like this.

The fact that the problem is intermittent would seem to indicate that it isn't due to allergy or intolerance.  Sometimes dogs can have intolerance to ingredients other than the protein source and it's not always easy to discover what it is.  One of mine can't cope with legumes (mostly lentils) and white potato but can eat all kinds of fish, meat and poultry. Luckily I have been able to spot the problem and eliminate them from her diet.

Is there any chance that she is eating rubbish when she goes out in the garden for her last wee in the evening? Have you tried four meals a day, last one being at bedtime?

Regarding natural remedies for digestive problems - My Pet Nutritionist has a few suggestions and these are listed in this blog. Slippery Elm, given last thing at night might be worth exploring. Also, I assume you are dividing the meals into four per day? 

Hello Gemma. I am sorry that your dog is still having problems with her digestive system. I can understand your concern because years ago I had a dog with colitis and I was never able to get on top of it. We were back and forth to the vet and dependent on medication. In those days we didn't have the Internet and I had little knowledge of canine dietary matters.

I share your concern about the hydrolyzed protein dog food. Your vet and qualified nutritionist seem to think it is useful and their opinion could be based on the experience of it being helpful with previous clients. 

I have never conducted an elimination diet but my feeling is that done properly it would be a good way of finding out exactly what the dog can and can't tolerate. If it was me, I would need support so would consult a qualified nutritionist.  We only have a very short list of nutritionists on the forum - link.

As you are going to see the referral vet next week it is probably best to leave things as they are diet-wise. If the hydrolyzed protein diet is suggested there is no reason why you shouldn't be open and honest about your concerns.  They are often used as a base for an elimination diet and as such can be helpful. They can also be useful in the short term to get symptoms under control so maybe you could consider it as such, should it be suggested by the referral vet?
I would be interested to know how you get on at the referral hospital.  Please could you post back? I would be grateful.

General discussion / Re: Dental Plaque
« on: May 07, 2021, 12:55 »
Quote Seaweed: I would rather brush their teeth than use a processed chew/treat.
I agree. From my experience, regular brushing with a canine specific toothpaste works very well.  Some time ago I bought an Emmi-Pet ultrasonic toothbrush. It is expensive and it can only be used with their toothpaste. It is no quick fix and needs persistence. If the dog has established plaque/tartar it will require a number of treatments and patience. Some groomers are now offering this service. The other thing that I have noticed is that plaque/tartar does not accrue since my dogs went onto low carbohydrate fresh food.

It can be difficult to assess whether a food has below/average/or above average fat, protein, fibre and ash when reviewing a product that is not yet in the Dog Food Directory. David has therefore compiled the following list:
The dials are currently calculated to the following values:
Protein: Below average: <22%; Average 22-30%, Above average: >30%

Fat: Below average: <10%; Average 10-18%, Above average: >18%

Fibre: Below average: <2.5%; Average 2.5-4%, Above average: >4%

Ash: Below average: <7%; Average 7-10%, Above average: >10%

Protein: Below average: <20%; Average 20-30%, Above average: >30%

The vet thought that my dog's raised liver enzymes were age related. She had a short course of Denamarin and that seemed to turn it around because ever since they have been normal. However, there was the change in diet and her skin problem had resolved so no inflammatory processes were going on. Now I give Dorwest Herbs Milk Thistle.

On the subject of weight, I tried raw a few years ago and two of my dogs put weight on despite being at the bottom end of the RDA. One of them gained weight very quickly indeed. At the moment my two have no problems and are just right. I give a little less than the RDA for the older one.

There are lots of natural products for flea and tick prevention so it's worth doing some research. They are preventive treatments so in the event of an animal becoming infested, veterinary preparations will be needed.

Karla Pearson recently did a video about this on Facebook - Natural Flea and Tick Prevention. She talks about the dangers of toxic products such as Bravecto. Also she mentions various natural alternatives - there are quite a few.

Natural Flea and Worming Treatments (My Pet Nutritionist]
Green’s Don’t Bug Me Spray Their Amber Collars look interesting.
Green’s Worm Kit - Lungworm
Green’s Worm Egg Count Kit

Some more suggestions:
Using Neem Oil in Dogs
Billy No Mates

I admire your ability to do those calculations - well done. I can’t help but feel that this depraved appetite may have something to do with her health issues. I’ve known other dogs that are similar to yours. It’s a nightmare trying to stop them eating poo etc once they have started.

Re the parasite treatments - I assume you’ve tried natural ones? When dogs have skin problems it’s important to keep parasites at bay but worrying because the products contain strong chemicals.

I can see why you are being advised to feed raw. Dogs like yours sometimes respond well to it. I’ve been advising a friend who has an itchy Labrador and it’s helped enormously. However, as you say, it needs freezer space unless you have a pet supplies shop close by. The thing about raw is that it is low in carbs and high in fat. These may be important reasons why it often works for dogs who have itchy skin.

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