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General discussion / Re: Dental Plaque
« on: Feb 13, 2019, 09:33 »
The ingredient list of Dentastix is here. According to the literature it is ‘.....the sole chew available that has been scientifically proven to combat tartar’. I can’t see a reference to the evidence for that claim but maybe it exists somewhere.

Pooch and Mutt on Dentastix - link. P&M chews.
Woof Works This company also sell chews.

I gave Dentastix to my dogs many years ago and it caused diarrhoea. I know of other people who have reported the same thing in their dog. Personally, I would rather brush teeth than give the dogs this product. It’s effective, cheap and they are not ingesting dubious ingredients.

General discussion / Re: Dental Plaque
« on: Feb 10, 2019, 12:57 »
February is Pet Dental Health Month. This serves as a good reminder to check your dog’s teeth and gums regularly and to get them used to having their teeth brushed. Your vet might be running special clinics etc for Pet Dental Health Month so if interested, ask for advice at the surgery.

I can vouch for the effectiveness of regular brushing using a doggie toothpaste. My two have clean teeth and gums and the nine year old has never had a veterinary dental treatment in her life. They had a bit of plaque on their molars but I have nearly got that off using a dental scraper very gently.

My two haven’t had kibble for some years, don’t eat biscuits except for one at bedtime, don’t have bones, chicken pieces or dental chews so I know that their dental state is entirely down to use of the good old fashioned toothbrush and regular care. They have Plaque Off every day on their dinner, I brush using a doggie toothpaste and then apply PetzLife salmon flavour gel to soften any tartar that might be lurking. Any stubborn bits of tartar can then be gently removed with a dental scraper. Down side is that it takes commitment but is well worth the effort when you see a clean, fresh mouth.

If anyone is inspired by Pet Dental Health Month to start cleaning their dog’s teeth there is plenty of advice online. However, I am not sure that quick fix treatments such as dental diets, chews, biscuits etc are of any use. If it was as easy as that there would not be so much peridontal disease in the canine population.

If you do start to brush and your dog has tartar it might take a while to remove so don’t be disheartened if it fails to shift immediately. Be patient. The doggie toothpaste will soften it eventually and sometimes it can then be flicked off with your finger nail. If the tartar is quite heavy then it might need removal by a vet. After a dental treatment is a good time to start regular brushing as it should prevent build up.

Introductions / Re: Hello newbies here
« on: Feb 09, 2019, 07:41 »
IIRC the linked article advises to select protein percentage according to the dog's condition but also states that in the absence of renal or other disease, it doesn't need to be restricted. What we do know is that animal protein is easier for a dog to digest so you need to look for something with a named meat source at the top of the list of ingredients.

I think it might be best if you look for a product with a protein content of circa 25% to 30% because if you hike it up too high all at once your dog might struggle a bit after having the current food. Because your dog needs to lose weight, it might be helpful if you select those foods with a fat level between 10% and 12%.  If you use the filters on the Dog Food Directory and select these parameters on the sliders, plus the 'no red ingredient' tick box it will return the better quality foods. One type of food that meets the criteria suggested is cold pressed. There is more selection nowadays and we have a dedicated thread on them in the Dog Food section.

Whichever dog food you choose, be sure to weigh it accurately because if a dog needs to lose weight it is the only way of adjusting the amount properly.

Dog foods / Re: my frenchie girls
« on: Feb 07, 2019, 07:48 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. I understand that Tails use different products so without knowing the type that your dogs had it is not possible to say which ingredient/s were problematic.

The first rule when looking for a suitable food is to look at the ingredient list - it should be crystal clear so you know exactly what you are giving your dog. Secondly, but just as important the meat source should appear at the top of the list and be named. If you see the word 'derivatives' in the list, it is not a good sign. All this (and more) is explained and discussed in this thread.

We can help to source a better product for your dog using the Dog Food Directory. However, to use the filters we need more information. For instance, type - dry/wet/raw/fresh, budget, preference for buying - online/pet shop/supermarket.

Dog foods / Re: The fresh dog food thread
« on: Feb 05, 2019, 13:05 »
Different Dog has freezers in the raw food section of the local pet supplies shop. They had staff in store to discuss their products and from what I saw it is good quality. The fact that it can be bought as and when is useful. It is quite expensive though. I don’t know how many shops have their freezers so if anyone wants further information about this they would need to contact the company.

Thank you for the information. So we don’t lose it, I have started a new thread about anal gland problems here.

Feeding dogs with health problems / Anal gland impaction
« on: Feb 04, 2019, 13:57 »
Thread started to discuss dietary management/prevention of anal gland impaction.

In this thread Jill201 has used psyllium husk and found it effective.
Quote Jill201: The vet recommended Protexin Pro Fibre for Freddie's anal glands but it gave Freddie the runs. So on recommendation from a friend and also the nurse at the vets we tried Organic Blonde Pysillium Husk (from Amazon) and this suits Freddie. I mix a teaspoon of it with 1 tsp of water and 1 tsp of the Plusbac and add it to his food in the morning. I can recommend it.

That’s great news Jill and I am so pleased. Thank you so much for the information. This could well be useful for other people who have dogs with similar issues. I have heard of psyllium husk it but not known of anyone who has used it.

Introductions / Re: Hello newbies here
« on: Feb 04, 2019, 10:45 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. We have a thread on feeding senior dogs here which might be helpful.

The main thing with arthritis is not to let the dog become overweight. Also, gentle but regular exercise for short periods of time is important. I’m a firm believer in hydrotherapy and if you are interested in this, have a look for practioner in your area.  It’s not cheap but well worth the money IMHO.

Regarding supplements, some companies add joint support ingredients to their food but when a dog already has arthritis it might be better to give these separately because the therapeutic dose can be accurately administered. The main ones are glucosamine/chondroitin, green lipped mussel and devils claw.  Of these, David mentions the latter as being helpful - see here. Friends have used Nutraquin + and found it beneficial for their dogs.

If you want advice about choosing a better quality food for your dog, please let us know what type of food you want and if you want to buy online or from a shop. A bit more information about your dog might be helpful too.

Dog foods / Re: Butternut Box
« on: Feb 04, 2019, 10:30 »
It’s good that the mucous has abated.  Very odd though -  wonder what caused it. ???

Dog foods / Re: Treats
« on: Feb 03, 2019, 13:20 »
I don’t give my dogs many treats but they have a biscuit at bedtime. When I select this I check the ingredient list in exactly the same way as I do when choosing their main food. It needs to be clearly labelled and with good quality ingredients - no derivatives. Recently I watched a video by a holistic vet and he suggested giving treats containing only one ingredient. The single ingredient treat that my dogs have is dried sprats but there are others eg sea jerky.
The Treat Directory is here.

Dog foods / Re: Butternut Box
« on: Feb 03, 2019, 13:11 »
This is strange and as there are a number of conditions that can cause mucous, it is impossible to say whether it is due to food. Intolerance, infection, colitis, scavenging, foreign bodies are just a few things that can lead to mucous in the stool. I can’t think of anything in BB Turkey recipe that should cause problems but it isn’t impossible that there is one ingredient that might not suit. The only thing I can suggest is to a) see your vet and take a sample of the stool, b) contact Butternut Box, c) try a pre/probiotic such as Lintbells YuDigest.

Please can you let us know how you get on? It is most strange and I am puzzled and would like to know the outcome.

Dog foods / Re: Dry dog food
« on: Feb 03, 2019, 12:58 »
Is there any reason why you want to change your dog’s food? Is he not doing very well on his current food?

I am not familiar with Royal Canin Shih Tzu variety but most of their products are not of the quality of Aatu. The Aatu review is here and it scores 5 stars. It is high quality, dry weight protein 34.8/fat 17.4. Very different to Royal Canin.

If you do change food, make sure you transition very slowly so that your dog’s digestive system has time to adjust. These high quality foods can cause loose stools if the transition is hurried and/or the dog is overfed. You might find that you will need to give smaller amounts than the RC. It is best to weigh the food accurately. Small dogs, unless very active can easily put weight on so once your dog is settled on Aatu, keep an eye on his body condition and weight. The amount fed can then be reduced or increased by 10% and you will know exactly how much you are giving.

General discussion / Re: Bone Broth or Meat Stock
« on: Feb 01, 2019, 12:52 »
Different Dog is selling lamb bone broth in 180g pots - link.
Bone Broth
A complementary nourishing drink that can be served as a tasty nutrition boost, to moisten food or as a liquid treat with benefits.  It’s full of nutrients and such an ideal broth for dogs that are a little under the weather, but also perfect to entice picky eaters and for all dogs looking to stay in tip-top health.

Water, Grass Fed Lamb Bones (15%), Apple Cider Vinegar, Carrots, Parsley.

Moisture95.3% Protein 3.0%
Fat 0.7% Ash 2.8%

Raw feeding / Re: Prodog Raw
« on: Feb 01, 2019, 08:44 »
Jellard86 - I have discussed your request with David, the site owner and asked him to enter the information about ProDog Raw. We also now have a thread about requests for submissions to the Directory: Foods not yet listed on the site. 

If you enter the ingredient list into the Instant Review Generator the results will provide links to content about the specific ingredients. You might find that a good learning tool and it could help you with your selection.

Any product can be entered into the Dog Food Directory. I don't know why DAF and Tammy aren't there but the companies can enter the information themselves or request that it be added.

Edit: David has entered the first of the ProDog range - ProDog Raw Adult.

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