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General dog chat / Re: Will the independent vet survive?
« on: Jun 14, 2019, 22:47 »
Crazychowchowmum - I have moved your post endorsing this company into a thread in the appropriate Classifieds section - link. You are welcome to add to that thread if you wish but please do not continue to use forum threads for this purpose.

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Dog foods / Re: Can any one advise please
« on: Jun 11, 2019, 11:26 »
I can remember being disconcerted about the amount when I first tried cold pressed food a few years ago. Gentle has the motto that goes something like ‘feed the dog, not the bowl’ and that pretty much sums it up. When I’ve softened the food with warm water the amount looks much more. I still don’t trust myself with quantity so whatever I feed I always weigh the daily amount in the morning.

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Dog foods / Re: Can any one advise please
« on: Jun 11, 2019, 08:27 »
I have no experience of this particular product but have used brown rice cold pressed food for some time.  They do produce a little more poo when on this as opposed to just wet. However, it is formed and not excessive in amount.  Cold pressed food is quite dense and the RDA looks minuscule. It is therefore very easy to overfeed so I always weigh the food.  Perhaps it might be useful to reduce the amount by 10% and see what happens. As long as the poo is nicely formed and easy to pick up then I try not to worry too much about the amount.

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Dog foods / Re: New here! Advice please
« on: Jun 11, 2019, 08:20 »
Hello and welcome to the forum MilosMummy. It's best to rule out any obvious cause of itching first so it might be useful to take your dog to the vet for a checkup. They will look for fleas, mites and bacterial infection of the skin.  The  itchiness could also be due to environmental reasons.  An occasional bath using a gentle, hypoallergenic shampoo or even just rinsing the dog with warm water will help to get rid of pollen, grass seed etc.

Regarding food, you don't mention which Royal Canin variety you are giving but in general they don't score particularly highly on the Dog Food Directory but check that for yourself.  Shingigz is correct in that it is useful to slowly work through an elimination diet. This is best done using wet food with very simple recipes.  Grain free diets are popular just now but not always necessary. Recipes containing brown rice can be suitable. 

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Classifieds / Re: Vetscriptions
« on: Jun 05, 2019, 19:48 »
Crazychowchowmum - I have moved your promotional posts about Vetscriptions into the Classified section. Please add any further endorsements to this thread.

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Dog foods / Re: Concern with Cold Pressed food
« on: Jun 03, 2019, 08:05 »
The fibre content in cold pressed food is higher so this will result in an increase in output.  The main thing is that the stool is firm. When I give cold pressed food (brown rice version) the dogs pass more poo.

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General discussion / Re: NEW RATING ALGORITHM... finally!
« on: Jun 03, 2019, 07:59 »
I have asked David to take a look at your post.

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Feeding dogs with health problems / Re: Multiple allergies
« on: Jun 03, 2019, 07:57 »
I am sorry that I can’t be of much help. That list of allergies is formidable. I also don’t know how accurate those tests are. As your dog is already on a hydrolysed product it might be worth starting a tightly controlled elimination diet with the support of your vet. Some of those ingredients can be filtered out on the Dog Food Directory so that is another option. The only other thing I can think of is to home cook for your dog. You would need to study this carefully and add calcium to it. There is some information in the home cooking section of the forum.

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I just wanted to say hello and welcome to the forum. I haven’t any experience of canine Addison’s Disease so I apologise for not being able to give any specific advice. I hope that someone will come along and be able to help.

Having had dogs on steroids I know just what you mean about the hunger issue. Burns has a lot of carbohydrate content which will probably help to sate the appetite but from experience I think that fat also provides this.  I am wondering if the lethargy is part of the disease? Have you asked your vet? Do you think it would be helpful to provide suitable  small home cooked food toppers? Chicken, white fish or similar? Cooked and puréed vegetables might be well received and provide extra nourishment.  The other thing you could do is to ask the vet what nutritional elements to look for eg fat/protein percentages and if there is anything to avoid. We could then help to search using the Directory.

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Introductions / Re: Hello everyone
« on: May 20, 2019, 12:57 »
Hello and welcome to the forum.

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General dog chat / Re: Insurance!!
« on: May 20, 2019, 12:57 »
Unfortunately you have left it too late. Insurance companies will not pay out for preexisting conditions. You might get cover for other conditions but they might stipulate that they will not pay out if the illness is due to side effects of diabetes eg cataracts.

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Introductions / Re: Best food
« on: May 13, 2019, 08:56 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. Another useful link here. The filters I always use on the Dog Food Directory are no red ingredients and clearly labelled. Setting the rating filter to 4-5 stars gives the better quality products. With a dry food diet you can add variety by using suitable human food. Check out Rodney Habib (Planet Paws) on Facebook and YouTube.

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Well done for persevering with your dog’s dental health. It is obviously paying dividends.

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If you try it we would be interested to hear how you get on with it. Cold pressed food is heavy so you don’t need quite so much as kibble - best to weigh it until you are familiar with the quantity needed.

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You could try the Dog Food Directory, using the filters 4 - 5 stars and no red ingredients. This will bring up plenty of the 80/20 products as mentioned by Tinyplanets. An alternative is to keep your dog on Skinners and mix with a good quality wet food. They too can be found on the Dog Food Directory. If you change to an 80/20 product, transition gradually to prevent any digestive upsets.

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