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I can understand why he is shivering due to ingestion of cold food. The feeling of chill after a cold drink or food occurs in humans too. I can only suggest that the food is taken out of the refrigerator  earlier or maybe scald it with a small amount of hot water. My dogs have fresh cooked food and the first meal is straight from the refrigerator but it is just 60% meat and is a small amount. I haven’t seen them shivering.  The remaining food is served at room temperature as I leave it in the kitchen in a covered container.

We have a thread here about the transition to raw food. Hopefully it contains some useful information for you. Personally I feel that changes in diet are best avoided until the dog settles and then it should be done gradually. Changing food when they are not well can confuse matters. Perhaps consider a canine specific probiotic as a temporary measure. 

Introductions / Re: Millie won't eat dog food
« on: Nov 26, 2019, 08:28 »
Thank you for replying. I am glad that Millie’s appetite has improved following the surgery. Regarding the soft poo, please can you say what you are feeding and how much? I am wondering if you are perhaps feeding a little too much in view of her recent problems with appetite and weight loss.

I sometimes give my dogs cheese as a treat and they are ok with it. However, they are not lactose intolerant. Cheese can be quite salty so they only have a tiny amount.

I don’t know the answer to that but as I understand it you are right to add calcium to home cooked food. Of course you can include ingredients that contain good levels of calcium but I imagine it might be a bit hit and miss. I have read that egg shells can be dried in the oven on a low heat and then ground up to a powder. The calcium supplement that is sold by  We Cook for Dogs consists of powdered egg shell.

Thank you for this information. The website is I will pass the query on to David.  It might be a little while before he can reply so please keep a watch on your thread.

Hello and welcome to the forum Chilassie. Congratulations on your new Chihuahua puppy. I can’t answer your query about Butternut Box ratings but if you would care to provide a link to the other website which gives it a lower score I can pass the information on to David, and he will be able to explain.

Dog foods / Re: The fresh dog food thread
« on: Nov 21, 2019, 18:14 »
I too was looking forward to the new varieties of Butternut Box. It’s a shame that they have not been able to add them to the range. However, I appreciate that manufacturing and selling fresh food is probably more complex than it is for other types of dog food. Recently BB sent an email to inform customers that they are moving to six weekly delivery. That would be a problem for me as I don’t have freezer space for this quantity.

Dog foods / Re: The fresh dog food thread
« on: Nov 19, 2019, 15:08 »
Thank you. Although I am not convinced that she has actual food allergy I now  avoid peas and white potato because I have a feeling that she doesn’t handle them very well. She started with a lick granuloma early this year having been on BB for about three months. However, I cannot say for sure whether this was a contributory factor. I transitioned her onto a wet food containing peas and she didn’t do well on that either. I saw that some of the Freshpet recipes have peas although only a tiny amount. That’s why I haven’t tried it.

The vet wanted her on Duck and tapioca so I did as I was told and gave her a good trial with Royal Canin Sensitive. It made no difference whatsoever so this is one reason why I am doubtful about the skin problem being due to food allergy.

Sometimes choosing food is about what is not in it rather than what’s in it. I recall that when she first had the skin problem some years ago she was on a dry food with a high(ish) cereal content. That didn’t suit her but she is ok with brown rice cold pressed food. It’s early days with DD but so far she is ok. The only thing is that I am probably going to have to increase the amount as I don’t want her to lose too much weight.

The sponge is a good idea - never thought of it so thank you for the tip. I find the ten minute contact time a bit of a nuisance but Malaseb certainly works for my little pooch.

Regarding the financial aspect of selling fresh food for dogs, I imagine that it isn’t easy to keep everything ticking over because they are dealing with fresh ingredients which can fluctuate in price. Also, it is expensive and perhaps not acceptable to some pet owners. I had to give it second thoughts myself but took it on because of my dog’s illness.

Dog foods / Re: The fresh dog food thread
« on: Nov 19, 2019, 13:25 »
Thank you for the advice re skin care. I asked my vet to refer us to a dermatologist and it has been helpful. My dog has malassezia which is an overproduction of yeast. She was infecting her skin by scratching. She had a three week course of an antibiotic and alternate day Malaseb baths. We are now on twice weekly baths. She is much better - skin is healed and no scratching. However, it’s not likely that I will find out what (if anything) she is allergic to. It could be environmental but my gut feeling is that it is just something in her genes. Either way, it is probably something that I will have to deal with long term.

She had skin problems some years ago but I managed to get it under control fairly quickly and since then has been in remission. She was on Butternut Box and I had wondered if she was having problems with the legumes but I can’t be certain. The younger one was doing well on BB but when I gave DD a try for the older one it made sense to have them both on the same food.

Regarding food intolerance and diseases of the skin I wonder if we are too quick to lay the blame on food. Doubtless it can cause problems but not always and people can spend a small fortune, going round in circles to find the ‘culprit’.

Going back to DD I have seen small pieces of vegetables but my two eat up and their bowls are clean.

I would like to try the We Cook for Dogs recipes and supplements but due to personal reasons I simply don’t have the time.

I haven’t tried Freshpet although it is now available at our local Morrisons. Last time I looked I discounted it due to some of the ingredients which I thought might not be suitable for my poorly dog. However, I might have trialled it otherwise.

Introductions / Re: Me & my Yorkie
« on: Nov 19, 2019, 10:01 »
Hello and welcome to the forum Kellycox80.  AFAIK the only way to determine exactly what the dog is intolerant of is to do a proper and thorough elimination diet. This usually starts with a product that has hydrolysed protein. Royal Canin Sensitive has duck and tapioca - it might be a useful starting point. If you are minded to conduct an elimination diet the support of the vet or veterinary nurse would be helpful. You need to be strict about not giving any extras.

Storage mite allergy can be a cause of the symptoms you describe and for this reason it might be worth eliminating dry food for a period of time, even though your dog prefers it. You would then need to look at wet or raw foods.

You need to be looking for single protein foods with simple recipes. Maybe have a look at Different Dog because the products fit these parameters.  The company has a vet so you can ask for advice. However, it is expensive compared to dry food. Of course if it helps the cost would be negated by not having to visit the vet so often. Alternatively We Cook for Dogs will offer advice and their supplements to enable you to home cook for your dog. This is useful because you know exactly what the dog is having and you can choose your own protein source.

It might also be worth considering giving a good, canine specific probiotic such as YuDigest.

Dog foods / Re: The fresh dog food thread
« on: Nov 19, 2019, 09:41 »
Hello and welcome to the forum Cooper. I have only fairly recently started to use Different Dog so I don’t know the answer to your question. My two are not fussy eaters so the food would disappear whatever consistency it was. It’s early days but at the moment they are both ok on DD.

I started using this product because one of them has atopic dermatitis which I don’t think is food related. However, I thought that fresh food, simple recipes and no red ingredients could be beneficial. The single protein recipes are possibly suitable for dogs with suspected food intolerance. I started on just Turkey Fricassee and then tried two other turkey recipes. Just moved on to beef and fish.

Introductions / Re: Hello
« on: Nov 13, 2019, 11:18 »
Hello and welcome to the forum HuskSamoy. If you want any specific feeding advice, please ask although we don’t usually recommend any particular product. It’s useful to say what you are currently feeding, if it is suiting your dogs and what type of food you prefer.

Hello and welcome to the forum Drake. The review for Bakers puppy food is here. As you can see, it doesn't score very well and contains a lot of red ingredients. There is a lot of information on this website about what to look for when selecting a suitable dog food product. We also have a thread here that might be helpful.

As Lewie 0205 has said, you can use the Dog  Food Directory to source a better food.  The filters are on the left and are self explanatory. As you prefer dry food you should select this under Type of Food by removing ticks from the remaining boxes.  Next, choose Rating - 50% to 100% and Avoid Ingredients - all red.

If you decide to change to a better quality food, please transition slowly so that puppy's digestive system is not upset. Always weigh the food accurately and be aware that sometimes smaller amounts are needed when higher quality food is given. 

You have a mixed breed puppy, both parents originally bred for working so liveliness is to be expected. Pup should respond well to training but be careful not to over exercise your dog and ensure that he gets enough rest - teaching calmness is also important.

The search box revealed quite a few posts on the forum about anal gland issues. Might be worth checking them out. I didn’t know that grain wasn’t recommended with anal gland issues - I thought that brown rice would be useful for the fibre content. Cold pressed food containing brown rice seemed to solve one of my dog’s anal gland problems.

The dog needs to have a reasonably wide but firm stool so that it compresses the glands as it is passed. Fibre is good to increase bulk but you don’t want too much that it makes the stool too soft. There’s a helpful article about this here. BTW ‘flea seed’ is psyllium husk and is a source of fibre that can be added to food. 

My vet said that some dogs need regular emptying of anal glands due to their anatomy. I wonder if it becomes more of a problem with age. It might be worth trying a good quality canine specific probiotic.

Your question is vague - please provide more specific information if you require help.

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