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Hello and welcome to the forum Lunadog. What are your dog’s symptoms? Is it affecting the skin, ears or digestive system?
You can use the filters on the Dog Food Directory to find a suitable food. It’s a long list of ingredients and in view of this it might be worth looking at wet food because they tend to have simpler recipes. Home cooking could be a good option. We Cook for Dogs might be worth contacting for help. Butternut Box and Different Dog sell home cooked food but their recipes might contain ingredients that you don’t want.   There are a number of threads on the forum about allergies - if you use the search box you will be able to find them.

Hello and welcome to the forum. I hadn’t heard of this product. The website is here. You can obtain a score by copying and pasting the ingredient list into the Instant Dog View Review.

Dog foods / Re: Amazon Brand - Lifelong
« on: Jan 05, 2020, 15:11 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. Hopefully David will pick this request up. Manufacturers can log in add the information to the Dog Food Directory themselves. You can copy and paste the ingredient list to the Instant Review Generator.  I have just done this for the dry extruded salmon variety, medium/large breed and it scored 86% nutritional rating with two red ingredients, pea protein and sodium selenite.

Feeding dogs with health problems / Re: Renal problems
« on: Dec 14, 2019, 16:34 »
Robbie's Cuisine Brown Rice and Egg - Low Phosphorus (Kidney Support) is a dehydrated food formulated for renal disease by Land of Holistic Pets. It is low in protein and fat so could be useful for pancreatitis and liver problems.

Raw feeding / Re: ROR dog food
« on: Dec 14, 2019, 09:40 »
Having a supplier close by is a bonus. No need to stockpile and if you are short of food, it’s easy to obtain. Also it is helpful to support  small businesses. I would be interested to know how your dog gets on with this food.

Raw feeding / Re: ROR dog food
« on: Dec 13, 2019, 16:59 »
I noticed ROR raw dog food last year. It’s packaged in nuggets which is handy, particularly for owners of small breed dogs. The adult range contains a small amount of sweet potato which is useful for carbohydrate and fibre. Beet is right at the end of the ingredient list  but is also a useful source of fibre. This should help prevent constipation which can sometimes occur with raw diets. I put the duck and turkey into the Instant Review Generator and it returned 95%. As they don’t include bone they add calcium and phosphorus. 

Raw feeding / Re: The Raw Vet
« on: Dec 10, 2019, 08:56 »
From what I can discern it looks slightly different to other companies because they are addressing specific health needs: Also, some of their products are formulated for cooking. The owner is a practising veterinary surgeon and nutritionist.

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.

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