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Dog foods / Re: Help with choosing food
« on: Yesterday at 13:28 »
At that age it’s possible that her mouth is sore due to teething. However, it’s important not to allow her to become a fussy eater. We have a thread about this here.

I can’t help you regarding wet food texture because I have only used a very few varieties and I don’t know the exact texture of the cat food. It might be better to decide whether you want to use dry or wet food then use the Dog Food Directory filters to narrow down the search. Dry food can be moistened to make it easier for the dog just while the gums are sore. If you need any help using the Directory please ask and we will try to help.

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It’s Dog Food has just launched three varieties of cold pressed food:
Chicken and Veg
Fish and Sweet Potato
Lamb and Rice

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Dog foods / Re: Help with choosing food
« on: Aug 22, 2019, 07:16 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. Please can you let us know how old your puppy is and what breed?  This could be something to do with teething and sore gums.

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Raw feeding / Re: Introducing raw food
« on: Aug 19, 2019, 10:29 »
We have a thread about mixing raw with cooked food here. In that thread there is interesting information about rates of digestion here. 

Your dog’s raw food constipation might be alleviated by exchanging one of the meals with cold pressed food. One of the brown rice varieties might be suitable due to the fibre content. Cold pressed food is reputed to mix well with raw. We have a thread on this type of food here.

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Introductions / Re: Hi from Pam - a newbie
« on: Aug 19, 2019, 10:12 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. It’s good that you are finding it useful. 

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Recalls and alerts / Re: Raw Treat Pet Food recall
« on: Aug 13, 2019, 17:33 »
Recall due to salmonella.

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Raw feeding / Re: New to raw feeding
« on: Aug 04, 2019, 18:05 »
Hello and welcome to the forum Catflk. Hopefully the breeder will give you a feeding chart and some of the food to tide you over until you can buy some yourself. It is best to keep pup on the same food for a while until they settle down in their new home.

I agree with previous posters in that raw completes are preferable, particularly for people who are new to raw feeding. Some pet supplies shops sell these but if you don’t have one close by then you will need to order online. I wouldn’t advise that you source the meat/offal from your butcher at the moment. You need to know the correct ratios. Complete products make raw feeding much easier and safer.

As you are used to feeding dry complete food it is worth mentioning that raw food demands a little more commitment because you will need to have freezer space and remember to take the food out to thaw. It can be more expensive, depending on the product.  Also, read up about good hygiene practices because this is important for human as well as animal health. There are threads about it within this section of the forum.  Regarding turkey necks, feeding your dog should be a pleasurable thing so if you are uncomfortable with it then it is perhaps better not to give them. If you decide that raw  is not for you there are plenty of good quality alternatives.

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Hello and welcome to the forum. Using the filters on the Dog Food Directory I returned 10 pages of suitable products but they excluded fish because we don’t have a separate filter for salmon. I used the ‘no red ingredients’ filter and excluded cereals and the protein sources you mentioned. Didn’t include raw. Changing the ratings filter to 60%-100% narrows it down to a more manageable three pages. I cannot reproduce the search so you will need to do that yourself. The following products may be of interest:
Aatu
Butternut Box
Natures Menu Country Hunter single protein and Adult cans
Pure chicken and Pure turkey  (air dried)

There are more and if you look for the higher protein ones you may be able to feed less. However, they tend to have higher fat levels too. Check with your vet before making changes.

There are a few threads on the forum about liver disease in dogs, one being here.
 

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Hello and welcome to the forum. I have fed cold pressed food for quite some time but not in combination with raw. My understanding is that it does combine well with raw food.  I would be inclined to feed them at separate servings but to be sure, and to get the quantities right I think it would be appropriate to contact the companies to ask for advice.

Cold pressed food is dense so it is easy to overfeed. It is therefore best to weigh it, at least initially.  IIRC the amount needed for a pup is in the region of 2.5% of ideal body weight but this would need to be reduced if you supplement with raw food. As I said, please discuss with the customer support staff to be sure.

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Dylpops - the problems that your dog is having appear to be quite complex.  I can only think of two things: referral to a specialist veterinary surgeon and/or home cooking.  The latter would need some thought and preparation. The home cooking section contains has some information and links.  I only know of two companies who sell freshly prepared food - Butternut Box and Different Dog. There was We Cook for Dogs but their website is still down and I don't know when they will be back in production.

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Dog news / Britain's Giant Pet Food Factory
« on: Jul 27, 2019, 14:07 »
Channel 4 is screening Inside Britain’s Pet Food Factory on Thursday, 1st August 2019 at 9pm.  It is a documentary about the Mars factory.

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Dog foods / Re: Carbs?
« on: Jul 23, 2019, 08:33 »
Carbohydrate content is not usually displayed in the nutritional analysis so for clarity it is advisable to contact the company for this information.

According to Whole Dog Journal you can calculate carbohydrate content by the following method:
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To calculate the percentage of carbohydrates in a commercial diet, subtract the percentages of protein, fat, moisture, crude fiber (an indigestible part of carbohydrates), and ash from 100. This percentage may be shown as “nitgrogen-free extract (NFE)” on a nutritional analysis.
Adding the protein, fat, moisture and ash of Evolution Naturally comes to 71% according to my maths (please check this). Subtracting that from 100% comes to 29% which would be average carbohydrate on the AADF dials. 

Brown rice and sweet potato are said to be the better carbohydrates nutritionally.

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Dog foods / Re: So confused!
« on: Jul 20, 2019, 18:07 »
You seem to be making suitable choices regarding analysis. Brown rice has better nutritive value for dogs than white potato but I feel that with any carbohydrate it is the amount that is important. In your dog’s case, low carb might be better.

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Dog foods / Re: Exe Valley dog food
« on: Jul 20, 2019, 17:56 »
Scores 69% with no red ingredients on the Instant Dog Food Review. Carbohydrate percentage is not always shown but can be calculated - link.

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