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General discussion / Re: Differentdog new prices.
« on: Yesterday at 15:30 »
I went onto the 1kg cartons some time ago and IIRC it saved money. Having two small dogs, it works ok. Once thawed, it will keep in the refrigerator for five days but mine doesn’t last that long. They are about the size of an iPad and easier to fit in the freezer than the round tubs. I can fit up to eight cartons in my one freezer drawer.

I was expecting a price rise but not as steep. Like you, I have a discount for three months then it is full price. Looking at ways to economise on other things to accommodate the price rise.

Introductions / Re: introduction
« on: Jan 25, 2021, 17:43 »
Hello and welcome to the forum.

Hello and welcome to the forum. You have had all the right tests and it is good that puppy does not have Giardia. It sounds as if she has had a poor start to life. The breeder should have wormed all the puppies several times before they went to their new owners.

From the description of your puppy's stool it would seem that she still has residual colitis. This in itself can cause a loss of appetite. The presence of blood in the stool indicates that there is still some inflammation in the gut so I would be inclined to see the vet again and ask for antibiotic treatment as well as the ProKolin. My vet will usually treat with antibiotics if there is blood in the stool but you will have to discuss this with yours.

It's usually not a good idea to swap food when there are underlying problems because it muddies the water so to speak.  Just for the present I would be inclined to stick with the food your vet has suggested but enhance it with low fat cooked protein such as chicken and white fish.  You can also safely give scrambled egg  and it is usually well tolerated by puppies.  If you soak the kibble it might help with digestion.

A good quality, canine specific probiotic might also help your puppy. YuDigest is one but if you are inclined to try this, just give Lintbells a call because I am not sure about the dose for puppies.  Either that or ask the vet.

Once the colitis has settled down we could help you source a better quality food for your puppy but just at the moment I think you need to concentrate on treatment and healing the gut.

The video is informative and useful. Alison mostly talks of doing this with a raw diet but cooked food is ok. If using commercial dog food she recommends Naturavetal and MeatLove.

She talks of the three types of allergy tests and says that none of them are particularly accurate and explains why. She thinks that the hair analysis is probably slightly better than the others. Hopefully there will be a blog to follow.

Well worth watching for those who have dogs with symptoms of intolerance and allergies.

David’s blog on the subject is here.

Home cooking / The Raw Vet Nutrition Services
« on: Jan 20, 2021, 17:18 »
The Raw Vet has a thread here.  I have cross-referenced it here because Dr Charlotte Gray, founder of the company also provides balanced home cooked recipes. The website page is here.

General discussion / Re: Veterinary Nutrition Specialists
« on: Jan 20, 2021, 17:13 »
The Raw Vet website.
Veterinary Formulation Services
Dr Charlotte Gray MA hons VetMB MRCVS at Companion Nutrition (Founder of the Raw Vet Ltd)[/url]

Pancreatitis is usually requires a low fat diet. It is necessary to have the dry matter percentage but this may not be available in wet and raw foods. There is a dry matter calculator on The Raw Vet website. 

Quote The Raw Vet: “For pets that are overweight or who have high levels of blood triglycerides The recommended fat level is usually less than 10%DM (That's 10% by 'Dry Matter')
For pets who are not overweight, and with normal blood triglycerides 15%DM is often recommended for these pets.”
However, it is important to discuss this with the treating vet.

My Pet Nutritionist blog: Why Is My Dog A Fussy Eater?

Feeding dogs with health problems / Elimination diets
« on: Jan 13, 2021, 12:08 »
My Pet Nutritionist’s Facebook live video is about elimination diets. It is aired on Friday night, 7pm and the link is here.

Hello and welcome to the forum.  From the information you have given It sounds as if the vet has diagnosed chronic pancreatitis ie ongoing. As you probably know, the usual advice is to feed a low fat diet. David has written an article on the dietary management of pancreatitis here. Additionally, we have a forum thread on the subject here.

Thinking about your budget, I am wondering if it might be cost effective to home cook for your dog. Have you given this some consideration? It needs to be done properly so good recipes are vital. Initially it would be safer to obtain some low fat recipes from a qualified pet nutritionist. We have some information about this in the home cooking section. You will probably have to pay but once you have them, that's it. Don't try and cook for your dog without seeking advice because the meals need to be balanced. All home cooked meals need additives, the main ones being calcium and omega oils 3 and 6.

Another thing that might help is to feed smaller meals more frequently, maybe three/four meals a day

Feeding dogs with health problems / Re: Loose stools
« on: Jan 08, 2021, 12:51 »
That’s a good choice and I hope that it helps. It contains dried peat which is there for health of the digestive system. For the price it is a good quality product. I fed cold pressed food for some time and I used to keep it in the bag, securing the top with bulldog clips. They recommend keeping it in the bag. Make sure you weigh it initially because it is dense. The amount in the bowl looks small in comparison to kibble so it is easy to overfeed. More information can be found on the Gentle and Guru websites. It might be best to buy the small bag at first just in case it doesn’t suit your dog. It’s good that the treatment has worked and his poo is firming up.

Feeding dogs with health problems / Re: Loose stools
« on: Jan 08, 2021, 07:23 »
There is a blog here that might be helpful: 5 Reasons Why Your Dog May Have Diarrhoea.

My search filters were:
* Type of food - dry (all)
* Food properties - clearly labelled/grain free
* Avoid ingredients - all red, all yellow, peas and duck

It returned two pages of products with various nutritional ratings, some quite high. The cost per day is listed so maybe have a look at those and see which meets your criteria.

Feeding dogs with health problems / Re: Loose stools
« on: Jan 07, 2021, 17:49 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. There are a number of causes of loose stools. If this is a persistent problem it makes sense to rule out infection first. Campylobacter and Giardia can cause diarrhoea, as can parasitic infection. You would need to talk to the vet about this and to take a stool sample for testing.

You say that your dog is nervous and as it is possible for stress to cause problems like this it could be useful to address this. If you can consult a qualified dog behaviourist for a one to one session  it might pay dividends in the long run. Stressed dog are unhappy and prone to health issues.  He is young and might respond well to treatment and training. I suspect that we pet owners underestimate stress problems in dogs.

Regarding diet, the  Skinners food that you are feeding has the following ingredients:
Brown rice 40%; duck meat meal 20%; naked oats; peas; whole linseed; sunflower oil; beet pulp; vitamins and minerals. The carbohydrate is very high and the protein on the low side of average. That is quite low, particularly for a young dog like yours.  This product attracts a nutritional rating of 66%.

We have a thread here which gives a sketch of what to look for when  choosing a suitable food for dogs. As you see, it is advisable to choose a food that has the (named) protein source at the top of the list.  If the diarrhoea is diet related the cause could be the high amount of brown rice coupled with oats so if you decide to change food consider grain free. Some have pea and pea derivates and as this is an ingredient in your current food I would be inclined to choose something that doesn't contain this.

Some dogs have allergy to storage mites. These are found in dry dog food, mainly in those containing grains. It is not possible to say if this is the case with your dog but is given raw, wet or home cooked and it improves it might be a pointer to this problem.

An elimination diet is worth consideration but this needs some thinking about and planning. It can take a while to complete but in the end you would know what your dog can and can't tolerate.

We have a thread here which contains a link to a Facebook video about inflammatory bowel disease.  It can take a while for gut to repair itself so it is necessary to be patient.

Regarding probiotics it is good that you are giving this. It needs to be canine specific and a suitable one is Lintbells YuDigest.

If you plan to change food you can source something by using the Dog Food Directory and selecting the appropriate filters. I have done a quick one for you and it returned three pages. If you need help with this, please ask. It is best not to swap and change and to be patient.  The nutritionist in the aforementioned video recommends not using dry food for dogs with inflammatory bowel disease but this has budget implications, especially with a large dog such as a Labrador.

Have a think about things and please come back if you need to discuss further.

Dog news / Re: Lily’s dog food
« on: Jan 07, 2021, 17:08 »
I am sorry that I can't help you with your search but I am not familiar with the dog food products that are available in Spain. Perhaps you could use the Dog Food Directory on this website as a starting point then you could do some research about availability in Spain when you have selected suitable products.

Dog news / Re: Lily’s dog food
« on: Jan 06, 2021, 19:51 »
Hello Christine. Welcome to the forum. As you may know, Lily’s Kitchen was started by Henrietta Morrison and had a decent reputation. It was sold to Nestle Purina last year. Since then there has been complaints about the quality of the products. This led to David starting a thread on his All About Dog Food Facebook page. It received plenty of comments, many from dissatisfied customers.  You can view this thread if you wish. IIRC it was approximately six months ago.

The Lily’s Kitchen reviews and nutritional ratings are available on the Dog Food Directory of this website. I have never fed Lily’s Kitchen dog food so I can’t offer any insight other than the comments made above.

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