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Thank you for clarifying this. FreshPet is sold in some supermarkets, Asda, Morrisons and Tesco being three. It can be found in its own separate refrigerator. The country of origin is the USA so maybe this is why there are currently supply problems. The Select Rolls in the link have a nutritional rating of 93%. I have seen these products on sale but not priced them up. The Dog Food Directory shows them at £4.50 for a 680g roll.

I can see why you are anxious to keep your dog on this. For dogs with a sensitive digestive system It is worth paying the price if it keeps them stable.

Hug Pet Foods sell a cookable raw product. There is also a fairly new pasteurised wet food on the market called Marleybones.

Hello Monkey Girl - welcome to the forum. Is this the company you refer to? They sell dehydrated dog food. Please can you confirm?  Have you telephoned the company to enquire about the shortage?  I haven't heard that there are any problems with the supply of dog food  generally.

Regarding fresh cooked food, there are only two companies in the UK (that I know of) that sell this - Butternut Box and Different Dog. Both are good products with nutritional ratings of 94% and 97% respectively. As one would expect with such quality, they are expensive compared to ordinary dog food. However, for dogs with health issues, arguably the cost has the potential to be offset by reduced veterinary visits if the food helps.

It's possible to home cook for your dog but it is always advisable to research this first - we have information in the Home Cooking section of the forum.

We have a thread on pancreatitis here  which might be helpful for you.

Raw feeding / Is raw food making your dog sick?
« on: Apr 01, 2021, 08:39 »
Is raw food making your dog sick? is a video from the Facebook page Paws for Change. Dr Karen Becker and Rodney Habib make the case for some dogs requiring pasteurized/sterilized raw food.  These are dogs that are already unwell and maybe have a compromised immune system and deficient microbiome. I am not aware of any company in the UK who is selling sterilized raw food. Fresh cooked would be equivalent but AFAIK there are only two companies in the UK who sell this type of food. 

The video is quite brief but worth watching because it is sometimes the case that pet owners put their dogs on raw food due to illness, often digestive/skin problems. In these cases it is worth considering a change to fresh cooked food, at least as an intermediary step until the dog begins to recover. Their immune system might not be able to handle the bacteria that can sometimes be found in raw food.

Hello and welcome to the forum. This sounds like an interesting project. I am unable to help you but I hope that your thread is seen by someone who can. Good luck with the enterprise.

Introductions / Re: Hi from Mauritius
« on: Mar 27, 2021, 16:26 »
Dry food does dehydrate the dog for a while, that's why they tend to drink a lot a short time after a meal. It's a good idea to moisten it. When I have fed dry food I have sometimes soaked it in warm water. Cold pressed food soaks very well but I expect that it is not on sale in your country. I don't know how many meals per day your dogs are having but I am wondering if smaller, more frequent meals might help.

Introductions / Re: Hi from Mauritius
« on: Mar 26, 2021, 14:19 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. It's good that you have found the website useful.

Introductions / Re: Hey Guys! Im newbie
« on: Mar 26, 2021, 14:18 »
Hello and welcome to the forum.

Hello. What was the marker that was elevated? Was it one that pertained to renal function? Just like in humans, one of the functions of the kidney is to concentrate urine and this, along with your dog’s age is probably why the vet is hedging her bets. There is also metabolic factors with a role to play in the concentration of urine.

I suspect that variation in urine concentration is quite normal through the day. Again, this is just the same as humans - we drink a bit more, it’s colder weather so we don’t perspire so much and we then have paler urine.

I can’t remember the exact figures, and they vary anyway but a high percentage of raw and wet food is water so the urine will be more dilute unless he’s not been out for a wee for a good while.

Regarding the blood tests, I can only speak from a pet owner’s view. Most of the blood tests that my dogs have had were done in house. However, some have had to be sent off to the laboratory for more sensitive testing. Most recently these were hormone tests.

How you proceed is up to you. Having the three consecutive blood tests would give you peace of mind if they come back normal. However, there may be nothing to worry about. He hasn’t any other glaringly obvious signs of renal disease. It could just be due to his age and older dogs can go on for some years - kidney disease is sometimes slow in development.

I hope that your dog is able to have his biopsy and that the result is one that you hope for.

Hello Sharr76 - welcome to the forum. I am sorry that your Cocker Spaniel is so ill. I hope that the medication helps. We have an existing thread on renal disease in dogs and this can be found here. There may be other threads that might be helpful and these can be found using the search box at the top of the page.

You mention that your vet has suggested low protein dog food but hasn't said what percentage, dry weight. My guess is that he is talking about something in the region of sub 21%. Using the Dog Food Directory we can search for something with a protein at that level but mostly the results will be dry food. Some will be low fat/diet products. Dry food causes a period of dehydration in the dog which is not what you want for one in renal failure so if you go for this option it is better to soak it before serving. 

The prescription renal diets are the ones that are lowest in protein but they are not the best quality. If your vet offers one of these, wet food could be the better choice.

I see that you are cooking for your dog and I wonder if you would be able to take this a step further? You would need to obtain some recipes from a canine nutritionist.  We have some links in the home cooking section. There would probably be a charge for this but once you have them you can rotate the meals. This has the advantage that you are feeding something that is highly digestible. 

If you prefer a complete commercial food and want me to search for something, please let me know. However, it would help if you could ask your vet the precise dry weight percentage.

Hello and welcome to the forum.  From your description it would seem that this is a complex problem. The nutritional ratings of prescription foods are usually not high. You can check this yourself by using the Instant Review Generator. I can't do this for you because I don't have the ingredient list. It will be on the packet that you have.

The problem is that without knowing the exact cause of the issue you don't know what type of food to look for. As the anal sphinctre is narrowed, I would imagine that a soft stool will be easier for your pup to pass. 

As you are currently under veterinary care and investigations I feel that for now it would  be appropriate to continue with the food, especially as it does seem to have helped a little.  It might be helpful to enhance the food with some suitable home cooked proteins. This will add variety and boost the  nutritional ratings. There is a thread on this here. As the food you are using will be high in carbohydrate, in order to create balance it would perhaps be better to use protein foods such as cooked chicken, scrambled egg, cooked white fish. 

Once you are a bit further on re the diagnosis and treatment, using the Dog Food Directory we can help you source a more nutritious food for your pup.  We just need to know the specific requirements eg high/low fibre. 

I hope that the vet is able to help your pup and that he will soon be well again.

Dog foods / Re: Raw Food reaction
« on: Mar 13, 2021, 19:58 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. You don't mention the type of raw food that you are giving. IMHO it's best to stick with the trusted companies who sell completes. This is particularly important with puppies. Without analysis of the stool it's impossible to say what's going on but campylobacter and salmonella would cause the symptoms you describe and are two bacteria that are found in raw meat and can infect the dog. My advice would be to stop raw feeding just for now and to take a stool sample to your vet. Pay scrupulous attention to hygiene because these bacteria are zoonotic ie they can be passed to humans.

I hope you manage ok with littermates. My personal advice would be never to keep two pups from the same litter. Sometimes it works, but often it causes friction. I am surprised the breeder did not mention this and discourage you from having two puppies.

Dog foods / Re: West highland white terrier
« on: Mar 13, 2021, 19:50 »
Hello and welcome to the forum. As tinyplanets has said there are too many products for us to advise and you haven't given us much information.  Westies are known to be prone to skin problems so if yours is one of these and it is the reason why you wish to eliminate chicken from the diet, I would suggest that you have a look at this thread.  Another useful thread here.

The Dog Food Directory filters will enable you to source a suitable food. Chicken can be eliminated from the results by ticking the appropriate box. When I use the Directory I always place a tick in 'clearly labelled' and 'no red/amber ingredients'.

Hello and welcome to the forum. As the vets have advised not to raw feed it seems advisable not to return to it at least for the time being. When a dog has ongoing health problems that lead to reduced immunity they may not be able to handle the bacteria.

I think your idea of Tribal Senior is a good one. The review is here. The fat percentage, dry weight is only 10.3 and the nutritional rating is good at 83%. Protein is on the low side so if you would like to increase that a little you could always add some low fat cooked meat, poultry or fish.

The other alternative and one which you might approve of is to home cook for your dog. It has to be done properly with balanced recipes and the addition of calcium/omega oils. If you want more information about that, please ask. Alternatively there are two companies who sell fresh cooked food - Butternut Box and Different Dog.

General discussion / Re: 5% discount from Canine Elite
« on: Mar 09, 2021, 08:16 »
Thank you Gemma - that's useful to know.  :)

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