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Dog foods / Re: Nutriment
« on: Apr 13, 2019, 21:03 »
Low purine price has risen significantly since placed into the range

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Dog foods / Re: Suggestions to stop sloppy poos!
« on: Apr 10, 2019, 00:35 »
I have prior fed Akela fish to adult lab without loose stool issues. I was, however, mindful not to overfeed.

Dogs can produce loose stools If over fed and from my experience, feeding dry extruded is a bit of a balancing act when wanting to mantain or add weight to a dog needing it.

I fed Akela because on paper it looked good. In hindsight I reflected that the composition list appeared to tick a lot of boxes that would qualify it here for a top rating.

When I called them to discuss I only managed to speak to sales staff & not anyone who convinced me they were over knowledgeable.

I would still recommend this brand if someone was adamant on feeding a dry extruded kibble but not to the extent of disregarding other products of acceptable "on paper" composition.

I can't comment on what you have switched to for now as I am unfamiliar with it.

One final thing......Collies can be a bit hit and miss with food and other products fed or used on them. You may end up with some trial and error before settling on long term food.....The proprietor of CSJ  dog food was very much a collie owner and has prior spoken of understanding collie diet needsa......maybe worth a call if so motivated.



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Raw feeding / Re: Puppy weaned on raw, transitioning off?
« on: Apr 09, 2019, 16:31 »
Firstly ....Thanks for replying & with an update. So many new members fail to do this.

Personally I feel decent cold pressed is a better choice than dry extruded. If the dog gets on with guru you could stick with that or maybe look at other cold pressed foods....most have acceptable composition but not all. Cetainly there are CP foods cheaper per kg than Guru that review ok for the needs of many.

As for the dry extruded you have mentioned.  Personally I would avoid &/or dispose. It shouldn't be fed alongside raw or CP products meaning that any change would have to be instant and maybe after skipping a meal.

In terms of visible outer appearance....most dogs will seem fine on most foods.....assuming they eat them. The long term effects of feeding a lesser food may only show in that longer term. A happy dog after initial feeding is not repesenative of the bigger long term picture.

Seeing a video on you tube comparing dry extruded kibble breaking down in water compared to CP will be eye opening....I suggest you do a search. (There is one for farm foods and one for guru if you search online.....personally I would definitrly chose guru out of the 2 given a choice). I have seen my Lab vomit whole dry extruded kibble still hard and many hours after feeding time......that alone is enough reason for me not to feed it !

As for how much you fuss....you should settle down a bit as time goes on. Sorting the food positively is a major step.

Feel free to start other threads if you want advice on other ownership issues. Food is just one part of thr jigsaw of reponsible and enjoyable dog ownership.


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Raw feeding / Re: Puppy weaned on raw, transitioning off?
« on: Apr 01, 2019, 12:04 »
I agree re the natures menu raw nuggets....take feed amount from freezer as they otherwise thaw quickly into one mass.

Re wet complete...I have fed the wainwright's grain free trays. Easy to store and feed and dog concerned seemed ok on it for the time.used, (months not weeks).

Re dry extruded kibble....I have fed a few lastly Akela which was ok. Milles Wolf heart (variety means composition can vary significantly between products). Simpsons grain free worth a look. Acana and Orijen ....you pay for it crossing the Atlantic. Majority of uk branded kibble is made by 2 mass producers so the actual manufacturer choice is a lot smaller than some may think. Skinners in suffolk have there own mill & once told me they can batch audit trail specific bag ingredients to individual ships. Some significant variation in quality depending on price point.

Re cold pressed...Never fed it but if I was looking to do so sourcing by mail order....my choice would be grain free choices from....
Gentle
Guru
Lupo  24/10
Markus Muhle seem to make the majority of CP products that are typically sourced by mail order in the  UK.

Forthglade Cold pressed  is more shop available but I haven't researched it in detail as in my view there are more cost effective choices out there.


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Raw feeding / Re: Puppy weaned on raw, transitioning off?
« on: Apr 01, 2019, 00:24 »
Folk that want to feed raw make it work...even when factors make it more difficult for some owners than.

If you want to stop feeding raw you will justify it....Indeed from your post it looks like you have already decided to quit feeding same.

By far easiest way to switch would be to move to cold pressed as this can be fed with raw and the ratios gradually adjusted.

Your feedng  seems a massive drama & nightmare.

3 dogs under same roof here all on raw and the youngest on it from 8 weeks (now 9 months).

Our feeding is like this....

When we want to feed the dogs we take food from fridge, place into 3  bowls and put same on floor....dogs then eat food.The bowls get a rinse & we defrost before putting  food in fridge &/or later feeding. That's it !

I have never fed a dog in its crate.

A dog with a healthy appetite should eat it's food in one sitting. If mone started messing with food it would be taken away.....I have never had blood and raw meat from the bowl dragged around and played with.

Over the years I have fed various barf completes including prey model.....Personally my choice is not to feed the raw brand you  mentioned.

Either try another brand or switch to cold pressed.....or a dry  extruded kibble if you really want to do so.

You mention shampooing paws and face, more frequent clothing washes, hand feeding meals & potty training....Not wishIng to offend but these remarks and general tone of your post make me suspect you may be over complicating matters.  I understand you want to love & care for your new arrival but It's a puppy not a baby. Over fussing can sometimes make dogs over fussy.

Training wirh treats is simple.....just drop a bit off allowance if  excess feeding causes pup to look overweight or maybe have loose stools.....None of our 3 have been fat as pups....if pounds pile on then just ease off total food a bit.

If you get stressed when feeding then the dog may pick up on this.....possibly this is already hapenning and punis anxious or joining in with all the playful drama.


Try to relax a bit, feed something you and pup get on with and keep things sensible but simple.

Good luck.


 



 


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Raw feeding / Re: Paleo Ridge Raw Dog Food Products
« on: Mar 02, 2019, 20:04 »
Thanks for sharing :)

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General discussion / Re: Dental Plaque
« on: Feb 12, 2019, 20:56 »
The ingredients pedigree dentastix did concern me but they have good abrasive action.....I wish I coukd find something similar texture but different ingredients

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Introductions / Re: Hello newbies here
« on: Feb 09, 2019, 20:22 »
Ok so I have a little more time today.

I totally agree re the comments on separate supplements being the best route.

Just as I wouldn't expect a pharmacist to recommend a human medicating on fish fingers high in omega 3 to improve a health condition I would not look to feed a certain brand of dog food to improve health in a dog with a clinical condition.

Above said.....an appropriate doest can arguably help with overall health or specific health issues. I personally wouldn't entrust my mobility improvement to diet alone.

I know of an owner on another forum whose dog showed night and day mobility  improvements after glucosamine and chrondotin suppelemted into diet....I should add that the doses were significant but a lethargic dog in pain became a runaround happy dog. I have seen videos and the poster was a well know forum contributor known personally to other members.

Bottom line is supplements are key not food albeit good good better than lesser quality food.

As for what is a good food....that depends on budget,  food type (ie.  Wet, dry extruded kibble,raw,cold pressed etc etc),  dog specific need etc.

The directory is good but I have prior valued lso recomendations....especially in early days of wanting to head in the right direction whilst still learnin about dog food.



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Introductions / Re: Hello newbies here
« on: Feb 08, 2019, 21:55 »
Nothing of additional value to add here for now .......so I will just say  welcome  :)

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General dog chat / Re: Alabama Rot
« on: Feb 08, 2019, 00:50 »
Sad to see the cause still remains a bit of a mystery.

I was hoping that by now that common patterns might have been linked....I looked at the maps& wondered if it
might be linked to wild ponies.....new forest certainly seems to have had a few cases.

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I have some psylium husk,....sourced from vet over the counter.

I just put it in with the dogs food and use the feeding guide on the packaging.

It causes bulkier stools....less dry than they are normally on barf complete.

It seems to give the dogs a  bit of a clear out but stools still solid. 

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Raw feeding / Re: Raw diet for puppies
« on: Jan 26, 2019, 06:22 »
Raw feeding is easy & I would always feed same instead of dry extruded kibble.

Common sense applies........If you can prepare a roast dinner from scratch without ending up with food poisoning you should be ok.

Wash hands after handling uncooked meat and keep bowls and utensils clean innbetween feeds etc.

To start off simply feed decent barf (with veg added), raw complete products,

Nutriment, wolftucker or paleo ridge are good start or longer term use product brands.

The last pup  to arrive here went from kibble to raw within a week straight swap no issues.

You can buy puppy only raw barf products but IMO it's not worth the extra cost if there is a premium charge for minor tweaks to composition.



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General dog chat / Re: Dog Vaccination
« on: Dec 28, 2018, 18:01 »
On reflecton, my initial response was somewhat patronising & abrupt.

You have highlighted a strong sentimental attachment to dogs, however, when it comes to vaccination choices aI feel there can be pro's and con's of vaccine decisions.
 For me it is not a─║ways s clear cut as "Do I vaccinate or not ?"

Vaccination can prevent serious or fatal illness in dogs, however, allegedly there can also be risks from vaccination or over vaccination.

The following links may be if interest.

https://www.doglistener.co.uk/depth-annual-dog-vaccination-dangers

https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/5-unexpected-dangers-in-vaccines/

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/crivem/2017/6952634/

https://m.petmd.com/dog/conditions/cancer/c_dg_vaccine_sarcoma

https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-simple-guide-to-titer-testing-dogs/

https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/prevent-cancer-dogs/

I am not advocating owners should not have dogs vaccinated but there are arguably lots of factors to consider.

My dog has had 3 surgeries to analyse/remove mast cell tumours found at the same site to which he was prior spot on wormed & vaccinated....one lump arrived shortly after an injection was given.

I stool sample test for worms and have added DE to dietrather than using spot on treatments.

In the past I thought I was doing the right thing by near religpusly causing annual vaccination to be given and monthly spot on wormers to be used.

Like others I adore & love the dogs I own &/or have with me however, my decisions are now more carefully made & based on various factors..

Apologies for my initial response re this important, contraversial and sometimes emotive subject.


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General dog chat / Re: Dog Vaccination
« on: Dec 26, 2018, 16:44 »
Wow.....amazing news !

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https://www.addmaster.co.uk/news/turkey-a-recipe-or-food-poisoning-warns-health-expert

Handling & preparing poultry for home cooked meals &/or driving to shops to get same present higher risks.


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