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I want to try giving my greyhound raw carrots, as I've heard they can help to keep their teeth clean. I am slightly concerned about him choking on them, as he eats his food without chewing it.

He has had around a dozen teeth removed (greyhounds are notorious for having poor teeth). I know people will say I should brush them, but he hates having his mouth touched. I give him CSJ seaweed and parsley, which is supposed to be good for helping reduce plaque and tartar.

I presume that I would give him a whole peeled carrot, after cutting off the ends. I think that would be safer than cutting them into large pieces. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Introductions / Re: Deerhound Greyhound cross called Fred
« on: Dec 22, 2014, 13:32 »
I hope you don't mind me adding my suggestion, but I've been feeding my greyhound, who has a sensitive digestion,  Millies Wolfheart Gundog Mix for about a month, and I'm really pleased with the results.  I have updated my thread about how Alfie is doing on it. It contains no cereals/grains or chicken, as Alfie has problems with many of these.

They were very helpful when I asked for advice on which product to choose, and seem to be very knowledgeable. They advised me to try one of their 50/50 mixes as apparently these are more suitable for dogs who struggle to keep weight on, as Alfie does, being higher in carbs (from potato and sweet potato) than their other ranges. They said greyhounds have a fast metabolism so they need more carbs than some other breeds. I picked the Gundog Mix because it's based on trout, lamb and white fish, which I was pretty sure that Alfie wouldn't be sensitive to, and I thought it sounded tasty. He really loves it. They said that once he has gained weight, I could try one of the 60/40 mixes.  The  60/40 Riverside Mix gets a very good rating on here (4.8/5), and works out as one of the most economical in their range. It's based on duck and trout, which I think most dogs should be OK with.

The food I used in the past which is quite a lot cheaper than Millies, but does contain grains, was Skinners Field and Trial Salmon and Rice. He liked that too, and did well on it, but I decided I wanted to feed a grain free food, and one that is also higher in meat/fish protein. Of the cheaper foods I've fed, I think that was the best one for his digestion as the carbs are the ones that tend to cause less problems for sensitive dogs (rice and oats).  From what you say, Fred would probably be better on a grain free food though, such as Millies.

I hope you find something that suits Fred, as I know how difficult and frustrating it can be to find the right food for your dog. I've had four greyhounds, and Aflie has been the most difficult one to find a suitable food for. I hope that I've finally found the answer in Millies.

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Just an update on how Alfies weight gain etc is going.

He's been on the Millies Wolfheart Gundog Mix for about a month now, and I'm very pleased with the results. I think he has gained a little weight, as his spine and hipbones have a bit more of a covering, His "output" has also improved as it has decreased in quantity and is firmer. I have been mixing in some remaining cheaper food containing maize until it is used up, so hopefully once he is purely on Millies, the improvement should be even greater.

I'm really pleased that this food suits him, and he absolutely loves it; I've never seen him so enthusiastic about his meals before. He's not a  particularly fussy eater, but when he's not very keen on a food, he lets me know! Millies do lots of different varieties (14 in all), all of which are free from cereals and grains. The source of carbs is potato and sweet potato. With so many different meat/fish combinations, I think there should be something to suit almost every dog. It's nice to have so many to choose from as I don't like to feed a dog the same thing constantly, as I think it must get very boring.

So all in all, a happy dog and owner. I'd never have found Millies without this website, so thanks very much David for all the work you put into it; it's a fantastic resource that is much appreciated.

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Thanks very much for the welcome, and for all the advice, which is very helpful. There's plenty of food for thought there (no pun intended).  ;D I will stick with the bag of food I have for the time being, and hope it will help with his weight gain. Mark at Millies Wolfheart was very helpful when I rang for advice on which of their range to try, and I guess I just need to be patient. There are plenty of varieties to choose from - about 14, so I will try a few different ones as I think variety is good for dogs as well as us, and less boring than eating the same thing all the time.

I like the idea of adding scrambled egg to his food, but am not sure whether they might cause problems as they obviously come from chickens, and Alfie's sensitive to it. Does anyone know if this is the case?

I do sometimes give him tinned pilchards, which he loves, and will try giving them to him regularly. A large tin is great value at just over £1 too.  :) They must be one of the cheapest sources of good quality protein.

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Hello all. I have been using this great website recently to improve my dogs diet, and have found it invaluable. I have discovered brands of food that I would never have come across otherwise, that are far better in quality than I used to feed.

My dog, Alfie, is a lovely 10 year old greyhound, and it's an absolute pleasure to be owned by him! He's really friendly, sweet and very happy, and loves everyone, person or dog. He's got a great personality and makes me smile. He's pretty much the perfect dog to "own", as greyhounds generally are. Luckily he seems to be in really good health for his age, and behaves like a much younger dog. He has plenty of energy for an elderly greyhound, and loves his walks (and loves rides in the car even more). I can't recommend retired greyhounds enough, they're so sweet, gentle, loving, lazy and easy-going. He's the fourth one I've had, that's how much I love them. Also there are unfortunately so many looking for homes, so you're spoilt for choice at greyhound rehoming kennels.

Unlike most people who have dogs, my problem is keeping weight on him. I have tried about 14 brands/varieties of dog food, so no-one can say I haven't tried. The other problem is that the vast majority of dog foods cause him to poo a lot, and it is pretty soft so difficult to pick up.

I have realised that chicken doesn't suit him, as his poo is worst on chicken based food. He is better on lamb or salmon, and rice and oats seem to suit him better than corn. I have avoided foods which contain wheat, as I know that's not good. I was feeding him on Skinners Field and Trial Salmon and Rice, and this was one of the best for him, both in maintaining his weight, and in terms of what comes out the other end. In time though, after reading about how important high meat content is, and grains not being good for dogs, I wanted to change him onto something of better quality.

I found Millies Wolfheart through this site, and am very impressed by the quality of ingredients in their food, and the price seems to be about the best for this calibre of food. I contacted them and was advised to avoid turkey based food, as because it comes from the same group as chicken, he is probably sensitive to turkey too. They also told me to go for one of their mixes that is higher in carbs to help him put on weight, in their 50/50 range. I chose the Gundog Mix which has trout, lamb and white fish as the sources of protein. It's £38 for 12kg, so quite reasonable value. I have a slight reservation though that the level of protein should be a bit higher than in this variety, having read on here about the importance of high protein. I thought I might buy one of their higher protein mixes to add to the Gundog Mix. He's been having it for a week or two, and really loves it. He is producing a fair bit less poo, as I hoped he would.

I was wondering whether there is anything else I can do to put weight on him, as he lost a couple of kilos on the previous food I tried. Would it help to add some oil to the food, such as olive oil, or is vegetable oil not a good idea? I read somewhere that lard should help, but as (I think) it comes from beef, I would imagine that it might not be good as many dogs are sensitive to beef.

Sorry for the length of this post, but I wanted to add all the relevant info.

Many thanks in advance for your help.

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