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Raw feeding / Re: Puppy weaned on raw, transitioning off?
« on: Jul 07, 2019, 18:31 »
So far Gentle (chicken flavour) appears to be the only cold pressed food that does not have potatoes and/or peas as a major ingredient...

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Raw feeding / Re: Puppy weaned on raw, transitioning off?
« on: Jul 07, 2019, 17:00 »
Hi all,

Thanks once again for the helpful advice! Digby is almost 6 months old now and growing well. We successfully transitioned him to the Guru cold pressed food and he has done well on it. He seemed to get a bit bored after a while so we started mixing in a teaspoon of Lily’s Kitchen tinned food and a bit of hot water to make it smell more appealing. We’ve also gone through a bag of the non grain free recipe (chicken, brown rice and fish) and he was pretty keen on that. Fortunately his digestion seems pretty robust and we haven’t come across anything that upsets his stomach (so far).

I’ve been reading quite a bit online about the latest FDA updates on DCM and avoiding “BEG” (boutique, exotic and grain free) diets and am trying to form an objective view rather than jumping straight on the conveniently placed Purina/Hills bandwagon.. The most balance thing I’ve read (on Whole Dog Journal) suggests that we might want to move away from Guru as the chicken recipe has sweet potato, potato and peas as the 4th, 5th, and 6th ingredients (as well as 28% brown rice as 2nd ingredient) and the duck recipe is 30% sweet potato and potato (2nd and 3rd in list). Looking at their website again I think we fell for the marketing and apparent simplicity of it but there’s really nothing on there to back up their health claims and only one mention of the recipes having any input from a nutritionist. Their customer services response was pretty underwhelming and uninformed.

I’m also pretty skeptical of the furore around DCM and grain free foods. The FDA “study” naming and shaming brands based on raw owner-reported data with no normalisation for sales volume or other factors taken into account... pretty shabby “science” for such a sensitive issue IMO. So don’t want to make a knee jerk reaction. Any views on where to go from here? hold tight, supplement Guru, switch to another brand of cold pressed or something else entirely?

(FWIW I will ask my vet for advice but they weren’t very helpful the first time round so not holding out for great advice on this.)

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Raw feeding / Re: Puppy weaned on raw, transitioning off?
« on: Apr 09, 2019, 09:29 »
Thanks everyone for the helpful responses. We are probably overthinking things and being overly anxious but he's our first dog and there's so much to think about!

We have started him on a trial of Guru cold pressed grain free blend (Full On Feast) which so far he seems to like, in fact he seems to prefer to his raw food, and his tummy is fine so far. We'll mix his food 50/50 with this for a few days to see how he gets on.

Apart from upset tummy is there anything else we should watch out for?

We also have a trial of Tails.com puppy food on its way. I know they have a poor rating on here, but I think this is only for their generic kibble? We opted for grain free / hypoallergenic and his 'personalised blend' (I realise this is marketing speak!) is: Total meat content 67%; chicken 66.3%, beet pulp, brown rice, maize, whole dried egg, salmon oil 1%, dried yeast, prebiotic (fos), beta glucans, potassium chloride, yucca extract, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulphate, nucleotides (from yeast), natural preservative (rosemary extract)

We had already ordered this before doing more research so not prioritising this over a higher quality food. Looks like Millie's Wolfheart would be a good option if we go down the dry food route?

Thanks again and will update once he's a few more days in :-)

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Raw feeding / Puppy weaned on raw, transitioning off?
« on: Mar 31, 2019, 21:13 »
Hi, so we have a lovely 10 week old cavapoochon puppy who's been weaned on raw food and we are currently feeding him raw complete minces from DAF as per the breeder's advice. He was weaned on a raw diet.

He seems to do well on this food and mostly like it, although I would say he's not super into it - he's generally food motivated and responds well to treats but he's not obsessed with them. Often we'll put his food down (we're feeding him 3 x per day) and he will check it out but won't gobble it up, so after 10 mins we put it back in the fridge till his next meal time

Anyway - as much as we like and support the benefits of raw feeding, we also live in a flat with one small kitchen: one fridge, one worksurface and one sink. It feels really hard to maintain proper hygiene. We keep his food in special containers and only serve his meals in his crate, but he goes in and gets mouthfuls of stuff and drags it out onto the floor, gets blood/juice all over his face and paws, and then patters around the flat, plays with it and then licks us. It's not practical or healthy to shampoo his face and paws twice a day, I think?!

We've been washing our hands and clothes pretty strictly but my partner and I have both had upset stomachs at least once since we brought him home.

We also don't really know how to manage a balanced raw diet beyond feeding him the pre-prepared complete minces. And would love to be able to encourage him training wise by hand feeding his meals (which seems totally impractical with a handful of raw mince) or putting part of his daily allowance in Kongs etc, which would then help with crate training - also impractical with raw minces, and so far he has shown zero interest in peanut butter, goats milk yoghurt, etc.

Should we consider moving away from raw to a high (highest) quality alternative diet eg Orijen or Akela? How should we approach the transition
- phasing new food in or sudden switch from raw to not-raw? I don't want to upset his little tum when potty training is going so well! We just want the best for our pup but it seems like there's pros and cons to everything.

Agh - so hard - all advice welcome!!

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