WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

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WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

Post by xxLouxx » 13 Jan 2012, 22:52

My apologies in advance as I'm sure this has been asked a hundred times :oops:

Our Ozzy is now 10 months old and doing great!

My problem... I just can't seem to find a dried food that he 'enjoys' :?

Initially he was on Oscars (this is what the breeder fed him). After reading about allergies etc and being a dog owner for the 1st time and in an attempt to do 'everything right', I changed him to Hills Science plan. He didnt eat it. I have since tried James wellbeloved, Collards and a few others but it can sit for a day not getting touched. I eventually put him onto the VERY expensive Orijen and I can't say he enjoys it any more than the others. I do mix it with natures meat and he will eventually eat it.

He is gaining weight and coat is lovely and glossy. Poo's (sorry) are pretty normal :lol:

I'm keen to keep him on dried food and was considering trying Arden Grange or Acana? Maybe I'm worrying for nothing. Maybe he is just not a big eater..

For those of you who feed you doods dried food, I would be really interested if you could post which dried food you use?
why?
and whether you would choose a hypoalergenic food to avoid grains etc and reduce the risk of allergies?
or is this info just to encourage dog owners to opt for very expensive brands of food???
Don't get me wrong, I don't grudge paying over the odds for his food but would feel more reassured if he was satisfied if he actually was keen to eat it :?
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Post by Bid » 13 Jan 2012, 23:06

Beamish is on raw now, but he was on Orijen until he was 6 months old. I chose that one because ...

It contans quality protein sources,
has minimal carbs
no grains
No unpleasant added chemicals
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Post by Daise1970 » 13 Jan 2012, 23:14

Hi Lou, Ozzie is really gorgeous!
My girlies were started off on ukenuba at the breeders but this was proving toooo costly! We currently have them on Bakers but have been advised by ear specialist forum member, :D , that it may be the cause of my Gracie's ear infections so we may have to consider a change. They seem to enjoy the bakers and it smells meaty enough..I think it really depends on what you can afford tbh! The girlies adore tuna mixed in with their bakers too for a special treat.
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Post by Kirstie & Murphy » 13 Jan 2012, 23:28

Nice to see you :D
I really stressed that Murphy wasn't eating enough when he was younger and he was really fussy with food until he was 12 months, once he got off the puppy food he's been a lot better and eats most of his meals. I've stuck with the Orijen and a topper of Natures diet, sardines or any healthy left overs :D
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Post by stout » 14 Jan 2012, 00:06

Stout used to have symply because on comparison sites it scored well, had added stuff for joints and a minimum of 'other stuff'. He was quite picky too and we used to give him topper of natures diet/yogurt/sardines/scrambled egg/leftover veg. We only took him off it because grains upset his stomach so he is now on raw food. Good luck choosing, its a bit of a mine field!
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Post by travis » 14 Jan 2012, 08:20

Chica has James Wellbeloved but will only eat it if mixed with some tinned food or an egg.
We did try Bakers which she ate at first but soon went off once had I bought a large bag :roll: . I was then advised that Bakers contains a lot of sugar and isn't particularly good.
The dry food she prefers is cardboard, tin cans, stones, fag ends, tissues, twigs and leaves although the last two she probably considers part of her 5-a-day. :roll:
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Post by pixie's mum » 14 Jan 2012, 10:18

Pixie is now fed CSJ (www.csjk9.com which is a complete dried food with no preservatives or rubbishy additives and contains really good ingredients.
As it is a working dog food it is vat free and a 15kg bag is about £10.50 - there are other options including no grains - fish options etc which are a little more expensive but does not exceed the £30 mark.
Pixie's stools are firm for the first time in her life - she is fit and energetic without being hyper and her coat is that of a scruffy dood but is shiny and beautiful
I can highly recommend the company who will send you free samples first and offer sound advice re sensitvity etc - you can acutally speak to the company owner personally - how's that for service ?
You can order online or from a local distributor.
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Post by sadiethestinky » 14 Jan 2012, 11:43

I can vouch for CSJ too, they have even just bought out a grain free dry food if that is what you are looking for although a little more expensive, as pixie said, you can get samples of a few of their foods to see which one is favoured. I have Sadie on country choice at the moment which she is eating, but not overly excited about. I have a 15kg bag however so wont be rethinking until that has gone down a lot!! xx
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Post by Rach&Alfie » 14 Jan 2012, 12:15

Alfie has James Wellbeloved as this was the brand our vet recommended. He loves the Ocean white fish and rice flavoured dried food and has it with a pouch of the james well beloved lamb flavour meat just to moisten it! Alfie was on a very poor diet when we got him and his coat was dull and itchy, he also used to get awful wind! He was a smelly boy!!!!

Since being on the James Wellbeloved (1 year now) he has developed a beautiful thick shiny coat and his wind problems have all but stopped completely. We highly recommend it!
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Post by chris'n'ron » 14 Jan 2012, 13:10

travis wrote:Chica has James Wellbeloved but will only eat it if mixed with some tinned food or an egg.
We did try Bakers which she ate at first but soon went off once had I bought a large bag :roll: . I was then advised that Bakers contains a lot of sugar and isn't particularly good.
The dry food she prefers is cardboard, tin cans, stones, fag ends, tissues, twigs and leaves although the last two she probably considers part of her 5-a-day. :roll:

I like it! I like it! I can't really comment on this thread as reading through the posts I guess we are just lucky. Treacle just likes FOOD :lol: Has turned her nose up at NOTHING. As I say we are lucky :D We do have to be careful though and monitor her food - dry complete (Jollyes own brand) - as it has been known for her to scoff 2 dinners when one hasn't realised the other has fed her :roll: Must be the lab in her. I have to add she is one very healthy Dood, full of beans (she likes them too), very calm in the house, calm on the lead but, boy! does she have energetic off lead fun?? SO, I don't feel inclined to change anything.
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Post by Danda » 14 Jan 2012, 13:40

Brings back memories... Moomin was the fussiest eater and it was driving me to distraction not to mention out of pocket! Bags of food in the garage that he eat at first and then simply stopped eating... :evil: He couldn't do wheat and often had a bad tummy.... :oops:

It all changed once we had him done; not sure if it was a coincidence (age) or if it was the loss of them :lol: Since then we haven't had any trouble at all, he now eats really well.

So hang on in there; as long as he looks well and isn't underweight you just have to repeat the following mantra "he won't deliberately starve himself to death" :D (I remember having the same mantra when my son was ickle and a fussy/non eater).

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Post by Rowan11 » 14 Jan 2012, 14:39

travis wrote: The dry food she prefers is cardboard, tin cans, stones, fag ends, tissues, twigs and leaves although the last two she probably considers part of her 5-a-day. :roll:
:lol: funny !!
luna has burns mini bites - the breeder fed her this and decided to stick to it as it is a good quality food with no additives. plus its not too expensive. i think if the ingredients list is quite short on the package then that is better than having a long list of preservative, additives, e numbers oh and citric acid in dogs food is bad (aparently) it can raise the risk of bloat.
good luck with your search. x
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Post by Sarah Bevan » 14 Jan 2012, 14:58

Jessie is Luna's sister and we too are very happy with Burns Minibites (she still as nature diet as a topper).

I try to buy grain free training treats to compliment this as well.

She loves Sardines in tomato sauce too - we use it as a paste on her kong but you could mix some in with the dry, it has such a strong flavour she might go for it.

Let us know how you get on!
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Post by Glenda » 14 Jan 2012, 15:18

We feed our dogs Barking Heads - it has over 50% meat (fresh & dried combined) and they do not add any flavour enhancers, colourings, chemical additives, preservatives or use any GM products. I don't buy toppers for them, they have whatever vegetables we are eating with it.

They love it and there's not a lot of wastage with it (if you know what I mean :oops: :lol: ) and what does come out is well formed and firm - an added bonus! :lol: :lol:

I pay £41.99 for a 12kg bag... not cheap but a high quality mid-range food. :D :D
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Post by JudeinPlymouth » 14 Jan 2012, 17:58

I think a lot of us send ourselves demented over the food issue.

Fletcher came to us on Royal Canin, which we thought might be upsetting his tummy when we first got him as a puppy, so we changed him to James WB. He was fine on this but I got a bee in my bonnet one weekend, did hours and hours of research and decided there were better foods out there and switched him to Acana which I cannot praise highly enough.

I have just discovered that they do an Acana Classic which is slightly cheaper so I may change to that (like everyone, we're having to be careful with our money at the mo :( :( ) once I've really looked into.

When deciding on a food PLEASE don't just look at the overall price of the bag, look at the portion size too. It worked out hardly any more money per day to feed Fletcher Acana than it did to feed him the premium rice and grain free JWB because you give them so much less of the Acana.

Without wishing to be rude about Bakers, I have read somewhere that it's just about the worst dog food on the market and is full of stuff that dogs wouldn't naturally eat. Like feeding them junk food every day. That said..... when you read the label on the packaging of my shop bought lunch I don't know what half the things are!! :shock: :shock:
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