WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

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Re: WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

Post by daffodil » 14 Jan 2012, 18:15

Daise1970 wrote: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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Hi Daise,

Having had a doodle on Bakers, I found as soon as I changed his food from Bakers to a premium pet food his health has improved dramatically. I have now not had any vet bills for just nearly 2 years. He has not had a skin infection nor ear infection since and would definately recommend changing their diet.

Buster has been on Simpsons Premium, (Rice varieties, although they also do a grain free version) which contains natural ingredients. He is around 30" and hovers at around 46/47Kg, he gets a tripe tinned wet food (400g) and a large corn scoop of Simpsons. Simpsons I buy the 3 varieties for £24 variety pack and find this lasts me a month. Prior to starting to make her own pet food, she used to make dry kibble for Arden Grange but stopped when they changed the recipe and started her own company.
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Re: WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

Post by Bid » 14 Jan 2012, 19:36

For anyone trying to find the right food for their dog, this is a really great website at helping you to understand what the label information really means ... http://www.dogfoodproject.com/
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Re: WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

Post by Anne Wozniak » 14 Jan 2012, 19:55

Glenda wrote: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
We also feed Barking Heads for all the reasons Glenda lists
I do add fish as a topper to help Wils joints + salmon oil
Wil's been on barking Heads for about 2 years now...... no problems, he has gone off it now & again, but as they do 3 flavours its easy to swop without completely changing the food , have a look --------> http://www.barkingheads.co.uk/
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Re: WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

Post by xxLouxx » 14 Jan 2012, 19:57

Thanks to everyone for their replies and advice. This morning I gave Ozzy his orijen and sprinkled some grated cheese through it. He scoffed the lot! I gave him the same at dinner time and he sniffed it then walked away :shock: . It's still sitting there... I've ordered a small bag of Acana Wild prairie Dog food to see how that goes. I have taken a note of your tips re: toppers such as tuna fish, cheese, egg etc :D
Many thanks again
Lou x

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Re: WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

Post by michala » 15 Jan 2012, 00:05

i read the article on thedogfoodproject and ended up choosing Whites Premium dog food because i liked the clear concise ingredient list and most importantly my dogs love it. Besides the Chicken and Rice one their is a salmon light and sensitive which is also very good.

IE Chicken and Rice ingredients are
Chicken Meat Meal 26% min
Rice 26%min
Barley, Poultry Fat, Sugar Beet Pulp, Fish Meal, Brewers Yeast, Yucca extract, Minerals, Vitamins

The advice from the dogfoodproject was for Protein choose

Specifically named meats and meat meals such as chicken, chicken meal, turkey, turkey meal, lamb, lamb meal, duck, duck meal, beef, beef meal, eggs and so on

Its not too expensive either - made by Golden Acres they make quite a few i believe but not found any with same ingredient list yet........

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Post by Freddies_mum » 15 Jan 2012, 00:19

Mine have Fishmonger from Pets at Home. It is a very good food for the money. 60% fish and grain free, it is £30 for 10kg.

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Re: WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

Post by Webbs » 15 Jan 2012, 22:43

What a nightmare food is and I have worried constantly with Willow. She is what I call a fussy eater and certainly has not got a lab stomach.

I have tried the best food and the not so best food with her but I have now learnt to be firm and if she does not eat, i only leave it down for half hour and she gets nothing else until the next meal and so on and so on. Basically like a child. No treats in between so she would be hungry the next meal.

I have come to the understanding that I would not want to eat dried food all my life so why would they and they certainly wouldnt eat dried food out in the wild.

I now feed willow pedigree chum in jelly which she enjoys and add a handful of harringtons dried and her poos have really improved as well and she is eating both meals a day and if she doesnt, I know she is possibly feeling under the weather. So far so good but I know it can change at any time so will try and be firm. She is realising this as well which is good.

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Re: WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

Post by caroline.sid » 16 Jan 2012, 00:23

Clyde was on Burns until november, and had been for nearly 2 years - but was never particularly excited by it!
When Bonnie came along (on Hills science puppy) I thought I'd better try to find something cheaper! Found CSJ recommend on another forum and saw it recommended elsewhere. Helpful advice and samples given from company and quick delivery. Now on second order and both dogs happy.
Bonnie was very windy on Hills - and this seems to have reduced - thank goodness.
Much more gentle on the pocket too!!
They have a Cat crunch too and the kitten loves it - so good result all round!

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Re: WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

Post by PaulMcG » 16 Jan 2012, 00:30

Bid wrote:For anyone trying to find the right food for their dog, this is a really great website at helping you to understand what the label information really means ... http://www.dogfoodproject.com/
Thanks for this, full of good advice. Have had Luna on the puppy version of Bakers as that is what she was on when we got her. She seems OK so far certainly full of beans, but I think I might give her a change and see how she gets on.
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Re: WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

Post by MrsAdmin » 16 Jan 2012, 01:01

Don't forget that you mustn't change a dog's food over too quickly or they will get the most terrible tummies and runs. Intorduce the new food gradually over a couple of weeks at least.

The Dog Food Analysis site is good for checking out foods contents and reviews.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q= ... GyqxL3YSZA
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Re: WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

Post by travis » 13 Feb 2012, 20:32

Having read what others have put in their Kongs on another thread, I thought I would try something different in an attempt to get some kibble into Chica.
She has become a master at picking out any type of kibble from whatever I mix it with.
So, mashed banana and a small amount of kibble went into the kong, five minutes later, on the floor is an empty kong and all the kibble carefully filtered out :roll:
She drives me mad :lol:
I was sent 4 samples of CSJ's dried food, put a little of each in 4 bowls to see which one she preferred, and she turned her nose up at them all !!
When we went away we took 2 weeks supply of Chum Puppy; a brand that she was always guaranteed to eat - that is until we bought 2 weeks supply. She wouldn't eat any of it!!
However, if I cook some liver and rice or chicken and rice, she sits close by, whining while we wait for it to cool down.
Once cool she scoffs the lot.
Obviously the message is she doesn't like dried food, but I feel like I'm running some sort of doggy restaurant!!
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Re: WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

Post by poodledoodleted » 14 Feb 2012, 16:25

Canines don't naturally eat dried food/biscuits although they are scavangers so most will eat it (eat anything) but I suppose there will always be those that don't like it.

Natures diet/menu is wet food but a complete so if Ozzy doesn't like dried could you not try a wet? Or perhaps if Ozzy is a healthy weight he is just telling you that he doesn't need that much food?

Maisie was our fussy eater and we tried alot from Bakers (in desperation), Hills, PAH food - pretty much anything but she wouldn't eat it. In the end she had tripe :lol: Now she has Orijen or TOTW and loves them both. Ted is now on raw as he was having trouble finishing a poo, but was previously on Orijen/TOTW but always with a topper afterall variety is the spice of life and dogs have taste buds too. :lol:

I would also say re: grains. If you dog isn't allergic they aren't really a problem - however, you should still look for a high meat content as that is where dogs get their energy from. I hope you find something that Ozzy likes and he is sooooo cute :D

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Re: WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

Post by nicollf » 14 Feb 2012, 16:46

We're sort of the reverse of everyone! Lottie started on Royal Canin Junior and we changed to Orijen when she reached a year old. Unfortuantely, the Orijen has caused severe diahorreah and very smelly wind so we have now gone back to Royal Canin Adult and her tummy is settling down again much to everyone's relief as the smell was getting very bad!!!
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Re: WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

Post by Frejasmum » 14 Feb 2012, 17:33

Freja came to me from the breeder on Hill's Science Plan but she got a bit fed up by that. After a lot of research I chose Taste of the Wild which you can get from Zooplus. It is fairly expensive but is not bulked out with useless cereals and is high in protein. It is formulated to be suitable for any age and Freja loves the taste. They have 3 varieties and I have tried 2 so far.

I also add whisked egg and sometimes eggshell (for calcium), sometimes fish and sometimes chicken. She will eat it dry but will wolf it down with one of these added.

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Re: WHICH DRIED FOOD AND WHY?

Post by tillytubbie » 14 Feb 2012, 22:07

I have been feeding Wagg, but I bought a small bag of Beta for them to try, and even my little Bichon who won't eat for days, scoffed the lot!!! :lol:
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