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Post by rico24 on Sun Feb 22 2015, 16:35

Hello everyone.

So basically been having alot of issues. Most of which have been discussed in my post "some advice plz".

After nearly 2 years of up n down with our blue brindle bundle of......joy! (Sometimes bundle of naughty words lol) folk have suggested raw. We have tried it before and she went off it! She has a beef intolerance in canned food etc and has been on many high quality dry and the only time her feet werent being chewed was on the raw and i now think its a chicken allergy not just beef and grain as when we tried raw she never got chicken it was duck, venison, rabbit, tripe etc natures menu. 

My reservations are im a germaphobe lol raw meat scares me, she was quite funny about the bones not really fussed by them, if she stopped eating ot again then what? I read all the faq section on natures menus site about how bacteria wont be shed through the coat n their meats are tested for salmonella etc amd the good thing is our dog never licks us so i think its fine but im just a bit freaked.

I do think its worth another try though so if i was to get some of the complete nuggets my questions are should i feed her twice still or can she be fed just once. Amd also for training treats is there something more natural i could use like maybe cooking a pork chop and chopping it up? I feel like its worth another go for her feet and ears sake amd i will prob see a behavioural improvement too.

What you all think
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Post by Rachel33 on Sun Feb 22 2015, 16:41

Have you tried nature diet or forth glade? There are lots of chicken free options Smile or nutriment? Ready made raw Smile
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Post by rico24 on Sun Feb 22 2015, 19:24

Hey. Only tried natures menu its the one stocked mostly around me. Obv i could get it online. I looked at them though. Just have to decide if it is for us
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Post by Rachel33 on Sun Feb 22 2015, 20:17

Berriewoods are a good wholesaler if you do decide to go for any of them Smile
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Post by rico24 on Sun Feb 22 2015, 20:20

Thank you. I need to get over my fear of it lol
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Post by Rachel33 on Sun Feb 22 2015, 21:00

Nature diet and forth glade aren't raw Smile so no worries there!
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Post by rico24 on Sun Feb 22 2015, 21:06

Awww shes had the normal of both.....i googled the raw ones. I think theres rice in all the nature diet trays. She had forthglade grain free before
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Post by Rachel33 on Sun Feb 22 2015, 21:09

ahh okay Smile just think how many people feed raw and have lived to tell the tale Wink
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Post by rico24 on Sun Feb 22 2015, 21:25

I know lol i have friends with big slobbery dogs on raw and theyv got big beards and all is fine!
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Post by rico24 on Mon Feb 23 2015, 13:31

Rachel33- just wondered, am thinking maybe trying nature diet for now, cutting out the chicken as forthglade has chicken in most of them along with the main named meat.
Question is as i have thought we needed grain free but now am sure chicken is the culprit for the bad feet and ears, how do you think it will go with nature diet having 10% rice? 
She likes a bit of crunch so if cutting out the kibble what sorts of chicken and grain free crunchy stuff do you think? Rawhide etc? 
Shes soooo complex lol our other pooches in the past have ate whatever with no probs
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Post by Rachel33 on Mon Feb 23 2015, 14:52

I would just try her and see how she gets on with the rice, Bug is sensitive to grain but her skin is better than ever on ND. They have a fish one, a sensitive one, rabbit & turkey and lamb so lots of choice other than chicken. Crunch wise, I'm not really sure as a mixer would probably create havoc with her skin. What about chucking in some raw veggies? Raw brocolli and carrot are a fav for Bug, then she has meaty bones as treats for chewing and teeth cleaning Smile
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Post by rico24 on Mon Feb 23 2015, 15:57

Thanks yeah will give that a go and see thanks sooo much.
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Post by rico24 on Mon Feb 23 2015, 17:01

Thanks yeah will give that a go and see thanks sooo much.
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Post by Rachel33 on Mon Feb 23 2015, 18:09

No worries! Forgot to say the sensitive one is salmon and prawn, and the fish is varied white fish. They bloody stink but Bug loves them!
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Post by Mia05 on Mon Feb 23 2015, 19:27

Bug sounds better fed than me rachel Smile i know mias deffo better fed than me
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Post by rico24 on Mon Feb 23 2015, 19:51

Lol the things wee do for our pooches!!! Just love her sooo much i want her to be happy
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Post by rico24 on Mon Feb 23 2015, 20:03

Lol the things wee do for our pooches!!! Just love her sooo much i want her to be happy
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Post by Bane on Wed Feb 25 2015, 21:48

Hope she is getting on well with it Smile

We feed mainly raw minces and when it comes to making up Banes meals I get pretty covered in the stuff and I am still alive Laughing
I know the weather probably isn't best right now, but have you considered feeding outside?

As for treats, a boiled up pork chop sounds like it would hold up pretty well! There are also online recipes for different things like liver cake, tuna loaf and sardine oatcakes which are great!
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Post by rico24 on Thu Feb 26 2015, 10:03

Thanks.
Aww i was looking at the recipes on here for the tuna loaf......she will love that, think il make her it today
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Post by jshrew on Thu Feb 26 2015, 16:19

When I was moving to raw my parents were massively against it using the salmonella argument but having looked into it for the food side of things there can be a fair risk unprocessed dog foods too not just raw.

When it comes to he handling side normal basic food hygiene, wash hands before and after, clean down surfaces etc, Ledger mostly has the mince packs from DAF for his size one days food comes in its plastic bag I defrost that bag in one of a couple of old take away containers and have a couple of forks just for his food, tbh there is very direct handling and I could always wear plastic gloves. He has his own old take away containers and a stay cool sandwich/lunch bag and ice packs for taking portions to my parents. 

When it comes to bones/stuffed hooves/stuffed beef throttle/salmon portions in the summer he has those in the yard in the winter if it's something that could get a bit messy he has a towel to eat off which can be washed straight after, tbh he  would have days on kibble where he just didn't eat it but on raw doesn't leave food (the only thing he has refused is pigs trotters but I'm more than ok with that lol)
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