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Best Quality Dog Food

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Pets & Pet Care
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Pets & Pet Care
Hi all was looking for some advice. I have a 10 month old rescue puppy from Spain and have struggled to find food that she likes and doesn't cause an upset tummy. She is very much a mixed breed (we even paid for the dna test out of curiosity and she came back a bit of everything :rotfl:!)

She has had issues with being picky with food so she currently gets a mix of dry and wet food with a few treats for training but she goes through phases of not eating much. We have been giving her pedigree for the last couple of months but I have been hearing horror stories about the ingredients not being very nutritious. She had a rough start before we rescued her so want to give her something to try and help any damage that may have been done. Broke my heart when we were told that the dogs were fed on donated food and if it started to run out they would feed every other day to help it last longer.

Any advice on what is a good quality food that would suit a sensitive tummy? She is a very windy dog so something to stop that would be greatly appreciated :rotfl:
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  • bugsletbugslet Forumite
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    Have you or would you consider raw?

    There are lots of way of doing it. I'm lazy and buy it pre packaged

    http://poppyspicnic.co.uk/

    I moved from a mixed wet/dry kibble to this with absolutely no problems and my dogs flipping love it! It cuts down on the wind and their stools are a lot firmer:o

    There are probably cheaper ways of feeding raw, but I like it for ease and it seems good quality, some of the cheaper ones look, well cheap!
  • Fen1Fen1 Forumite
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    What does your Vet say? Are the teeth/ mouth healthy? Are her bloods normal? Regularly wormed and vaccinated?

    Try raw feeding, as suggested. Introduce step by step from her normal food.

    Keep a diary of her eating habits, not just when she does or doesn't eat, but also what else is going on. Does she eat better when a particular person feeds her? Is she hungry after excercise? Is she getting enough excersise, both mental and physical? Does she have separation anxiety? Is she being socialised and trained in classes? Does she like being in class?
  • Soot2006Soot2006 Forumite
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    I managed to fix a very unwell dog with a raw diet. Until then I'd never considered it, now I have two on raw.

    Vets are not always fond of raw diet (although in my case it was the vet who told us to give it a try) but it is wort discussing the entire situation as it's probably something they've seen before. There are some long-term bacterial infections that can trigger the symptoms you describe as well.

    I was told to introduce the raw diet all at once as you don't want processed and raw foods in the gut at the same time (different rates of nutrient extraction). If using a pre-packaged raw then loads and loads of options available. If doing RMB or BARF at home, then most people start with wing tips or something very soft-boned like that.
  • bugsletbugslet Forumite
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    I just switched mine over all at once as well with no ill effects.
  • mac.dmac.d Forumite
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    Raw is definitely a good option if that's possible.

    Also have a look at this thread 'Good dog food at a reasonable price', and check out the link posted to allaboutdogfood.co.uk.
  • easterbunnieasterbunni Forumite
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    I would second (sixth?) raw feeding. Ran out of kibble one day and then had minced chicken for breakfast the next day. Loves it and no ill effects, although the rescue where my dog came from thinks it's a fad and tried to warn me off it. Spent an hour munching a lamb neck last night, I think his teeth are cleaner already!
  • svainsvain Forumite
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    Ive had couple dogs with sensitive tummies over the years. Both responded really well to Burns Active Dog food or Arden Grange
  • KatiehoundKatiehound Forumite
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    One of my dogs is wheat intolerant and he was a real mess when I got him. He is fed half Skinners Duck & Rice and half Burgess sensitive (lamb) and does really well on that combination.
    Lovely glossy coat, loads opf energy and no more nasty poos!
    He also gets daily the equivalent of an apple- which may be also carrots, cabbage etc.
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  • My 7 month old Schnauser X thrives on Wolf Tucker raw puppy food and absolutely loves it, but I am a bit concerned about recent press reports that raw pet food can be a health hazard for humans.
    I used to think that good grammar is important, but now I know that good wine is importanter.
  • suki1964suki1964 Forumite
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    Arden grange is a good food that's available at Pets @ home , was the only food my last cocker could tolerate, kept him a healthy weight with a good coat and firm small stools.

    A good food is not cheap. It's not cheap because it's not full of cheap fillers, less to cause problems
    if you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
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