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    • jemstone001
    • By jemstone001 3rd Jan 18, 11:59 PM
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    Best Quality Dog Food
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 11:59 PM
    Best Quality Dog Food 3rd Jan 18 at 11:59 PM
    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 !)

    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
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    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 14th Aug 18, 7:30 PM
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    • homeworkgirl
    • By homeworkgirl 20th Aug 18, 8:31 AM
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    Hi, I have a Romanian rescue dog with a sensitive tummy and I can highly recommend Burns sensitive, Pork and Potato. He absolutely loves it and everyone says how healthy he looks and how shiny his coat is.
    • doberly
    • By doberly 2nd Sep 18, 2:45 AM
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    doberly
    If your dog has a sensitive stomach, I recommend Holistic Select Natural. It contains probiotics and digestive enzymes.
    • norainbows
    • By norainbows 6th Sep 18, 9:46 PM
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    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 !)

    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
    Originally posted by jemstone001
    Please don't take a recommendation from a vet regarding dog food as they have to promote certain foods. Do your own research. Sometimes a sensitive tummy is an ingredient or additive or filler i.e grains in the food causing the issue.

    I checked allaboutdogfood website and it opened my eyes to how much rubbish is in so called nutritious dog food. I used the cost checker for weight and age of my dog and settled on a british organic 80/20 no grain dog food. It worked out at less than £1 a day to have the best quality food available and it had a 5 star rating and complete nutrient and ingredient breakdown. Shockingly rubbish like Pedigree Chum or Purina costs more and is inferior. A good dog food will produce perfectly formed stools. You may have to adjust how much you give your dog to achieve this.

    Have a look and see what works for you. Eden Pet foods are suitable from weaning to old age. You will find that because the quality is so high you feed much less if you weigh the food out.

    With regards to being fussy, most pet parents with the best intentions make their pet fussy but keep changing food and offering alternatives. This is the worst possible thing to do with a dog as you will condition it to be fussy. Dogs will not starve but they will hold out longer than you if you let them. This is called human training for dogs. If a dog doesn't eat its food, take the food up and offer the same food later. If it refuses again repeat the day after. The longest my dog held out was 4 days. However it was drinking water and well hydrated. When it realised there was no alternatives and no treats it gladly ate its food. Fasting for dogs is a s beneficial for dogs as it is for humans; very.
    Last edited by norainbows; 06-09-2018 at 9:49 PM.
    • norainbows
    • By norainbows 6th Sep 18, 9:52 PM
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    norainbows
    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 !)

    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
    Originally posted by jemstone001
    Thank you for rescuing your puppy, how lucky she is to have you now. If a dog is not underweight fasting is not necessarily bad for health if they have a good covering over their ribs and a little dip in the waist, just a little one. Please don't take a recommendation from a vet regarding dog food as they have to promote certain foods. Do your own research.

    I checked allaboutdogfood website and it opened my eyes to how much rubbish is in so called nutritious dog food. I used the cost checker for weight and age of my dog and settled on a british organic 80/20 no grain dog food. It worked out at less than £1 a day to have the best quality food available and it had a 5 star rating and complete nutrient and ingredient breakdown. Shockingly rubbish like Pedigree Chum or Purina costs more and is inferior.

    Have a look and see what works for you. Eden Pet foods are suitable from weaning to old age. You will find that because the quality is so high you feed much less if you weigh the food out.

    With regards to being fussy, most pet parents with the best intentions make their pet fussy but keep changing food and offering alternatives. This is the worst possible thing to do with a dog as you will condition it to be fussy. Dogs will not starve but they will hold out longer than you if you let them. This is called human training for dogs. If a dog doesn't eat its food, take the food up and offer the same food later. If it refuses again repeat the day after. The longest my dog held out was 4 days. However it was drinking water and well hydrated. When it realised there was no alternatives and no treats it gladly ate its food. Fasting for dogs is a s beneficial for dogs as it is for humans; very.
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 1st Nov 18, 7:19 PM
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    Have you considered tinned Chappie?
    My Hound gets bouts of colitis & has a sensitive stomach, so we give him that and he loves it. It's nice & bland and (apologies for this) firms him up after a bout of tummy trouble.
    Even the vet we use said that it was just as good as the special 'sensitive stomach' tinned stuff that they flog in their reception. ASDA do packs of 24 cans for £12.
    He also likes those frozen packs of minced chicken that Nature's Menu do - but I have to boil it up first, he will not touch it if it's defrosted/raw. He's a bit fussy that way.
    Hope this helps.
    Originally posted by dontone
    A vet friend I once had said she recommended Chappie or ButchersTripe (original or with chicken and not the many other varieties) for upset tums and puppies who found the regular puppy foods too purging, as the ingredients are simple.


    My cavaliers,one of whom was very fussy, have had the tripe varieties (and others as they didn't get upset)or JWB complete for over 20 years and I've recently found that the Aldi look-alike label is equally as acceptable and about 30p cheaper per tin.


    I've also used Fish 4 Dogs completes, too as they have no bad additives and have high fishcontent.
    • thaliadaniels
    • By thaliadaniels 5th Nov 18, 11:02 PM
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    For me it's Royal Canine
    • SensibleSoph
    • By SensibleSoph 8th Feb 19, 8:17 AM
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    I’d recommend a quality Grain free dry food. My vets told me about the various risks with RAW, such as salmonella etc and I don’t want to risk it with our kids or family. We looked in depth into the best balanced food. Most of the dog food on the market would fill food with grain to bulk up the volume. Grains aren’t good for dogs, let alone ones with sensitive stomachs. Grain free has become more popular lately but many brands have actual low meat content and fill voulmes with potato or other cheap ingredients rather than the essentials. On the flip side some are a little too rich in meat and don’t agree either. We tried and tested what felt like every possible brand on the market! Our lovely Doris is now fed on what we think is a perfect balance recipe from a company called ‘Moonjoon Mutrition’. It’s cheap as well and has free delivery. She stil has some leftover treats occasionally from family suppers - only because she gives us ‘those eyes’ that make you melt haha! Our vet always comments how amazing she looks which is great to hear. This was our experience - hope it helps. Soph x
    • Wolvensam
    • By Wolvensam 8th Feb 19, 8:53 AM
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    Wolvensam
    We use Millies Wolfheart. We have a German Shepherd pup (almost 7 months old) who suffered terrible skin allergies from Wainwrights, James Wellbeloved, Royal Canin et al. We found Millies online which is grain free, 70% meat and 30% fish - you can smell the difference, trust me!

    Since we have had him his stool has always been a bit runny and coat a bit greasy. Now we get all sorts of compliments from the vet and his stool is rock solid.

    It's not cheap - we get two lots of the 14.5kg bag which is £51.99, but it's great stuff. Our Jack Russell/Poodle cross loves it too, and he wouldn't touch dry food for love nor money before.
    Last edited by Wolvensam; 08-02-2019 at 8:56 AM.
    • Brookelloyd
    • By Brookelloyd 21st Feb 19, 12:02 PM
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    Ive just commented on another similar post discussing the same dilemmas. Thought id also share my experience on here in case it helps anyone who was in the same predicament as us. It sounds like more and more people are paying attention to what they actually feed their dogs - which is amazing.

    I’ve read a lot of articles lately about dog food and quizzed many vets and nutritionists. One article said that 95% of dog foods owned by big commercial brands as well as supermarket brands don’t reveal their exact ingredients and actually have hooves, feathers, beaks, connective tissues and wool (...I know! Wool!?) in recipes under “meat and animal derivatives”. This is shocking! Hopefully some new regulations will come into force in future to sort this out.

    A lady shared a brand on the other thread called Moonjoon Nutrition - it looked great. I ordered a bag yesterday and it arrived this morning. I’ve also requested free samples of other flavours for free. It was great to find a small personal brand like this who clearly show everything and have recyclable packaging as well. I compared the prices with the other brands people have been recommending such as Arden Grange and Millie’s Woolfhound etc (these also look great in terms of ingredients although most of Arden Grange range doesn't seem to be grain free - both have quite similar nutritional values) but the Moonjoon Nutrition came out cheaper than them all and it seems like they can’t do enough for you.

    You’ve got to love this forum! Last week I got a top tip regarding broadband and yesterday I’ve found this top dog food!

    Thank you savvy people
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 21st Feb 19, 12:21 PM
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    Mojisola
    One article said that 95% of dog foods owned by big commercial brands as well as supermarket brands don’t reveal their exact ingredients and actually have hooves, feathers, beaks, connective tissues and wool (...I know! Wool!?) in recipes under “meat and animal derivatives”. This is shocking!
    Originally posted by Brookelloyd
    Why? If your dog killed and eat its own food, it would consume all those things, even bits of wool, skin and hair from the prey.
    • Brookelloyd
    • By Brookelloyd 21st Feb 19, 12:35 PM
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    Why? If your dog killed and eat its own food, it would consume all those things, even bits of wool, skin and hair from the prey.
    Originally posted by Mojisola
    Sorry, the point I was making was; I'm not sure if its necessarily bad to feed Wool, hooves etc to our pets but it seems to me that some brands are selling food with these things under the description of 'meat' and other transparent brands are selling the real thing 'freshly prepared meat' for actually lower prices.

    Im not a qualified nutritionist but id far rather think of my dog eating a balanced meal with real meat, veg and fruits than some unknown derivatives.

    Each to their own I suppose, sorry if my comments were misunderstood.
    • JulieBrown
    • By JulieBrown 4th Jun 19, 10:06 AM
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    We have 3 dogs who are very special in their own little way. 2 are quite fussy and the other would happily eat my husbands dirty socks every day! I go to various dog groups and mingle with a lot of other owners every week. This is the conclusion many of us have come to...!

    * Some of these 80% meat recipes are simply too rich for many dogs.!
    * More dogs than you thing have underlying sensitivity issues - it’s normal.!
    * These highly financed brands like tails and butternut box etc are just faddy and don’t actually offer superior food or service.!
    * Customer service is very important - if you ask a question at stupid a’clock you want a quick, informative and caring response.!
    * Avoid ‘chicken meal’ or any meat ‘meal’ and look for actual ‘chicken’ or meat or ideally ‘freshly prepared chicken’ etc. ‘Meal’ usually means any part of the chicken or animal - poorest and cheapest bits!!
    * Look for people and companies who are passionate and care.
    * Always check ingredients and hidden delivery cost.

    One of our girls absolutely loves Arden Grange Adult Pork & Rice. It really seems to agree with her and she loves it. We buy 12kg bags of this and it lasts a good couple of months. We worked out it costs just over £0.50/day for her. It’s not grain free tho. Our other two are on Moonjoon Nutrition, many of the dog group member were raving about it and their service. Both have been on it for over 12 months now, love it and look great off it. One is on the Slimmers Dinner as she’s prone to put on weight. This is a high quality, Fish, Grain Free recipe and works out at £0.65/day for her. The other is on the Simply Quackers recipe. This is a similar Grain Free recipe but with about 50% Duck and works out at £0.50/day for her.

    It is a mine field out there and it’s easy to get fooled and sucked in by these big commercial brands! This is what works for us.
    • TomokoAdhami
    • By TomokoAdhami 6th Jun 19, 6:51 PM
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    TomokoAdhami
    After pet food recalls, I don't take risks about pet food. Prefer to use Fromm products usually.
    • Apjs87
    • By Apjs87 6th Jun 19, 7:26 PM
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    Apjs87
    my dog reacted badly to raw diet.

    We switched to Pure Petfood. Its dehydrated and the dog loves it. Definitely worth a look
    • melbury
    • By melbury 8th Jun 19, 5:18 PM
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    melbury
    Our dog now has a nice variety, which he loves:

    Butchers wet (the trays not the tins) mixed with some Lukullus cold pressed in the morning.

    Forthglade wet mixed with some Natures Menu Mighty Mixer Meal in the evening.
    Stopped smoking 27/12/2007, but could start again at any time

    • 11Carrie11
    • By 11Carrie11 13th Jun 19, 9:37 AM
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    If your dog has a sensitive stomach, you can try tinned Chappie, I give it to my dog because she also has some problems with a stomach.
    • pulliptears
    • By pulliptears 13th Jun 19, 10:13 AM
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    I'm lucky in that my boy can swap and change foods with little bother. He's had a few over the years, Arden Grange, Canagan, Lilys Kitchen etc

    A few weeks ago Ocado sent a tub of wet food for him to try called Scrumbles. I don't think I've ever seen food vanish as quickly as this did. On the back of that I researched their dry food on allaboutdogfood and it looked pretty good so I ordered a bag.
    He's the type of dog that usually picks at his dry food over the course of the day, but as soon as this Scrumbles stuff hit his bowl he ate the lot.

    He's now on scrumbles full time, with a couple of tubs of wet food mixed in a few times a week.
    "Gggggrrrrrr Rrrraaaahhh Rrrrrrggghhhhnn" - Chewbacca (The Empire Strikes Back)

    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 13th Jun 19, 5:04 PM
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    My friend's dog has had Eukaneuba (sp?) since puppyhood - just progressing up through the ages to mature adult.

    If you keep chopping and changing food her stomach will never settle down. Sorry. haven't read the whole thread - has the vet suggested a suitable diet.

    If she's a street dog, she's probably been existing on bits out of bins and gutters, half-eaten burgers, bits of sandwich and goodness knows what else (something dead probably). Even the most pampered pets salivate and lick their lips when they come across something "nasty" in the park.

    Stick to wet or dry - the dry food now is properly balanced and you can supplement it (or make it look more tasty in your eyes) with some gravy if she's struggling a bit. A couple of drops of cod liver oil too will get some extra vitamins in her if necessary. A little bit at a time even if it means feeding her a tiny amount half a dozen times a day - you can always increase amounts and reduce times when she's settled.

    A day or two "off her food" won't do her any harm now and again, we all feel less hungry sometimes. Poor little thing has probably been traumatised in her past life, so just give her lots of love, a few treats now and then she's sure to settle down and realise she's fallen on her paws.
    • Igilao
    • By Igilao 20th Jun 19, 1:28 PM
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    Best Food for Dogs
    I prefer to give my dog a cooked food. Like, I'll give him a viand which I've cooked and mixed it with rice Before he really likes dog food but when he tasted it he's now refusing to eat dog food.
    Last edited by Igilao; 20-06-2019 at 1:34 PM.
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