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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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    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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    • bugslet
    • By bugslet 4th Jan 18, 7:32 AM
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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

    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

    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!
    • Fen1
    • By Fen1 4th Jan 18, 7:59 AM
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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?
    • Soot2006
    • By Soot2006 4th Jan 18, 9:40 AM
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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.
    • bugslet
    • By bugslet 4th Jan 18, 9:43 AM
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    I just switched mine over all at once as well with no ill effects.
    • mac.d
    • By mac.d 4th Jan 18, 9:51 AM
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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
    • easterbunni
    • By easterbunni 4th Jan 18, 10:54 AM
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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!
    • svain
    • By svain 4th Jan 18, 11:27 AM
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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
    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 4th Jan 18, 9:26 PM
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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.
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    • iolanthe07
    • By iolanthe07 13th Jan 18, 12:48 PM
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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.
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    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 13th Jan 18, 1:56 PM
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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
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    • krlyr
    • By krlyr 13th Jan 18, 3:57 PM
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    Check out

    They have ratings by quality/ingredients but they also show the cost per day of each food. This is a better comparison than cost per bag - generally cheaper foods have more fillers so you need to feed more of them to provide an adequate amount of nutrition. So a food that is half the cost by the bag, but you feed three times as much of, will actually cost you more to feed overall.
    • marlot
    • By marlot 13th Jan 18, 7:40 PM
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    We had a GSD with a terribly bad tummy. He did well on James Wellbeloved.
    • melbury
    • By melbury 14th Jan 18, 9:43 AM
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    Switched our 9 month old puppy to this a month ago and he loves it.

    It scores 4.5 out of 5 on the All About Dog Food site, plus great reviews on the Zooplus site. QYASABEgJJ2PD_BwE
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    • dontone
    • By dontone 16th Jan 18, 9:01 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.
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    • HarryAzhar
    • By HarryAzhar 24th Jan 18, 10:15 AM
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    European puppies are generally sensitive and i would advice you to avoid wet food and go for quality dry food for your puppy. I have tried 2 to 3 brands for my puppy and not i settled with Blue life Protection Formula dog food includes Chicken and Brown Rice though i did lot of research before settling down with that best food for my puppy. I believe this one is more better for a sensitive puppy but still if can also do your research.
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    • bobo288
    • By bobo288 10th Aug 18, 9:42 PM
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    Give Your Dogs The Choice
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    • jeradon
    • By jeradon 14th Aug 18, 6:55 AM
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    The best dog food are those gently cooked homemade diet.
    • ka7e
    • By ka7e 14th Aug 18, 5:29 PM
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    Definitely stop mixing wet and dry food - they are digested at different rates and won't help a gippy tum! You can spend ages and s trying different foods, but you need to pick one and stick to it for a few weeks while her digestion settles. Original Chappie is highly rated for fussy eaters. Arden Grange and James Wellbeloved are popular too. Grains are often blamed for upset tums and windiness, but some dogs are sensitive to chicken or pork or rice etc.

    But a huge factor is the fact that she has spent her puppyhood in Spain. She may have a bacterial gut infection that a vet could identify, or Leishmaniosis (though many rescues check for this).

    I second a raw diet - using a pre-frozen complete food to eliminate parasites - with plain uncoloured biscuit for treats.
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