Stitch

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  1. What do you think.....raw wings or raw necks for a medium breed puppy? I worry about the choking risk.
  2. Yes, I am hoping that once I establish an eating pattern then I can manipulate the food intake. Often the stress associated with going to a new home just upsets everything. Mine was an angel yesterday and today she is a little devil.
  3. Thanks for your reply RP. All the initial dry dog foods were grainfree. After reading all the ingredients I came to the conclusion that maybe less was better than more when it comes to ingredients and so I bought some Natures Gift at the supermarket. I was also thinking that I couldn't have worse results than what I had had with the 'better quality' dry dogfoods. Yep, you have probably guessed, Natures Gift has much better tolerated.....at this stage I am mixing it with 50% Wellness. Natures Gift is NOT grainfree but hey, it is producing better result that the others. I really prefer to feed BARF so I will be working towards weaning her off the dry and onto BARF morning and night but at the moment I am just happy that she is eating.
  4. My normal routine is to feed dry food in the mornings and BARF of an evening for all my dogs however I now have a 12 week old pup that has a problem with dry food. It goes through her very quickly and is usually a bit soft sometimes with mucas which tells me it is irritating her gut. Over a gradual period of time she has had Canadae, MfM & Wellness. It is the Wellness that gives the best results but it still goes through her very quickly, etc. I have considered just feeding her BARF but again she is the first puppy I have had that isn't really keen on BARF either. She is definitely a picky eater and getting enough into her is a challenge but she will always eat dry food unfortunately it seems like dryfood doesn't like her! Anyone got any bright ideas on what to feed?
  5. When my girl was diagnosed with allergic rhinitis (hayfever) she was put on a course of Iridine from the vet. If human grade meds can be substituted I prefer to give them as they are usually cheaper than getting meds from the vet....so I asked the vet what I could use. He gave me the active ingredient and my detective work found that I could buy Loratadine over the counter at the pharmacy. I give 1/2 to 1 tablet daily just before she goes to bed at night so any drowsiness is gone by the morning. It works for her.
  6. Hmmm, 6 meals a day....I suppose that makes sense for small dogs. This pup is not a big eater, I wish she was. She does like variety though!
  7. I usually only feed eggs ie. scrambled to my adult dogs every now and then but I notice that my new pup (10 wks) seems to love them. Our chooks produce lots of eggs so I am hoping that they are something that pups can tolerate well without developing allergies to them. Would appreciate hearing from anyone else who feeds eggs to pups ie. how much & how often etc.
  8. You can only be guided by those who do this on a regular basis so my advice would be to find an animal transport company that you like and be guided by them. After all they should be the experts and part of the reason you are hiring them is to guide you through the sometimes difficult process of importing a dog.
  9. I've imported quite a few times from NZ and also USA but never needed or engaged a broker. Maybe things have changed but if it was me I would be phoning as many animal transport companies as I could find and talk to them all about your needs. By the end of all those phonecalls you would absolutely know what the best way to do things would be.
  10. Is there a reason you are not going with an animal transport company who will do all this for you?
  11. Thank you for that Boronia.
  12. Or failing that, the name of a good book on the subject?
  13. Can anyone tell me the name of a GOOD Herbal Medicine for Dogs person in Brisbane preferably northside? Thank you.
  14. Oh please...of course Metrozine isn't a probiotic and the problem was not related to exercise, poor feeding regimes or muscle control. In hindsight it is now easy to see that it was a 'stomach bug' ..... what kind I don't know but it must have been picked up when we went to a dog show. The course of Metrozine quickly and completely brought things back to normal. I know when a dog is sick and needs attention. and for those who are interested Metrozine ie. Metronidazole is used to treat protozoal infections in dogs and cats including Giardia, Entamoeba, Trichomonas and Balantidium. It also is used to treat anaerobic bacterial infections. Metronidazole has immune modulating activity and may be prescribed to treat inflammatory bowel disease. It may be used to treat colitis caused by other antibiotics, periodontal disease (especially in cats), Clostridium perfringens enterotoxemia, tetanus, diarrhoea of undetermined cause, pancreatic insufficiency (with small-intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and complications of severe liver disease. Metronidazole may be used with corticosteroids to treat inflammatory bowel disease or gum disease (gingivitis/stomatitis) in cats. Topical metronidazole gel is used to treat skin infections, such as feline chin acne. It can also be used long term in certain cases.