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  1. I know this is an old thread, but it came up in my search and seems relevant. We were at the vet yesterday and she said my Jack Russells heart beat is low, his was 66 BPM, when apparently it should be around 120. She said he is either very fit or it could be something like Addison's disease. I would say he is a couple steps above very fit! I have never had a dog with so much energy and stamina, he can literally run from morning til night. We go for 2 off lead walks a day, 7 days a week, 2 hours each. They did a blood test, so I'm praying it comes back good, and he is just is a very fit dog. He's only 8kg and 2.5 years old. I'm hoping there are others here who have dogs with similar stats.
  2. I give up on getting solid poops in summer time.. We go to the beach every morning, and although my dog doesnt drink the salt water, he does ingest some retrieving his ball etc His morning poops are great, but the evening ones are not so good..
  3. True. I always forget to factor in what size dog we're talking about lol I have one 8kg dog, who is pretty easy and cheap to feed.
  4. Can you clarify what you mean by soft diet? My top picks for commercial diets are: Prime100 rolls (cooked) Prime100 spd raw Proudi raw patties Big dog raw Frontier pets, dehydrated raw, just add water before feeding.
  5. The thing is, when people start feeding less and less, they are not only reducing calories but also the amino acids and vitamins/minerals. The recommended feeding guidelines are not only for the amount of food, but also the nutrients the food contains. Feed less, sometimes a lot less, and the dog is also missing out on vital nutrients, Taurine being one of them.. It's a hard position to be in, as many dogs gain weight following the bags guidelines. If this happens, then adding in fresh animal proteins (balanced) to make up for the kibble deficiency would be the easiest fix. Considering many of of the DCM cases involve overweight dogs or dogs on a permanent diet, i think this point is a biggy in getting to the root cause of DCM.
  6. How did i do that? The Answers to all of this DCM hysteria are in the questions i posted
  7. I have always fed grain free. However, I feed a split of 35/65% - kibble/raw so am not too concerned. I'm not jumping on the DCM scaremongering bandwagon just yet.. These are the questions that I would ask owners of dogs diagnosed with DCM: -Were they fed the same brand/food for every meal, every day? If yes, bad. -Did the owners ever rotate through different brands/proteins regularly? If No, bad. -Did the owners ever add fresh meat proteins to their dogs kibble regularly? If No, bad. -Did the owners drastically reduce the amount of kibble from what was recommended on the bag? If yes, bad.
  8. Stay Loyal is a great kibble. I rotate between the regular formula and the small bites. I'd be very surprised if your dog has an intolerance to a protein. This is incredibly rare in pups..
  9. I got mine from iherb. But last time i looked into ordering it, it said cant ship to Australia, very weird.. I've moved onto other supps now, but you could email i-herb Australia and see if it's available again to ship here.
  10. @Diva, the whole reason i come to this part of the forum is to have a discussion on what to feed dogs, if i wasn't interested i wouldn't come here.. I'm a member of over 10 different canine nutrition pages on Facebook, this is a subject i am passionate about and can talk about for hours. As for Orijen, so far it's a winner. I have a bag of the original and six fish, and alternate them daily.
  11. @PANDI-GIRL Probably a bit of marketing and stellar looking ingredients, plus i just don't like feeding the same thing day in day out, i like to mix it up for him and give as much variety as i possibly can. Nugget does fine swapping and changing, he never gets the same meal/protein twice in a row. I think i get more bored than he does lol And yes, you are right, shopping for them is fun, and i admit i have a dog/food spending addiction I tried the Pet Evans food, he liked it and did well. I did try Frontier pets, but i swapped to Big Dog little bites freeze dried that i can buy from my local petstock. He really loves these, much more than Frontier pets.
  12. Yes, i bought a bag of the Original, he devours it. I'm going to try 6 fish next. I only feed a small amount of kibble, 35/65- Kibble/raw. So a 2kg bag will last a while, for $54 it would want to!
  13. I use 4cyte as a preventative. The new kid on the block is Antinol, it's the super charged version of 4cyte, and also doubles as an Omega 3 supplement.
  14. He's incredibly active, he also jumps around like a gazelle! I would use it as a preventative. Prevention is better than cure.
  15. Most dog specific products come in powder form. I've dealt with 'odourless' and 'tasteless' powders with Nugget before, and the little turd refused to touch his meals. I'm done with filling empty capsules with powder 5 times a day. I'll see if i can find dog specific capsules with decent amounts of gluc/chon/msm in them. @sandgrubber Nugget is only 13mths old, but he is incredibly active, and i want to start using is as a preventative.
  16. I want to start giving my dog Glucosamine, human grade. I am concerned about the add on ingredients at the end. Do these look ok to give to a dog? Active ingredients per tablet: Glucosamine hydrochloride 750 mg Bovine sodium chondroitin sulfate (chondroitin) 200 mg Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM) 250 mg Manganese gluconate 8.8 mg - Equiv. manganese 1 mg Borax 8.8 mg - Equiv. boron 1 mg They are Natures Way Joint Restore
  17. @PANDI-GIRL Did you notice the difference in smell between the grain free dry foods and the Wellness complete health? The grains frees have that meaty aroma, the wellness C.H has a grainy smell. It doesnt really matter to Nugget, as i add meat in with all his kibble, but i can tell haha
  18. Haha Wow, of all the foods to pick, we chose the same one. I too feed the small breed
  19. Gosh , I wish i paid more attention to where this info came from. A lot of it came from first hand experience from my daughters acquaintances, too many to be a coincidence. Stay loyal would have to be Nuggets favourite. I feed a variety of different dry foods, all pass the test of Mr Finicky My rotation: Stay Loyal (Aussie Brand) Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural (US brand) healthy Everyday pets (Aussie brand). No potatoes/legumes/grains. Holistic Select Anchovy small breed (US brand) I've just recently add Wellness complete health Turkey/chicken to the mix, it is not a grain free food and uses oats as it's main carb. The DCM thing has been playing on my mind.
  20. I feed both raw and cooked. I've heard the "dont mix raw with kibble" thing, which i think is total bunk, it makes no sense! I've always done it, and never had a problem. Yes, i thaw the cubes before feeding.
  21. My dog is 13mths old and i have never given him a bowl of plain dry kibble, I have a huge variety of different meats that i add. Green tripe Raw chicken/quail eggs Lamb mince Pork mince Beef mince Turkey/chicken parts Beef/lamb heart Chicken gizzards Duck Liver Beef Loaf I feed raw meaty bones every 2nd day for oral health and chewing pleasure. I also get a chicken carcass and cook it on high in a slow cooker for 24 hours, I add add liver and pumpkin at the end to add more flavour. When it's done , the bones turn to mush, I remove the liver, and then i blend the whole lot up, freeze in ice cube trays and add 1 or 2 cubes to his meals. This is what i call super powered bone broth, my dog goes nuts for it. I've fed all of my dogs over the past 30 years with this kind of variety, i've never had any problems, and they've all enjoyed each and every meal
  22. I wouldnt feed Taste of the wild, they are currently being investigated for having heavy metals in their food, i cant remember the exact details.. My daughter is on a few dog forums, and there are breeders on there losing whole litters and/or pups failing to thrive while mum was on TOTW and also the pups weened onto it. My own personal experience with it.. My cast iron gut dog vomited a few hours after every meal of TOTW and sometimes overnight too. I had a bag of wetlands and High Prairie, and threw both bags in the bin.
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