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About sandgrubber

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  1. Feeding cat food to dogs?

    Actually, if you're doing the grain free thing, cat food might help prevent taurine deficiency .
  2. A 2nd Dog?

    1. Energy level is more important than size. I'd look for a mellow rescue. 2. While most dogs are social, an old dog who has been an only dog for many years may not appreciate company. Best if you can test him with a companion before making a commitment. 3. Get the dog YOU want. It will be with you for many years after Jax is gone.
  3. Canibis drug for dog arthritis

    May be of interest for some http://skeptvet.com/Blog/2018/07/evidence-update-promising-clinical-trial-of-cbd-for-arthritis-treatment-in-dogs/
  4. You didn't ask for my opinion, but you might want to look at: http://skeptvet.com/Blog/2018/08/grain-free-diets-and-heart-disease-in-dogs/
  5. Helllppp raw feeders!!

    Canis got domesticated as a scavenger. Yes, dogs have nutritional needs.... But they can thrive on a lot of things
  6. Those Crazy Labradors

    Complicated. Fat content is critical for weight gain/loss and hard to determine/control with raw diets. I find it's much easier to do weight loss on dry food and just feed less. Also.. If any treats, limit to carrot, cabbage, apple, or pumpkin or other fruit and veg. Most labs love these foods.
  7. Helllppp raw feeders!!

    Type of meat matters. If you want a pup to put on weight, find fattier cuts. They contain much more energy per kg than lean muscle. Often twice as much or more. Of course, not pure lard... But frames with skin and some fat globs along with the meaty bits are good I'd go by trial and error, and find the amount that keeps your pup at the right weight.
  8. Cork tiles and dogs

    My brother has cork. They banned dogs from walking on it. It's too soft. Unless you keep toenails VERY short or use a vary hard coating, it will get damaged.
  9. Pete Evans healthy everyday pets food..

    For me the alarm bell was the big list of supplements, including vitamins that dogs don't require, and the number of things like turmeric and green lipped muscles, that are trendy for humans. If they use good quality main ingredients, a bunch of supplements shouldn't be needed.
  10. Pete Evans healthy everyday pets food..

    Not to be cynical but it sounds like a list designed to impress you, without a lot of research to determine whether it is good for the dog.
  11. Worms or maggots in stool

    Sounds like tapeworm to me. Tapeworm requires a different wormer than other worms, and there are two species of tapeworm that can infect dogs. One is carried by fleas. It commonly reinfects. The other comes with eating the flesh of an infected animal. The meds required is different depending on the species. There's lots of information on the Web, and your veterinarian should know, also.
  12. What age? It depends. By one year, xrays will give a pretty reliable picture of whether or not there are problems, thus allowing a decision about keeping her on as breeding stock. I don't know what age the GSD clubs require for hip scores, but it may be >12mo., meaning you'll have to do it again to be official. And then there's Penn hip scoring, which is commonly done at < 12mo. Talk to GSD club and do some reading (searching this forum may be worthwhile).
  13. How'd this get missed?

    I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it: Toddler mauled by dog dies in Australia - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-45040514
  14. I have my doubts about Billingshurst. Anecdotes are not good evidence and he offers little more than anecdotes to back his arguments. It's probably been removed, but the original book included raisins in one of the barf patty recipes. His book on raising puppies advocated, if I remember rightly, whelping and raisng the litter in a big box of sawdust... Or was it woodchips? Some dogs thrive on the diet he advocates, others don't, and some dogs thrive on cheap supermarket food and tables scraps. There's far too little hard evidence. However, the need to balance mineral intake is well established and backed by considerable research.
  15. I'm no expert, but I think you may end out with unbalanced calcium to magnesium... some bone or dairy could help.