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  1. 6 month old gulping food without chewing

    Puppies often get car sick, so no worries about puking in the car. I have Labs. Every one I have owned gulps dry food without chewing. I've never noticed it doing any harm.
  2. Top Quality Food

    Lack of fiber IS NOT NATURAL and ISN'T BALANCED! Just because it's expensive and the labels include a number of ambiguous claims doesn't make it a high quality food! Experiment, find out what works for your dog, and don't be worried if it isn't advertised as 'all natural' and doesn't cost $10+/kg. There's a lot of malarkey about dog food and pathetically few credible long term feeding trials.
  3. Fox taming experiment

    I went through a phase of being fascinated with Belayev's experiments. The memory and question that lingers relates to degrees of domestication. As I remember, Belayev started out with levels of domestication: A,B,C...etc. and ended up having to add AA and(?) AAA because his foxes kept getting tamer and tamer. The question is whether some breeds of dogs are more domesticated than others...due to more intense selection for ability to live in close contact with humans.
  4. Dogs in literacy program

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/344696/banned-dog-now-library-staff-member Sorry, tried to paste the story but it was too hard ... I'm on a cellphone.
  5. Are these bad for dogs?

    No. Should be fine. My Labbies are gutsers. They won't touch any citrus but eat fallen peaches and apricots. Had a neighbor whose goldies ate lots of lemons with no problems.
  6. Puppy diet

    Balance isn't the only problem. Mince is often yucky skin, fat globs, and bone--unfit for human consumption and perhaps a bit off-- put through a grinder. I would be careful about feeding it to a pup. Wings and drumsticks are pretty large bones for a puppy and could possibly a choking hazard. Necks and frames are safer. Plus chicken can carry salmonella, which is dangerous to pups until their immune system are fully developed...the source must be clean, human grade.
  7. Dog rubs face

    Or, if it's not urgent or frenzied, it could be nothing. All my dogs like gentle face rubs.
  8. Raw and kibble together?

    Those are very strong claims. Please provide sources. Eg, I find it hard to believe that dogs on raw diets have gut pH that's 10,000 times more acidic than those fed kibble.
  9. Opinions on new tinned raw food

    Argument is low value compared to evidence based studies. I have lots of theories about dogs...and other things. I treat theories, my own, especially, with a grain of salt. I find it sad that SO much in the dog world revolves around unsubstantiated claims. BTW, this product isn't high protein, it's high fat. In evolutionary terms, I'd guess that most of nature runs lean except where fat is required for storage or insulation (hibernation, blubber, etc.) so would be suspicious of high fat. I can't find much research on very high fat diets for dogs, apart from recommendation of low fat for pancreatitis.
  10. Opinions on new tinned raw food

    I did a little searching on ketogenic diets for dogs. To my surprise, there is some clinical evidence indicating that, in some cases, ketosis is helpful for control of epilepsy. Could find no clinical evidence that it is helpful for cancer or weight loss in dogs.
  11. Opinions on new tinned raw food

    35% fat, 17% protein? Sounds great if you want weight gain and pancreatitis. Given that fat has nearly twice the energy density as protein, this would result in the dog getting roughly 4 times as much energy from fat as from protein. I don't get why people think carbs are so bad for dogs.
  12. Dog breeding facility planned for Bathurst

    I support condemnation of RSPCA seizure of animals and it's ramifications for the animals and the owner. But perhaps that is better discussed under a different heading?
  13. Gentle Giant Breed Recommendation!?

    Most reported breed lifespans are rubbish. People reporting how long their dogs live tend to leave off the puppy that didn't make it to two years. Many numbers you hear reported (eg those used by breed clubs) have no clear statistical origin and probably only account for the healthy dogs that live to old age. The Finnish database is, to my knowledge, the only data around that consider ALL registered pedigree dogs. Scandinavians are generally quite selective about breed stock ... I don't see any reason that the average lifespan for dogs of some breed would be higher in Oz than Finnland.
  14. Gentle Giant Breed Recommendation!?

    In general, giant breeds are short lived and have numerous health problems. I'd recommend looking up any breed you are considering on https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=186 Scroll to group and breed, then select health stats. Cause of death is particularly interesting...you'll find the Neo, for example, has an average lifespan of only 5 yr 1 mo. Strange to recommend a Finnish database, but sadly, the Finnish Kennel Club is the only source in the world (happy to be corrected if anyone knows of another) that tracks and makes public, data on health of ALl registered pedigree dogs. Lifspans well under 8 yrs and high incidence of skeletal problems seem to be sad aspects of the big mollasser breeds (if I remember correctly, the Tibetan Mastiff is one exception, but the temperament doesn't fit your description.... likewise for the large livestock guardian breeds). Lifespans under 6 years are sadly common. I would avoid all giant breeds and look at large dogs, like the Greyhound, rotti, etc. Greyhounds seem like a good fit cause they are typically sweet, affectionate, and lazy...but happy to go out for walkies. But maybe you want something beefier?
  15. Vaccinations

    It's a matter of probably. After second jab at 12 weeks, you can be, say 90% sure the pup won't get parvo if exposed. After jab#3 at 16 weeks, 99% sure. Don't take those numbers seriously. It's a hard thing for them to test, and they don't get consistent results when they do test. Can vary between breeds, may be different if weaned early vs late, could vary depending on how strong the dam's immunity level is. Could also depend on what vaccine is used. Hope this helps explain why different vets give different advice.