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Hi, does anyone have any tips on food and feeding?
My boy has gone off his food almost completely.. he will sniff it and pick around but he's not interested. He has been wormed and is not unwell at all so I know he just does not like the food.
He is having royal canin maxi junior and tripe (or other meat) I will feel him twice a day, it was three times when he was growing up.
When I have given him a tin of processed meat he will wolf it down but the nutritianal value is not good so I don't want to go down that route. Also I want something that'll keep the weight on and his condition... shiny coat, good teeth etc...
So, what feeds are good? I'm in England.
Thanks for all your helpful hints and tips... they gave me the confidence to ditch his breeders regime and experiment today...
We had a big breakthrough this evening with a can of butchers tripe mix and some extra meaty kibbles - much cheaper variety than the Royal Canin ... so all-in-all, a very happy Setter now sleeping soundly :) :) :)
I will add some of our free-range chickens egg yolks from time to time now too x
I will also experiment with the raw diet when I have sourced the right butchers..
Yup, we had the same experience: experimenting some changes in feeding times is working:)
But for us it seems the other way round: Oberon is always sleepy in the morning and not always keen to eat, while in the evening, after 1day of play and activities, he's more inclined to gulp something (even better: sometimes he's looking for some extra food after the last walk, before bed time)
so is not unusual that he skips breakfast but then he has two meals:one around 6-7pm and the second around 11pm.. he's definitely not a "morning" guy;)
Kate: we are going through this fussy time as well with Oberon.. sometimes nothing lasts > 1week: we know that what is delicious today may look poison tomorrow :)
Oberon refuses all raw food (we tried naturalinstinct and others, following suggestions) and hates tripe (I am not so sorry for that, because of the smell;) .. so is not true that with raw food they all eat enthusiastically (although it looks most of them are happy...) . He doesnt like beef but seems happy with chicken or pieces of stewing lamb. I am contrary to pork and not so keen with turkey for dogs, so I dont buy those..
Ah: he's not happy with mince: big pieces are better :) I give the meat half boiled in the microwave.. And I never full the whole bowl: I give half, he eats, then the second half immediately.. I am not sure why this works: maybe it looks as he needs a bit of encouragement and a full bowl is "intimidating" (ahhhhhhh ;))
At some point for 1 month he falled in love with raw chicken wings, but now this love is disappeared and they are left beyond..
But a dog food that seems to work, if not always at least for most time, is naturediet (avoid the fish /salmon range but ok lamb/rabbit). Try to google their website if you are in UK, they do delivery: it is the closer we can get to raw food (cooked at low T, etc) and seems very good to me! Is also quite common in some specialists pet stores.
So basically our diet oscillates between naturediet, some half cooked meat (chicken, stewing lamb, oxtail). The latter is integrated with sardinas or eggs or frozen salmon (asda has a cheap bag) from time to time, or I add a bit of "petplus" power (just as an integrator we have been told is good, I am sure is plenty of them..) ..
Occasionally, while walking, he "manages" to eat some of his original royal canin maxi (we still have a 15kg bag left in our storage, so I now use this just for picnics in the woodland, always hand feeded ;)
Well, we are not experts, but I hope it helps.. Well, at least you know you are not alone :)
ehhh looks like oberon !!!! Except we dont do the stew.. not yet :)
en passant: my brother in law is a vet in Italy and suggested us to avoid turkey. apparently in Italy turkey is extremely full of hormons- even more than chicken :(
not sure if turkeys are better in other countries. I am impressed by the way in which their meat shrinks when I boil it.. I think I just avoid or give with lot of moderation.., they seem "blow up" animals sometimes..
But yes, I know certain vets in UK suggest turkey instead of chicken during recovery time..
It looks that whatever we do we fail, so I guess we have to leave some choices to common sense:)