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A place for people who already feed or are interested in feeding BARF / RAW food to their pets. A place to share tips, advice, information, suppliers etc

Location: Ireland
Members: 58
Latest Activity: Sep 19, 2016

Discussion Forum

Fussy eaters!

Started by Becky. Last reply by Teresa Jones Mar 1, 2015. 3 Replies

Hello everyone,I just switched Dash over to raw as he's developed allergies and I'm hoping this helps him with that, and also with all the other benefits RAW food brings.Only thing is, I was cutting…Continue

Raw feeding 10 days on

Started by Angela Clarke. Last reply by Becky Feb 28, 2015. 5 Replies

Hi guy`s, it has been 10 days now since I interduced raw to Sofie. The picky one who I have to call 5-6 times to get her food, then often have to collect her and often feed her by hand. Well I am…Continue

Puppies & Raw

Started by Rita Wilson. Last reply by Ossian Oct 2, 2013. 2 Replies

Puppies should be fed up to 10 % of their body weight. Therefore, if your pup weighs 10 lbs you should feed 1 lb of food divided between 3 or 4 feedings per day. Growing puppies, especially the large…Continue

How much

Started by Angela Clarke. Last reply by Angela Clarke Apr 12, 2013. 8 Replies

Sofie who will be 6 next month loves raw, she is the fussy eater out of my three, I want to put her on raw but I have no idea how much she should have, or if I should then give her supplements as she…Continue

Comment Wall

Comment by Dianne cook on March 19, 2013 at 11:45pm
Hello Rita and thanks for welcoming me. My Irish boy is appro 36kgs and large boy, not over weight and as I said for the very first time he looks a picture of health. My Irish litter sisters are approx 22kgs and are at the other end of the scale and quite petite. Would you be able Rita to give me your opinion of giving bones to my boy as he has had GDV :0( I don't want to sound like a worry wort.
Many thanks Rita I apreciate your help. Dianne and Irish.
Comment by Rita Wilson on March 20, 2013 at 6:15am

Dianne I give bones to Rosco and he has chronic bloat. I give him lamb necks something big for him to naw on. I cannot give chicken with bone as that protein always makes him fill with gas. Is your boy a gulper?.As a general rule, avoid bones of a size that will tempt the dog to swallow them without chewing. 

Comment by Teresa Jones on March 22, 2013 at 5:01am

Rita have you tried a a probiotic in his food although Murfee wasn't bloating he did suffer with wind but after a week of Optibac in his food his stools were firm and he doesn't suffer with wind any more.  Optibac for bowel calm  is for human consumption and was recommended by Ainsworth homeopathic chemist i order it from the internet.  He can eat anything now even a bit of our food stools always firm and no wind give it a try!

Comment by Teresa Jones on March 22, 2013 at 5:05am

Sorry forgot to mention Murfee also gulps his food

Comment by Rita Wilson on March 22, 2013 at 5:33am

Hi Teresa yes I've tried probiotics but haven't heard of the Optibac. His gas is mostly brought on my neurological stress. If there's a situation he isn't happy with he will start to fill with gas. Can take hrs for him to subside. Worked with a Homeopathic and a few different vets. Activated Charcoal is the only thing that gives him some relief. His stomach is stapled.He can go a month without any bloats then something triggers it and he could have a few bad days.

Comment by Jennie Benstead on March 22, 2013 at 9:43am

Hi has any one thought of trying the herb Slippery Elm...it is very good for digestion and can be added to their food....just a thought..:0)

Comment by Rita Wilson on March 22, 2013 at 9:47am

Yes Jennie we have tried slippery elm :). We have him on a fish hypoallergenic diet and it does have herbs, remedies to help with digestion. He also gets organ meat. He can't manage anything different and through the years this is the best diet that suits him. 

Comment by Teresa Jones on March 22, 2013 at 11:25am

Sorry to hear all that must be terribly worrying for you and sounds like you've spent alot of time (and money i guess) trying to sort it out best wishes to poor little Rosco at least he has an owner that is willing to try lots of alternatives and not just conventional meds


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