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    Hey Guys,

    I have a 1 year old Lhasa Apso, who's a bit of a sensitive little bugger. From day one, we've had trouble feeding him. After recommendation from a vet, we put him on Eukanuba dry food - which left him severely constipated. Second recommendation was a dry/wet combo of Hills Science Diet.

    The dry/wet combo of Hills works great, dog's happy and healthy - but my wallet is pretty empty because of it! It's costing us an arm and a leg to keep him on that, and we're pretty strapped for cash right now - so I started looking into a raw food diet for him.

    There's a tonne of different information out there about it, good and bad, do this do that, pretty confusing really. Though I would just jump on board, and ordered a 2kg tub of Roo/Beef mince from Bucket O Beef. He's about 10kg, so have been giving him 100g morning and night. He loves it, of course, but it's not doing wonders for his poo.

    Twice now he's come inside with a cake of poo stuck to his bum. It's not runny/sloppy, seems well formed enough. It just seems as though it's not compacted, if thats the right word, enough for him to pass it smoothly. He has been on it morning/night for a week now. Oh, and it SMELLS - bad! I know poo doesn't smell like a field of flowers, but this is make-you-gag potent.

    Now it could be quite simply I've completely stuffed up the whole concept. I given him a tiny bit of blended carrots/spinach (it's what I had in the house at the time) with it as well. But who knows if I'm doing it right!

    I would really like to find a balance that suits him, and his sensitive stomach. He's got free access to inside, so I'm getting a bit sick of having to scrub carpets.

    Can anyone advise whether this is a normal "breaking in" sort of thing, or if I should be feeding him differently?

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    Maybe you could do a combo of the Hills wet/dry and the raw, would that stretch the wallet a bit??

    I like Pro Plan Sensitive (the salmon one) combined with raw meat.

    Others here follow the BARF diet or variations of it and there have been threads started which you should be able to find or others will post shortly.

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    I have a couple tins and a lot of dry food left still - so I could do a mix. I'm guessing Hills doesn't quite fall into the "evil commercial food" category as most off-the-shelf dog food?

    I was going to get some chicken necks and see how he took to them too. This Beef/Roo mix is laced with a lot of fat, so maybe he'd be better off with a leaner mixture?

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    Yes, most certainly less fat for a dog with a sensitive stomach.

    Also don't just suddenly switch and change diets, introduce new food slowly and decrease old food slowly.

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    Thanks! I read up on that BARF thread in this forum, some better and more consistent advice in there.

    How would be the best way to cut back on the fat? Buy just roo mince, being leaner. Or cook it all to render away the fat?

    It also sounds like natural yogurt is a good additive to aid early digestion?

    I'll definitely get some chicken necks, for the calcium at least. I'm sure he'll enjoy the variety too

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    Roo...chicken and turkey mince are really lean meats...good for dogs with sensitive stomachs

    Chicken necks are good...minimal amount of fat.

    I feed BARF here and my dogs love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisBates View Post
    Thanks! I read up on that BARF thread in this forum, some better and more consistent advice in there.

    How would be the best way to cut back on the fat? Buy just roo mince, being leaner. Or cook it all to render away the fat?

    It also sounds like natural yogurt is a good additive to aid early digestion?

    I'll definitely get some chicken necks, for the calcium at least. I'm sure he'll enjoy the variety too
    Roo meat is 99% fat free & is one of the leanest meats avail in OZ.. no need to cook it either, raw is best than cooked.


    Hi.. here are some threads that i posted months ago in regards to BARF

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-food-...balance-3.html

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-food-...linghurst.html
    Last edited by Aussie Floyd; 02-18-2010 at 11:59 AM.

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    I have just started my dogs on a BARF diet. I have ordered the Ebooks and info pack off ebay for
    $16.95 including postage. Using this diet it costs 67c per day to feed your dog (based on a staffy)
    Its worth checking it out! I'm really happy with it! Heres the link..
    Hope that helps.

    Make Raw or Cooked Dog Food -Save Around $800 YR! - eBay Other Supplies, Dogs, Pet Supplies, Home. (end time 13-Apr-10 22:29:37 AEST)
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