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    Okay the weekend comentary on the boy's movements...

    All yays We had no spit ups at all, The rear end was in fine form (golden brown and non-stinky) well formed and passed easily.

    Still on the Maxalon and the Carafate he hates both he puts his head down and grits his teeth trying so hard not to open his mouth. He only has one more dose of the Carafate (tonight only yay) but around 2 weeks left of the Maxalon.

    Well he is still eating the dry and I am still hating feeding it to him. He knocks it off in about 2 minutes flat and seems to look for more food after then will settle after 5 minutes or so of knowing he's not getting anything else (Gee I feel like a horrible mum).

    Sunday Best Day EVA! Dog park experience...

    Tonight I have orientation night at Dog Obedience class (no Maxi just me) Learning the what I need to know before our lessons begin next week, I am so looking forward to this experience with Maxi - just hope the Dry holds enough enticement to hold Maxi's attention to me and not all the other potential playmates.
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    Well it's been another week of monitoring and it hasn't been the best, we have had a few spit ups and the last few have contained whole biscuits so I have made the decision to put my boy back on the raw again, and I have my vets ok to do so.

    We are going to try a product sold here on the coast called Healthy Hounds, they have human grade meat with no preservatives or fillers, 100% natural. I really hope it is as good as it sounds.

    Going to pick some up tomorrow. We had our first session at obedience class tonight ... Oh my we have lots of practice to do. Got to get my timing right with the praise, treat.
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    I do love an update even if the news is good and bad...

    Hope you figure out a happy balance for him soon.

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    Me to Hyacinth, for both updates and balance

    I was really struggling with feeding Maxi dry, but this was only because he was doing so well on raw until the upset plus the fact he really enjoyed eating it.

    It's been two weeks of feed the dry and the things I've noticed is doggy smell, not so shiny coat and this weekend I swear his waist line has expanded, and his ribs are not as easily felt, plus the spit-ups just tell me this is not the right food for my boy.
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    Well been going really well on the raw... Until today, Maxi happened to get into my daughters room and ate a few lollies and a little plastic...

    So now we are throwing up numerous times, rang the emergency vet and she said just monitor him and not to give him anything until eight then try a little water...

    There was no chocolate in the mix, just soft jellies and and jellybeans. Think he only got about five or more he's a little sorry for himself in his crate.
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    Hi MC

    Thanks for the update.

    Maybe your daughter needs a more secure stash for her lollies. Fortunately for me - Frosty isn't super keen on lollies. She sometimes eats them but doesn't seek them out ie there might be some in the playground she will try as part of general foraging - which I put a stop to as fast as I can (evil hound, naughty dog), but she's not as keen on lollies as other stuff like chicken sandwiches or popcorn.

    Is probably a good thing for me - because my backpack/handbag is frequently where she can reach - and often has a few lollies in it (especially the coffee ones).

    Just because a dog likes a food - doesn't mean it's good for them. Most dogs can get away with the occasional naughty treat, but not all.

    This afternoon's Frosty poop had strange marble like lumps in it, and then I remembered I fed her a few chick peas - soft but whole, yesterday - and they went out as they went in... so much for chewing one's food.

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    Thanks Hyacinth,

    I think Maxi got it out of his system, full of beans this morning and cheek...No sign of a poo yet, wondering what it will be like...

    Frosty sounds like a character... Does she have a sensitive tummy too?

    My little boy has taken a liking to my grass runners these past few weeks, I think I may have made pulling them up and chewing them a game, when I see him doing it I have stopped him but not before he gets a glint in his eye and runs away with a runner in his mouth.

    Tried ignoring him he just keeps chewing it... Cheeky sod
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    Frosty has a very sensitive tummy. So do I.

    She's pretty good but I did have to change the brand of dry I was feeding - and that dramatically reduced the number of times she was getting the runs. And I can't feed her bones of any kind without them coming back to haunt us in ways both of us regret. Usually at 3am.

    And no onions for either of us.

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    Hyacinth what dry is Frosty on?

    So far Maxi has been going great guns on the raw chicken mix from Healthy Hounds, poos have been great, as they are not sheep like now, firm and turn white, with a little orange flecks. I'm not sure about giving him bones yet. I tried him on a carrot and he went silly for it I even made him chew it on his old bone mat. I swear he thought he was chewing a bone.

    I will keep persisting with the raw mix for another few weeks before I try a new version of the raw mix. The Healthy Hounds have three varieties chicken mix, beef mix, and a chicken, beef and kangaroo mix.

    What do you think of sweet potato as a chewing veg like the carrot as I need to make sure his teeth are getting clean.
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    The stuff that gave her the runs was advance, which stopped when I changed to Nutro. Not entirely sure why because they're made by the same company - probably in the same factory (division of Mars - dog food made near Bathurst).

    She's currently on Black Hawk Holistic Lamb and rice with no problems (apart from me over feeding). Not all dogs are good on this - and its first ingredient is "lamb meal" ie ground up lamb carcass and bones probably. Nutro's first ingredient was dried chicken (I think). Not Chicken meal. I can't remember what the first ingredient was on the Advance - I thought it was a cereal but they may have changed that.

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