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    My aging girl Tess (she will be 15 on Jan 28th!) is still very bright and active, still able to run and jump, although she sometimes pays for the running next day, with some stiffness in the back legs (being treated).

    However, for various reasons she has become increasingly picky about food. She will eat chicken for days, then decide not to. So I start beef, and we go through the process again....beef _and_ chicken, same thing. So never know as I spend time preparing a meal for her (I also was including vegies, rice etc) whether it would be snubbed. SHe had lost a couple of kilos, all because of this.

    Recently I spotted VIP Gourmet Premium Chicken dog food in Coles. I thought WTH, it's cheaper than my snubbed cooking give it a go! Well, she LOVES it! She has started demanding food again, usually before the meal is due. She has put on a little weight (which I need to watch, I know, byut she is by no means fat, or even overweight and that's from the Vet). It is a rare occasion now that she shows any sign of not wanting a meal. All good.

    The company seems pretty proud of their product and it has chunks of not over cooked carrot, lumps of liver etc in it. It seems to be made without added salt. Has anyone seen any independent nutritional info about the stuff? The fact that my girl loves it will make it tough to give up, but if there are nasties in it then I weill just have to try doing my own recipes again and see what I can do.

    Any help appreciated.

    Nick
    Nick Peg n Benny (or is it Peg n Benny n Nick?)

    (nTess, forever in my heart)

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    Hi Old Nick

    According to their website it contains stuff that your grandma should recognise as long as "natural gels" is something like aspic.

    I'd be a tiny bit wary of "ground bone" being chicken bone - most ground chicken carcass I've encountered includes tiny bone splinters and that goes for Natures Gift treats as well.

    Gourmet Chicken 1kg - V.I.P. Petfoods.

    But if your old dog likes it - what the hell.

    You may find there is something that is causing her to feel nauseous in which case - what ever you feed - she may not be interested in the next day - having remembered or blamed it for the way she feels then. In which case some anti nausea treatment from the vet (or a dose recommendation for maxolon which you can get over the counter from the chemist) might help.

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    Howdy Hyacinth. As I was once told "you're a brick and your blood's worth bottling"

    OK. Yeah I can see the possible trouble with bone chips, but if the bones are raw, I _believe_ that they are a lot more safe and digestible ????

    On the nausea front I really have thought about that exact thing. She has had a few bouts of car sickness and I have been trying to find a pattern with that. But it's complicated by separation anxiety because my wife has been away a few times, and my attempts to get regular feeding (by the dog ) when she (my wife ) is away. All that. If I see a car sickness and she stops liking the cooked food then yeah, I see a connection. So far the food seems to have _stopped_ any car sickness. ???

    I agree that my girl likes this food and as you say what the hell. It just seems too good to be true : cheap, dog loves it, seems nutritious...that sort of stuff always has a gotcha !!!

    Nick

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    My dog gets car sick. It's not got a lot to do with the food. If you're planning a trip that she's likely to get car sick on - don't feed before you go.

    If she likes a spoonful of yogurt mixed with water - make some of that up so she drinks something when you take a break. Some people I know put a but of honey or gatorade into the mix but yogurt has plenty of electrolytes and stuff so should be enough.

    I suspect with that stuff the gotcha is not in the ingredient list. A preservative or processing standards or handling when it get to the store - who knows. Just make sure you check the use by dates when you buy it.

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    Well they very specifically say no preservatives, which surprised me. So yeah instore handling and use by date actually becvomne _more_ important!

    I have a tale on the car sickness. My girl will hold off being sick until she can get out of the car! Often I see the signs and I can stop, but sometimes I don't see it and once the poor, good girl literally leapt out of the door and projectile vomited on the driveway. I felt terrible foir her, but amazed at how much effort she had put into not soiling the car.

    I do try not to feed before driving, but sometimes I can tell that the food is quite old, such as breakfast comning up after midday. So it may be a digestive problem. I have to say that since eatying this new food (coming up for 3 weeks) she has not been sick once.

    She is certainly not averse to yogurt, with or without water. Thanks for the tip.

    Nick

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    My dog's way of dealing with car sickness - is to lie flat on the back seat (in her harness) with her head down and her eyes firmly shut. She's a bit better on routes she knows - has to sit up and act excited on the way to the beach (I think she can smell it)...

    But anywhere else - if she sits up and starts to drool - I've got about 2 seconds to pull over. When she was very small - I traveled with a lot of newspaper that I would shove under her head to catch the puke.

    And she would bring up the kibble she had eaten the night before eg if I fed her at 6:30pm the night before and we travelled at 11 am the next day - no breakfast - we'd get breakfast back. So I would skip the evening meal for travel the next morning... or feed something more easily digested like boiled chicken and rice.

    I used to think her gut was about 12 hours long but it's longer than that more like a day and a half. the way to find out is to feed some sweet corn kernels - it tends to travel through unchanged and is easy to spot at the other end.

    Another trick to try if you have a small dog, is get them as low in the car as you can (but insulated from the floor), and put them in a box and cover that over. So they can't see out at all.

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    Unfortunately Tess is about 23Kg. Border Collie Staffy X.

    Yes. Digestability. That gels with what I have seen. This latest meat is basically sausahe with bits of stuff through it and that seems to help.

    Nick

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