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    So how fast does he eat his food when you do give it to him?

    I feed Frosty half home made casserole and half kibble. If she's eating too fast, I put the kibble in a treat ball so she can't eat it so quickly.

    Also if Rocky is a ridgeback - isn't that one of the big breeds and you feed for slowing the growth? Ie not puppy food?

    What are you feeding him? brand/variety dry kibble or soft?

    I had problems with Frosty getting the runs every couple of weeks for a few days, was driving me nuts and making the local vets wealthy. Fasting her then feeding boiled skinless chicken and rice for a day was very inconvenient. I switched dog food from Advance Puppy to Nutro Natural Choice (the upmarket version of Advance), and she hasn't had the runs since. Well not unless she gets into the compost or silage - which was once. Not even the worming tablet made her get runny poo now. Now, she's over 12 months old, so I've switched again to the adult nutro natural choice and it's all good so far.

    Some dog owners have to go through a very careful elimination diet to find out what food is ok for their dogs to eat and what isn't. Hope whatever the problem is - is just a matter of finding the right food for you.

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    Hyacinth: I dont think he eats too quickly, but then again I'm not sure how long it should take him to finish off three cups (330grams). I havent timed it but on average I would say that it takes him about 15 mintues maybe? possibly a little longer? I'll time it tonight, or next time he eats.

    Also, for the last two weeks he has been on Hill's I/D prescription diet. Before that he was having Advance puppy plus, which I was going to stop before the vet gave us the prescription diet. He's just having the dry food with 1 tablespoon of that PAWS probiotic.

    I'm now getting him off the prescrption diet and was planning on looking for a new diet for him anyway, so I'll have to go through an elimination process as you say.

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    Advance is much higher quality than Hills. And Nutro Natural Choice is better than Advance.

    Hills is about as nutritional as the blood soaked sawdust floor sweepings from an old time butchers' shop.

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/dog-healt...html#post63139

    Has some links that will tell you how to interpret the ingredient lists. But if you're ready to swap to raw and veg - try that.

    PS - I agree 15 minutes is not too fast to eat 3 cups. 30 seconds is too fast...

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    I was just reading that thread, ahhh now I really cant wait to get him off it. I noticed his coat has been ALOT less shiney, but I figured as long as it was helping his tummy! which now it isnt. I will look into Nutro Natural Choice.

    I'd rather stick with dry food/dog food only because I want to make sure he gets the right balance of everything, but If I need to switch him to raw I'm fine with that too, whatevers best for him!

    He's at least getting up and walking around and investiagting noises now.. but still bit more lazy than usual. Will see how he walks and then eats soon.

    OH! also!! I know that you should avoid exercise AFTER theyve eaten... But is there an amount of time I should wait to feed him when we get back from a walk?

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    Hi RR

    you might want to google "bloat in dogs" or similar.

    I think it's only a problem with some kinds of dogs, not sure if yours would fall into the category or not.

    I usually feed Frosty when we get home from walk and I finish fluffing around putting stuff away and defrosting the caserole for her. Is between 30 minutes to an hour after the walk. The last bit of the walk is usually fairly laid back - walking on lead not sprinting after fun playmates. Warm down like.

    I've been feeding her in the evenings before walks because dinner time is around 6:30pm ish and it's been way too hot to walk before about 8pm ish. So we were getting home at 9:30pm and that was not working as a dinner time. We'd have to go out in the middle of the night for an S&P. Bleah.

    So far so good.

    I think there are some other brands of kibble that are as good as or better than Nutro Natural Choice, there were a couple of threads about what to feed puppies that mentioned those. Some of the brands - I've never seen in a shop though. Makes it a bit hard to buy. NNC - I get from my local pet supplies shop.

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    Ok I'll google that now and I'll look up NNC while im on

    When I walk him before dinner its only ever on the lead, if I take him to the park for a run I'll wait a while before feeding him. When I get home from the walk I let him have a drink, then I get his food ready... I think I'll wait longer before feeding him after his walk, 20 mins or so at least.

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