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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I occasionally feed Frosty sardines in olive oil or spring water. I don't like the sardines in spring water much so might get only the ones in olive oil. Olive oil is good, has good fats in it, not like veg oil which is mostly palm oil these days, bad fats and death to orangatans (habitat loss).

    I don't feed Frosty tinned food if I can avoid it. I make my own casserole out of mince and vegies and brown rice.

    I occasionally feed optimum tinned food. You really need to read the ingredients, that gives you a big clue about which ones are better and why most of them are crap in a can. And that goes for tinned soup for humans too.

    If the dog is being sick - need to fast it for a bit, or see a vet or both, and also maybe do an elimination diet where you exclude one of the foods for a week and see what happens. Need to keep a diary. It's hard to tell if you're feeding a number of different things and the dog has free range of the backyard and maybe a local park - what could be causing the upset.

    A pigs ear will aggravate a tummy upset according to my vet. Despite being dry and crispy - they're still high in fat (like a cracker biscuit).

    Vet recommends after a tummy upset and then a fast, to feed boiled rice and boiled skinless chicken for a while like several days, until you're getting normal gut activity from the dog.

    Good luck figuring out what to give your dog.
    Dog Food Analysis - Reviews of kibble
    that site is american based and lists the american ingredient list - so you just need to check the local stuff if it has the same list of ingredients - you can assume it has about the same nutritional value.

    Can't find any advance tinned food in their list so it might be unrated or it might be crap, hard to tell.

    The Dog Food Project - How does your Dog Food Brand compare?
    That surprises me that Advance might be crap

    It is recommended by many vets through out Australia but I guess that is just promoting the food.


    Thanks for all your replies everyone!

    Pipi has had no problems since eating Fish for Dogs.

    Let's hope that none come!

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    Vets recommend Hills Science diet too. And that's definitely crap. I pointed that out to a vet nurse who was recommending the stuff. I said "have you read the ingredient list?". It won't kill the dog today but... blech. My vet - who sells the stuff but doesn't recommend it (he does like Advance though) says something about people in the business of selling more product. If he can make money out of it and people are willing to pay for it without asking questions, he's happy to part fools from their money. I ask lots of annoying questions.

    I used to feed dry advance to my dog, but she started getting the runs every couple of weeks, like cumulative badness. I switched to Nutro Natural Choice chicken oats and rice forumula - no more runs. It is not rated on the links I gave, other nutro formulas rate pretty poorly - along with advance - not very surprising since they're made by the same company that makes Mars Bars.

    Eagle pack aka Holistic rates fairly well along with Artemis and Innovo? But you can only get Innovo in Australia from a chain that supports puppy mills. So ethical problems there. Maybe we should all write them letters telling them to reconsider that deal.

    You read the reviews, they tell you why a food is good or bad. But if you're dog is doing fine on supercoat or similar - why switch. Unless you have ethical problems with Nestles. I know I do. They're contributing to the palm oil - orangatang habitat loss too.
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    My Vet sells Advance and Hills Science Diet, But she recommends Purina Supercoat which she can't sell...

    I think I will try the canned sardines... Are there any bones that might cause problems in the sardines ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitte View Post
    My Vety sells Advance and Hills Science Diet, But she reccommends Purina Supercoat which she can't sell...

    I think I will try the canned sardines... Are there any bones that might cause problems in the sardines ?
    I find Purina Supercoat is very good.

    My three love it, and to me that is all that matters. They all have terrific coats and are very healthy active bubs.

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    Frosty has never had a problem with the sardine bones. I eat them too.

    It's the big hard raw bones or chicken bones (cooked or raw), that come back to haunt her and me.

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    I used to feed Supercoat too and always had good results with it. I did find that they did enormous poos, which apparently is common with the food. Doesn't matter too much, they still fit on the shovel!

    Mitte the bones in the tinned fish are no problem - they are actually a really good digestible form of calcium.

    Woolies also sell tinned Mackerel in a bigger tin which mine love. I have also found the Woolies no name sardine or pilchard cat food has nothing but fish and gelatine in it. It's handy to have a few in the back of the cupboard!! Probably because I have such big dogs, I'm always looking for a bigger tin than the little sardine ones!

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    OK.. SOLD.. will try sardines...
    Yes, my 2 have been on Supercoat ever since the breeder introduced them onto dry food.. They get an occasional snack of Pal Pedigree Natural and chicken necks.. Also, they get a bone shaped dog biscuit from Aldi each time we leave home.. They are always glad to see us go !!! LOL
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    Just cos kids love maccas doesn't mean it's good for them.

    I think that goes for what dogs love too. I've got a container full of lamb fat trimmings, and Frosty is not likely to get that unless I can figure out how to make them into biscuit treats.

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    I monitored Pipi nearly all of last night and so far we have had no sickness from Fish for Dogs.

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    Leo gets sardines mixed in with some of his supercoat maybe twice a week.. He loves it, his coat is velvety and good condition.

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