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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    My MIL's Silky is now the same age, perhaps a little older.
    She has been fed Chum dry nearly her whole life. The past few years I convinced her to introduce something softer because of her age.

    We don't know if she will make it through another winter due to her arthritis though poor thing, she's still a happy pup, greets you with tail wagging, but is reluctant to get up.
    Her little mate Zena is going to be devastated, she is only 6 years old and been with her since she was a pup.
    Thats very sad.. dogs are wonderful companions but so hard to let go when the inevitable occurs...
    Cassy ( my Mothers maltese) we think is starting to go deaf, well we are pretty certain as she wont acknowledge you speaking unless you have her attention first, and may be starting to go blind also. like i said she has been on my dog (only the cans, she doesnt have dry) and she has come this far without so much as ONE vet visit, ( apart from the FIRST immunisation) believe me. not one vet visit its unbelievable. But yes like your MIL's dog she still acts like a pup bounding up and down the fence barking and growling at the neighbours german shepherd ( she thinks she is a giant, just ask her).
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    Only reason I think PAL and Chum are horrible foods is because the smell of them makes me sick and they both have given all my dogs terrible gas and bloated stomachs. It's obvious to me how bad they are for my current dog and my previous ones.

    Whilst my dog doesn't like most raw foods, he gets leftovers from dinner and bones (cooked or other wise, it doesn't matter when he grinds them slowly down). His usual dinner is a can of "My Dog" wet food or some dry food with an egg or tin of sardines.

    Is it important you keep her on dry food? If not, I don't see why you can't just cut it out of her diet and feed her more raw foods. I suspect she doesn't eat it because she knows she's got better and tastier things to eat. If you really want her to eat it, you could probably giver her only dry food (a good quality one), and if she doesn't eat it within 15 minutes, just take it away and give her nothing until the next food time. That way you teach her to eat what she's given when she's given it. Other wise, I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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    i read the ingredients on the supermarket tins and the only one that didn't freak me out completely was "optimum".

    I make my own caserole once a week, one batch makes 10 x 450gm serves, and with that she gets 1/3 cup dry - some of that she gets as training treats.

    the caserole has mince, carrots, sweet potato (or pumpkin), oats, brown rice, bran and powdered calcium.

    And she supplements that with grass, and whatever she can find at the beach or ovals or cadge off anyone with treats. Not that I approve of the scavenging...

    If she stopped eating something - I would check her teeth (or get the vet to have a look), and I might skip a meal.

    Ie I put the food down, and if it's not gone in five minutes - I put it away till the next meal time.

    Oh yeah - she also gets a couple of spoonfuls of plain yogurt for breakfast.

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    I think all dogfood smells like crap in every form LMAO

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post

    Ie I put the food down, and if it's not gone in five minutes - I put it away till the next meal time.

    Oh yeah - she also gets a couple of spoonfuls of plain yogurt for breakfast.
    I started doing that when Ruby was turning her nose up at anything i gave her, but i waited ten minutes! They sure learn quickly dont they :P

    Yoghurt?? Never heard of that one! Thou Until i joined here I didnt know about the sardines thing either so hey, learn new things everyday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieBrown View Post
    Dogs are like people, so maybe she doesn't like it any more? Have you ever had a food that you have decided you don't like that you used to like? Can you try another type of dry food?
    Sorry, but I have to jump on this.

    Dogs are NOT like people at all. They do not think of food as anything more than a need, not a want. Whilst taste is important, variety is usually not so important.

    Humans use food as a social additive, a comfort, a way to control their lives. They put conscious thought into eating and choosing what they want to eat.

    If you have a dog that is not overly motivated by food then you may experience problems with feeding them. However, the comparison to humans is dangerous and it is a growing concept sadly.

    Let dogs be dogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Sorry, but I have to jump on this.

    Dogs are NOT like people at all. They do not think of food as anything more than a need, not a want. Whilst taste is important, variety is usually not so important.

    I would have thought that variety was extremely important to ensure that your dog was receiving all the nutrients etc that they need. By that, I don't mean you should go over the top and provide a huge menu for them, but I do believe that a change here and there is good for them. I'm sure that in the old days of 'natural eating' in the wild, they wouldn't have only eaten one type of food, but adapted to what their bodies needed at the time.

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    In the wild, they were scavengers. They didn't adapt to what their bodies needed, but to what they could find to eat. They ate whatever they found. That is how they formed a link with humans - by hanging around Ung and Ooona's camp fire waiting for bones and scraps to be discarded.

    They ate a variety purely because that ate anything they could find to eat. They didn't choose to eat a variety.

    In having said that, domestic dogs of today have adapted to a different way of life and this means that physiologically, they have also changed. However, their digestive system is still very similar.

    Pet foods today contain everything a dog needs nutritionally (and then some). There is no need for variety or additives if they are fed a commercially prepared food.

    The need for variety is a human preference and it makes us feel better if the dog has a variety. The dog itself does not need it though.

    Dogs with a low food drive may need to be fed differently to encourage them to eat as I said above.

    Dogs and humans are different species and it is dangerous to think of them being the same. The digestive system of the canine is not like ours. Thier nutritional needs are entirely different to ours. Felines are also very different to us and they are also vastly different to a dog. We all have different needs.

    This is one of my greatest concerns with people pushing a barf or raw diet. Most people feed dogs as though they had the same needs as a human and this can prove to be dangerous. A dog is a dog, not a human in a furry suit.
    Last edited by Anne; 06-17-2011 at 09:23 AM.
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    As anne said, I feed sasha a variety purely for my sake. I love to make her happy (not that no variety doesnt make them happy) and to let her have different things throughout the day, this also provides some entertainment for her whilst i cant, when I am doing things for young children. That is not to say i overfeed her, she is simply given more meals in smaller amounts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    This is one of my greatest concerns with people pushing a barf or raw diet. Most people feed dogs as though they had the same needs as a human and this can prove to be dangerous. A dog is a dog, not a human in a furry suit.
    Agree with everything, But had to have a giggle at the dog in a Furry suit LMAO!!!
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    I feed Buckley dry food only. he still goes crazy for it everyday and every time i go to mix something in with it, he seems to get a tummy upset. Now you've all got me worried that boring dry biscuits might not be enough! lol.

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