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    For some reason there seem to be a lot of dogs around with easily upset tummies.

    The dry food is probably enough - it is all some dogs ever get. So if that's working for you, why mess with it.

    As for adding something or changing to something else, it helps to do it little by little ie only swap over one quarter at a time (or for really sensitive dogs, one spoonful) ie spoonful new mix and one spoonful less old mix each day until its all new mix.

    If you want to add something like sardines or yogurt, only put a little bit per meal ie 1/2 a sardine instead of the whole tin. My dog copes with 1/2 a tin but if I give her a whole tin's worth in one serve - things get ugly with the number 2s.

    Yogurt - I give a couple of desertspoonfuls with no adverse affect. Carrot, whole carrot bad, half or quarter ok. You willl have to work out for your own dog what works and what doesn't.

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    An interesting notion - when I was working with a rescue dog with severe dietary related allergic reactions, I discussed and researched at length everything diet.

    My Vet offered the notion that the variety we give to dogs at a young age may not be the best thing. It seems, from my knowledge, that immune responses to food proteins develop within the first 12 months (give or take) of a dog's life. When we put a dog on a new and untried protein source when conducting elimination trials to determine proteins that cause allergic reactions, the dog is automatically assumed to not have a reaction to un untried protein.

    Could it be that the more varied diet we offer in the formative year(s), the higher liklihood that the list of protein types that cause a reaction would be larger?

    I guess my question is: if, for example, a dog that suffers from food allergies was never given chicken in the first year or two of life, will it be able to eat chicken during a food trial and not suffer a response?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    tiff 689

    For some reason there seem to be a lot of dogs around with easily upset tummies.

    The dry food is probably enough - it is all some dogs ever get. So if that's working for you, why mess with it.

    As for adding something or changing to something else, it helps to do it little by little ie only swap over one quarter at a time (or for really sensitive dogs, one spoonful) ie spoonful new mix and one spoonful less old mix each day until its all new mix.

    If you want to add something like sardines or yogurt, only put a little bit per meal ie 1/2 a sardine instead of the whole tin. My dog copes with 1/2 a tin but if I give her a whole tin's worth in one serve - things get ugly with the number 2s.

    Yogurt - I give a couple of desertspoonfuls with no adverse affect. Carrot, whole carrot bad, half or quarter ok. You willl have to work out for your own dog what works and what doesn't.
    i was thinking more along the lines of maybe adding some raw beef mince, but then if he gets all the nutrients he needs from biscuits alone, i often feel like there isn't much point messing with something that seems to be working. I don't know if it's because of the biscuits, or just a puppyhood thing, but i have noticed since being on biscuits along, he is ALWAYS hungry..and i have been feeding over the recommended guidelines because he looks a little thinner.

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    tiff 689

    Do you worm your dog? Sometimes that makes them hungry. Also very active dogs could use a little bit more.

    However if I feed my dog until she's not hungry any more, she gets fat and hard to train. So you don't need to feed a dog till it's full.

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    Hi Hyacinth. Yep, i worm him every month with advocate. He doesn't look underweight, just a little scrawny, but he has gotten a lot taller the past few weeks so maybe he's going through a big growth spurt. Should probably give him a few more bones, just can never seem to find any at my local shops and i'm staying away from chicken after seeing him vomit up the last chicken wing i gave him, completely whole!

    Slightly off topic, but i've noticed whenever i give him a denta-stick so goes through a really bad hyperactive mood and then suddenly crashes. like he's on some kind of drug! haha. can't even begin to imagine what is put into them!

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