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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    oh, Cate... *smacks forehead*

    I think she is just right. no ribs, but i can feel them. Apparently one cup is 120g, so 250 would be 2 cups. How much would I give her t keep her at the right weight? And fish would work for bellas red spots on her back end wouldnt it?
    That's odd. All the measuring cups in my house state 250gms, which is a full cup. 120gms has never measured a full cup in my lifetime. Lol. Where did you get your measuring cup???

    If you can feel her ribs when running your hand over her body, but not SEE them, then sounds like she's pretty okay. Please bear in mind it is hard for any of us to give advice about a dog's weight without seeing the dog - so that is for you to judge.

    Omega oils are imperative for a dog to have a shiny, healthy coat, and more importantly, healthy skin, which reading through your different threads - I get the indication her skin is FAR from healthy.

    If you can't give her some fish or sardines at least once a wekk (I'd be doing it daily myself ATM) talk to your vet. They will be able to give you a bottle of special omega oil mixture which you can put on her food each day. Amazing how quick the difference in skin will show!

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    I use Nature's gift energy+ mini treats - they are only $1.80 and bella loves them!
    Or I use bits of sausage, cheese or saveloy... she loves it!

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    You can get omegapet from the health food shop.

    ATM Rufus is out of coat so getting a shin on him is nearly impossible - he GLEAMS in the sun but inside the coat is a bit dull.

    He is getting a tin of sardines every couple of days ATM as he has issues with his anal glands and oil is good for him to help things flow along - so to speak. Poor bugger cries every time he poops and his poo isn't that hard - it is a good consistency.

    Rufus has skin issues - not severe because I will not let them get severe - and he seems to be OK eating minced chicken carcasses and a good quality dry food atm - I need to easy off as he is getting a bit chubby lol

    I think I will wash him before we go to Melbourne!!

    I am going to start giving omega oils to try and get his coat back

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Cate, raw meat and dry kibble are digested at totally different rates, so I wouldn't recommend they be fed together at the same meal.
    I keep hearing this and due to convenience I am going to start feeding like this - Free feed kibble while I am at work and mince of an evening - but in 7 or more years of feeding Cappy a mixed raw and dry diet we never had digestive issues.

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    I swear by the omega oil mixture for Shepherd's Occy.

    Did you know Occy that GSD's are notorious for skin issues. Most vets I've met and known have all believed that for a fact.
    One of the biggest reasons is commercial dry food they eat. It isn't so much the cereal content, it is the gluten in it that so many Shepherds react badly to - hence their skin problems.

    Can you go 100% raw with Rufus, Occy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    I keep hearing this and due to convenience I am going to start feeding like this - Free feed kibble while I am at work and mince of an evening - but in 7 or more years of feeding Cappy a mixed raw and dry diet we never had digestive issues.
    Yep, i understand what you mean. But it's kinda like the chicken bone thing. Heaps of ppl I know swear cooked chicken bones have never hurt their dogs - aren't they lucky!

    It's not that it will cause probs, Occy, but yeah - it can, and isn't the wisest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    That's odd. All the measuring cups in my house state 250gms, which is a full cup. 120gms has never measured a full cup in my lifetime. Lol. Where did you get your measuring cup???
    yeah, thats what it says on the packet! 120g = 1 cup!

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    I dont have time for raw with Rufus - seriously - I made raw for Cappy for a couple of years - it was one of the reasons you couldnt really see he was sick til he was very sick - cause he was in good nick. I know the time that goes into it to do it properly - (3 hrs + to make a months worth)and I just dont have it nor the dedication atm - not with uni starting again and work starting this week.

    The dry food he gets is high quality - Innova, Nutro, Evo, etc - they have minimal grains.

    My sheps have never had skin probs - even flash who came with severe dermatitis - black skin - looked a damn sight better after a couple of months here.

    Rufus had a lovely coat when he came here but since there we have had a big shed lol - and his allergies are related to grass anyway - scratches far less in the new house as he has a concrete area to lie in as well as a big grass yard.

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    A full cup is 250 ml not gm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    A full cup is 250 ml not gm
    DA slaps herself on the forehead! Yep OP, Occy is correct and so are you, I'm thinking ml, or else I'm not thinking at all.

    So yeah, to answer your question 1-2 cups per day, depending on her needs, as I stated in previous post.

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