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    Right now ?

    No name.
    Seriously.

    Next week?
    Whatever is on special.

    Kibble is only for the benefit of extra cereal should they need it and a filler. They get everything they need from the rest of their diet.
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    Ok, my girls have been on 'Nutro' for a few weeks now and doing well. It's Australian made. They have it mixed with raw meat/fish/chicken necks. They love it too.

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    I've been feeding my puppy Advance puppy food, and am going to switch to Nutro Natural Choice Puppy which has a slightly better ingredient list - do check the ingredient list - if the first listed thing is a specific meat like "chicken meat" and not "corn meal" followed by "meat product" then chances are you have a better quality dog food. And you pay for it. My puppy likes Supercoat - but I don't. It's like the doggy version of Hungry Jacks, she likes it but it isn't that great for her. And Purina, and Supercoat are made/owned by Nesltes - which I think are really unethical as a company. I avoid Nestles everything.

    I also feed my puppy a home made dog casserole made of chicken, veg, rice, oats and wheatbran. If she gets the runs (koala poo or compost does it), I feed her boiled chicken thigh or breast fillet and steamed white rice until things firm up.

    The packets of Advance and Nutro Natural Choice (both made in Australia under licence to USA companies), both recommend changing dog food a little at a time ie swap 1/4 the first day, 1/2 the second day, 3/4 the third day... if you swap 100% the first feed - you risk giving a puppy with a sensitive stomach - the runs.

    Raw chicken tends to come back to haunt us (vomit), so I don't feed that. Every dog is different though. I like to feed the big beef shin bones - blessed ie cut once long ways and once cross ways. I did feed beef soup (neck) bones from the supermarket but they're cut up randomly and often have splintered bits she swallows whole, and those come back to haunt us in unpleasant ways.

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    Enduro plus or full boar
    Cobber working dog
    Great Barko

    At the moment its cobber working dog, next month perhaps a return to enduro.

    All aussie made.

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    Mine arent puppies now but I feed them either Eukunuba large breed, or Hills science diet adult.

    The only reason they get the science diet is when my vet runs out of Eukunuba and I need dog food ASAP.

    I love Eukunuba, it really is an excellent brand.

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    I raise very healthy pups on Advance and continue with that through adulthood as well. I tried all the others over the years but my dogs definitely do better on the Advance. It is also 'made in Australia' which I find an added bonus.
    I have 7 x 4 week old pups at the moment that have started on the puppy growth formula (soaked in boiled water until soft as yet) No upset stomachs, mum still feeds them as well of course, but they are gaining weight really well and getting very strong and active.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozflower View Post
    I raise very healthy pups on Advance and continue with that through adulthood as well. I tried all the others over the years but my dogs definitely do better on the Advance. It is also 'made in Australia' which I find an added bonus.
    I have 7 x 4 week old pups at the moment that have started on the puppy growth formula (soaked in boiled water until soft as yet) No upset stomachs, mum still feeds them as well of course, but they are gaining weight really well and getting very strong and active.
    I didn't realise you were a breeder OzFlower ?
    What breed do you have ?
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    I have gone back to cooking home made food for my Amstaff...which i mix up with Royal Canin... Approx 50/50...

    Stools are firm and turn white...im told this is a good thing?

    Considered the Barf diet, but in researching all the different food options, it seems there is controversy over all methods/brands...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magdalena View Post
    Ok, my girls have been on 'Nutro' for a few weeks now and doing well. It's Australian made. They have it mixed with raw meat/fish/chicken necks. They love it too.

    Hey Mags

    I'm not sure if its true or not as "i don't feed any kind of kibble or dry food to my dogs", but I've been told by SBT breeders & read it on the net that mixing dry & raw food in the same meal is not good as dry & raw don't digest at the same rate



    Canine teeth are not designed for chewing, but for tearing and swallowing. Raw meat and bones contain enzymes and acids that help keep teeth clean, and also help to develop good musculature in the jaw and head. Dogs, as carnivores, have difficulty digesting grains and other complex carbohydrates. With the lack of digestive enzymes in the mouth, complex carbohydrates are not predigested, and take a long time to break down in the stomach, and small intestine, if they break down at all.



    The digestive system depicted above - a carnivore - is the simplist among mammals. Other species, even humans, have a more or very much more extensive large intestine, and ruminants like cattle and sheep have a large set of fore-stomachs through which food passes before it reaches the stomach.

    Each of the organs shown above contributes to the digestive process in several unique ways. If you were to describe their most important or predominant function, and summarize shamelessly, the list would look something like this:

    Mouth: Foodstuffs are broken down mechanically by chewing and saliva is added as a lubricant. In some species, saliva contains amylase, an enzyme that digests starch.
    Esophagus: A simple conduit between the mouth and stomach - clearly important but only marginally interesting compared to other regions of the tube.
    Stomach: Where the real action begins - enzymatic digestion of proteins initiated and foodstuffs reduced to liquid form.
    Liver: The center of metabolic activity in the body - its major role in the digestive process is to provide bile salts to the small intestine, which are critical for digestion and absorption of fats.
    Pancreas: Important roles as both an endocrine and exocrine organ - provides a potent mixture of digestive enzymes to the small intestine which are critical for digestion of fats, carbohydrates and protein.
    Small Intestine: The most exciting place to be in the entire digestive system - this is where the final stages of chemical enzymatic digestion occur and where almost almost all nutrients are absorbed.
    Large Intestine: Major differences among species in extent and importance - in all animals water is absorbed, bacterial fermentation takes place and feces are formed. In carnivores, that's about the extent of it, but in herbivores like the horse, the large intestine is huge and of critical importance for utilization of cellulose.

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    I like to feed my pack Coprice but it isn't always available here. They love it. When not available, they have Cobber, Supercoat or Bonnie. No sloppy doos with any of these.
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