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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    Thanks for the link. Some very interesting info there.

    I particularly liked Prager's point on bloat. As he is from a country where dry food has only been available for a relatively short time he is in the ideal position to notice the huge increase in bloat since the introduction of dry food.

    Anyone who knows me will be aware that I am a bit neurotic about bloat. This is why I seldom feed dry food. I've fed mainly raw to my dogs for 30 odd years.

    I've had two Deerhounds who bloated. One died three days after surgery for gastric torsion. The other was hospitalised for nearly a week after surgery and his heart was never the same afterwards. He died 18 months later.

    On both occasions dry food was responsible for the bloating. With the first Hound, Herne, I had run out of bones so I gave him some 4 x 2 dog biscuits to chew instead. Herne was old and his teeth were worn from chewing on a chain in the years before his rescue so he didn't chew the biscuits properly. The Vet put the blame on the dog biscuits after viewing the x rays.

    With the second Hound, Weyland, both the dog and I were stressed after an indiginous foster child was taken away sobbing to be reunited with family he had never met. I had forgotten to take meat out of the freezer and the husband picked up a bag of Supercoat from the local general store. The following morning Weyland bloated. He was touch and go for days after surgery.

    Now I won't feed dry to any bloat prone breed and only use it very occasionally with other breeds when I am having trouble putting weight on.

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    Hi there

    We are looking at adding a Giant Breed dog to our family, possibly even two!!! But we are considering going from the Puppy stage. I have read through the above, and would be interested in what people's opinions are regarding feeding puppies from the giant breeds.

    I am concious that I do not want to adversely affect the skeletal growth of the dog, and bone integrity by feeding the dog housebrands, but dont want to bring on other issues, like the bloat mentioned above, with the dry foods.

    What do you think?

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    Well....

    We have (Well Leo has!) been from Iams large puppy which he was on intill 14 months (now 16 months), change to natures gift kibble in between trying to make a choice which 'adult' kibble we wanted to go with. Ended up going with Eagle pack holistic after hearing much good reviews, Leo has been on it for around 2-3 weeks now and oh my god, he now has the worst flakey dandruff! Plus he really just isnt that keen on it, often turning his noise up at his breaky unless he has had a really little dinner the night before.

    Oh, and we tried RC and Hills before the sticking with the Iams in the begining, but neither of those did him any good (loose/water stools)

    Arrhhh, were to go..... Seriously, thinking am going back to the natures gift as at least I know he finds these palatable (He will always eat his ALL his breaky if its Iams or natures gift) and doesnt cause any skin/toileting issues

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    Hey Leo
    It's hard to find the right food.
    I found Eagle pack to be horrible. The girls didn't like it at all. Misi had a dry,dull coat while on it and both her and Lola had watery poos and heaps of them.
    I tried Nutrience too and they wouldn't touch it.
    Nutro-natural choice (Australian made). The girls love it, and are doing well on it. Nice coats, good poos. So i'm sticking to it for now.
    Their website is under construction ( Under Construction - Nutro - Natural Choice) but when they're back on maybe you could get a sample and see what Leo thinks of it.

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    Mags, Thats exactly what his coat in turning like, really rough and dry. Its usually so shinny and soft.

    Funny enough I was tossing up between the eagle pack holistic and the nutro! Darn it! Should have gone with the nutro! *kicks herself* I think im going to have to ditch the bag of Eagle pack this week and switch, as if he coat gets any worse it may take a while to get it back to peak condition. GRRRRRR

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    "Now I won't feed dry to any bloat prone breed and only use it very occasionally with other breeds when I am having trouble putting weight on."

    I was just wondering which are the bloat prone breeds. Jenna has been on puppy Eukanuba since we got her with a chicken neck most days and I am now concerned about bloat. I do make sure she is never exercised after a meal which i think can increase the chances of bloat but can it just happen anyway?
    Otherwise she is getting on great with the Euk.

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    Flash bloated after eating a bone - stop looking for the impossible. Bloat happens because it does. Best you can do it make sure no matter what your dog eats that they are rested before and after eating and that any cheap dry food is wetted down as it will expand due to fillers. I sometimes wet down my dogs food, sometimes not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leo01 View Post
    Mags, Thats exactly what his coat in turning like, really rough and dry. Its usually so shinny and soft.

    Funny enough I was tossing up between the eagle pack holistic and the nutro! Darn it! Should have gone with the nutro! *kicks herself* I think im going to have to ditch the bag of Eagle pack this week and switch, as if he coat gets any worse it may take a while to get it back to peak condition. GRRRRRR
    Me too! I was going to get nutro when i decided on eagle pack. Eagle pack ended up going to the animal welfare league and i bought nutro.
    And yes! It sounds exactly like what Misis coat turned to. She's always so smooth and glossy....it took about a month of Nutro for her coat to get back to normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tkay View Post
    "Now I won't feed dry to any bloat prone breed and only use it very occasionally with other breeds when I am having trouble putting weight on."

    I was just wondering which are the bloat prone breeds. Jenna has been on puppy Eukanuba since we got her with a chicken neck most days and I am now concerned about bloat. I do make sure she is never exercised after a meal which i think can increase the chances of bloat but can it just happen anyway?
    Otherwise she is getting on great with the Euk.

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    Hey Tkay
    This is what I found in 'Canine home reference'
    'The risk of bloat runs in families. Middle sized,large or giant breeds with deep, narrow chests are most at risk'.
    eg.
    Great dane
    Doberman
    Irish setter
    Irish wolfhound
    Standard poodle
    Weimaraner

    Prevention
    Limit water consumption for an hour before or after each meal
    Do not allow rolling or exercise after a meal
    Water should be consumed in moderate quantities

    I've also heard of people lifting food dishes off the ground( eg. bowls on stands) for large breeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magdalena View Post
    Hey Leo
    It's hard to find the right food.
    I found Eagle pack to be horrible. The girls didn't like it at all. Misi had a dry,dull coat while on it and both her and Lola had watery poos and heaps of them.
    I tried Nutrience too and they wouldn't touch it.
    Nutro-natural choice (Australian made). The girls love it, and are doing well on it. Nice coats, good poos. So i'm sticking to it for now.
    Their website is under construction ( Under Construction - Nutro - Natural Choice) but when they're back on maybe you could get a sample and see what Leo thinks of it.
    Thanks Mags Think im gonna get a bag of the natures gift tomorrow anyway just to get him off the eagle pack (And cause im a week out from monthly pay day and want to order him some treats too )and get a bag of nutro next week when i get paid too, then can start with the 50 natures/50 nutro for a change over.... As new foods straight off tend to upset his tummy alot anyways, as long as it mixed at first with something he has/had he is ok

    Can i ask what flavour of the nutro you get, lamb/rice or chicken/rice just out of curiosity?

    Oh well, food to charity. Have a dog weatherbeeta coat too that I got for Leo and was to big and never bothered returning it so it can find a new home on the weekend too! (Plus some chicken pet mince Leo WILL NOT touch, It can go too) Anne/Pugrescue I live near you if you want? Can drop off on the weekend (Although dont think you will want the coat for your puggys, way to big! LOL)

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