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    Oh thanks Magda for the info. No, Mimi didn't need to go out during the night fortunately. She slept well and seems quite content!
    Occy, sorry to hear about Rufus Hope the vet's news aren't too bad. Keep us posted

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    He just has a nasty infection - needs to wear his head collar and I need to put cortisone cream - if it doesnt look better by tomorrow I will take him in to the vets. dumb dog!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mimi1 View Post
    Oh thanks Magda for the info. No, Mimi didn't need to go out during the night fortunately. She slept well and seems quite content!
    Occy, sorry to hear about Rufus Hope the vet's news aren't too bad. Keep us posted
    You're welcome Mim.
    Glad she slept well

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    Hi guys, does anyone have any feedback on Advance Growth for puppys? I didn't see many people write that they actually feed their dog that. I know its a form of Pedigree which doesn't impress me much, after going to the vet they gave me a little tub of it, and eric loved it, so as they say once you find a good dry food your dog likes you should stick to it. But now he is 13 weeks and i've noticed he always leaves some in the bottom of his bowl and gets pre-occupied, and i have to remind him its there so he finishes it off but sometimes he just takes one of so and runs off again. Does anyone know much about it? And also, do you think its bad to keep chopping and changing the dry food? He usually eats the same wet food, i give him Natures Gift puppy can food, (i am a firm believer in natural products) but occasionally i give him some cooked pet mince, chicken, left over roast etc. usually what i feed my other older dogs. Thanks

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    i found much of this thread confusing, as i am new to all things doggie.. i am mainly going on advice from a dog trainer with the RAAF, who fostered my rescued Millie before we brought her home. i have read up a little too, but so many sites say so many different things! the only thing we changed from his advice is to feed her twice a day instead of only once, as the vet warned me she would be hungrier on the pills given for her skin rash.

    we feed Purina Supercoat for large dogs, 400 grams a day split between the two feeds, with a few chicken necks (which are great for hiding pills in) depending on size, 3-4. and a big meaty bone a couple of times last week. her poos are solid, but not hard, usually twice a day so far. we -never- give any animal in this house leftovers or food from our plates, no human food ever. (we have 2 cats as well)

    i have seen a couple of negatives on the Supercoat - apart from any feelings about the company that makes it, what would be the issue with this kibble?

    also... i did read that bloat can happen with large dogs who have their bowls on the floor, and we have a little step thing we put her bowl on now, she seems to find that a lot more comfortable.
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    We feed Kuro Purina Supercoat Puppy and we have no issues with this food. Kuro is happy and so far has never been sick or bloated. We measure a set amount for each day and he gets small servings of his allowance during the day with extra treats to signify certain events eg, like leaving for work etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zen View Post
    i found much of this thread confusing, as i am new to all things doggie.. i am mainly going on advice from a dog trainer with the RAAF, who fostered my rescued Millie before we brought her home. i have read up a little too, but so many sites say so many different things! the only thing we changed from his advice is to feed her twice a day instead of only once, as the vet warned me she would be hungrier on the pills given for her skin rash.

    we feed Purina Supercoat for large dogs, 400 grams a day split between the two feeds, with a few chicken necks (which are great for hiding pills in) depending on size, 3-4. and a big meaty bone a couple of times last week. her poos are solid, but not hard, usually twice a day so far. we -never- give any animal in this house leftovers or food from our plates, no human food ever. (we have 2 cats as well)

    i have seen a couple of negatives on the Supercoat - apart from any feelings about the company that makes it, what would be the issue with this kibble?

    also... i did read that bloat can happen with large dogs who have their bowls on the floor, and we have a little step thing we put her bowl on now, she seems to find that a lot more comfortable.
    Certainly I used to feed the Deerhounds from a raised surface but the latest findings now advise against it. The article in this link seems to have the most up to date information. Hope it helps.

    Bloat

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    thank you Deerhound. this is twice this morning i have found your response helpful, i appreciate this. i have bookmarked that site, and will share it with my husband.

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    I feed Frosty Advance Puppy growth with no problems - it is made in Australia under licence to Masterfoods - which goes by the name of "Mars" now. Same as Nutro Natural Choice food - which has a slightly better ingredient list - or the same ingredient list with nicer names for the same things - weird.

    Masterfoods - which goes by the name of "Mars" now - yes they do make mars bars and M&Ms too, different factory to the dog food one though.

    This site has heaps of information on how to choose your dry dog food
    The Dog Food Project - How does your Dog Food Brand compare?

    Look for something that lists a meat first, ideally a specific meat like "chicken meat" not chicken meal or "meat by product", and avoid things that have stuff like corn meal listed first.

    Purina and Supercoat are owned by Nestles. I have ethical objections to Nestles.

    Frosty prefers the taste of Supercoat but I suspect it's a bit like Maccas for dogs - they love it but it's bad for them. I haven't made a detailed check of the ingredient list yet.

    Advance puppy growth goes something like this
    Chicken & chicken meal, corn (!), chicken tallow (fat), chicken digest (nfi), maize gluten (extract of corn), sorghum, tuna meal, rice, poultry & poultry meal (in Oz this is probably chicken), ... iodized salt... lots of vitamins and minerals

    Iodized salt is important as lack of iodine causes problems in the brain and the bones. Humans should seek it out also.

    Nutro Natural Choice Chicken and Rice goes something like this
    Dried Chicken, Ground rice, Corn protein, rice flour, chicken fat (a different name for tallow), dried beef pulp, sunflour oil, natural flavours (nfi), iodized salt, ... lots of vitamins and minerals - mostly the same as in Advance but with different names for the same things. eg Niacin = B12 I think. and Ferrous Sulfate is the same as Iron Sulfate... Both have copper sulfate - which I thought was toxic.

    The natural choice has some supplementary labelling suggesting the quality of ingredients is better than Advance.

    I've got some friends who switched to advance from something cheap and nasty and it improved their dogs' health massively. Much less stiffness or arthritus like problems and much improved coats in both dogs.

    Among the "made in australia" dog foods - you do get what you pay for. Cheapest is almost pure sawdust.

    Remember when you change dog foods - to do it bit by bit, ie 3/4 old dog food + 1/4 new dog food today then half and half tomorrow...

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