View Full Version : What do you feed your dog and why?

15-01-10, 05:20 PM
As title really.

15-01-10, 05:23 PM

Interesting thread here.

Switched mine to raw but now back on a low-protein fish and rice diet as it seemed to make him scatch even more so may be protein intolerant.
His sister is back on Arden Grange lamb and rice.

15-01-10, 05:26 PM
We have been reccomended royal canin by the breeder we went to see. I have just googled it and it is 18 a bag! Its like blue chip for a pooch ffs!

15-01-10, 05:27 PM
What size? If it's a 15kg bag, then you have got a great deal for RC.

15-01-10, 05:31 PM
Beastie gets 100g of Royal Canin O.M split into two meals. Why? Because she is a porker and this is what is recommended by my vet http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif (weigh in tomo)

Midget and Tina both get a huge amount of food as they are working dogs and it is currently the shooting season http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif Midget eats a lot but doesn't tend to hold weight well but I am very pleased ow she currently looks. They are on Strangfood Feeds which is specifically for gundogs.

15-01-10, 05:31 PM
Dried chappie. They are naturally hyperactive so we needed a low protein food and this was one that was recommended to us. Also when they first went on it they had sensitive tums which settled really well with it. Its a complete food as well so it doesn't need supplementing and with having 2 it's more convenient to be able to buy a big bag rather than thousands of cans/packets of food.

15-01-10, 05:38 PM
What size? If it's a 15kg bag, then you have got a great deal for RC.

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Nope, it is 6kg max! I saw it in pets at home!

15-01-10, 05:40 PM
That makes sense......

If my boy wasn't such a sensitive sod I would have probably stuck to raw.

Skinners seems to be popular on here, good value and I did use it for a time but had to bring him off it again, see above ^^^^^

His sister would look good if I fed her cornflakes http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

It really does depend on the dog, horses for courses and all that, see what fits their needs best.

15-01-10, 05:48 PM
On tonights menu was pasta, grated carrot and Butchers Tripe. Run out of mix and plenty of pasta in the cupboard, excess of carrots and Butchers Tripe as it was the last tin....Off to Tesco tomorrow I think!

15-01-10, 05:51 PM
Mine is on James Wellbeloved puppy food - Turkey and rice. He gets half a small cupful, three times a day.

It was the best, ingredient wise, in the feed merchants without having to place a special order and pay almost 50 per sack.

15-01-10, 06:04 PM
Otto gets fed Skinners Field & Trial Duck & Rice. He has a really sensitive tummy and it's the only thing that doesn't go straight through him or make him itch. It's 20 for a 15kg sack.
I would like to feed raw, but I'm just a bit lazy to pull my finger out at the moment http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

15-01-10, 06:16 PM
We feed Oscars (www.oscars.co.uk - if you haven't heard of it, it's becasue it is only available home delivery) but as we have a feed/pet shop we've tried others, and none have done them as well and kept their coat shiney and scurf free as the Oscars maize fish and potato. So we have also fed F&T duck and rice, F&T salmon(both a good price for wheat gluten free) F&T crunchy, JWB turkey and rice, Royal Canin medium adult (JWB and RC are owned by the same parent company, and they were the worst for our dogs coats), Burns venison, Burns chicken and rice (again, went scurfy), Chudleys working crunch, and Autarky, another one at a good price for wheat gluten free - I think that's about it.

I can totally understand why people would feed BARF, but no way could I be bothered with it!

Tins and mixer are grim, look on the content of tins and you'll find all the popular brands ie the ones that you see the ads for, are about 80% water, and 4% meat. THe popular brands of complete foods ar the same - Bakers is the worst IMO, it's multi coloured kibble has 4% in the meat kibble only, that's less than 1% meat in the whole bag, plus a loads of E numbers - we can guarantee that most dogs that come to our shop with behavioural or skin problems are on Bakers!

Sorry, turned into a rant!

15-01-10, 06:24 PM
All my dogs are fed tinned with mixer, I have never had a single problem with it. They are all fit, healthy and thriving.

15-01-10, 06:28 PM
I feed Wainwrights.

Originally fed JWB but Wainwrights seemed to be the same spec but 10 cheaper per big bag.

Went to the vet the other day and both he and the vet nurse commented on what fabulous condition Bear was in.

15-01-10, 06:34 PM
Mine's on raw - switched her from dry about 5 months ago and she's never looked better. It's really not as much hassle as you might expect!

15-01-10, 06:38 PM
I feed my two (soon to be three!) Skinners F&T duck and rice - I feed it because it is hypoallergenic, and since I lost both my old greyhound and my old lurcher in 2008 with digestive-related conditions I am trying my best to ensure that it never happens again http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

Also now I have been feeding it a while I will stick with it forever because my dogs are in fantastic condition, like the food, process it well (no, ahem, excessive waste!) and are just the right weight http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

I used to use JWB which is a flippin rip off IMHO, plus the dogs didnt like it very much - RC is expensive, look online and you will find it far cheaper than in pet shops etc, or ask your pups breeder if she/he can get it for you through the breeder service - massive discount http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

15-01-10, 06:40 PM
A super easy kind of BARF diet.

Love it, would never change to anything else can't stand foods like bakers and chappie and stuff its like feeding your dog a constant diet of crisps.

15-01-10, 06:51 PM
Mine have Eukanuba for breakfast (actually they are on royal canin atm but thats cos we won 2 enormous sacks of it) and pm they have tripe with either rice or pasta. http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
I like skinners field and trial also but really struggle to find it in the shops around here for some reason http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

15-01-10, 06:52 PM
Famiily dogs have bakers rubbish and mine has a simplified barf diet. He mainly has chicken carcusses, fish, veggies and whatever happens to be in the fridge (pasta, sausages, yoghurt etc.). He's a 10 month old lurcher so it's a case of constantly shovelling food into him to keep some weight on.

15-01-10, 07:03 PM
Just wanted to add that i feed raw because it easy and cheap and its really great for dogs with sensitive tummies and dogs that are hyper.

15-01-10, 07:07 PM
Famiily dogs have bakers rubbish and mine has a simplified barf diet. He mainly has chicken carcusses, fish, veggies and whatever happens to be in the fridge (pasta, sausages, yoghurt etc.). He's a 10 month old lurcher so it's a case of constantly shovelling food into him to keep some weight on.

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I want your lurcher RobinHood, he is gorgeous http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

15-01-10, 07:08 PM
Raw - done it for about 2 years and both dogs are healthier for it. Dom although rough coated feels a lot softer and Bes just shines. Her stomach problems are also better. I find it really easy.

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15-01-10, 07:20 PM
I feed Wainwrights.

Originally fed JWB but Wainwrights seemed to be the same spec but 10 cheaper per big bag.

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I also feed Wainwrights, dry and meat, and get lots of compliments about the shine on Pop's coat http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif Even vets have asked me what on earth I'm feeding her http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif She also gets a scrambled or boiled egg twice a week, and tuna in sunflower oil when she's beating, or as an odd treat. Oh, and she eats quite a lot of carrots per day http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

I would doubt that Wainwrights is the same as JWB though as Pop's won't touch their stuff http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif I had to give away a very large expensive bag of it! http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

15-01-10, 07:55 PM
We had a brief dalliance with raw over summer, but are now back on home-cooked organic turkey breast, veggies, Omega 3 and vits (made by my local pet store). With raw, I had two issues:

One, the smell of uncooked venison made me gag, and my apartment ponged all day because of it.

Two, Stella had an *insane* amount of energy, to the point where she was following me around with toys the whole time and started barking and jumping at dogs on the street. I swear she had more zip than my cousin's Border Collie.

The organic food suits her very well. She has got a teensy bit skinny over winter, but we supplement with rice pasta, sheep yoghurt, extra veggies and green tripe.

15-01-10, 10:09 PM
Mine have tinned Better by Nature Pedigree Chum at the mo, but used to have bakers complete.. but Alfie doesn't like dried food much.

Sure that's not a popular choice but they are both in good nick.

15-01-10, 11:50 PM
I feed mine dog food cos it keeps them alive http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

Chudleys working crunch....my dogs look fab, and I never need to do their anal glands and their crap is minimal and well formed, and they have fab coats and it's a good price for the quality.

16-01-10, 04:36 PM
Beta Active for both of mine as I have tried EVERYTHING else and my super fussy black one won't eat anything else!!
And it is really difficult keeping weight on him so I can't afford for him not to eat!
And my black and tan pupsy eats ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
I don't know enough about the RAW diet but I would like to find out more as I might be tempted to try it!
Not me personally! http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

16-01-10, 04:39 PM
My Rottie has Chudleys Sensitive as most other foods give him a runny tummy! Supadog Sensitive is also v good but he's not so keen on it. Or Purina Sensitive if there isn't any Chudleys.

16-01-10, 06:31 PM
My Golden Retriever Ronnie has Royal Canin Golden Retriever
& My black lab Mac has Royal Canin Labrador Retriever

They were both on the raw diet until a couple of months ago when Ronnie started having neurological problems and in his bloods showed he had a dormant condition which is caused by raw food which can cause neurological problems http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif I was told they couldn't get any problems from it http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

Took them off ASAP and Ronnies problems have now decreased slightly though we are still waiting on results for his MRI and the fluid taken from the base of his skull http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif


16-01-10, 06:35 PM
Skinners for both of mine! http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Is hypoallergenic, good value at 20 for a 15kg bag and they both eat it and look good on it. No doggy breath, shiny coats and loads of energy. http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

16-01-10, 06:41 PM
Autarky for ours - very economical 21.99 for 15kg which lasts about a month with 3 cockers.

They're working dogs, have fab coats, lots of energy (well they are cockers!) and it must be highly digestible as very little comes out the other end!

The youngest had autarky puppy food when she was little, together with any meat scraps going, tripe, and lots of fish (OH has unlimited supplies of fish as has a fishing boat) - she likes plaice best, then cod and mackerel. Not so fussed with coley or pollack http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

All 3 have stomachs of iron so I could feed them anything but this seems to suit and the ingredient label reads well http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

16-01-10, 07:01 PM
Species appropriate diet of bones and raw meat for the past 12 years.

When my lovely little mutt died of bowel cancer I did my research into the pet food industry and was horrified at what I had potentially done to her with my choice of diet!

I do out of curiosity read the labels on commercial dog food and remain amazed at the continued lack of detail on ingredients, the prevalence of unnatural cereals etc as bulk and the lack of regulation as to what can be put into pet food without declaration.

Personally I cannot imagine what it would be like as a carnivore to eat the same dry boring biscuit for your entire life! Mine's diet is varied interesting, healthy and appropriate. This diet is easy to feed and cheap. Would I go back? Never!

16-01-10, 08:47 PM
I want your lurcher RobinHood, he is gorgeous

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Aw thank you http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif. Unfortunately for him my mum's lurcher is very beautiful (whippet bedlington saluki collie cross) so the rest of my family call ped the ***** lurcher http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif. He's going through a gangly stage at the moment, always a bit too skinny and covered in injuries from running into fences, putting his nose through the cat flap at work or trying to play with the guard dogs, hopefully he'll learn http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif. Next time he does something disgraceful like eating my car gear stick I'll post him to you!

16-01-10, 09:35 PM

They were both on the raw diet until a couple of months ago when Ronnie started having neurological problems and in his bloods showed he had a dormant condition which is caused by raw food which can cause neurological problems http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif I was told they couldn't get any problems from it http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

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Must admit I know a lot of people who have fed raw for a very long time including veterinary surgeons and have never heard this, what is the name of the condition? Do you know how it was diagnosed and how it has been linked specifically to raw diet in this case as opposed to any other food or cause?

17-01-10, 12:41 PM
JWB - lamb and rice senior/light. Changed to this from their turkey and rice adult when my dog developed some digestive problems which I now attribute to her aging system and ingredients in Turkey flavour. She was fed on Bakers when I first got her but I decided to investigate the best food for her when I upped her exercise and the JWB suited her best. She also gets a small amount of wet food mixed in - but that's usually just co-op own brand.

17-01-10, 01:46 PM
I can't remember it off hand. It was in the toxicology of his blood and found after extensive blood testing to discover why he was having fits and losing sensation in his back legs. It isn't down as the cause of his problems but apparently can cause similar such problems. I had never heard about it either. Will ask vet when we go back in when the results come through.

Just had a look back through notes I made. The raw food made him more susceptible due to it simply being raw. Something in raw meat can trigger it. I'm sorry I don't have much more detail than that, have tried to research on the internet but don't have full name of condition. Due to Ronnie's condition I chose to air on the side of caution and take him off it. Vet is high up in the field so completely trust his opinion but hope for research on such things in the future.

Sorry that wasn't much help http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif


17-01-10, 01:52 PM
JWB or Burns.

17-01-10, 02:02 PM
Ok think I have found the name of the condition and it in this article. I knew in started tox and kind of sounded like toxiplasma!




17-01-10, 08:09 PM
Thanks for that Elle

Had a good poke around and found out that it's a Parasite whose primary host is the Cat!!. The infection route is cat faeces, which of course dogs love! From eating infected meat or when passed on from mother to foetus.

Apparently up to 1/3 of human beings are carriers of the parasite and in most symptoms are very mild or none at all, but in a few people/dogs that have compromised immune systems (like those humans with HIV) it becomes a problem, so unfortunately your Ronnie was really unlucky.
Things like this are probably the reason Ian Billinghurst recommends feeding Human Grade food to help avoid such problems, I suspect especially when introducing raw to a commercially fed born and bred dog. Kymythy Schultze in her work on species appropriate diet, suggests that it takes 3 generations of raw feeding before the whole benefit is seen, such is the influence of overcooking added artificial nutrients and inappropriate ingredients.

I guess like with all things you have to weigh the pros and cons and for me the pros of raw feeding that I have seen and experienced over the years far outweigh the cons of commercial food and the problems that feeding it brings. Though I might adjust my introduction in the future I always have rescues that have probably got sub standard immune systems from their previous commercial diet; it might be worth considering introducing a home cooked diet to help their immune systems adjust for a while before going raw.

Though I still think that a home cooked diet like Prose uses is a far better compromise for those worried about raw than resorting to commercial food with it's current lack of regulation.

17-01-10, 10:21 PM
Another for Skinners F&T - but the maintenance version as only 18% protein. Blue being a non working BC does not need anymore ;o)

He looks absolutely amazing on it, perfect weight and lovely coat - and it suits his delicate tummy lol

18-01-10, 07:35 PM
Just to add, the reason I feed mine is I read up about food and it was meant to be good and its the best (ready available) food I can afford.