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Our two are on a raw diet too, carbs can be inflammatory for dogs but then so can some types of raw meat like beef and lamb that's quite fatty. We also got raw goats milk for Jake when he had his cancer. We got it from a wee wife near Linlithgow who was happy to chuck a few pints our way in exchange for a couple of quid. I can remember it being recommended but can't recall why. Jake certainly found it easier to keep weight on when we started feeding it to him with his meals. Not sure where you're located but I could put feelers out for folk selling in your area if you fancied trying it.

I haven't bought any for a while as Morse and Skye don't need it as much but tempted to pick some up again.

We get Paelo ridge raw food as it's all organic, outdoor reared stuff and very good quality as raw dog food goes. We aim for a mix of 80% muscle meat which includes tripe, heart and tongue. 10% bone and then 5% liver and another 5% secreting organ such as kidney or spleen. Mostly we use pre made complete mixes but sometimes buy stuff like chicken carcasses to give them something to chew.

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11 hours ago, Rizzo said:

Our two are on a raw diet too, carbs can be inflammatory for dogs but then so can some types of raw meat like beef and lamb that's quite fatty. We also got raw goats milk for Jake when he had his cancer. We got it from a wee wife near Linlithgow who was happy to chuck a few pints our way in exchange for a couple of quid. I can remember it being recommended but can't recall why. Jake certainly found it easier to keep weight on when we started feeding it to him with his meals. Not sure where you're located but I could put feelers out for folk selling in your area if you fancied trying it.

I haven't bought any for a while as Morse and Skye don't need it as much but tempted to pick some up again.

We get Paelo ridge raw food as it's all organic, outdoor reared stuff and very good quality as raw dog food goes. We aim for a mix of 80% muscle meat which includes tripe, heart and tongue. 10% bone and then 5% liver and another 5% secreting organ such as kidney or spleen. Mostly we use pre made complete mixes but sometimes buy stuff like chicken carcasses to give them something to chew.

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12 hours ago, Left Back said:

Been feeding raw for years.  If we see our lab is starting to lose his waste we cut his portion size until he’s back in shape.  I don’t think it’s the raw per se, it’s the discipline to give him no human food at all which would wreak havoc on his guts as he’s on a raw diet.

Can’t comment on the low carb high protein stuff.  We just buy raw from a place in Falkirk.

Thanks guys. I've been advised by my local vet not to go feed raw till after the chemo. As his immune system will be blootered theres the potential of him picking up bacterial infections (salmonella etc) that an otherwise healthy dog would fight off.

But after the treatment I'll be feeding him raw food - the difference in his coat since I've started home cooking most of his food the last few weeks is unreal and I wish I'd done this years ago.

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2 minutes ago, Mr. Alli said:

What a stunner. :wub:

He's some boy a big softie as well, crazy strong though, I'm going to have arms like Popeye soon, best part is when I drop him off he sits in front of the door to stop me leaving 😊 the owners really like how I've clicked with him, very rewarding when you bond with a dog that you only see a couple of hours a week.

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3 hours ago, mishtergrolsch said:

Thanks guys. I've been advised by my local vet not to go feed raw till after the chemo. As his immune system will be blootered theres the potential of him picking up bacterial infections (salmonella etc) that an otherwise healthy dog would fight off.

But after the treatment I'll be feeding him raw food - the difference in his coat since I've started home cooking most of his food the last few weeks is unreal and I wish I'd done this years ago.

A lot of vets advise against it full stop.  Never did understand why but our old vet said they weren’t officially allowed to endorse it but she fed her dog raw.  Seems far more natural to me than processed dog foods you buy.  We try and avoid anything processed for ours.  Substituting things like carrots for dentastix.  Might occasionally get a wee bit of sausage in their kong but that’s pretty much it.

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27 minutes ago, Left Back said:

A lot of vets advise against it full stop.  Never did understand why but our old vet said they weren’t officially allowed to endorse it but she fed her dog raw.  Seems far more natural to me than processed dog foods you buy.  We try and avoid anything processed for ours.  Substituting things like carrots for dentastix.  Might occasionally get a wee bit of sausage in their kong but that’s pretty much it.

Thats what I've always thought. Grains and fillers aren't natural for dogs to consume, at the proportions in most dry dog foods anyway.

I don't see many wolves munching on corn or soy so I'm going to side with the natural order long term!

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1 hour ago, Left Back said:

A lot of vets advise against it full stop.  Never did understand why but our old vet said they weren’t officially allowed to endorse it but she fed her dog raw.  Seems far more natural to me than processed dog foods you buy.  We try and avoid anything processed for ours.  Substituting things like carrots for dentastix.  Might occasionally get a wee bit of sausage in their kong but that’s pretty much it.

Our vet is exactly the same, he said it was down to a lack of research into the risks but then we had Jake eating a fully raw diet even when he was having his cancer treatment and there wasn't any ill-effects from it. We we're told that he was in such good condition it'd be stupid to change his diet.

I never understood how, when people are advised to eat fresh raw food and avoid highly processed stuff, that a dog would be any different. Our two love their raw food and it's nice to see them getting wired into big meaty bones and hoovering up cuts of meat that most folk turn their noses up at. We quite often do a wee supermarket haul when they break out the yellow stickers and pick up additional organ meats and stuff like whole mackerel.

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3 hours ago, stevieKTID said:

He's some boy a big softie as well, crazy strong though, I'm going to have arms like Popeye soon, best part is when I drop him off he sits in front of the door to stop me leaving 😊 the owners really like how I've clicked with him, very rewarding when you bond with a dog that you only see a couple of hours a week.

I'm almost, almost beginning to hate you as much as @MONKMAN. What a life you've got. 

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49 minutes ago, Mr. Alli said:

I'm almost, almost beginning to hate you as much as @MONKMAN. What a life you've got. 

Haha to be fair I am a bit of a fanny, it all balances out, you become invested emotionally in so many dogs lives and there can be some tough moments but luckily the good outweighs the bad.

 

 

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Big fellow's nearly 12 soon, been losing a bit of weight recently, probably just old age though & not absorbing food as well as a young un, a wee check-up at the Vet next week anyway.

Still loving his sunshine though 

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8 hours ago, stevieKTID said:

He's some boy a big softie as well, crazy strong though, I'm going to have arms like Popeye soon, best part is when I drop him off he sits in front of the door to stop me leaving 😊 the owners really like how I've clicked with him, very rewarding when you bond with a dog that you only see a couple of hours a week.

Renton goes out with a dog walker a few times a week as it’s too hot for him to come to work with me and sit in the van just now. He goes nuts when he sees her van parked up if we’re out for a walk or if we walk by her house. It’s nice to see him having that bond and not being like he’s getting dragged out for a walk by a stranger. 

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17 minutes ago, Peter Grant said:

Renton goes out with a dog walker a few times a week as it’s too hot for him to come to work with me and sit in the van just now. He goes nuts when he sees her van parked up if we’re out for a walk or if we walk by her house. It’s nice to see him having that bond and not being like he’s getting dragged out for a walk by a stranger. 

Had dog walkers for our boy at various periods.  The two we had in Edinburgh he loved.  As soon as they walked in the door he was up and excited.  The one we got when we moved to Perthshire he had to be coaxed out the door after a few weeks.  For whatever reason they just didn’t click.  We were on the verge of emptying him when the pandemic struck and sorted that for us.  Post lockdown 1 when he started up again we said you’re alright mate, don’t need you any more.

Probably won’t need one again now because 1 of us will always be working at home at a minimum and my work are used to me patching anything at lunchtime as the dog has to go out.  Thankfully my new line manager has a dog so knows where I’m coming from.

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Morse and Skye absolutely love our current dog walker. Her husband is a dog trainer and is very good at his job so she does a bit of training with our two when they're out their walkies. She posts photos and videos of them to her Facebook and we got a few progress videos of Morse when she started taking him out.

Morse is certainly much less worried by other dogs and people since he started going out with her twice a week. Hoping to get back to doing the one-one sessions with the guy soon.

It's really handy to know we don't need to come home every day of the week as well and if we're feeling lazy that they don't need a huge walk in the evening.

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On the subject of dog walkers, it never ceases to amaze me the amount of folk who think it's really easy and a bit of a skive, I've interviewed many potential colleges over the years and can usually tell within 5 minutes if they're trustworthy and capable.

Basically we'll have a informal interview and if they show potential we'll take them out to show them how we do our thing, the ones that turn up wearing fresh clothes, brand new sneakers and don't have a bag with them usually don't meet our requirements, the ones that turn up dressed like their expecting to get a bit dirty are usually good candidates.

Most important for me is building up trust with the owner and communicating clearly with them, then getting to know the dog and understanding their behaviour.

When it all clicks it's very rewarding and I've learned so much about dog behaviour and about myself.

Dogs are brilliant.

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3 hours ago, Pie Of The Month said:

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Shattered a tooth and had to get it removed today so he's full of drugs and feeling sorry for himself. Wee p***k has made me give up my ticket for tonight. :lol:

He's done You a a massive fucking favour to be fair.

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