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Somebody help me whittle down food choices for DHound - please!

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PacificDogwod Sun 13-Mar-16 10:29:29

There are just too many dog foods arounds. I don't cope well with choice, I just end up feeling confused and back off.

So, DHound is a grey, 2 1/2 years old, neutered male, we've had him for 10 months or so.
He remains as skinny as a rake, still has his racing weight despite trying various different complete foods, adding pasta/rice, oily fish, cheese etc etc. Bottom line is that he is not very food driven unless it's chicken.

He also has a tendency towards voluminous soft poos several times/day.
He is entirely well and has just been checked by the vet. Again. Has been wormed AND treated for potential gardia with no difference to his poos. He has oodles of energy and his skin/coat are in great condition, well, he's just moulted, but normally he is grin

We are currently getting food delivered monthly which is very convenient of course.

Can you make any recommendation for a complete food that helps with IBS prone points' poos, puts on the beef without needing vast amount of it AND gets delivered??
I'd be ever so grateful.

NB I m not quite ready to go down the RAW route.

PacificDogwod Sun 13-Mar-16 10:29:52

Oh, I did have a look on AllAboutDogfood - still confused blush

ShinyShinyShiny Sun 13-Mar-16 10:37:38

Any reason you're not quite ready to go down the raw route? I'm a huge fan of raw and we buy it pre-made so we aren't faffing about cutting up meat and mixing in vegetables etc.

PacificDogwod Sun 13-Mar-16 10:40:17

I have too much going just now and feel I'd need to learn a bit more about it.
I am not against it in principle, but not for the next couple of months.
And the dog needs to eat in the meantime, don't he? grin

BagelGoesWalking Sun 13-Mar-16 10:49:47

What about doing the "easy" raw route for now and buying the readymade raw packs from Nature's Menu and Natural Instinct. You can also get big bags of frozen tripe at Pets@Home and just chuck some of that in (still frozen) to whatever you're feeding.

Add sardines, egg and some coconut/salmon oil every now and again. You actually don't need to add in pasta/rice/vegetables. A lot of people do but it's not strictly necessary.

Foster dogs that were fed raw absolutely loved it and the poos are definitely firmer and smaller and less odious.

Feeding raw doesn't take up too much space in the freezer and it's quite fun to see what they like/dislike etc. Also, no need to stress about absolutely correct ratios every day, it's more of thinking balanced over a week/month. This is a good website if you do decide to go raw later on.

PacificDogwod Sun 13-Mar-16 10:54:21

I've tried the frozen tripe stuff from Pets@Home and he just sniffs it and turns away shock

I'm telling ya, he is not a normal dog.

The dogs I grew up with were fed RAW so it is something I'd be happy doing going forward.

PacificDogwod Sun 13-Mar-16 10:54:37

Oh, thanks for the website link btw smile

PacificDogwod Sun 13-Mar-16 11:37:17

Ah crap, now I want to Raw feed. Right now! <stamps feeet>

Although, I remember reading that website in the past, there are some things she stipulates that I do not agree with, but hey ho.

I have no idea where to get commercial quantities of dog-suitable chicken from though. AND I really don't have the time just now.

Maybe getting off MN would help? grin

Any help with sensible kibble?? James Wellbeloved? We've not tried that yet.

Speedylurcher Sun 13-Mar-16 12:27:24

We had the same problem, irritable tum in a now 15yr old lurcher and 8yr old whippety lurcher- I think it's the gluten (wheat) that upset him. Have used burns chicken and brown rice for 9 yrs and never had a problem. Often add in egg/salmon skin or oil. Very useful and knowledgeable people manning their website Q and A too. Drop them an email and see what they advise?

ShinyShinyShiny Sun 13-Mar-16 12:57:11

I take the lazy route and buy from Nutriment or Natural Instinct, that way it's no harder than feeding kibble or canned. Do it grin

MaynJune Sun 13-Mar-16 13:23:39

It's a common problem among greyhounds. My lurcher doesn't cope with cereals so grain free for her. I feed her mainly Natures Menu with some fish and potato dried food, usually Barking Heads.

I know greyhound owners who recommend the Pet Greyhound dried food from the Retired Greyhound Trust and buy it online. It's made by Dodson and Horrell. I don't know if they offer sample bags though and I wouldn't want to order too much the first time.

petergriffinmeetsdeath Sun 13-Mar-16 13:25:21

We feed natures diet very successfully. We add some fish flavoured kibble for crunch.

PacificDogwod Sun 13-Mar-16 13:41:06

Thank you, all smile

He was on Burns but really did not gain a gram on that.
Tired Chappie - horrible poos and he did not particularly like it.
Now on, but I am falling out of love with it. Well-marketed mediocre food IMO.

I think I may do some 'easy' RAW feeding for time-poor people to start off with grin

Scuttlebutter Sun 13-Mar-16 13:49:08

Hi OP, this is a really interesting one, and we could probably have a year long discussion about which food is perfect for which pointy. smile

One of my very dear friends is a hugely experienced foster carer for EGLR and her "Starter for 10" with any pointy with even a hint of a sensitive tum is Nature Diet. This is what you might call "Raw-lite" and is a great way to ease into it. She's found with long experience that this is a great food to get them eating, having firm poos and getting to a decent weight. I would try that as a starting point.

Some pointies are very hard to put weight on though - we have one who is barely above her racing weight even though she has two main meals a day plus at least two tempting little high calorie extra suppers/elevenses. She is in perfect health, beautifully muscled, shiny of coat, just bloody skinny!

Depending on how you get on with Nature Diet, you could easily stay on that or possibly move over to kibble in the future. Ours are currently on a mix of Harringtons and Fish4Dogs. Fish4Dogs is great, very easily digestible and our lurcher who eats it is a glossy gorgeous creature, with lovely firm poos, bags of energy and very little wind. I also like the Fish4Dogs treats like the Sea Jerky as they are a nice healthy option and the hounds all love crunching them.

You would have loved going to Crufts (i was there yesterday) as all the food manufacturers are there and lots were doing free samples, sampler goody bags etc and all had staff around to ask questions/discuss things. Having said that, most of the food mfrs will provide samples etc and many have good phone helplines too.

You could also try Burns which is great for sensitive tums but not so good for gaining weight. I'd see getting the poos firm as the top priority and worry about gaining weight as a secondary issue.

Lastly, it's worth also not chopping and changing too much - if you are going to experiment, give things a while to settle (unless it's explosively apparent it doesn't suit!) as that will just confuse the picture and your hound's tum.

AnUtterIdiot Mon 14-Mar-16 00:30:06

Our grey farted constantly on special greyhound food. We moved to Burgess Supadog Sensitive salmon and rice and he immediately stopped farting and his poos firmed up.

He was happy enough with just that mixed with a bit of hot water, but now demands tuna as well. We give him 2 cups of dry dog food and a little tuna or other proten twice a day to keep him in the low 30s, about 5 kg above his racing weight.

AnUtterIdiot Mon 14-Mar-16 00:30:58

Do I mean 5kg or 5lb? I'm not sure but vet says he's spot on, a little bit ribby as they tend to be.

ScattyHattie Mon 14-Mar-16 15:04:23

My greyhounds do well on lukullus (order from zooplus) & its cold pressed so doesn't swell in water like normal dry & is rated 4.4/5 on all about dog food but is reasonably priced. The dogs seem to really enjoy it & outputs pick upable.

2 of my dogs (brothers) had awful wind and soft poo on any brand of chicken kibble which cleared when. switched to salmon one. Oddly he was fine with lukullus chicken salmon but generally I avoid it now.

He's still fairly young so maybe still filling out & in a gangly stage. As long as healthy with good muscle I wouldn't worry too much, they can have different bodyshapes & some will always look more ribby than others. Better to be touch under than overweight though, see too many fat sighthounds

MagentaSpunkTrumpet Mon 14-Mar-16 19:46:56

I see you've tried Burns in the past, which is my go to for mid range, good quality complete food. I do agree about not putting on weight, though we use the "Alert" working formula which seems to suit our three (and is VAT free!)

TheCrowFromBelow Mon 14-Mar-16 19:54:47

Millies wolfheart has made a huge difference to the both the horrible poos and the eye watering stench that would seep from our dog every evening.
He is eating the "obedience" mix - it's had no noticeable effect on his recall/theft/general doggy delinquence grin

GuinefortGrey Mon 14-Mar-16 21:10:07

I have an elderly greyhound and a young lurcher. Over past 10 years I think I have tried every food in existence, including the special Retired Greyhound Trust food, Burns, James Wellbeloved, Wainrights (inc grain free), Dr John's, Arden Grange etc etc etc

They ALL resulted in varying degrees of "soft" poo. I began to think perhaps Greyhounds were physically incapable of producing a solid deposit!!!! That was until I discovered... Purina Pro Plan. I use the Medium dog chicken flavour and it is amazing 😊 . Greyhound is a fussy eater so I always have to mix a little wet food with it - been using the Pedigree pouches recently - and he eats it all up no problem. And best of all, both dogs are solid on it. Greyhound for the first time in his life - seriously! This food has actually made picking up his poo almost enjoyable (and yes I know how bonkers that makes me sound but after years of having to use 10 bags a time to mop it off the pavement, this food has changed my life!!!).

Much cheaper on Amazon but also available (but v pricey) in Pets at Home etc

BettyBitesBums Mon 14-Mar-16 21:27:25

We use Barking Heads which has suited our DDog really well after trying a few. We buy it in 12.5kg bags from Fetch online.

OreosOreosOreos Mon 14-Mar-16 21:34:27

We used to use Pro-plan for OreoDog, then I discovered Purina is owned by Nestle, so we've switched to Lilly's Kitchen kibble. She gobbled it up, and her poos do seem to be a better consistency on it.

FuzzyWhiteLegs Mon 14-Mar-16 22:36:41

Ooooo a thread about greyhound poo. My favourite topic!

Fwiw I have had my retired 3.5 yr old grey for about 5 months and have been on Millie's (also obedience mix!) for a couple of weeks. Poos are dramatically different - dark and firm - and the characteristic grey stench disappeared overnight shock

BUT, but. On anything over a 20 min walk we get poo number 2 which changes to soft, even completely liquid. Sometimes it changes literally mid poo sad

Does anyone have thoughts on this? My vet suggested gastritis but others suggest this is common in greys...

GuinefortGrey Tue 15-Mar-16 08:15:38

My greyhound suffered from regular gastritis and occasional colitis for a long time after we got him. He was 2 when we adopted him and it gradually happened less and less until he had "outgrown" it by the time he was about 6/7. He has a pretty strong constitution now thankfully. Vets could never find anything specific wrong with him although he was hospitalised a few times needing to be rehydrated via drip sad

MaynJune Tue 15-Mar-16 15:51:34

One of my lurchers is like that, FuzzyWhiteLegs. My other lurcher has perfect firmness at all times.
I asked the vet about it, just to check, and he said some dogs needed longer to digest the food and what's been in longest comes out firmest. There doesn't seem to be anything wrong.
It's better at the moment, as she's being fed on expensive Lily's Kitchen tinned food!

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