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Dry food for a sensitive stomach.

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Pippin8 Fri 29-Apr-16 07:36:30

She came with collards, then we tried taste of the wild & orijen. We've had her checked with the vet & she's fine, just has a sensitive stomach. They gave us fibre to bulk out her food, which has helped a tiny bit, but didn't recommend any food.

Ive looked into a raw diet but can't afford it as she's a large breed & would need a large amount at the minute as she's still a pup.

Any recommendations?

CMOTDibbler Fri 29-Apr-16 07:49:58

Ours have Vitalin sensitive or Burns Pork and potato. We've tried lots of different dry foods, including some premium ones like Orijen and they really haven't worked for my dogs

OnlyTheDepthVaries Fri 29-Apr-16 08:19:51

Dpup is on James Wellbeloved junior large breed dried food. She seems fine at the moment and it appears to agree with her sensitive stomach.

Princesspeach1980 Fri 29-Apr-16 09:39:24

Could she be intolerant to something? My sisters dog had a terrible stomach when they got her, and discovered she can't have wheat in her food. If she manages to punch something she shouldn't have, they can see a reaction straight away. Might be worth trying a dry food which has no cereals and see if that helps

Floralnomad Fri 29-Apr-16 09:40:22

Mine is quite delicate and he's also chicken intolerant . He has the Millies Wolfheart tracker mix which seems to suit .

NeedACleverNN Fri 29-Apr-16 09:42:08

My jrt had an allergy to rice...one that is commonly found in a lot of dog food.

He used to have fish4dogs

LetThereBeCupcakes Fri 29-Apr-16 09:44:32

We also use burns for our dogs, our girl has an insanely sensitive stomach and she's fine on it. We buy on subscription from amazon so it's cheaper.

Out of interest, what sort of fibre did the vet give? Presumably that agrees with her if she's improved a bit with it.

DorynownotFloundering Fri 29-Apr-16 09:47:54

Try a grain free high meat content kibble. Not cheap but you can feed less & as pp said try rice free too some dogs can't digest starches. Keep her for at least 3 weeks on one to be sure it does / doesn't suit. Sometimes it's constant swapping of diet that aggravates things.

FuzzyFairy Fri 29-Apr-16 10:02:20

We give our ShepherdX Grain Free Wainwrights (Pets at Home brand). It's single meat and vegetables and has a good rating on all about dog food www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/dog-food-reviews/0875/wainwrights-dry-adult-grain-free.

He thrives on it, shiny coat, chilled out at home, appropriately bouncy on walks, and vet says he's the perfect weight. They also do different flavours and swapping them doesn't seem to bother his tummy so we do that every now and again to keep it interesting.

It's about £36-38 for 10kg, they regularly have offers on it though.

Wyldfyre Fri 29-Apr-16 10:17:12

Take a look at allaboutdogfood.co.uk.
Go for nothing less than a 3 out of 5. Look for a food with a named meat source as one of the first three ingredients and one without wheat or maize as a lot of dogs are intolerant to them.
Also worth remembering that as a general rule, the higher the quality the less you have to feed so a good quality "expensive" food can work out cheaper than a low quality "cheap" food.
There are foods that are almost the same price per bag as Bakers/Pedigree but are 100 times better in terms of quality (specifically Skinners Field and Trial and CSJ No-Grainer)

MrsJayy Fri 29-Apr-16 10:22:31

Chappie vet told us to give it to our last dog who had colitis we tried all the fancy pants expensive food and it was the only food that helped her she did still have bouts of upset stomach but it certaily reduced them.

sweetkitty Fri 29-Apr-16 10:27:04

Try Millies Wolfheart

DailyMailAreArses Fri 29-Apr-16 20:12:03

Are all Millies good for sensitive stomachs?

Pocketrocket31 Fri 29-Apr-16 20:21:52

I've got a fully grown gsd on raw food, it's good quality and cost around £70 a mth, I used to pay around the same for James well beloved... The raw is much better in my opinion smile

sweetkitty Fri 29-Apr-16 22:29:07

I think they are as they are grain free. Most are 60-70% meat with veg.

The best thing to do if you want to try Millies is phone them up, they are a small family run business and their customer service is excellent.

Pippin8 Fri 29-Apr-16 22:44:06

She has been on a grain free dry diet. She has had a third of a pack of nature diet puppy added to her dry food as a trial for a week, that didn't make her better or worse.

Weirdly she scavenged 2 slices of white bread on a walk & it's the most solid she's been. I think James well beloved is next on my list. Just to clarify, I don't constantly change her food, she had collards for 2 months, taste of the wild for 2 months & orijen just a week so far.

KittyBeans72 Sat 30-Apr-16 19:46:23

my dog had a diabolical stomach and the worst messes used to come out the other end. the second vet we went to (Triage Pets, Mill Hill - Big up!) put him on Royal Canin GI vet diet tinned food and then the dry version and it soerted him out within 24 hours. it's absurdly expensive BUT it did the trick and allowed his stomach to calm down and now we're introducing other (cheaper) foods to see what we can move him on to as a long term solution.

FuzzyFairy Sat 30-Apr-16 20:02:28

Just an idea but how many times a day do you feed her? Could it be too much in one go? Our pup was on three meals a day until 6 or 7 months.

ineedamoreadultieradult Sat 30-Apr-16 20:05:33

It's not for everyone but if you think you could handle it I would try a raw diet, lots of lovely bone to keep her poos nice and solid.

Beedoo123 Sat 30-Apr-16 20:13:22

We'd tried lots of things including nature diet and the sensitive diet on prescription from the vet... Eventually tried James wellbeloved, which we didn't expect to be any good for our dog tbh and 2 years on (touch wood!) he's been fine on it! He just has the turkey and rice version, nothing else, no treats sad so a bit sad, but he's so much better!!

LetThereBeCupcakes Sat 30-Apr-16 20:41:46

That's a great point fuzzy, our girl is nearly 7 and still has 3 meals a day. She just can't tolerate larger quantities in one go. I always forget to mention it as I'm so used to it!

Pippin8 Sat 30-Apr-16 21:13:28

She is only on 2 meals a day. She stopped eating her lunchtime meal altogether early on. I could reintroduce it.

Pippin8 Sat 30-Apr-16 21:14:55

I meant to add, she's 7 months.

Heirhelp Sat 30-Apr-16 21:22:18

This may or may not b helpful. My cat occasionally gets coltis and has a leaky bum. He does well on Royal Canin sensitive, they may so something similar for dogs.

Gide Sat 30-Apr-16 21:25:59

I would add back in a meal, at 7 months and a giant breed (?) she probably needs at least 3.

Careful with some dried foods: Chappie, Pedigree, Royal Canin all continue carcinogenic additives. If you can stick with Orijen, I would. You feed less of it than the other more easily available ones so it may work out as a similar price. If a slice of bread helps, give it to her. Some wheat/grain won't harm as long as she's not intolerant. Add cooked white rice, too, as a trial. It's worthless nutritionally, but might help firm her up.

One of mine is on Wainwright's trays and output is very solid. I give him nothing but that if his tummy is reacting to something, it really helps.

You could try the child version of kaolin from the pharmacy, sorts out diarreaoh very quickly, just don't say it's for a dog!

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