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Wolfiefan Tue 27-Jun-17 13:32:12

Anyone use it?
I'm using a kibble for my 9 month old pup. She's a bit itchy and I'm wondering if it could be food related. I've had raw recommended to me by various people but many of the complete foods are very costly and DIY looks soooo complicated.
She's a giant breed if that helps.

Wolfiefan Tue 27-Jun-17 14:02:24

She's wasting away! Will nobody advise? Poor hound!!!

Amee1992x Tue 27-Jun-17 14:04:42

We raw feed and Dr johns x

pigsDOfly Tue 27-Jun-17 14:19:01

Love that face.

Sorry that's no help.

TomaszCanSchafernakerMeAnytime Tue 27-Jun-17 14:21:16

Some raw foods are expensive, Natural Instinct was costing me a fortune but I've since switched and now either use DAF or They Love It.

Wolfiefan Tue 27-Jun-17 14:35:34

Thanks. So hard to know what's best. So many strong opinions!

Cocobananas Tue 27-Jun-17 15:02:02

wolfie, have a look at naturediet or a cold pressed grain free kibble. I use both for Cocopup and the advantage is that raw bones can be fed alongside if desired. Or so it says on the blurb. I didnt want to go totally raw but like to give the odd marrowbone for recreational chewing and to clean her teeth and the odd chicken wing or lamb rib ( usually hidden inside a paper bag inside a cardboard box so she has to work out how to get to it😁)

Wolfiefan Tue 27-Jun-17 17:08:33

@Cocobananas thanks so much for the advice.

Thewolfsjustapuppy Tue 27-Jun-17 17:39:01

I wouldn't join the Facebook group raw feeding uk (other FB groups are available!) they do have some great advice about brands and delivery as well as a whole load of files on raw feeding.
I started pup on wolf tucker 6 months ago and now pretty much DIY but mainly using manifold valley meats. Pup does very well on raw, her poo is firm and small and her testy are clean grin

Thewolfsjustapuppy Tue 27-Jun-17 17:39:48

Ha! I thought I had proof read, that should be "I would join"!

Thewolfsjustapuppy Tue 27-Jun-17 17:41:28

Groan, "teeth" not testy hmm

Wolfiefan Tue 27-Jun-17 18:08:12

Ha! Thanks wolf.

LumelaMme Tue 27-Jun-17 20:54:58

A friend of mine feeds her dogs Gentle, and they look brilliant on it. It's a cold pressed kibble. I fed some to our itchy dog and it went down very well, so I might switch her onto it permanently.

Cockerpoodledoo Tue 27-Jun-17 23:26:52

A couple of other Facebook groups for you - Rawfeeding Rebels, BARF UK and Raw Feeding Advice and Support.

Definitely worth reading their starter guides on how to switch to raw. These all recommend starting with a single protein (usually chicken or turkey) then gradually introducing different proteins until you have at least 5 different types. I think this approach would be particularly useful when dealing with an itchy dog - if your dog's itching is due to an intolerance to a particular protein hopefully you will be able to spot when the itching starts so you know which new protein is abusing it and you can eliminate it accordingly.

It's probably worth asking advice from one of the groups on whether you should introduce bone straight away. Typically for a pup it is not a problem but for an older dog it is recommended to start off boneless to allow stomach acid to adjust. I've seen a fair few of your posts but I'm afraid I can't remember how old Wolfe pup is nor am I exactly sure when the cutoff point is so I suggest asking advice from one of the groups (my personal fav is Rawfeeding Rebels ... very friendly and helpful).

Now, with regards to completes vs diy. I personally mix and match. I started off using completes because I found diy confusing but eventually started doing some diy. I wanted to introduce more Raw meaty bones (so that my girl could get the dental and stimulation benefits from chewing) but since she's only 8kg it meant I needed to balance out the high bone content in, for example, a duck neck with a couple of bone free meals. As I said, it was bit confusing to start with but I think there is an app that you can download that will help you work out the 80/10/10 to create balanced meals.

I haven't used Wolf Tucker so can't comment on that but can recommend Paleo Ridge, The Dogs Butcher, Nurture Them Naturally and Natural Dogs Direct. Alternatively, have you looked to see if you have a local retailer that supplies various different brands that you could try out. Lots of companies also deliver (and some nationwide). Plenty of folks on the fb groups seem to use Scruffles.

Hope that helps albeit not actually answering your wolf tucker question lol.

Finally, with a switch to raw for a giant breed you may want to think about investing in a dedicated dog food freezer ... saves on delivery costs in the long run!

Cockerpoodledoo Tue 27-Jun-17 23:28:58

*causing not abusing!!!

Wolfiefan Tue 27-Jun-17 23:30:13

Cocker a new dedicated freezer is going to be a must! Thanks for your help. At 9 months and over 50kg feeding her right is no small task!
Of course the itch could be environmental. But I do think a change of food could be beneficial. Thanks.

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