Food recommendations for 7 month Labrador puppy

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Luciaia Sun 09-Jun-19 21:51:50

Puppy is currently on James wellbeloved kibble but I don’t think it sits right with her as she seems to be having some trouble digesting it. I was thinking of making a gradual change to raw food but have heard about the risk this would pose to us. I’m basically just asking for your food recommendations as there’s so much conflicting advice on the internet

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BiteyShark Sun 09-Jun-19 22:03:24

I think feeding wet, cooked, raw or dry is a personal preference.

We started on dry but ended up on wet as it suits our dog far better. Millies wolfheart, carnilove and forthglade are my favourites.

I would use allaboutdogfood.co.uk to compare quality and price across brands for whatever type of food you want to use.

Luciaia Sun 09-Jun-19 22:05:47

biteyshark don’t think I’d fancy cooking a meal for the dog everyday but other than that I just want what’s best for her

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Felicia4 Sun 09-Jun-19 22:06:35

I feed a mixture of kibble and raw. As long as you take a few precautions like wiping down surfaces and floors, washing bowls after every meal, washing paws and mouths and changing water after they've had a drink after meals, I don't find it any more dangerous than preparing meals for my family.

Luciaia Sun 09-Jun-19 22:09:00

felicia4 could I ask how you wash their mouth? That could be interesting grin

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BiteyShark Sun 09-Jun-19 22:11:11

Wet is good for dogs with stomach issues. I know because mine has bouts of inflammatory bowel disease. Kibble can be harsh on the stomach to digest where wet isn't and you can get good quality wet foods.

Cyberworrier Sun 09-Jun-19 22:15:04

Our pup went onto Royal Canin hypoallergenic dry food because he had a very sensitive stomach, was the only food he could handle until he was more than a year. Expensive but was worth it for healthier happier pup. He now can eat other dog foods and meat/veg whatever, but we have stuck to Royal Canin HA for his main food.

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CaledonianSleeper Sun 09-Jun-19 22:17:28

I’d think really carefully before moving to raw - for the human health reasons that are (hopefully) well known, but also because it’s bloody inconvenient. Assuming you go for the frozen stuff, it’s not always easy to get hold of (we have to drive 30 mins each way or get it mail order), you need lots of freezer space to store it, and you have to be very organised about defrosting it in advance. It’s a ball ache frankly and I’m in the process of trying to get mine off it on to something a lot easier eg Forthglade. But if you must go raw then most convenient are the type frozen in cubes eg True Instinct Raw Bites or ROR.

Felicia4 Sun 09-Jun-19 22:18:38

Luciaia
Hahaha it can be. I tend not to feed raw chicken as there are meats with better nutritional value so it's not too big a panic. Just warm water, splash of puppy shampoo, flannel and wipe and rinse. Then set with dry flannel. And repeat with paws. They're used to it nowgrin

stucknoue Sun 09-Jun-19 22:32:05

We switched to burns alert from James well beloved - it's formulated with guide dogs in mind. I've used others over the years when I couldn't get hold of it and others seem to upset him, especially Lilly's kitchen, really gave him the runs!

DevonshireDarling Sun 09-Jun-19 22:37:56

We feed our 13 year old beagle millies Wolfheart. She's got allergies but seems to do really well on this food as it's free from beer pulp, grains etc and has a good range of meats. You can choose one that's high in protein etc or ask for advice and they're brilliant at getting back to you.

It's rated highly on the dog food review website that a PP mentioned. You can't get it in shops though but delivery is quick.

DevonshireDarling Sun 09-Jun-19 22:40:14

Forgot to add their website Incase you wanted to take a look... https://www.millieswolfheart.co.uk

We get a lot of comments of how shiny our 13 year old dogs coat is and how fit she looks..I'm sure being on Millie's for the last few years has contributed to that.

Girlintheframe Mon 10-Jun-19 05:04:41

Our pup came home on James Wellbeloved. It gave him terrible wind and soft stools, despite being on the fish one which is meant to be better for sensitive stomaches.
He breed is known for allergies/sensitivities. We moved him onto Millie's Wolfheart and haven't looked back! No more wind and firm stools.

geekone Mon 10-Jun-19 05:23:03

Another Millie’s fan here. Our giant schnauzer has a dodgy tummy and this gives him lovely solid 💩

Panicmode1 Mon 10-Jun-19 05:56:18

Our goldie is on Canagan. She arrived as a pup on Eukanuba, but although it (apparently) used to be a quality food, it no longer is. Her tummy was very unhappy on it, so we moved to Canagan and haven't looked back.

Have a look on allaboutdogfood.co.uk for reviews and nutrition info on various foods.

PutyourtoponTrevor Mon 10-Jun-19 07:54:36

Our lab has Millie's low fat dry mixed with Wainwright's light wet, she had a bad stomach on Euka, Harrington's and a specialist said that Royal Canin was like fast food for dogs. Since she's been on the Millie's she has 3 firm poos a day, great shiny coat and no more split nails

Luciaia Mon 10-Jun-19 07:59:26

Sounds like Millie’s is great. Is there a puppy food from there or is she okay to go on the normal one (couldn’t see a specific puppy one on the website)?

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BiteyShark Mon 10-Jun-19 08:09:03

Millies wolfheart is fine for puppies. My understanding is that some brands have a puppy version because their adult version does not contain enough fat and other stuff needed for a growing puppy.

If you go onto their calculator you can put in the age and breed and it will recommend some different flavours that you might want to try first. They also have a very good advice line which I once used to verify how much I needed to feed my puppy as I got a bit confused about their feeding charts.

Luciaia Mon 10-Jun-19 09:59:07

Thank you everyone! Knew mumsnet would be much clearer than the endless amount of differing information on the internet. We’re going to go ahead with Millie’s and as time goes on we may give some raw meals

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MyGuideJools Mon 10-Jun-19 12:35:37

Our pup came home on millies but had awful wind and runny stools.
He's 5 months old now and has pets at home 'step up to naturals' kibble. it's gluten free and chicken is the first ingredient.
He's thriving on it and poos are lovelywink

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