Is it ok then to change the girls food on a fairly regular basis from say Burns to RC then Origen i was always lead to believe you cant do that cos it gives them upset tummies .
ps Dawn and i had a few words the other night and i said to her you can sleep downstairs on the sofa, just before she said ", after two nights in the lounge with the girls "she mumbled" i am coming back up i cant stand the bloody snoring from them three to which i replied well you could of left them upstairs with me as there was plenty of room on the bed. :-p
I talked to an Irish RC distributor today who said they only got the CKCS food in January and it immediately sold out too. They were only offered small bags by RC so presumably RC were first trying the market. I am waiting to hear when they will get more in then I will try it (once I get through my current JWB supply!)
On changing foods -- I've never had a dog get an upset stomach from changing around foods. Personally I think that type of issue or refusing food is more psychological -- a dog fed all the time on the same food is often reluctant to eat anything else and upset by change.
But given the wide range of things most people give their dog -- treats, scraps, the dog getting into the trash... :rolleyes:... I just don't buy that for most dogs, suddenly a new food in their dish is going to shock them into stomach upset.
For a dog that GENUINELY has sensitive bowel and problems with different foods than definitely be cautious in changing foods.
That's my own opinion though!
My dogs have always had a variety of foods & i've never done the gradual change over thats reccomended either. Not had any problems.
there is a voucher in your dog for royal canin
Petstop in Blanch have it. I bought 6 bags of it yesterday. It's a BOGOF so well worth it :thmbsup:
Originally Posted by Karlin
The majority of experinced cavalier people I've met have insisted that changing isn't good. I always felt in the minority for changing about, though a well known breeder, in the same circles, does change hers.
There is a very limited amount of RC Cavalier in the UK at the moment - a breeder friend of mine has been asked to trial it and report back, so I guess it might not be available for a while yet unfortunately.
Mine had a sample of the Shih Tzu food and did like that...they normally have mini adult, and I swop between that and James Wellbeloved which I actually prefer - I don't really like the preservatives in Royal Canin.
I would be interested in trying this but although my boys liked RC Mini adult I always felt their poo wasn't firm enough. I like Burns for this reason, they have nice firm poops now and seems to enjoy the 50/50 mix of venison and brown rice with fish and brown rice.
Not sure firm poops is a reliable measure of a food's quality. Manufacturers can just add certain types of binders that make poops firmer. I remember reading this on some ingredients article somewhere and of course cannot remember where.
It may be coincidental but whilst they have been on burns we haven't had any boot scoot boogies either.
This is an exceprt from the burns site about their food "There are no chemical additives. This minimises the amount of waste matter which the body has to eliminate. When metabolised, carbohydrate produces less harmful toxic waste than protein and fat."
Perhaps thats the reason for firmer poops - there is not as much being excreted as the higher quality food more is utilised so there is less to come out.
I remember when I first got Merlin I fed him on Bakers (I know!) his poop was never firm and was very wiffy! totally different from now:)
I have just tried Max on the free sample from the Swedish company Husse who have a franchise here in Ireland and have to say he loved it. He is also displaying a far better stool and less frequently than when on his usual food. Their food is divided into categories for different sized dogs, depending on the level of activity, age etc. They do an organic variety as well and claim that no preservatives, or any additives or colours are added to any of their foods. For more info, you can peruse their site on www.husse.ie. All orders over €25 are free and they are happy to send free samples which I think is a fair one. If any of you have tried this food, please let me know your opinions.
I decided to try this company following an animal nutritionist's advise, as he said it was one of the most natural, all round balanced and healthy commercial dog foods he could reccommend. Another reason is because I had become concerned about the amount of unneccessary additives in dog food, or worse still the ones which are not even listed on the pack. The source of the food also worried me, so I decided to do a little research. The Husse site also has a Vet who will answer any health questions without charge and very promptly too. All views with regard to the site would be welcome.