Dog food, specifically wet food.
Evening all, my vet has said my bitch suffers from mites & it’s probably a result of the dry food we have always fed her. Her partner has had no such problems so I’m a little perplexed but anyway the vet has recommended Chappie as a good complete wet food.
Does anyone have any comments on the above as a wet food or can recommend anything better?
Cheers.Posted 4 years agofbkMember
I think perhaps you’ve misunderstood your vets recommendations. Chappie is often recommended as a cheap, simple, relatively hypoallergenic diet for dogs than find some of the normal stuff a little too rich.
You can’t get skin mites from food but dogs can be allergic to storage mites that can infest large, open, bags of dry food (or the containers they’re stored in). This in turn leads to itchy skin.
Every food is different though and I wouldn’t have thought STW was the best place to get a 2nd opinion tbh (I’m making quite a few assumptions in my advice).Posted 4 years agoGolfChickMember
ahh well there ya go although having said that I do store my dry dog food in a huge sealed container and we feed 50/50 dry to wet dog food. Currently feed wainrights wet from pets at home and have previously fed nature diet and previous dog enjoyed it greatly as it can be warmed up.Posted 4 years agofbkMember
Incidentally, if it is storage mites your dog is allergic to, you can minimize the problem by always storing dry food in a sealed (air tight) container and cleaning thoroughly between bags. Storing portions in a freezer also kills them off but is obviously a lot more hassle.
Hope that helps
edit – no worries. Didn’t mean to criticize but it’s a pet hate of mine to have people coming back to the surgery having ignored my advice because of stuff they read on the internet 😉Posted 4 years ago
Fbk ( sorry the phone has problems with your moniker), it was the cheapness of the food that had me perplexed, seeing as the vet has always reccomended the sience plan stuff they sell 😉 but I can quite see how you would get peeved by Internet warriors, I get the same in my job 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Cheers for the replies, I appreciate it.jonah tontoMember
chappie is pretty good for a cheap food. but for a really good, cheap food look into the raw meaty bones diet. the change in a dog has to be seen to be believed. (and they shit alot less too). my mum gets frozen raw dog food delivered pretty cheap if you not into having bits of raw meat and bone knocking aroundPosted 4 years agowwpaddlerMember
Chappie is cheap for a reason and it’s not all due to the quality of the ingredients. The Chappie recipe has been pretty much the same for ever so there are few if any R&D costs or marketing costs compared to the premium brands where they’re constantly looking for the next Whizzo ingredient to add which will make your dog be faster, happier and healthier for longer. Each new whizzo means a new product and subsequent marketing campaign. Chappie is pretty much a cash cow which requires very little work to generate satisfactory profit.Posted 4 years agonotmyrealnameSubscriber
We feed our two Natural Instinct raw food. It’s pretty much just raw meat and bone ground up with nothing added.Posted 4 years ago
Since we started them on it we’ve noticed that they have less illness and upset stomachs, the Westie has had less skin problems, as they are price to, and they seem to be a little more subdued where with the dry food they were having their behaviour was some times a bit erratic!
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