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  1. Hi all. When we got Lennon a couple of months ago (rescued by Dogs Trust), he had very runny and loose stools. While there he had been fed Chappie tinned food and a kibble mixer. When he first come home we tried him on various combinations of food, and finally it seems we have found one that agrees with him. We have had him on a hypoallergenic wet food, like a tray of pate (Produced by Sainsburys and in various flavours), and a grain free dry mixer which we get from Aldi. He loved it! And after a few weeks his stomach settled down We feed him twice a day, abut 200g of the wet combined with about 150g of the dry at each sitting. However, we have noticed that he is getting less interested in his food. Sometimes he wolfs it down, but this past week he's been sort of 'take it or leave it', more often or not 'leave it' and just having literally a couple of mouthfuls. Exercise wise he gets an hours walk in the morning and evening, and two or three 10-15 minute sessions in the garden with his flirt pole which he loves. I was wondering if there was anything I could add to his meals, like a gravy or stock to make them more appealing as I am loathed to change his food too drastically for fear of his stomach being upset again. I have seen in other sources on the net, that a gravy or stock can be added, or even soaking some of the dry food in water first in order to make a broth. I was just wondering what all your thoughts are on this and if any of you have any suggestions? Many thanks in advance Russ
  2. Wow, thanks for the warm welcome folks, much appreciated. Now I'm not sure if I should move this over to the health forum, if so, mods please let me know. Anyway, just gone over Lennon's DT paperwork and when we adopted him 2 weeks ago he was dead on 22kg. From what i have read/listened to etc, that seems to be a bit on the light side, and yes you can definitely feel his ribs and spine! Now knowing how important exercise is to Husky's I'm loathed to lessen his exercise time. As I said about 2 hrs a day walking plus some time with the flirt pole. So i guess the other option is to up his calorie intake. So currently feeding him twice a day, 200g of tinned wet food and tbh I havnt been weighing the dry mixer, was told by DT to feed 165g mixed in. Ive just been giving him 3 handfuls each meal time (breakfast, about 8am and dinner about 4pm). He is fed 30mins after exercise. We have not noticed an weight gain, which after just two weeks would probably be difficult to see anyway, but, we have noticed him taking an interest in food in general, outside of his feeding times (ie. accepting snacks/treats and even longingly watching us eat too), which suggests to me his appetite is increasing. If this is the case what would you suggest I do to let him bulk up a bit? Decrease exercise? (after all he didn't get that much in DT) Increase his calorie intake in general? If so, what elements should I increase, both wet and dry food, or one or the other? Sorry for bombarding you all with info and questions, especially as so new here, but all your help is very much appreciated ATB Lennon and Russ
  3. Wow, thanks for the warm welcome folks, much appreciated. Now I'm not sure if I should move this over to the health forum, if so, mods please let me know. Anyway, just gone over Lennon's DT paperwork and when we adopted him 2 weeks ago he was dead on 22kg. From what i have read/listened to etc, that seems to be a bit on the light side, and yes you can definitely feel his ribs and spine! Now knowing how important exercise is to Husky's I'm loathed to lessen his exercise time. As I said about 2 hrs a day walking plus some time with the flirt pole. So i guess the other option is to up his calorie intake. So currently feeding him twice a day, 200g of tinned wet food and tbh I havnt been weighing the dry mixer, was told by DT to feed 165g mixed in. Ive just been giving him 3 handfuls each meal time (breakfast, about 8am and dinner about 4pm). He is fed 30mins after exercise. We have not noticed an weight gain, which after just two weeks would probably be difficult to see anyway, but, we have noticed him taking an interest in food in general, outside of his feeding times (ie. accepting snacks/treats and even longingly watching us eat too), which suggests to me his appetite is increasing. If this is the case what would you suggest I do to let him bulk up a bit? Decrease exercise? (after all he didn't get that much in DT) Increase his calorie intake in general? If so, what elements should I increase, both wet and dry food, or one or the other? Sorry for bombarding you all with info and questions, especially as so new here, but all your help is very much appreciated ATB Lennon and Russ PS, if i need to move this to the health section please let me know!
  4. Hi, I am Russ and our new Husky is called Lennon. He is a rescue dog from Dogs Trust and was a stray in Belfast before joining Dogs Trust Merseyside and is about 2 1/2 years old.. We have had him for 2 weeks and what an amazing family dog. Playful, loving and affectionate, a real character. He is our first Husky (had Collies, Labs and Alsatians in the past) Being a stray he does have a few issues, most notably mad on the lead, hates other dogs (probably had to compete with many in the past) and he mouths quite lot, but gently. Obviously we read up as much a we could about the breed before adopting. We were advised to exercise him about 2 hours a day, which we do mostly on long walks, but as letting him off the lead is not an option, to get some cardio, we use a flirt pole with him in the garden. Obviously i am no expert, but I do think he looks to be a bit under weight. I havnt had chance to get him on the scales yet, but hopefully will do later. You can feel his ribs, and i do feel he is very narrow in the abdomen. (see pic) When we adopted him he had been having very loose stools which DT said was probably stress related. They had been feeding half a tin of Chappie with Wainwrights Salmon dry food, twice day. His stools continued to be loose so we changed over to the foo we fed our Lab on, and his tummy seems to be improving slightly. We now feed a mix of Sainsburys tinned food and plain kibble mixer. advice on weight and feeding would be really appreciated Thanks in advance, Russ and Lennon
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