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I have a female, roughly 3 year old (was found as a stray) staffordshire bull terrier called Biscuit :) she is an ex breeding bitch and cruelty case (came to me with lots of burn marks and scars and completely unsocialised and terrified of men with some fear based aggression.

She can get a slightly sensitive tummy at times and her basic diet now is:
1 tin of butchers tripe mixed with terrier meal x 2 a day.

I will occasionally mix in boiled white rice, pasta or a little tuna to keep her coat shiny. She is fed raw hide treats and bones from the butchers.

What do you think of this diet? It's the only combination that I have found to keep her motions solid and regular and her coat and teeth in good condition. I've been researching different foods but thought that it would be best to hear directly from people and their dogs reactions to food.

Thanks :)
 

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What is terrier meal? I've never heard of it.

Personally, I would never feed rawhides. They are dangerous as dogs can choke on them and they are not easily digestable.

I'm not opposed to a little tuna here and there--salmon can be used as well. But I don't believe white rice or pasta are going to make her coat shiny. They might bulk up the food, but they are carbs.

How is her weight?
 

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What is terrier meal? I've never heard of it.

Personally, I would never feed rawhides. They are dangerous as dogs can choke on them and they are not easily digestable.

I'm not opposed to a little tuna here and there--salmon can be used as well. But I don't believe white rice or pasta are going to make her coat shiny. They might bulk up the food, but they are carbs.

How is her weight?
Terrier meal is a completely natural wheatmeal mixer. I've heard some mixed reviews about rawhides also, I should probably do a little more research into this, she's always supervised when she has them though and tends to prefer them over other treats! I'm totally new to this; she's my first dog although i've grown up with dogs and now work in dog behaviour and training but i'm still learning :)

I think I worded that all wrong aha!! The rice and pasta are simply for bulking or if her tummy's gotten a little sensitive to bind her up again, not very often though! The tuna is probably once every 7-10 days and she seems to enjoy it! She weighs roughly 18kg although her weight can fluctuate so I keep a close eye on it and top up her food if needs be. She gets roughly 2 hours of exercise per day, off lead as much as possible although because of her nervousness she's usually on a 50ft line and comes everywhere with me as i'm trying to socialise her as much as possible. Just want to make sure i'm doing things right :)
 

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I've never fed Holly either of these foods so don't know how good they are, i do not give Holly rawhide, thankfully she does not like them anyway, to keep her teeth clean she has a denta stix every night, raw bones but mostly in summer when the weather is nice as she has to have it outside, she also has filled hooves which she loves!, and a filled bone.
 

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Sounds like way way to much carbs.

I'm guessing you are in England?
Butchers tins are generally considered crap and so are most mixers.

Dogs do not need near the amount of carbs you are feeding.
 

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Sounds like way way to much carbs.

I'm guessing you are in England?
Butchers tins are generally considered crap and so are most mixers.

Dogs do not need near the amount of carbs you are feeding.
Ah really?? Because of the mixer or occasional rice and pasta? And by occasional i'm meaning once every fortnight just to add something a little different; sounds like i'm doing it all wrong then? :( I have done a load of research and spoken to vets and breeders and in England butchers tripe is supposed to be a nutritious natural brand? I'm not on a huge budget as i'm still paying for my education. I've been reading into raw feeding also, but she won't eat dry complete food.
 

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Totally get the feeding the bones outside thing aha! If she has them inside i'll have old sheets down on the floor! Will look into filled hooves too :)
 

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Will she eat dry complete kibble if it's mixed with the tinned tripe? Her diet now doesn't seem very balanced.
 

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Will she eat dry complete kibble if it's mixed with the tinned tripe? Her diet now doesn't seem very balanced.
She's a funny little thing, some days she will, others she'll just push it around the bowl and eat the meat around it!
 

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I wonder if it would work if you added some water and let it sit so the kibble soaks up all the tripe-y goodness. Make the flavor of the kibble the same as the tripe. Anyway, that would be my recommendation--to find a good-quality kibble (with meat as the first ingredient, at least), and mix in some tinned food to convince her to eat it.
 

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Ah really?? Because of the mixer or occasional rice and pasta? And by occasional i'm meaning once every fortnight just to add something a little different; sounds like i'm doing it all wrong then? :( I have done a load of research and spoken to vets and breeders and in England butchers tripe is supposed to be a nutritious natural brand? I'm not on a huge budget as i'm still paying for my education. I've been reading into raw feeding also, but she won't eat dry complete food.
Vets know nothing of good dog nutrition.
Butchers is not the worst but it's far from the best and the mixer is awful.

Your dog is a meat eater not a grain eater and a mixer made of almost entirely wheat is bad.

Maybe have a look at something like fish4dogs. They do dry food and salmon wet food. If you sign up for the breeders club (free and they don't check you are a breeder) you can get the food at less than half price.

Other options are james well beloved and wainrights. Both available at pets at home and much much better than what you are feeding.
 

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I've never fed Holly either of these foods so don't know how good they are, i do not give Holly rawhide, thankfully she does not like them anyway, to keep her teeth clean she has a denta stix every night, raw bones but mostly in summer when the weather is nice as she has to have it outside, she also has filled hooves which she loves!, and a filled bone.
First Vicky I have to say that the dog icon you chose for your pita pata looks JUST like your dog LOL, I wish they had an ACD >:/.

As far as food I rotate so I don't do any one food, right now we are doing the natures variety instinct line (beef/lamb) but I have fed: TOTW, merrick BG, since they have multiple recipes I can stay in one brand for a while.
 
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