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    Quote Originally Posted by jzgrlduff
    she is on 1 can of Chappie in the morning with mixer biscuits
    What is that? Never heard of Chappie. What's a mixer biscuit?
    I live in England it is a wet food supposed to be low in calories and mixer biscuits are biscuits that are made to mix with wet food, but I am beginning to feel that she is getting too many of these
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    You might want to up the exercise a little. How old is she? I would try and build in a good game of fetch in there, if you have access to a clean body of water at a lake a swim occasionally. I know my Tal and several others on here love playing fetch.

    They really don't get alot of exercise with walking. Sometimes I eve use the walk as a way of cooling Tal down after playing fetch.

    Any increase in exercise tho you want to build up to it. For example, if you start playing fetch with her, play maybe 5 minutes and throw the ball short distances. Then work up from there. When exercising her during hot weather, early morning is best. With a dark coat they will hold heat more readily than lighter coats. When I play fetch with Tal during hot weather, I limit the time to no more than 10 minutes.

    Good luck and keep asking! And I think her coat is beautiful. She looks like a really sweet girl.
    Saska is 20 months old and gets a good game of fetch in morning as in true lab fashion she loves her ball, but with the hot weather now coming in I will limit her to 10 minutes at a time, can I do this several times a day say early morning and late evening? We have been to the beach this morning but for some reason she is frightened to swim although she loves the water, any ideas on how to coax her to swim as it would be good exercise for her I really want to do what is best for her






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    Saska is 20 months old and gets a good game of fetch in morning as in true lab fashion she loves her ball, but with the hot weather now coming in I will limit her to 10 minutes at a time, can I do this several times a day say early morning and late evening?
    Does it really get that hot in England? I did not realize that, given the country's latitude.







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    I thought you might live in the UK.

    So she is getting two cans of Chappie and mixer? my first suggestion would be to cut back to one can per day. 2 cans is way too much. Feed half a can at each meal.

    My second suggestion would be to ditch the mixer. Any idea what mixer you are using? generally, mixers are full of grains and are not great in terms of quality of ingredients.

    My final suggestion would be to actually get her off the Chappie and the mixer all together. Chappie is ok but personally, I wouldn't feed it in the long term. There are much better quality wet and dry products available.

    My favorite wet food is Nature Diet: http://www.naturediet.net/index.html

    And my favorite kibble: www.wellbeloved.co.uk

    Two other excellent kibbles are Eagle Pack and Fromm's: http://www.postalpetsproducts.co.uk/

    If my crew weren't doing great on the Wellbeloved they would be on Eagle Pack.

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    Does it really get that hot in England? I did not realize that, given the country's latitude.
    It certainly can, especially in the summer.

    Right now my outdoor thermometer is reading 70 degrees although it doesn't feel that hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trickster
    I thought you might live in the UK.

    So she is getting two cans of Chappie and mixer? my first suggestion would be to cut back to one can per day. 2 cans is way too much. Feed half a can at each meal.

    My second suggestion would be to ditch the mixer. Any idea what mixer you are using? generally, mixers are full of grains and are not great in terms of quality of ingredients.

    My final suggestion would be to actually get her off the Chappie and the mixer all together. Chappie is ok but personally, I wouldn't feed it in the long term. There are much better quality wet and dry products available.

    My favorite wet food is Nature Diet: http://www.naturediet.net/index.html

    And my favorite kibble: www.wellbeloved.co.uk

    Two other excellent kibbles are Eagle Pack and Fromm's: http://www.postalpetsproducts.co.uk/

    If my crew weren't doing great on the Wellbeloved they would be on Eagle Pack.

    The mixers are pedigree chum, I know what you mean about Naturediet but I have tried this and James wellbeloved and neither agreed with her she had the runs a lot since being on Chappie she has settled down and no problems, The chappie is the small tins, not the big ones is this still too much?. I will take a look at eagle pack ???


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    While the chart below is applicable for all dogs, some special allowances need to be made for traditional, "bench" line Labs which are chunkier, blockier and shorter coupled than "field" line Labs.

    Nevertheless, the view from above is critical. Whether Bench/Show/"English" or Field/"American", there should be a definite "Coke bottle" waist just forward of the hips.

    http://www.dogstop.com/healthforum/body.htm

    Labs live longer and have fewer health problems if fed a diet less than normal:

    http://www.purina.com/science/resear...MoreYears.aspx
    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
    http://forum.justlabradors.com/showt...?p=748#post748

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    Thanks Bob! ;D
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    Yes thanks Bob the sites were very interesting.

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    The mixers are pedigree chum, I know what you mean about Naturediet but I have tried this and James wellbeloved and neither agreed with her she had the runs a lot since being on Chappie she has settled down and no problems, The chappie is the small tins, not the big ones is this still too much?. I will take a look at eagle pack
    You want to avoid anything by Pedigree.

    These are the ingredients of a Pedigree mixer:

    Meat and animal derivatives (min 4% chicken) Cereals (min 4% rice) Oils and fats, Derivatives of vegtable origin, minerals.

    As you can see, only 8% of the ingredients have been accounted for. What about the other 92%? basically, when you feed a food with unspecified sources, you have no idea what is going into your dog. "Meat and animal derivatives" could mean anything. You must always avoid foods that do not specify a meat source. The first or second ingredient should be a "chicken meat meal" or another meat protein.

    The Chappie doesn't worry me. If she is ok with that, good, but I would seriously think about ditching the Pedigree.

    Some other dry foods:

    http://www.burns-pet-nutrition.co.uk/
    http://www.autarky-foods.com/dog-adult.asp
    http://www.ardengrange.com/

    I don't think these foods are great but they are MUCH better than Pedigree.

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    What do think about Ekanuba Dog food I see there is a new one out specifically for Labradors?

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