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Old 17-12-2017, 09:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We are changing Molly (7 years old black bitch) from James Wellbeloved Light Lamb and Rice onto Burns Sensitive Duck and Brown Rice.

Currently on week two of changeover and spreading change by using up JW, mixing with Burns. Feeding twice a day we are feeding 175g per meal (100g Burns, 75g JW)

Vet recommended change due to summer itching which was bad this year and had her tested for allergies which showed house dust (now vacuum most rooms and bedding three times a week + hot wash bedding more often) and also slight allergy to lamb.

The problem is though that two weeks in, Molly appears constantly hungry. Not losing weight but constantly hunts on walks sniffing out anything she thinks is edible and worse of all last week chewed overnight into a carrier bag given to us by a relative prior to christmas that contained 6 110g bags of chocolate coins. She managed to eat 4 before she was spotted and a trip to the vets later and a hundred pounds or so (money!) lighter, we are giving her charcoal tablets and drugs.

I've looked through many of the threads on here and of course everyone has their own opinions on food but is Burns renowned for making dogs feel hungry? I can't (or don't want to) bin a newish big sack of Burns or a quarter sack of JW. Can I supplement this with anything such as Coconut Milk? Is anything missing from her diet, why is she hungry?

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My first suggestion nowadays is to stick the next meal in her bowl after she's eaten and cover it with water. Hide in a cupboard until the next meal time.
Eating the meal soaked can help them feel full straight away after eating.

Have to say that my only experience of burns was Tucker and it had him pooping and eating a lot through a day compared with once or twice on skinners.
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I seem to remember there have been comments before about Burns, although I personally have no experience of it.

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Thank you for the responses. We do add water but I'll try soaking.
Tempted to go back to JW - just feel sorry for the dog if it's genuinely that 'hungry' even after upping the grams.

She gets at least two walks a day and currently sits upright in the kitchen wondering where her next meal is coming from. Never had this before and strange that it's happening with Burns. Ok it's 'highly digestible' as they say but perhaps too digestible.

Could ring up their helpline but what can they tell me?

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Maybe it just doesn’t suit her is she definitely getting enough? Are her pops ok? They will be a good indication of getting too much or not enough.

There are loads of good foods around to choose from, I looked at burns when getting my oldest girl but wasn’t keen on all the rice.

Not all foods will suit all dogs My two are doing well on Millies Wolfheart, they were raw fed for a while but have since went back to millies.
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Ring up the helpline - nothing to lose, or email so you don't incur phone bill charges

Like ttfan asks - how are her poops? Solid, soft? Bigger? It could be that it is too digestible. Some would suggest adding fruit/veg to fill out her meals but I think you are right to start with looking at the change of food that instigated the behaviour. You can always use up old food as you are by adding it little and often.
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The feed probably don't suit her but luckily there are a real good selection of great feeds on the market now depending on your budget. You can get feeds which are completely grain & rice free or you can get other feeds similar to Burns. I feed a grain & rice free feed to my dogs here and that really suits them so it might very well be that you'd need to try another feed...
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How do the calorie, fat and protein counts compare? Is she losing weight on the new food? She may indeed need a bit more of the new food.

Another idea: I think a change is refreshing to them sometimes and they just want more of the new stuff.
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I think a change is refreshing to them sometimes and they just want more of the new stuff.
Mine had some Chinese Sweet & Sour Chicken for breakfast this morning and they are still trying to lick the bottom out of the dishes!
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