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18-04-2011 10:58 PM
_Jane_ I just can't say enough good things about chappie

When we got Frank, he had terrible problems with diahhorea that would subside for a week, then flare up terribly for 2-3 days. It was a never ending cycle. He also had bad skin, dandruff, incredible flatulance, and terrible anal gland problems. Even when he wasn't bad, his poo's were puddly and loose.

We tried CSJ, we tried JWB, we tried Arden Grange, and we tried Burns. Burns was the best result; after 2 weeks I was confident we'd cracked it but then the diahhorea was back.

In complete despair; I put him (and my other dog Rosie) on chappie. It was incredible. I didn't even wean him onto it; and the following morning, perfect, solid, poo.

Both Rosie and Frank were on chappie for a year. I came to the conclusion that it's the fat content in foods he couldn't handle - if you look at the oil content in the likes of Royal Canin or Arden Grange and compare it, you'll see what I mean.

Chappie is low fat; and I just believe that Frank has a sensitive tummy to rich food and hence needs a lower fat, less rich diet. The Chappie sorted his tummy, but the anal gland problem was more persistent and we had 3 occasions of Frank being sedated and having his glands "flushed and packed" due to inflammation and infections.

Eventually, I was brave enough to take Frank off the Chappie - because i found that Burns "Pork and Potato" and "Fish and Brown Rice" was lower fat. We were on Pork and Potato for 6 weeks with no problem, then the pet shop ran out and we were going on holiday last week so I bought Fish and Brown Rice. The poo's we've had have been the best yet!

Just for info; my dogs were fed 1/2 tin of chappie mixed with chappie biscuit and they did super-well on it for a year. It's only the anal gland problem really, thats made me change - but I can't say whether that's improved as a result of the burns or the fact that Frank spent a good year on a suitable diet, i.e chappie - and it was just co-incidence.
18-04-2011 10:34 PM
-Pat- I used expensive foods for Tarka for a couple of years, and every week or so he had the trots. My friends recommended Chappie, my vet recommended Chappie, and in the end I thought I would give it a go.

We havent looked back since. He loves it and firm stools ever since.

Marvellous stuff!
18-04-2011 09:59 PM
Hunterlab I always have a few cans of chappie in the house, Hunter can be quite sensitive and again chappie is the only thing that will settle him, he also gets a kong with frozen chappie in daily which he loves
18-04-2011 09:49 PM
amanda2203 I went out and bought a tin yesterday and gave him some for his evening meal( he loved it) and then again this morning and I can't believe it but he did the first normal poop he has done for weeks. Have been giving him it for all his meals and two poops down all normal. I'm amazed how it can work so quickly but am so glad it does. The only issue I have is I don't know how much to feed him, just been playing it by ear really. Have ordered some fish4dogs for him today and gonna keep him on chappie till that arrives and then do a very slow change over and keep my fingers crossed!!
17-04-2011 09:26 PM
Jojo185 I have fed JWB to my two for about 2 years as George had many allergies but Benson was ill just after Christmas and was vomiting every day. We never discovered why but the only food he would keep down was Chappie. We have now got him to the point of eating half kibble and half Chappie and he seems absolutely fine. I really rate it for digestive problems.
17-04-2011 06:26 PM
Joal Alfie has dried chappie: here's a thread https://www.labradorforums.co.uk/ftop...rderasc-0.html
17-04-2011 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by amanda2203
That's the thing I don't understand all these expensive food that are hypo allergenic and grainfree ect and the dog does better on tins of chappie.
That's probably because what's in a tin of Chappie is more natural for a dog's digestive system than dry brown balls of goodness knows what :wink: .

I used Chappie on and off for years, not because mine had dodgy bellies, but simply because it was one of the better tinned foods around at the time. My dogs did really well on it and never ailed and I know many people used it if their dogs had iffy tums. I don't think there is anything grossly unnatural in the tinned Chappie. I'm not sure about the dried stuff though.

I often wonder if many of these allergies and sensitive tum issues have been bought on somehow by all the additives in dried food, as most of them have to top up the vitamin and mineral content artificially, to make up for losing them out of the original ingredients as they're dried......And don't even get me started on EC permitted Preservatives :roll: .
17-04-2011 05:13 PM
amanda2203 That's the thing I don't understand all these expensive food that are hypo allergenic and grainfree ect and the dog does better on tins of chappie. My parents had a lab x who used to eat chappie and table scraps(mum even fed her White choc buttons as a treat 8O ) and she lived to be 14yrs old.
17-04-2011 03:50 PM
_Mary_ I don`t think Chappie is as cheap as it used to be but its still a good food for dogs with iffy tums, I think its because it "mashed" and so is nce and easy for the dog to digest without overworking their tums.

Just because a food is expensive it doesn`t mean its good, as with most things a lot of them your paying for the name.

When I was growing up our dogs were fed mainly table scraps and (horror of horrors) cooked bones from the sunday roast!, along with Kennomeat which was one of very few "commercial" dogs foods on the market at that time, I don`t remember any of them having tummy problems.
17-04-2011 03:37 PM
-Kate- I fed Diesel chappie for almost 9 months.
He had such a bad stomach and didn't seam to get better on anything i tried. Someone suggested chappie but i was cautious as i was getting the higher priced foods and they weren't helping him so why get the cheaper? It worked within a few days. I was really shocked at how fast it worked and what the results were like.
I left him on it for a number of months to give him stomach a chance to settle. I gradually introduced nature diet and reintroduced some kibble over 2 month and so far so good.
I can still tell if hes eaten something he shouldn't have done but his stomach as settled really well after using chappie.
I haven't a clue how it works but i've always got a tin of it in my house :wink:
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