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Dog news / Re: PUPScan Project
« on: Yesterday at 22:13 »
Yes I agree it's an interesting project and having had a dog with hip dyspasia I can see the appeal of knowing if the condition was congenital.

I would admire the completion of a successful scan on a wriggly & extremely young pup, without causing any undue stress to the youngster!

Sorry may I also add a comment to say that I am worried about the pup diagnosed at 6-8 weeks old with the outcome affecting any future life the pup may have. It seems fairly unlikely that a pup would be homed with a confirmed diagnosis of hip dysplasia. Will all breeders keep all puppies diagnosed with hip dysplasia, regardless of the cause, be that congenital or not?

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General discussion / Re: What is the future of Dog Food?
« on: Feb 18, 2017, 23:27 »
 It's important to get the 'balance' right when considering which insects to feed to dogs as we ought to be mindful of the effect this may have on the insect species themselves.

It was only a week ago that the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), reported on Europe's crickets and grasshoppers and concluded that "..... more than a quarter of species are being driven to extinction".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38920199

I'm not averse to the introduction of insect dog food, yet conscience prevents me feeding dogs any food which may be instrumental in driving another species to extinction.

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Dog foods / Re: Edgard & Cooper dog food range
« on: Feb 18, 2017, 23:06 »
'Tis good to now have the ingredients on the UK site, though it took a while.  8)

I'm hesitant to post, yet there are 2 additives in all the recipes that flag up in red on the Instant Dog Food Review here: https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/instant-dog-food-review.php
 
and if you'd want to read more about them here are the links:
https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/dog-food-ingredients/0113/copper-sulphate

https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/dog-food-ingredients/0131/sodium-selenate-and-sodium-selenite


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Recalls and alerts / Re: Evanger's Hunk of Beef
« on: Feb 18, 2017, 21:31 »
Thanks Seaweed, it's encouraging to read the USA's Food and Drug Administration are continuing to investigate.

[Awful that one of the 5 dogs "remains on seizure medication" - and for how long ??]

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General discussion / Re: Deal of the week
« on: Feb 17, 2017, 23:48 »
Until 28th February Lily's Kitchen has an offer of 3  for 2 on 15 of their dog and cat food products using the code : HEALTHY342

Their website is here:

https://www.lilyskitchen.co.uk/products/3-for-2


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What did you mainly feed your dogs 5 years ago ? We'd like more votes in the dog feeding poll please! It would be realllllllllyyyyyyyy appreciated.
The link is here :
https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/forum/dog-foods/3/what-did-you-mainly-feed-your-dogs-5-years-ago/1313/

THANKS very much  8) and  :) and  ;)

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What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ? We'd like more votes in the dog feeding poll please! It would be realllllllllyyyyyyyy appreciated.
The link is here :
https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/forum/dog-foods/3/what-do-you-mainly-feed-your-dog-nowadays/1317/

THANKS very much  8) and  :) and  ;)

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General discussion / Re: Just What is in Dog Food?
« on: Feb 17, 2017, 20:53 »
The role of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in the EU food safety system is "to carry out scientific risk assessment. This risk assessment will inform the decision-making of EU risk managers in the European Commission, European Parliament and Member States who regulate the safe use of BPA as a food contact material"

They have a helpful site of useful information about Bisphenol A (BPA) which may help to answer your questions:

https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/topics/topic/bisphenol

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/161013


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General discussion / Re: dog breed not listed
« on: Feb 17, 2017, 19:47 »
As Dottie says if a breed is not on the list, you'd search using the expected weight of the dog as an adult.

The steps to take for your dog - " a Great Swiss Mountain Dog at just 11 weeks old"  - on the https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/the-dog-food-directory website   are as follows:

1) Tick the box next to "Dog Breed"

2) Change the choices that are offered in the drop down box to select "Giant breed (45kg+ when adult)"

3) Tick the box next to "Dog Age" and move the slider to "0.25 yrs"

Carry on with setting the filters as you wish and then press the green "GO" box to see your results.

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General discussion / Re: 'All life stages' - High Calcium
« on: Feb 17, 2017, 19:22 »
Poppy I've added your suggestion "i would to see you consider calcium , protein ,and carbohydrates to determine the quality of the food ." to the section here : https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/forum/site-help-and-suggestions/9/rating-algorithm-overhaul-have-your-say/1074/

to help keep the Algorithm suggestions together as much as possible and so have less chance of being missed. I hope that is alright with you.

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This is a suggestion by another forum member and I've added it here so David has as much information about the Rating algorithm together in this section:

"i would to see you consider calcium , protein ,and carbohydrates to determine the quality of the food ".


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I agree with Dottie there are insufficient sources referenced in the article.  May I add that without the relevant source material added into the article we are denied being able to more thoroughly check the science for ourselves and so have a greater understanding of what is being written and why.

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Thank you dan.xureb and if you'd like further reading .............

There's more information, with acknowledged sources, in FEDIAF (the European Pet Food Manufacturers' Association)  July 2016 "Nutritional Guidelines",  with explanations of their use of energy requirements formulae to the power of 0.67 and 0.75.  Specifically, energy requirements of adult dogs is in section 2.3.1 and cats in section 2.4.2 and you can download the guidelines from here:

http://www.fediaf.org/self-regulation/nutrition/

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General dog chat / Re: Obesity in labradors
« on: Feb 16, 2017, 00:41 »
Sorry I missed the earlier post and I can understand what you mean when you say:
 "Labrador should be taken out for walk and exercise (playing) more than most of the dog breeds."

May I comment that I agree there are many breeds of varying sizes whose recommended exercise requirements is the same as that recommended for an adult labrador of more than 2 hours a day, particularly working dog breeds and herding dogs, including for example  border collies,  springers, otterhounds, old english sheepdogs, deerhounds, various bassets, rhodesian ridgebacks, german shepherds, huskies and so on.

 Yet many of these breeds are not usually associated with obesity and I'm hopeful the Cambridge study may shed further light on what influence genetics may have with labradors.

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