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Are our pets pampered?

Pampered pets! -  the beginning of the title of a recent article appearing in The Grocer. Discussing, amongst other pet food topics & trends, a tendency towards humanising our dogs.....

Here is the link :

https://m.thegrocer.co.uk/reports/digital-features/pampered-pets-are-britains-dogs-and-cats-winning-their-place-at-the-human-dinner-table/559832.article

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Dog news / Growth standard charts for dogs
« on: Oct 07, 2017, 01:12 »
"Tall or short, stocky or long legged. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, each special in their own way, but do they all grow at the same rate?"      is a question currently being asked in Science Daily.

That article makes for interesting reading as we currently monitor how our dogs are developing from puppy to adult by weighing them, using breed specific charts for guidance which though helpful, at the same time seems rather a best-guess approach.

New research has produced evidence based growth standard charts "for monitoring bodyweight in dogs of different sizes", in other words not breed specific; and is akin to a percentile monitoring approach, similar to that used for humans.

The conclusion states "A series of evidence-based growth standards, based on bodyweight, have been developed for male and female dogs across 5 different size categories."

Interestingly these charts may also be used for the growth standards of mixed breed dogs as well.

Here are the links:

Science Daily article

PLOS ONE article

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As mentioned this week in an article by Tim Wall on the Petfood industry website - www.petfoodindustry.com -  Forthglade are developing a new manufacturing facility in Devon, and as a result should have the capacity to increase their production of pet food by 50%.

And here are the links: http://www.devonlive.com/news/business/new-jobs-plan-expansion-forthglade-335453

https://globalpets.community/news/new-jobs-plan-in-expansion-at-forthglade-pet-foods

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It got my mind ticking over, after one of those particularly tiring days.... :-[ ........that is, the 'lugging around' of multiple bags, packages and cans of various sizes of dog food; and this following on with locating suitable storage areas of the said aforementioned... Phew! 

Yes,  there is no doubt that part of this fairly frequent (and at times fatiguing) scenario may surely be eased, simply by ordering directly from the manufacturers and waiting until the food is delivered. And yet too at the same time I'm happy to support our local pet stores.

Aside from storing dog food correctly,  It simply seems at times that it's the actual weight of the food that is the annoyance, the bugbear if you like.  As expected though food in smaller volumes equates to an accepted greater wasting of packaging; obversely, it's fairly commonplace that greater volume often equates to financial savings in the long run.

That said, however, buying a greater volume may not prove to be cost effective if the result is leftover unused food. Some examples include feeding a dog who begins to dislike the food, or feeding a food that begins to disagree with a dog! Though this same train of thought may be attributed to any food regardless of volume, one might expect the loss of revenue to be greater as the degree of volume increases....

There are different reasons for sure as to why we buy the volume/sizes of dog food that we do. One such reason to consider may be the storage space available. And of consideration too is the type of storage available. Further considerations to ask are whether a larger amount of food keeps as fresh as one might hope?

Optimistically, there's an opportunity to voice our wishes, a possibility to further influence manufacturers to offer healthy dog foods at a cost effective price whilst taking into account valid views of consumers on the forum!

So to all - and of course those who may prefer a particular size/weight/volume of dog food to feed their dogs - here's the opening post asking what 'size' of dog food do you want to feed??

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There is a request from David, the website owner, namely:

"I need to ask a quick favour. Someone has kindly been in touch to say that the dog's weight sliders on the site have stopped working but whenever I test them at my end, everything seems fine so I'm wondering how many more people are getting the same issue.

 If you've got a second, please drop by the dog food directory, change the 'dog's weight' slider at the top and let me know whether or not the price per day figures for the foods change
."


David - having tested this so far on a desktop,  I haven't been successful finding any sequence of test variables which fail. The weight slider appears to be working really well, and the price per day figures change accordingly.
I wonder, is there any other coding that may be influencing price-per-day aside from the dogs-weight variable?



If anyone is able to check the slider, then please could you kindly post how it's working;  perhaps here on the forum or on the allaboutdogfood facebook page which is here:
https://en-gb.facebook.com/allaboutdogfood.uk/

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I've been having a meander into the topic of living with 'man's best friend' and pondering (as you do  8)) on how lucky we are to have been blessed with the acceptance and companionship of dogs that accompany us throughout and on our life's journey.....

This set me to conclude that there must surely be certain times of the day, which are simply, and for whatever reason, those rather more special times, perhaps even the favourite time spent with our dogs. (Or perhaps there are simply too many special times to count! ;) )

 It's so rewarding to be part of such happy gratitude as can be shown by dogs whenever we reappear in their world. For this reason the hands-down winner for me is that first time of each day, when, no matter the circumstances, there is a truly wonderful, loving greeting as though I've been away for ages!!

Does anyone have a favourite or special time of day with their dog?

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Thankfully not commonly a question to ask oneself on a daily basis!!!  8)

.....However, that said, there are the unfortunate moments when we may suspect, or even witness, our dogs eating something that may cause us to wonder whether they've eaten something harmful, or which may even be poisonous to them. And on occasions if our dogs are stung, or they go sniffing around in somewhat questionable substances....  :o .....we may wonder can we do?

Rightly if we are unsure or naturally concerned, we contact our vets for further advice.

Vets and pet owners (who are worried their pet may have been exposed to something harmful or poisonous), may also contact the "Animal PoisonLine" which is available 24 hours a day, and run by the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS).

The following are quotes from the Animal PoisonLine faqs: "Approximately 80% vets are members of the VPIS and use it regularly for specialist advice on the management of poisoning in animals."
"Whenever your pet has had access to anything you are concerned about and you would like advice what to do next. It could be something they have eaten, inhaled, is on their skin or splashed in the eye. This includes human medicines, overdose or incorrect administration of veterinary medicines, household or DIY products, fuels, garden products, plants and venomous bites."

There is more information here: Animal PoisonLine



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In Summer, the higher temperatures make the issue of keeping cool, compounded for our dogs, what with their extra layer - and in some breeds 2 layers - of heat-trapping fur contributing to the problem.

Added to this is an elevated risk at such times, notably in the summer, of our dogs becoming sunburnt; particularly on vulnerable areas like their noses.  And of course areas of skin on dogs with thinner, and in some breeds little, fur.

There are plenty of ways to try to help our dogs keep cooler. Mine like ice cubes, particularly if they have meat juices frozen!

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have a useful article with tips on caring for your dogs in Summer which may be read here:
              Summer dog care

Blue Cross also have a useful article called  How to keep dogs cool in the summer heat

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More commonly known as Parvo, Canine Parvovirus (CPV) is a highly contagious viral illness that affect dogs; though fortunately for several years there has been vaccination available to help protect against the disease.

However, occasionally there are cases where dogs have been infected  - this week 2 dogs had confirmed Parvo (both in the N8 area of London).

If anyone would want to check for any alerts of Parvo in the areas frequented by their dogs, there is an 'early warning system', in the form of an interactive online map, available here:

Canine ParvoAlert UK map



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General pet chat / PDSA Animal Wellbeing Report (PAW)
« on: Jun 17, 2017, 00:21 »
Each year - since 2011 - the charity called the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals,  (traditionally known as the PDSA), produces a report based on the results of a survey, as a first step towards "identifying, assessing, monitoring and improving the wellbeing of companion animals."

This year's PDSA Animal Wellbeing Report is available from here:

2017 PAW Report

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We some of us have no pets ..... by contrast it rather goes without saying that some of us have specific animals in our lives, for a miriad of reasons. So why dogs?

Just what is it about dogs? WHY do we have these 4 legged critters with waggy tails and pleading eyes in our lives.....?

Well I'll kick this off with ...

Dogs allow us to be ourselves, and regardless of how we got out of bed today, they accept us just as we are . ;D

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Showing / " The Judges Competency Framework "
« on: May 17, 2017, 00:04 »
There are changes afoot .!!.. the Kennel Club has announced they are changing the way "Judges Are Educated, Approved And Listed".

There is a small pilot scheme beginning this summer which will enable further tweaks and changes (refinements)  until January 2019 when they launch "The Judges Competency Framework".

Here is the link for anyone who'd like to read more:

http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/press-releases/2017/april/kennel-club-announces-changes-to-the-way-judges-are-educated,-approved-and-listed/

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I guess anyone reading posts on the allaboutdogfood forum is interested in dogs... as am I  8)

Curiously, as in other walks of life, there are the 'good' and the 'bugbears' of being with a dog, in dog world so to speak! And I thought it may be fun to have a thread on what sorts of things make your heckles rise?

 I'll start off the thread with my views of badly emptied and or badly maintained dog bins!! .....grrr.
It's never a pleasure to be faced with an overflowing bin nor a bin that has lost control of it's simple mechanisms for sufficiently opening to receive another bag to swallow...

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Whenever we see the following words on a label of dog food "Meat and animal derivatives" it surely naturally conjures up the following words "What animal is the meat from?

Aside from a partial disclosure of the meat source, what about the remainder, so is that sourced from...cow? pig? chicken?

There is an interesting  "Investigation into the animal species contents of popular wet pet foods" by
Isabella R Maine, Robert Atterbury and Kin-Chow Chang. The link is here:

https://actavetscand.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13028-015-0097-z


Perhaps take a peek at Table 2 .....?

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General discussion / Help! My dog is busy, busy, busy
« on: May 10, 2017, 00:56 »
Many breeds of dog with bags of energy (particularly with a combination of their 'teenager' hormones asserting themselves in their almost adult body  :o) can give us plenty of challenges, together with golden opportunities to channel their intelligence into 'games' where they can make good use of their minds and which, as a result will tire them, and which they will also enjoy. Anything really that makes a dog 'think' rather than 'do'.

 So we might channel this intelligence into asking a dog to bring us a named toy from his toys - we name the toy first, clearly, slowly, then put it down, ask for it, point to it, and when a dog gets it right this can be repeated the next day, as a slow, thinking game - not a whizz to the toy box and back..... ;)

 We could teach a dog more tricks, expanding on giving a paw to giving "high fives". We might follow this up with " left paw", "right paw" later on.

When out walking we can ask a dog to "walk on" or "turn right" or "find the shop" ....... after we have taught these commands of course! It is rewarding to see how dogs enjoy being asked to work their minds.

We can sit a dog in front of us and hold him 'steady' for a few seconds until we release him to lay down, then hold 'steady' again,  then roll over, each command taking time and ensuring avoidance of any quick, sudden movements. This is our one-to-one quality time with a dog, with each 'instruction' being completed by a dog at as slow a pace as possible, allowing for the age and health of a dog. This slow pace is to help a dog to realise he can get great attention from us (praise) by behaving calmly around us.

If a dog starts to become 'too busy' when we want to settle down, then unless we are extremely adept at remaining patient, (which can be nigh impossible at times!) it might be useful to have a slow feeder at hand with extra treats or kibble scattered on top.

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