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General discussion / Pet detoxification
« on: Mar 12, 2017, 22:33 »
Here's another informative and interesting article from Dr Karen Becker - this time she is discussing pet detoxification.

The various ways that dry dog food is prepared and processed gives us greater choices to find what suits our individual dogs. I wonder if it may be interesting to learn of the types of dry food we are feeding our dogs nowadays; and if you'd like to take part then you have up to 6 votes each!

Please say if there is an option missing in the poll and I'll happily add it.  :)
Thanks in advance to all who vote.

Following on from the recall of Evanger's Hunk of Beef and Against the Grain Pulled Beef another product is also now being recalled, namely Evanger's Braised Beef Chunks with Gravy.

"  The three products being voluntarily recalled were manufactured between December 2015 and January 2017, and have expiration dates of December 2019 through January 2021. "

To learn more about Artificial Preservatives and Antioxidants in dog foods there is another excellent article on the allaboutdogfood website (thank you David  :) ).
 The link is here:

At the end of this article there is a link to show how many Dog foods (in the allaboutdogfood database) contain Artificial preservatives and antioxidants and the result lists 115 dog foods .

An Informative and interesting clip was published last week entitled “Toxic chemicals in Pet foods” -  Dr Jean Dodds was Interviewed by the producers of  'Pet Fooled' on pet food preservatives, specifically ethoxyquin - and the link is here:

General discussion / Novel ingredients
« on: Feb 20, 2017, 22:54 »
At the Petfood Forum 2017 to be held at the beginning of April they are going to learn about research that has taken place into novel ingredients for dog and cat foods;

 Includes Miscanthus (a grass) in weight loss foods and Eggshell Membrane which affects joint health.

General dog chat / Obesity in labradors
« on: Feb 13, 2017, 18:37 »
There is a (current) study at Cambridge University Vet School which is collecting canine DNA to check if some dogs - in this study it's labradors - are predisposed to obesity [genetically] by analysing DNA samples from dog saliva.

They are asking for labrador owners to come forward and as almost 1 in 4 labradors is believed to carry a copy of a variant of a gene linked with weight, obesity and appetite, then not only is this an interesting study, also the results generated from it will hopefully be beneficial both now and in the future.

General discussion / 'Fun' ways to feed your dog
« on: Feb 08, 2017, 01:24 »
Having played yet another interactive toy game with a pup today, it set me to thinking about how much fun dogs have when they are having a one-to-one time with us, particularly for some dogs ( or maybe most dogs ) when food is involved!

So this topic is not about pouring food into a bowl for our dogs. Instead let's think of what better ways there are to make food times fun for our pooches.

I'll start with the interactive game played today which was hiding kibble under light wooden blocks which pup picked up  and then retrieved a treat (the piece of kibble). Great fun!!

Recalls and alerts / Evanger's Hunk of Beef
« on: Feb 04, 2017, 22:49 »
I'd like to be clear that this has not [so far] been flagged by the UK Food Standards agency though it has today been reported by the US Food and Drug Administration and these batches have been identified as being distributed and sold online in USA.
  However, as Evanger's dog food is available to buy elsewhere (including in UK)  I hope it's not inappropriate to mention that Evanger's has just recalled specific batches of "Hunk of Beef" canned food due to Pentobarbital contamination which has made  5 dogs ill and sadly one has died.

 More details are here:

Dog foods / What do you mainly feed your dog nowadays ?
« on: Jan 26, 2017, 13:59 »
I wonder would it be useful to see in a poll how feeding our dogs has changed over time. This poll asks what we are mainly feeding our dogs today.

Please say if there is an option missing in the poll and I'll happily add it. Thanks in advance to all who vote.

Dog foods / What did you mainly feed your dogs 5 years ago
« on: Jan 22, 2017, 00:12 »
I wonder would it be useful to see in a poll how feeding our dogs has changed over time. Let's start by asking what we mainly fed our dogs 5 years ago.

Please say if there is an option missing in the poll and I'll happily add it. Thanks in advance to all who vote.

I would like to sort foods using the already available "user rating" option.
However, trying this today I got the following message:

can't connect to database0:Unknown column 'b.white_label_id' in 'group statement'

Wanted to let you know, thanks for any help with this

Introductions / Hi to all
« on: Dec 22, 2016, 23:45 »
So I've loved the website since discovering it when I had a very allergic dog many moons ago and have seen the site evolve over time. Well done David and thank you -  dogs should be able to eat more healthily as a result of the information available on this website.

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