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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.

 http://www.petfoodindustry.com/articles/6289-learn-about-novel-ingredient-research-at-petfood-forum-2017?v=preview

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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.

http://www.godogs.org.uk/can-your-dog-help/

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.

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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!!



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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:
http://www.mynbc5.com/article/dog-food-recall-evangers-pulls-batch-that-contains-dangerous-barbituate/8676442
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Dog-food-recalled-contains-harmful-barbiturate-10908531.php
http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2017/02/sedative-in-dog-food-evangers-issues-recall-after-dog-dies/#.WJZYxdSLTGg

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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