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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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General discussion / Preventing bloat and gastric torsion
« on: May 09, 2017, 23:45 »
In today's Berriewood blog there is an article discussing the serious issue of bloat in dogs.

In addition to explaining what the condition actually is, there are guidelines outlining how to recognise bloat and suggestions of how to prevent bloat.

To have a read here is the link :

https://www.berriewoodwholesale.co.uk/blog/p2547-Preventing_bloat_and_gastric_torsion

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General discussion / First Aid and Emergency care
« on: May 09, 2017, 13:56 »
Having received information recently about the "Emma Zen Foundation" (which raises funds for pet oxygen masks donated to help pets in emergency situations) has heightened a necessity to mention the importance of having First Aid Kits for our pets.

 Here is a link with further helpful information:

http://www.doggieandme.com/build-a-pet-first-aid-kit.html

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General discussion / "Dump The Junk"
« on: May 05, 2017, 22:19 »
Adam Henson, a lifelong dog owner, a farmer and one of the presenters of Countryfile, is launching a national campaign to 'Dump the Junk' from pets diets.

The webpage links are here:
https://forthglade.com/dump-the-junk/
https://forthglade.com/2017/05/03/say-no-nasties/

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Searching for dog food, using packaging as a filtering aid, may be another useful way to help when choosing which food to buy, and with this in mind, it will be enormously helpful to know of the various ways your dogs foods are packaged.

Enabling filtering by "package type" as an option could be helpful for those who have a preference; perhaps due to available storage space or perhaps as a result of finding it 'difficult' to 'get to' the food, (for example opening cans may be difficult as may also tearing open a pouch or tray ) .

Whilst researching the various types of packaging it was apparent that dog food is packaged in a variety of ways, namely, in Bags, Blocks, Boxes, Cans, Cartons, Chubs, Packs, Pouches, Trays, Tubs and Tubes.

What was really surprising was the enormous variety in amounts of food within the same packaging. Data from the allaboutdogfood dog food directory shows that currently dog foods packaged in Bags have the following varying amounts: 57g, 75g, 100g, 142g, 350g, 450g, 454g, 900g, 1kg, 1.25kg, 1.5kg, 2kg, 2.3kg, 2.5kg, 3kg, 4kg, 4.5kg, 2kg, 5kg, 6kg, 7kg, 7.5kg, 8kg, 8.5kg, 10kg, 10.8kg, 11.4kg, 12kg, 12.5kg, 13kg, 13.5kg, 13.6kg, 14kg, 14.5kg, 15kg, 18.4kg, 20kg, 30kg.  Packaged In Blocks: 300g, 400g.  In Boxes: 700g, 1kg, 6kg, 9.5kg.  Cans: 170g, 200g, 363g, 370g, 374g, 385g, 395g, 400g, 412g, 600g, 635g, 800g, 820g.  Cartons: 85g, 375g, 480g. Chubbs: 500g, 600g, 800g, 850g, 1.4kg. Packs 375g, 400g, 450g, 454g, 1kg, 2kg, 4kg.  Pouches: 100g, 150g, 175g, 300g, 400g. Trays: 150g, 200g, 300g, 390g, 395g, 400g, 500g, 1kg.  Tubs: 500g, 1kg. Tubes: 800g.

So may we ask for your help with this poll - please look in your cupboards and larders and please vote to let us know how your dogs food is currently packaged?

You may vote 10 times and please say if there are any options missing. Many thanks in advance.

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Raw feeding / Poppy's Picnic
« on: Apr 11, 2017, 00:34 »
  Poppy's Picnic is BPA free  :) and it's stated in the FAQ under the heading of ethics and policies:

"And finally, all the plastic we use is BPA free because we don’t want any chemicals leaching into our meals."

The link is here : https://poppyspicnic.co.uk/faq/

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General discussion / Obese or not obese?
« on: Apr 09, 2017, 03:06 »
Am pondering....following on from the interesting discussion regarding a genetic study to check if some dogs - in this instance labradors - are predisposed to obesity (link here : https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/forum/general-dog-chat/10/obesity-in-labradors/1334/ )

plus a greater awareness of many dogs now being 'labelled' as obese, I'm wondering how others view their dogs in this respect.

Is this similar to the saying "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and we see our dogs as in fine fettle, no fat on mine! Or are we really seeing our dogs?

 Perhaps we are correctly seeing our dogs, knowing they are appropriately cared for, exercised and fed and seeing them running quickly, jumping high, twisting freely and yet with muscle weighing heavier than fat are they still labelled as obese?  So are your dogs really obese or not?

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