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THANKYOUThank you so far to those who have already voted and for your helpful postings too!   8)

Here is a gentle nudge & hint ..........Your input would be really appreciated!  So by your voting in the poll you are helping these results to more accurately reflect the current feeding trends.  ;)

And if you prefer you can vote in the poll without writing a post and that's appreciated too!

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Introductions / Re: Hello
« on: Yesterday at 17:01 »
Hello Caelacoo and welcome to the forum! Beautiful pup!

There is a new and helpful addition to the allaboutdogfood website which might help with (UK) stores which provide dog food and with buying dog food online.

David descibes this as:
"Finding your favourite dog foods locally has never been easier! Simply head over to the store finder, enter your location and the brand you're looking for and hey presto! You can even filter the results to show only businesses with specific doggy services like training, walking, vet care and home delivery!"

Here are the links to the relevant information:

Buy dog food locally

and
Buy dog food online

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Hello Reggie and welcome to the forum!

If you are happy to keep her on Nutriment, then it may be useful to consider another food in the range that is lower in calories, and you may find that you could continue feeding her 2% (without hopefully any further weight gain).

Nutriment have a raw complete food called "Light Nutriment", which is lower in fat than adult Dinner for dogs (and is lower in fat than adult Nutriment) .

Here is a link to the food in the allaboutdogfood website:
Light Nutriment dog food

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I understand food allergies can change, and that they are known to develop after constant exposure to a particular protein. However my cat's test results indicate allergic responses to proteins that were not a big part of his previous diet, so there is something more going on here.

I wonder whether the information highlighted by another thread may offer a possible explanation to his results in this instance?  A 2015 investigation shows apparent omissions in declaring all proteins on pet food labelling for dog and cat food.
Here is the link:

https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/forum/dog-foods/3/just-wondering-what-protein-is-in-my-dog-food/1426/


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Yes there is a fee for animal testing to be carried out and some can be quite pricey(!)  and yet further testing may prove cost effective in the long run....? It needs considering as to the importance of if those further results could help you find food that your cat at this time might tolerate.

In addition if you wanted to read further about hydrolysed protein foods and elimination diets (exclusion diets) there are useful threads here :


https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/forum/feeding-dogs-with-health-problems/14/food-intolerance-and-exclusion-diets/762/]

https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/forum/general-discussion/1/hydrolysed-dog-food-including-exclusion-diet/1272/


https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/forum/general-discussion/1/peas/691/msg1055;topicseen#msg1055

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An animal's food reactivities can change at any time with environmental exposures after being stable with no reactions for some time prior.

However, food sensitivities are cumulative and happen over time, with exposure to a particular ingredient. Hence one of the reasons for a varied diet, if possible.

 The  antibodies to IgM measure the body's primary immune response to a recent exposure of certain foods (in secretions like saliva)  within the last 6 months.

Whereas antibodies to IgA measure the immune response to certain foods that have occured over the last 2 years.

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Can we rewind a little......
Intolerances and sensitivities to food affect the immune system which then reacts to the 'culprit' in the food. These reactions are usually as skin reactions (for example an oversensitivity leading to generalised scratching), and less often, but may also, be accompanied by mucky ears, caused by the usual level of yeast not being correctly dealt with by the animal, leading to an overgrowth of yeast in the ears.

 There are also digestive reactions, usually looser stools ie diarrhoea, and less often accompanied by vomitting.

These over reactions shown in the saliva tests of IgA and IgM are available and you can test directly (from you to the lab) or through a vet. The link is here: http://www.nutriscan.org

NutriScan was developed by world renowned veterinarian, Dr. Jean Dodds, an American vet who has written many books, reviews and scientific papers. Her work is acknowledged and peer reviewed as well as being sourced in other research papers and I'd not dismiss looking further into this test if it may help a pet through this situation of over reactions to foods.

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General pet chat / Re: Dog food stores and accommodation
« on: May 26, 2017, 10:58 »
The questions in your first paragraph I cannot help with! Sorry.

Assuming you mean buying food in the UK, there is a helpful addition to the allaboutdogfood website which will help you with
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stores which provide dog food

David descibes this as:
"Finding your favourite dog foods locally has never been easier! Simply head over to the store finder, enter your location and the brand you're looking for and hey presto! You can even filter the results to show only businesses with specific doggy services like training, walking, vet care and home delivery!"

Here are the links to the relevant information:

Buy dog food locally

and
Buy dog food online

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  • Dogs make us feel happy 8)
    • and are intelligent ;)
    • and provide companionship :)
    • and force us to exercise  ;)
    • and lower our blood pressure  :)
    • and comfort us when we are sad   :-[
    • and help us to socialise  ;D
    • and willingly 'work' for us  :)

    • and with their appreciative, gracious acceptance of whatever time we can give to them .....just somehow in their own special way .....dogs have the wonderful inate ability to help make the world seem an altogether happier place ;D




[My brazen, unabashedly brash, toot-across-the-rooftops message, touching on how I feel connected with dogs]

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I echo your sentiments Dottie......no matter the wonderful pets that have come and go over the years, and all have their special memories.... nonetheless it is, the dogs that always have, (and still are) the greatest influence.

Without exception each dog has become a wonderful companion, each dog having their own individuality too, regardless of (anyone's) expectations. 



 




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From past experience I am still a bit skeptical about tuna
       Yes I would urge caution, particularly feeding tuna every day.


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...it looks like the Grau Feast with Game, Veg & Pasta is for dogs?
       Yes annoyingly they are only offering that variety as a dog food!

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...(Grau with Spelt) won't work, as wheat is a definite no-go.
       Now here you may be pleasantly surprised - I've my fingers crossed that your cat may hopefully be able to tolerate spelt; I've a dog intolerant of wheat yet tolerated spelt which was an ingredient in Lily's Kitchen food.
     David has a helpful article about spelt on the allaboutdogfood site here:  https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/dog-food-ingredients/0106/spelt


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You were right to have doubts about the wide variety of fish in Acana Pacifica.. we had a very bad night last night, and I won't be feeding him that again. It seems he reacts to some fish quite badly, with massive skin irritation and agitated scratching.
       Ohh poor boy.... we try so hard to help our pets and it's tough at times.. The saliva test I've mentioned earlier tests for different fish, if that may help?

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A couple of extra thoughts ....as he will occasionally eat meat have you any thoughts about considering feeding (part of) his diet as raw? There is helpful information in the website here:
Cat BARF diet information

Kiezebrink supply raw cat food, as well as raw dog food - they also supply to zoos! There are many foods available for cats including rabbit, hare, quail, pheasant, wood pigeon, partridge, etc.
[Please accept my warning that some meat mixtures are fairly eye popping and hopefully anyone looking will not be offended.]


Lastly, perhaps more testing is the last thing on your mind after the blood tests.....yet I just wanted to give you the heads up about another test which is less invasive and which you may wish to read about - and that may be done at home. Results are for antibodies called IgA and IgM  using a saliva sample from your cat, testing for food intolerance and sensitivities to the following foods:
Beef, Chicken Eggs, Corn, Barley, Wheat, Millet, Soy, Oatmeal, Cow's Milk, Salmon, Lamb, Rabbit, Venison (Deer), Rice, Chicken, Quinoa, Turkey, Potato, Sweet Potato, Peanut/Peanut Butter, Pork, White Colored Ocean Fish (includes sardines, menhaden, pollack, herring), Duck, Lentil (includes peas).


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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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Introductions / Re: Hey all
« on: May 24, 2017, 15:04 »
Hi Lovendoz and welcome to the forum!

Sharing our information in this forum helps us all to learn from each other's experiences too.

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General discussion / Re: Deal of the week
« on: May 24, 2017, 10:34 »
Apologies that it's not apparent how long  "a limited time" extends to. ???.....Lily's Kitchen have the following offer:

"For a limited time, you can get 20% off our Coronation Chicken recipe* – no code needed. And what’s more, the first 1,000 tins sold will come crowned with their own handy, reusable lid!"

And here is the link:
https://www.lilyskitchen.co.uk/products/dog/all/item/coronation-chicken

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