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Dog foods / Re: Seven Dog Foods
« on: Mar 19, 2017, 00:56 »
Hi ClivePhoto welcome to the forum!

In addition to their Seven Dog Food Grain-Free range there is also a Seven Dog Food called their "Superfood Blend"  and this is described on their website here:

http://sevenpet.co.uk/products/superfood-blend
 

The ingredients are:

Freshly Prepared Chicken 36%, Dried Chicken 22%, Sweet Potato, Freshly Prepared Turkey 11%, Potato, Freshly Prepared Salmon 4%, Freshly Prepared Pollock 4%, Chicken Stock 1%, Dried Duck 1%, Pea Fibre, Salmon Oil 1%, Dried Egg, Miernals, Vitamins, Linseed, Dried Apple, Dried Carrot, Seaweed, Dried Spinach, Dried Cranberry, Tomato Pomace, Glucosamine 180 mg/kg, Methylsulphonylmethane 180 mg/kg, Chondroitin Sulphate 125 mg/kg, Camomile Powder, Burdock Root Powder, Aniseed & Fenugreek, Peppermint, Marigold, Grapeseed Extract, Green Tea Extract, Dried Dandelion, Dried Bilberry, Ginseng, Thyme, Marjoram, Oregano, Parsley, Sage.

Nutritional Additives per kg:

Vitamins: Vitamin A (retinyl acetate) 25,730 IU, Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 1,730 IU, Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol acetate) 190 mg; Trace Elements: Zinc Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate 340 mg, Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate 285 mg, Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate 310 mg, Ferrous Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate 20 mg, Manganous Sulphate Monohydrate 110 mg, Cupric Chelate Amino Acids Hydrate 50 mg, Cupric Sulphate Pentahydrate 40 mg, Calcium Iodate Anhydrous 1.57 mg, Sodium Selenite 0.51 mg.

The Instant Dog Food Reviewer here:

https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/instant-dog-food-review.php

....gives this Seven Dog Food "Superfood Blend" a score of 4.9.

[Out of interest they are announcing on their homepage and I quote: "A NEW  POTATO & GRAIN FREE VARIETY COMING SOON!" ]



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"The fact that the top scorers in the food directory are grain free is related to the fact that the algorithm recognises sweet potato as the top source of carbohydrates"

If only things were as simple as that,  ;)  the coding would be that much easier for sure...all of the ingredients are analysed to arrive at the scores as they are and are increased and reduced accordingly. There is information explaining how the scoring is arrived at on the allaboutdogfood website here:

https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/faq.php


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Another reason for the growing popularity of grain-free foods was due to the rather-too-common allergic responses being shown amongst dogs with wheat being one of the main culprits.

Years ago we hoped hypoallergenic food was the 'bee's knees', the food that would help with all these unwanted responses, and for many dogs it was. Yet even so there were some dogs who still needed grain-free as you found Dottie with your dog.

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I wonder ? Is it really not, or purely is, coincidental that grain-free foods are given rather high or even the highest scoring/grading/level or colour?  This in itself may have been a driving factor for grain-free foods making their mark.

Both here and elsewhere the  trend of Premium Dry Dog Foods as grain-free foods continues.... Simply by checking in with a busy and popular website which 'scores' food using the traffic light system the highest rated foods (green) are  "of very good quality. They have a high meat content and little or no grains.".

Dog owners are grateful to have an advocate in their corner, and all of the dry foods that came out on top as mentioned by Stan in his article entitled "Dog food and Behaviour Choosing the best foods for our dogs"  are all grain-free foods too. (https://www.doglistener.co.uk/dogfood/dogfood.shtml) .

[Please understand I'm not advocating grain-free foods, nor Premium Dry Dog foods. An individual dog needs to be fed the correctly nutritionally balanced individual diet that suits him.]

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That is an interesting question and I'm of a mind to believe that grain-free foods have to some extent already taken over the Premium Dry Dog Food Market.  ;)

Assuming that Premium Dry Dog Foods are those foods which have been allocated a 'perfect' score of 5 out of 5 (using the algorithm) in the allaboutdogfood dog food directory, then it is worthy of note that the results of all 19 brands of premium dry dog foods (with that score) are also grain-free foods.


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Thanks Dottie, hope all goes well with the first one. And yes I understand what you are saying about manufacturers and their updates and it is not easy to be aware of the changes, as even named ingredients may be seasonal and cause a manufacturer to tweak a recipe.

 My dogs and their 'reactions' have occasionally informed me of a recipe change before I've been aware of it!

For example it makes for quite a noticeable change when a food of 1 meat protein changes recipe to 3 meat proteins as Lilys Kitchen "Very Venison" from 62% Venison to 3 meat proteins (Venison 13%, Duck 13%, Salmon 9%).

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That's great Dottie!

Here is a new-to-the-directory food called Concept for Life  :
https://www.concept-for-life.com/en/#philosophy you might add please.

Also Lily's Kitchen have changed the names and the ingredients of products in their dry food range:
https://www.lilyskitchen.co.uk/products/dog/dry-dog-food

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Reductions on Lukullus :-
As well as the ongoing offer of 2 x 1.5kg mixed trial packs of Lukullus at a reduced price here: http://m.zooplus.co.uk/shop/dogs/dry_dog_food/lukullus/trial_packs/554479

....there  is also a slight saving of 1 x 1.5kg bag of Lukullus dry with 6 x 400g Lukullus wet here:
http://m.zooplus.co.uk/shop/dogs/dry_dog_food/lukullus/610782

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Hi Tinyplanets, you can buy 1.5kg bags of Markus-Mϋhle (Natural) from here:

https://www.zoo-bio.co.uk/markus-muehle/9947-natural-dog-food

The food is from Germany and there is a shipping cost which you can avoid if your order is over a certain amount so may or may not be worthwhile.  [They also have 1.5kg bags of Black Angus - unfortunately though they are currently out of stock].

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General discussion / Re: Warning about corn on the cob
« on: Mar 16, 2017, 12:33 »
Thanks Dottie, a timely message to all........

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Site help and suggestions / Re: Country of Origin filter
« on: Mar 16, 2017, 12:22 »
What an excellent suggestion, thanks Red_Akita.

May I endorse this too, as we are seeing allergic dietary responses in dogs and this one-protein option could be a great help.

Hearing a suggestion to reduce proteins may seem a daunting task given an owner is already understandably concerned that their dog is not himself.

For this reason to help making diet changes as simple as possible for owners it may be prudent to consider a single protein option as a standalone filter rather than under the 'umbrella' of an existing one.

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Dog foods / Re: Devoted Dog Food
« on: Mar 15, 2017, 22:53 »
Just a thought that as this is a relatively new company -  a quote from their website : "launch of their first products in May 2014" - it's perhaps likely they may have been trying to market their food at Crufts from Thursday thru' Sunday and consequently could have a backlog of orders. Trustpilot confirms they have good feedback both for their food and for deliveries, so I'd be happy to give them another day.

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General discussion / Re: 'Fun' ways to feed your dog
« on: Mar 15, 2017, 22:28 »
Here is another favourite game which can be played and enjoyed by all especially as this one involves Dog bins (or rubbish bins) and Benches.

So whilst out on a walk with dogs we sometimes may be a tad overwhelmed by tiredness, on our part, or it be the dogs are panting more than usual and clearly would benefit from a rest. For humans and dogs there are plenty of explanations, one reason may be due to age, or frailty, for example whilst recovering from an operation. [Alternatively we may just see that welcoming bench over there next to the Sunday friendly cricket fixture] Another reason could be our dogs are just naturally 'dog-tired' from hoolying around the fields....

Whatever the reason, on the hunt for a bench you involve your dogs by saying "Where's the bench? " and once you reach a bench you reward your dogs with food (you might even take a 'picnic' for them which is part of their daily allowance of course  ;) ) and take a seat and rest awhile.
It's quite surprising how quickly your dogs will learn to 'help' you find a bench when you ask, and wag their tails as you reach a bench on your next walk. And so the game is learned..

You can use this same technique for when you need a Dog bin,  and this time say "Where's the bin? ". This is something we regularly do, every day, and for something so simple it's a real pleasure to see how dogs can 'feel' so pleased to have 'helped'.  8)

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General discussion / Re: Pet food websites
« on: Mar 15, 2017, 18:41 »
Apologies in advance yet I must address the first website as currently having unresolved HTML code scattered on the home page, which is not really acceptable for a live site. (Yes perhaps at beta 'level' or whilst testing/updating, not what you'd want when live). In reality this means a swathe of text is unreadable to consumers, to us.

To remain true to the thread title and working through that website it's not really clear where to find information and here's why - I'm moving on from the home page, being guided to a new food, and I click on that, to where I'm expecting to find the ingredients listed in detail and in specified amounts and this just does not happen. So where do I have to search now to find the information I need? I go back to the home page, then I click on dog food and am given several foods to choose from. This looks promising, however there are 2 foods with the same name and one has a label of new next to it with the same name as the new food on the home page. Yet is this the same food as it says on this page it is a puppy food and that was not on the homepage? I'm now confused.  :-[

On the other hand yes the other website is easier to navigate  ;)

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Dog foods / Re: Devoted Dog Food
« on: Mar 15, 2017, 17:22 »
.....now has anyone noticed how the title changed from "Food" to "Foof"  ?  :o

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