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Here is an interesting article about lawn burn written by an American vet:

It reads that Fescue and Ryegrass are most resilient to the effects of dog urine. Perhaps I should have been using  Mr Fothergill's 'Tough Lawn' seeds all along in my garden!

Dog foods / Re: Edgard & Cooper dog food range
« on: Jan 19, 2017, 18:37 »
It's been confirmed today (by Edgard & Cooper's Marketting Executive) that not all the recipes available in the UK have the same ingredients as those recipes on the .com website. Also that the ingredients will be their UK website in the near future.
I'll let you know when I hear more.

Classifieds / Re: Tarimoor Pets Limited
« on: Jan 18, 2017, 17:05 »
Lovely photo of your 5 gundogs and hound   8) &
good luck with your business - I like this:
 " I refuse to stock certain products that are harmful to dogs, including cooked bones, dental chews that are high in salt, and (even though they are popular brands) foods that are high in colourants and additives.  "

Hopefully you are or will be known for taking this caring stance of dog health before profit.

This is really good to hear and will for sure be beneficial to helping poorly dogs.

I thought I'd mention your really helpful article (particularly the table) about presciption diets in the allaboutfogfood website here:

Sadly we know how helpless we can feel when our dog is poorly. And as Dottie says 'thoroughly confused'.

Consolidating the information in that article mentioned above -  (plus from elsewhere in the website) together with your new data - to the 'targeted condition' filter will make the information quicker and easier to access for owners.

Also the individual articles of dietary implications on health should really help owners to understand why the amounts of nutrients are suggested as they are, and for what particular aspects of canine health could be improved. In a nutshell why give x to a dog, because it could help with y, and that is not working correctly due to z.....

 This not only helps an owner to understand, yet also to feel more in control of what foods can really be given to help their poorly dog, and why.

So many of us struggle when we have a poorly dog....and aside from a myriad of other things,..... we may want to know what food may help our pooch feel better.

David you already have an excellent article on feeding a dog with Pancreatitis on the allaboutdogfood website.

I wonder...... can I encourage you to write further articles for dogs with health issues that may be helped by diet.

And/or possibly add in another option of a named health condition to the dog food directory which would then list the appropriate and recommended foods; or would list a suggested level of the various nutrients so that an owner can further search using these as a base.

I'll be watching how this pans out, with great interest.

It's surely when we are at our most vulnerable that we are asked to give a prescription diet to our dogs, perhaps after a canine surgical procedure or a medical condition has been diagnosed. These occasions (morally) really should not be used as money-making opportunities especially if there are equally good (or perhaps better!) appropriate foods that cost less.

Dog foods / Re: Can food affect urine output?
« on: Jan 14, 2017, 18:03 »
Like tinyplanets I've dogs that go  more on particular foods.
Yet it was after a change to diet that showed the amount of drinking had been a fair bit more on their previous food.

What helped one of mine was adding in an appropriate wet food to the dry food he was currently eating.

Dog foods / Re: Edgard & Cooper dog food range
« on: Jan 14, 2017, 00:42 »
Like you I haven't so far seen ingredients for the UK market and the packaging looks different from it's listing on the Edgard Cooper [european] site here: with ingredients mentioned if you click on the individual items ie.

Interestingly to get to this information you click on the "BUY" button; also the site shows where you can buy the product (including in the UK)

General discussion / Re: Weight control food comparison
« on: Jan 13, 2017, 14:56 »
Wanted to highlight that today the limits of  the levels of the nutrients were altered (thank you David).

On the allaboutdogfood website you can now search for foods with a greater range of nutrients as follows:-

Protein between 15 and 60%,
Fat/oil between 0 and 45%,
Fibre between 0 and 20%,
Ash between 0 and 16%.

That's great David - many thanks for doing this, and so promptly too! Much appreciated.

When you are coding for the nutrient levels, will you please consider changing the current limits. A forum user mentioned being unable to search for food with fibre content >6%.
Also some foods 'drop' out of the sort once you click the nutrient levels box as they are already below/above the default levels. Try Lily's kitchen as an example.
Thanks for a great site & thanks for all your help with this.

There is a thread here which may be of help:

You might also consider contacting the Royal Veterinary College and ask for their advice as they are up to date (& more!)  with veterinary science. They may very well be particularly interested in helping you as they were me. You could then ask your vet to refer you to them.

I've found it difficult to keep a lawn in anything like a good condition with dogs around particularly at this time of year. I do wonder if grassy parks have different (albeit hardier!) strains of grass to what we grow in our gardens.

There's information about Brewers Dried Yeast, Calcium carbonate, DL-Methionine, Yucca Schidgera Extract, Natural Chicken flavour on the allaboutdogfood website which may help you with your decision:

 The European food safety authority has a safety assessment on Silicon Dioxide here:

Dog foods / Re: Feeding Guidelines Confusion
« on: Jan 11, 2017, 15:23 »
May I ask you try again on the allaboutdogfood website.
 I've entered the details by moving the slider for weight to 8kg, and age to 0.50yrs.
Then clicked on the "Brand" as 'Lily's Kitchen' and clicked on the "Type of food" as 'Wet complete'.

The results show the amount of Lily's Kitchen (tinned) Chicken Dinner for Puppies is 460g per day.
Also the amount of Lily's Kitchen (trays) Organic Dinner for Puppies is 429g per day.
Hope this helps.

Supplements / Re: Joint Supplements
« on: Jan 10, 2017, 22:01 »
I've known people, myself included, who gave dose-appropriate glucosamine&chondroitin to their dogs and having had a dog with hip dysplasia many years back we found that this did the trick for him and he was able to have a long life without needing surgery. This was a dog that was to be put to sleep at 11 months old and he was treated for over 9 and a half years with glucosamine&chondroitin daily and together with as much 'warm' swimming as was possible (not in a purpose built pool, we used the rivers and sea)  he had 3 walks a day of 20 minutes each. He was one of the happiest dogs I've known.

I should stress that anyone who gives a dog medication needs to be careful and research thoroughly beforehand, as you clearly have, yet it is surprising how many medications can be tolerated by dogs, & of course the obverse is true, there are many which should never be given.

If you want further advice, (unbiased, ie not linked as far as I'm aware, to a particular product) I'd recommend you may want to speak to viovet as they sell a range of medication, and their site is run by the son of a vet.

Also if you have a helpline with your dog's insurance they may be able to share other experiences of using supplements for joints.

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