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What gelling agents and thickeners does my wet pet food contain?

January 27, 2022   |   By David Jackson,

Finding out what thickeners and gelling agents wet foods contain can be like pulling teeth. Many manufacturers will either side step the question or ignore it altogether and even some of the ones that are open and cooperative might not know some of the facts about their own foods. Well, we've been working hard to find a system that provides you with the information you need where it is available and incentivises manufacturers to be more transparent where it is not.

Is my dog fat, skinny or the perfect weight?

November 01, 2021   |   By Vedrana Nikolic

As responsible dog owners, it's our duty to keep our dogs in the best health we possibly can. That means making sure they are a perfect weight. Of course, there are fluctuations in body weight just as there are in humans. But dogs have healthy weight ranges that we should always keep in mind as we care for our dogs.

The top 5 pet food labelling tricks to look out for

July 14, 2021   |   By David Jackson,

The ingredients list is your window into the true nature of your dog's diet. Manufacturers cannot lie on the ingredients list, and although there are ways in which the truth can be obscured or embellished, this is usually easy to spot which makes it possible to separate the good foods from the bad.

Feeding puppies

July 01, 2021   |   By David Jackson,

Finding the right diet for any dog is tricky but for a new puppy owner approaching the world of pet food for the first time, it can be extremely daunting. Well don't worry, we're here to help! With a quick look at some of the fundamentals of feeding you'll soon have no trouble finding the very best food for your brand new best friend!

Buying pet products online - your consumer rights

January 11, 2021   |   By Amanda Hamilton, NALP (The National Association of Licensed Paralegals)

With the huge increase in online buying, it's important to understand your legal rights and to know how you are protected, when shopping remotely. In this article we'll be looking at online consumer rights and what action you can take if and when things go wrong.

Feeding itchy dogs

November 03, 2020   |   By David Jackson,

Constant scratching or chewing/licking of the skin, especially around the paws is sadly very common in dogs. It can itself be stressful, uncomfortable and often painful for the dog which is bad enough but more often than not it is also a sign of bigger problems under the surface.

Elimination diets for dogs

November 02, 2020   |   By David Jackson,

If your dog is sensitive to something in his or her food, there is currently only one way to accurately identify which ingredient or ingredients are responsible and that's an elimination diet. The process can be time consuming and often frustrating but when done right the rewards are can be priceless.

Has your vet been brainwashed?

September 08, 2020   |   By David Jackson,

If your vet has recommended a specialist veterinary or prescription diet for your pet, you are not alone. In this article we'll be looking at what veterinary foods are, who makes them and the extraordinary lengths these companies have gone to to ensure that their foods are the only ones on your vet's mind.

Feeding Dogs with Pancreatitis

August 18, 2020   |   By David Jackson,

An inflamed pancreas can mean anything from extended periods of digestive problems and discomfort for your dog to hospitalisation and, in extreme cases, even death. Diet is the foundation of both prevention and cure and in this article, we tell you how to get it right, right from the start.

What do you feed your dog? A market in motion

May 12, 2020   |   By David Jackson,

Each spring we run the same poll on our homepage entitled 'The big question: what do you mostly feed your dog?'. Most years we get more than 1000 votes and some pretty interesting trends are starting to emerge - trends that could mean some big changes for the pet food industry in the not so distant future.

Can I walk my dog during the Corona lockdown?

March 24, 2020   |   By David Jackson,

In a dramatic address to the nation on Monday night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a raft of new, stricter measures instructed Brits to stay at home in order slow the advance of the Covid-19 coronavirus. But what does that mean for our dogs' walks?

Heart Disease and Grain-Free Pet Food - Red Alert or Red Herring?

October 16, 2019   |   By David Jackson,

Within the last couple of years, DCM, a rare form of heart disease, has gone from being a rare and obscure heart condition to one of the main concerns for pet owners across the world. At the same time, grain-free pet foods, once the golden child of the industry, are now widely branded as dangerous both in the press and on social media. But how and why did we get from one state of affairs to the other? How worried should we be about DCM and, as many are suggesting, could there be more to this story than meets the eye?

Feeding an Elderly Dog: How a Dog's Dietary Requirements Change With Age

July 24, 2019   |   By Richard Cross,

Just like us, our dogs can face some big challenges as they grow older but with some careful changes to your senior dog's diet, these challenges can be alleviated or sometimes negated all together. In this article, we'll discuss five ways a dog's dietary requirements change with age and by the end, you should feel more confident in meeting your senior dog's nutritional needs.

Feeding dogs with digestive problems

July 22, 2019   |   By David Jackson,

Dogs, as a whole, have incredible digestive systems. Unfortunately though, as we all know, even these heavyweights of the digestive world have their weaknesses. Infections, allergies, stress, too much food or picking up something particularly revolting can all quickly cause problems but by knowing what signs to look for and how to deal with it, we'll quickly get your dog back to full health.

Types of dog food

November 30, 2018   |   By David Jackson,

These days, there are all sorts of options to cater for any and all preferences - so many in fact that deciding which one to go for can be quite overwhelming. In this article, we'll look at all of the different categories of commercial pet foods that are currently available and their associated pros and cons.

Feeding Dogs with Kidney Disease

October 29, 2018   |   By David Jackson,

When the kidneys aren't working properly the results can be disastrous. Diet can have an enormous impact on both the length and the quality of life of dogs with kidney problems and in this article, we tell you how to get it right, right from the start.

Why dog food matters

March 15, 2018   |   By David Jackson,

It's always alarming how many dog owners believe their sick dogs to be perfectly fine. Ask the question 'how's your dog doing' and most will tell you that their dog is the picture of health but even the briefest examinations often reveal that many of our four-legged friends really aren't doing that well at all.

Why is my dog a fussy eater?

February 14, 2018   |   By Roz Pooley, The Mutty Professor

Too often pets who don't eat their food in one go are labelled as 'fussy' or 'picky'. This is my personal take on fussy eaters, who in my humble opinion, are more often than not anything BUT fussy!

Acrylamide in Pet Food

September 23, 2016   |   By David Jackson,

Acrylamide is a cancer causing compound that, believe it or not, can be found in the vast majority of commercial pet foods. In this article we explain what acrylamide is, how it gets into pet food and what steps you can take to ensure your pet's acrylamide intake remains as safe as possible.

Informed Decisions? Ethics and the dog food Industry

December 23, 2015   |   By Emma Goodwin

When we think about feeding our beloved companions, what questions should we ask ourselves? This article will introduce and consider the moral arguments of "ethical stakeholders" who directly relate to the production, marketing, purchase and consumption of commercial dog foods.

Raw Feeding; blood guts and gore... or NOT?

May 14, 2015   |   By Judith Broug, Raw Feeding Rebels

Raw feeding is one of the hottest subjects in pet feeding right now but with no shortage of controversy and misinformation surrounding the subject, the road to raw can seem like a real minefield. But fear not! Judith Broug, founder of Raw Feeding Rebels, is here to dispel the myths and get you started on your raw feeding journey!

Peas and lectins and what they mean for your dog

October 16, 2014   |   By David Jackson,

Peas: a good source of natural nutrients for your pet or the cause of wide ranging health problems from arthritis to diabetes? I have been doing a bit of digging to give you what I hope will be a definitive guide to peas in pet food.

Pet food domination: The Big Three Corporations

August 23, 2014   |   By David Jackson,

There's certainly no shortage of pet foods out there. We already feature over 150 dog food brands and counting but, believe it or not, almost 90% of all pet food sales in the UK are from just three companies. Through relentless marketing and wide spread buy-outs, 'The Big Three' corporations have come to dominate and define pet food in the UK and across the world.

Raw Feeding 101

May 01, 2014   |   By Craig Taylor, Natures Menu

The raw diet for pets has been in the media spotlight recently and in this feature we'll look to investigate whether it's the nutritional phenomenon that its advocates profess or just a bag of meat and bones.

Prescription diets

November 14, 2013   |   By David Jackson,

There's no doubt that diet can make an enormous difference to your dog's health so when he's ill, it's only right that your vet should suggest a diet change. Over the last decade or so, the 'veterinary' or 'prescription diet' has become the vet's food of choice but as we will see in this article, they might not be the best options for your dog or your wallet.

How to get your overweight dog to lose weight... healthily

May 07, 2013   |   By David Jackson,

Owners could be shortening the lives of their dogs by two years by failing to recognise the life-threatening risks of obesity. Make sure you aren't one of them. o

Dry dog food: the cost of convenience

March 20, 2013   |   By David Jackson,

The methods used to produce dry dog foods can vary dramatically and the way a food is prepared can have huge consequences for the nutrients contained within the food. In this article, I'll be looking into the various methods manufacturers use to make dry dog foods and their pros and cons for the dog.

Feeding your dog human food

November 04, 2012   |   By David Jackson,

One question I am regularly asked by dog owners is "can I give my dog human food?" and the answer is always the same: "Yes, but..."

Changing dog foods - as easy as 1, 2, 3!

July 05, 2012   |   By David Jackson,

We all need to change our dog's diet from time to time but for sensitive dogs, a simple change of food can lead to a world of digestive upsets, weight loss and veterinary visits. But it doesn't have to be that way! Follow these simple rules and changing your dog's food will be as easy as 1, 2, 3...

Probiotics for dogs

May 17, 2012   |   By David Jackson,

Over the last few years, canine probiotics have skyrocketed in popularity, but with the recent controversy surrounding the health claims associated with human probiotics, do they really work?

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