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Re: Trust Me, I'm a Vet 3.5.17 BBC2
« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2017, 09:14 »
I can see your point but am unable to help in this matter. You have messaged the company who make Breakthrough so once you have their response you might be in a better position to decide.  If you decide to try a supplement you could also perhaps talk to the manufacturer of  the product.
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« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2017, 10:30 »
 Amongst it's many roles, the European Pet Food Industry (FEDIAF) is "Aiming at a legislative framework for the production of safe, nutritious and palatable pet food".

Together with guidance from the Nutritional guidelines issued by the FEDIAF plus the ingredients list of a complete dog food we are in a more informed position to decide whether or not to proceed with changing a dog's diet. For example whether or not to further supplement a current diet.

For my part it comes down to how much degree of trust there is that a food packaging accurately reflects what is inside. If I felt at all concerned  then I'd not hesitate to contact the manufacturer of the food for further reassurance.

A further useful and informative article (by Sabine Contreras)  about minerals can be found here: http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=dminerals

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« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2017, 07:22 »
Thank you very much for the link Meg. It is really interesting and definitely a page to bookmark for future reference.  I have passed it on to a friend who has a Lab with hair loss.  Vet has done a number of tests with no diagnosis. 
On the whole, the first programme seems to have stimulated discussion and has certainly got us thinking.  I wasn't particularly interested in some of the items but there does need to be variety .
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« Reply #18 on: May 11, 2017, 08:43 »
Programme 2:

I didn't expect much re the feature on weight loss in the second programme. I was not wrong.  IMO it was of limited use to anyone with an obese dog. Diet was not discussed in depth athough the specialist vet mentioned high protein and fibre.  All we saw was a bag of dry food of the prescription variety. I can't even recall advice about weighing food. The result was a foregone conclusion before they started the 'experiment'.  I would be interested to read any papers that he has written about dietary management in dogs who need to lose weight or maintain current weight. Such a shame that he wasn't given more time. It could have been such a useful item.

The Schnauzer who had lost weight successfully was used as an example of public perception of correct weight. The vet discussed the fact that some people  would think that the dog was too thin although he was a perfect weight/body score. This is because people are so used to seeing overweight dogs.

Thought the items on fish and rabbits were both good and worth watching, particularly for anyone who is thinking of having either of these pets.



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« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2017, 20:20 »
Re Episode 2.......

The article on feeding raw showed a bacteria analysis of a hand swab taken after raw meat was handled. I was not surprised to see bacteria. The risk to a human arguably the same as when similarly handling & preparing uncooked meat for a human meal. The article failed to highlight that dogs manage & deal with uncooked bacteria significantly differently than humans do. At the end of the feature the presenting vet proudly declared she would not feed raw food to her dog.......Two days ago a neighbour started trial feeding a quality raw complete to her dog. Today she told me she has already stopped the trial having seen this TV article & being worried about her, (prior poorly), dogs health !

The article on brachycephalic dogs was presented by the same vet that presented the article on feeding raw food. The article highlighted that excessive exercising should be avoided and recognised it can be sensible to coll down an overheating dog by providing water. I acknowledge that the presenting vet briefly acknowledged that some  brachycephalic dogs can have more problems than others.....The household Pug here can tackle a 4 hour walk with relative ease & has more energy than many non brachycephalic dogs.

Arguably a few examples of less than perfect health on this TV  programme.

On a positive note it was good to see an article touching on reducing bloat risk.

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« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2017, 23:18 »
 If only we had an accurate and precise way to measure if a dog is obese or not;  Professor Alex German, who was in the program stated in his article entitled  The Growing Problem of Obesity in Dogs and Cats :
"Ideally, a test [ of Measurement of obesity in companion animals] that is both accurate and precise should be used; however, many tests for body composition are precise but not accurate, whereas some lack both precision and accuracy. Other important aspects of a test are cost, ease of use, acceptance by veterinarians and clients, and invasiveness. Currently, there is no method that cannot be criticized; therefore, the perfect tool for analysis does not yet exist."

Link is here :
http://m.jn.nutrition.org/content/136/7/1940S.long?view=long&pmid=16772464#T1

.....I apologise if this sounds rather curt yet seeing tape measures and weighing machines used for determining obesity .... somehow doesn't seem appropriate. Sadly if the dogs lost muscle, for example, then that is no obesity improvement, that is muscle loss. And if a dog is showing more movement than usual on a different diet it may not be assumed that the dog is fitter, nor surely be assumed to be solely due to a different diet.

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« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2017, 17:32 »
Dr. Nick Thompson, has responded to the "Trust Me, I'm a Vet" programme with an interesting video called "Responsible Raw: Trust ME, I'm A Vet".

You may access this video from the link here :


http://holisticvet.co.uk



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« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2017, 10:30 »
Thanks Meg and well spotted. It's good to see a vet prepared to speak out.

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« Reply #23 on: Jun 15, 2017, 19:05 »
Cotswold Raw's view on "Trust me I'm a vet". https://www.cotswoldraw.com/blog-headlines/blogart35

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« Reply #24 on: Jun 15, 2017, 21:10 »
Great to see these links posted by Meg & Seaweed.

The second link quite detailed & an interesting read.

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« Reply #25 on: Jun 16, 2017, 01:09 »
Thanks for the link Seaweed.

I've read their response and appreciate the 'compulsion' to produce a reasoned reply,  yet, at the same time feel uneasy when the conclusion of a study (which rightly states competing interests), notably an extremely small study, of only 8 dogs,  fed different diets for an extremely small amount of time (4 weeks total =2 weeks on one diet, then 2 weeks on another), is then inadequately quoted!    ???

I wonder was the quoted study a straightforward comparison of raw food vs kibble as it may at first seem? The raw diet consisted of beef added to a watered down manufactured "complement".



In the link there is a table of the 12 essential minerals. However, It's difficult to accept a comparison of minerals, between the standard accepted source (be that the NRC or the EU) and any manufacturer's  "composite" meal!! To be accurate it is the comparison using the actual individual complete meals that would provide the necessary indication of mineral content.


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