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The proposed Kennel Club interim breed standard for the Jack Russell Terrier has now been published.

General discussion / Re: Just What is in Dog Food?
« on: Dec 07, 2015, 19:29 »
A new report has been published on the American pet food industry. The full report can be read here

General discussion / Canine Diabetes Whats going on?
« on: Nov 20, 2015, 09:29 »
As November is pet diabetes week it's worth asking why is there a rise in canine diabetes. One thing that crossed my mind is how much sugar is there in dog food and how would a dog owner know. Adding Potatoes to dog food has been popular for some years however Potatoes comes out high in the glycemic index and this is just one ingredient. Buying dog food with diabetes prevention in mind seems most challenging. I don't think there is a glycemic index specifically for dogs and the human index is used. Some believe vaccinations play their part in the cause of canine diabetes. One thing for sure is that canine diabetes is on the increase. I don't know if David has a view on sugar in dog food and the rise of canine diabetes.
Moving a way from sugar in 2013 a clinical trial using single session gene therapy was conducted
The full text can be found here

General dog chat / November is Diabetes month
« on: Nov 18, 2015, 11:40 »
November is pet diabetes month and free testing kits are available from participating vets.

General discussion / Re: Just What is in Dog Food?
« on: Nov 15, 2015, 12:04 »
David mentioned this study back in March. However it is worth revisiting as many may not have read the actual study itself. To recap, in March 2015 a study titled " Investigation into the animal species contents of popular wet pet foods" was published. It was a study where researchers looked at the ingredients of 17 cat and dog wet foods available in the UK.
This was also mentioned in some of the newspapers at the time.

Dogslife is a web based epidemiology study of Labrador Retrievers. A research project on the health of Kennel Club registered Labrador Retrievers who were born after 1st January 2010.
This is a very large study, there is also a breakdown of types of food fed, as reported to Dogslife. Interesting for all dog lovers.

General dog chat / Re: What's In Your Doggy First Aid Kit?
« on: Nov 02, 2015, 10:01 »
Leucillin, a non toxic antiseptic spray that kills 99.99999% of germs and has a shelf life of 2 years, for maximum benefit use within 6 months of opening. It's always best to check the current shelf life of stock carried by stockists before buying so you can get the longest shelf life.
Hypocare is a similar product. There are plenty of reviews and Q&A on Amazon.
Rehydration, electrolyte powder is always useful particularly in warm weather. We found a cooling coat to be a great purchase and brilliant for long car journeys. Cooling coats and cooling mats are effective at helping a dog from overheating. There is a demo from a leading UK brand at Crufts on YouTube.

General discussion / Re: What is the future of Dog Food?
« on: Oct 31, 2015, 17:31 »
Will Vitro meat (lab grown meat) have a place in the future of dog food. The idea of manufacturing meat products through "tissue-engineering" is very much in it's infancy.  However there appears to be growing interest in Vitro meat, also called victimless meat, cruelty-free meat, amongst others as a future food including dog food.and many laboratories around the world are working on this.  How many years will it be before the first Vitro meat factory producing pet food is built?.

Simon Parsons article on the forthcoming Kennel Club standard for the Jack Russell Terrier.

General discussion / Re: Vegan, Vegetarian or Meat
« on: Oct 29, 2015, 16:28 »
Silverb19 thanks for posting. I myself feed a complete raw diet and it's something that suits my dogs. I understand and respect your views and it is shared by many. I myself don't see feeding a vegan, vegetarian diet as the norm, a problem ( I know many will disagree) providing like any other diet it is done with care and understanding. It is the total health of the individual dog that counts and if a vegan, vegetarian diet can give a dog a long and healthy live that's fine by me. Interestingly "Bramble" the blue merle Border Collie bitch who lived to 27 years old is often brought to the front by vegan, vegetarians in defence of this type of diet. Bramble was a rescue dog in the care of a lady called Anne Heritage. Of course dogs on a meat based diet have also lived a very long life.
When I see dogs on meat based diets and see so many suffering with allergies and anal gland problems both so difficult to deal with and with dogs going to the vets monthly to have their glands expressed which goes on year after year I do wonder rather than struggle on and on with a meat based diet, they wouldn't be better off on a vegan, vegetarian diet or at least give it a fair trial. Yes, I also would like to see a long term study done perhaps someday it will happen. I can see vegan, vegetarian diets for dogs becoming more popular through customer demand as time goes on, as people move away or cut right down on meat in their own lives. Looking around at the vegan, vegetarian dog food shop front, there appears to me, to be still a gap in the market for more premium British made vegan, vegetarian dog food ranges. As for the omnivores or carnivores debate in which one could drive oneself barmy trying to get to the bottom of, for me in two sentences Dr Sarah Ritzie (Royal Canin) sums it up very well. The reason.... The vegan, vegetarian vs meat diet is certainly a subject of great debate.

General discussion / Re: Vegan, Vegetarian or Meat
« on: Oct 27, 2015, 19:08 »
In 2009 The British Journal of Nutrition published a research paper by Dr Wendy Brown and her team" An experimental meat-free diet maintained haematological characteristics in sprint-racing sled dogs". This is where twelve pure bred Siberian Huskies were fed either a meat based diet or a meat free diet, the whole experiment lasted 16 weeks. The Huskies were competitively raced over 10 weeks. If anyone is interested in reading the full paper click on the red PDF at this link.
The Armidale also ran an article

General discussion / Just What is in Dog Food?
« on: Oct 25, 2015, 09:05 »
Whilst researching a well known American dog food brand recently. I came across a blog (August 2015) on their website that mentioned Pentobarbital, the drug used in the euthanasia of humans, dogs and other animals has been found in major brands of dog food for sale in America. They were in fact referring to the FDA report of 2002. I think it is something worth mentioning. The FDA released a report on Pentobarbital in dog food in 2002, it is assumed Pentobarbital residue is entering pet food from rendered feed ingredients of cattle or even horses.
Although I stand to be corrected, as far as I am aware nothing has changed to this day.
Now, whether rendered cats and dogs including those with Pentobarbital residue are in fact in some American dog foods, that is a subject very much at the heart of the dog food truth-seekers and their websites.

General discussion / Re: Vegan, Vegetarian or Meat
« on: Oct 24, 2015, 14:39 »
In 1994 PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) conducted a vegan, vegetarian Dog Health Survey of 300 dogs over a 12 month period. It was a survey of vegan, vegetarian dogs only and did not have a control group of dogs on a meat based diet. Although this survey is some years old, it still makes very interesting reading and does give an insight into this type of diet. Dog food manufacturing does not stand still and I'm sure many will have taken on board the conclusions of this survey.
The following link opens in pdf.

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