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Supplements / Re: Omega 3 balance and fish oil
« on: Nov 06, 2015, 13:26 »
Hey

I have had my dog on salmon and salmon oil for a little while now, and like you i wondered about it being 'natural' (and also got myself concerned about PCB's etc).

However i dont think dogs 'natural' diets can be compared directly to wolves personally, they have evolved to live with humans and be fed by humans ...so throughout the ages i imagine lots of dogs have been fed on fish scraps.

From a personal point of view- salmon oil, salmon food and glucosamine/green lipped mussel have been a life saver in that they have given my 18 year old a new lease of life (he is now running around again and jumping on the bed etc which he couldn't do before i started the supplementation)

However i am not sure what the LONG term affects might be - and while 5 year effects are not a great concern for me, they would be if i had a young dog.

The only issues i am aware of are

1) Concerns over contaminants in farmed salmon (does this apply to fish oil?)
2) I seem to recall a study showed that excessive omega 3 can deplete vitamin E

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Dog foods / Re: Platinum Iberico - pork?.
« on: Nov 06, 2015, 13:20 »
Thanks for that dottie, i really appreciate the feedback and suggestions, and yes i can totally agree on fish oils for joints.

The difference in my dog  (with respect to mobility) after 3 months of extra fish oil, green lipped mussel and yumove has been remarkable, i was always skeptical beforehand.

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Dog foods / Re: Platinum Iberico - pork?.
« on: Nov 06, 2015, 07:46 »
Thanks for the links dotty i will take a look.

Yes ive resorted to using a topper right now, i mix fishmongers finest kibble with an equal amount of forthglade senior wet..which does encourage him to eat some kibble.
Plus because he tries to remove the kibble to get to the wet food it slows him down.

Its not ideal though, hes a small dog and i have to buy the small trays of forthglade to avoid throwing half of it away!..so food is costing me 1.70 a day- i suspect that is more than i would be paying for a small dog to be fed orijen etc...but i guess it isnt important.

As for pork no ive never fed it dogs either, although ive never been sure what is bad about it - to be honest i never used to worry about this sort of stuff,
and fed a middle of the road kibble for 17 years, now that my boy is showing his age at last i risk becoming obsessed with nutrition  :-\

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General discussion / Re: Vegan, Vegetarian or Meat
« on: Nov 05, 2015, 16:23 »
My personal view is that i always feed a meat based diet to my dogs.

However, i do think dogs have evolved as scavengers that live alongside humans - i believe they are far better at breaking down
carbs than wolves are and can utilize good quality protein sources meat or not.

I dont personally buy into the 'dogs are wolves' argument, humans are 99% genetically similar to chimps, but our diets are very different.

Having said that, my dog enjoying their food is a major factor for me- and i THINK my dog prefers to eat meat.


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Dog foods / Re: Platinum Iberico - pork?.
« on: Nov 05, 2015, 15:47 »
Hi Schauday

I think i explained myself poorly, i am trying to avoid reducing the omega 3 levels when i switch food (the kibble i currently feed which he grazes on is salmon with added omega 3). 

As for omega 6-- I actually think too much omega 6 could aggravate his arthritis, so dont want to increase the omega 6 to 3 ratio.

According to the web iberian pork is fed on acorns which changes its fat profile, but in what way i have no idea.

I think the parasite your talking about is roundworm? which can be present in under cooked pork as you say

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Dog foods / Platinum Iberico - pork?.
« on: Nov 05, 2015, 12:58 »
Hi All

I have an elderly dog (18) who picks at kibble- he wolfs down wet too fast usually and ends up vomiting...i tried a slow feed bowl and he tipped it over in his haste to get to the wet.

When adding water to the kibble he just ignores it and i end up throwing a lot away.


I saw on another site a product called iberico pork and greens and got hold of a sample, he loved it and because it is pieces of meat he couldnt wolf it and wasnt sick.

However given he has arthritis (under control with yumove and salmon oil) i am always wary about omega 6 levels and reducing omega 3 levels

Also i am unsure about pork as a main protein source?. I am sure my vet has cautioned about pork before.

The site says iberico pork is 'healthy pork' but doesnt list omega levels etc. I also think '70% fresh pork' is only about 20% when dehydrated?

The ingredients are below, what do people think?

Thanks



Ingredients Adult Iberico+Greens dry food
Composition

Fresh pork meat (70 %, Iberian pork only), potatoes, dried fish, dried apple pulp, salmon oil, olive oil cold-pressed, flaxseed oil cold-pressed, dried vegetables (carrots, tomatoes, lucerne, broccoli), green tea, orange extract, grapefruit extract, dried brewers' yeast, green shell mussel extract, rosemary, milk thistle seed, dried fennel, sarsaparilla root, dried wild celery, dried artichoke, nasturtium, camomile tea extract, dandelion, dried gentian, yucca, potassium chloride.



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