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General discussion / Vegan dog food
« on: Sep 20, 2019, 06:23 »
Prompted by a discussion from Twitter this morning,I was wondering if anyone had an experience with Vegan dog food brands and what are people's thoughts on this matter?

From my pov whilst I appreciate dogs are not obligate carnivores -I'm not sure I would feel comfortable in feeding my dog plant based proteins,especially considering that a  lot of commercial dog food has very little animal protein in it and I am aware of the issues that can cause or maybe thats just because that food is full of rubbish to begin with?

Dog foods / Re: Eden Semi-Moist Duck and Tripe
« on: Sep 17, 2018, 07:20 »
So it's been just over a month since my two have been on Eden semi moist(Duck & Tripe) and it's been a good call making the switch,both of them are always keen to eat it and we haven't had any gastrointestinal issues whilst making the transition.From my perspective they don't seem to be dehydrated like they are on other "kibbles" and my only issue with the biscuit is the is a "small bite" and could really benefit from being available in larger form.

On a personal note, I do wish  manufacturers would stick with 15kg bags rather than 12,I have to be scrooge like with the 12's ,whereas with the 15 we have kibble all over the garden  & in kong wobblers!

Dog foods / Re: Eden Semi-Moist Duck and Tripe
« on: Aug 28, 2018, 17:25 »
I've just received a bag of this today..will certainly report back as to how my two get on with it

General dog chat / Re: Soft toys
« on: Jul 31, 2016, 22:07 »
I have given up buying soft toys  :( got a power chewer in the form of a staffy,the only things that last are nylabones or kong extremes

I don't know whether I am over feeding my dogs with this but one of them seems to be constantly swallowing all the they are going to be sick..anyone else had this problem?

From  a human pov pretty much anything can set off acid reflux for me, even water has aggravated it on occasion  :( mine is due to a hiatus hernia & is managed by medication that works 98% of the time. It maybe worth your while finding out whether it is a physical thing for your dog as opposed to a dietary thing as at least then you will know to expect the symptoms to occur again

Dog foods / Re:
« on: Mar 18, 2015, 18:18 »
Here is the reply I received after sending screen shots of the analysis that they requested

"Thanks for getting in touch and sharing these screen shots with us. As I previously mentioned in response to your Facebook message, we do strongly encourage dog owners to do as much research as possible before selecting a dog food for their pet.

All About Dog seems to be a very thorough and informative website. However I would like to point out that the analysis provided to you, based on your dogs feeding plan information, is based on the ingredients included in the blend and not the actual nutritional value.

We try to make it as easy as possible for our customers to know exactly what is in their dog's tailor-made blends. If you would like to have a quick look on the website under the section of 'Our Food', you will see a complete A-Z breakdown of all the ingredients that we may use. We may, for example, use maize gluten in a dog's blend, as it is easily digestible and a fantastic source of protein. Unfortunately the inclusion of these ingredients do result in a lower score on the All About Dog Food calculator.

At, we create tailor-made blends that deliver the optimum nutrition just for your dog, then we gradually evolve them over time to reflect your dog's changing nutritional needs as he ages. Our number one priority is the health, happiness and well-being of your dog. So we're confident that is the best dry food solution available.

If there is anything else that I can help you with, or any further questions that you would like to ask, I would be more than happy to help"

Dog foods / Re:
« on: Mar 17, 2015, 10:08 »
I am currently having dialogue with the manufactures of the food  :)

Dog foods / Re:
« on: Mar 16, 2015, 22:26 »
Well I did it for both my boys & the score was 1.9 for my oldest ,there was an awful lot of maize in his & for Tiberius it was 2.3  :(  they weren't anything I was considering swapping too,I just wondered with them marketing a "bespoke food" if it was really any good...think I now have the answer to that

Dog foods /
« on: Mar 16, 2015, 13:27 »
Just came across a"bespoke food" anyone had any experience  with these at all?

Dog foods / Re: I'm not sure
« on: Mar 07, 2015, 10:48 »
Yeah he was tested a couple of years ago for Giardia & treated for it,I have also seen about the over feeding of Gentle & as from today I have cut down the amount & will see how we go for the next couple of days before I go back to the vets,thankyou for the reply

Dog foods / I'm not sure
« on: Mar 06, 2015, 16:51 »
Gentle is agreeing with one of my boys  :(   He has been diagnosed with collitus & we have tried various foods from raw-to wainwrights & pretty much everything between,so I thought I would try Gentle,his stools have become more frequent  & not really any firmer & it he seems to pant more when we are out on walks..... im running out of ideas of what to feed him,last time the vet reccommended Burns but there wasnt really any improvement,anybody got any suggestions please?

probably not as I dont believe they are trained to give nutritional advice other than the basics & obviously quite a few are sponsored by certain pet food manufacturers

There are two sides to rice: the grain that feeds half the world – and the primary carcinogenic source of inorganic arsenic in our diet.

Arsenic is a natural occurring element that is ubiquitous in the environment. It is present primarily as inorganic arsenic, which is highly toxic.

What sets rice apart is that it is the only major crop that is grown under flooded conditions. It is this flooding that releases inorganic arsenic, normally locked up in soil minerals, which makes it available for the plant to uptake. Rice has, typically, ten times more inorganic arsenic than other foods and, as the European Food Standards Authority have reported, people who eat a lot of rice are exposed to worrying concentrations. Chronic exposure can cause a range of health problems including developmental problems, heart disease, diabetes and nervous system damage. However, most worrying are lung and bladder cancers.

Children of most concern

The first food that most people eat is rice porridge, thought suitable for weaning as rice is low in allergens, has good textural properties and tastes bland. As babies are rapidly growing they are at a sensitive stage of development and are known to be more susceptible to inorganic arsenic than adults.

Babies and young children under five also eat around three times more food on a body weight basis than adults, which means that, relatively, they have three times greater exposures to inorganic arsenic from the same food item.

Babies more exposed. Rice biscuit by Shutterstock.

The rice product market for young children, which includes biscuit crackers and cereals is booming. If the child is gluten intolerant then rice breads and rice milks can be added to this list. Gluten intolerant adults are also high rice consumers, as are those people of South-East Asian origin.

Rice milk is so high in inorganic arsenic that the UK Food Standards Agency issued the advice that children under the age of four-and-a-half should not drink rice milk. Despite this, you would be hard-pressed to locate this advice on product packing or displays.

Where are the regulations?

While there is tight regulation around inorganic arsenic in our water supplies in Europe but none for food, yet in Europe only 5% of our inorganic arsenic comes from water and 95% from food. Bottled water in the EU is around 50 times lower in inorganic arsenic water concentrations than rice. Therefore, you would need to drink five litres of water to get the equivalent arsenic dose of eating a small 100g (dry weight packet) portion of rice. The failure to regulate rice in food is unsustainable and needs to be rectified.

Milling means less in white rice. Takeaway, CC BY-SA

The World Health Organisation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN have just announced guidelines for inorganic arsenic in rice: 200 parts per billion for white rice and 400 parts per billion (ppb) for brown rice. Brown rice is higher in inorganic arsenic than white as arsenic is concentrated in the bran that is removed by milling to produce white rice.

The aim of these limits is to ensure that the bulk of the global rice supply falls below these thresholds rather than directly focusing on the risk inorganic arsenic poses to humans – the particular dangers for children for example. Without doing this, the WHO thresholds are basically meaningless. They certainly do not protect those at greatest risk such as children and the high rice consuming countries of south-east Asia.

Further pronouncements by the European Union and the US Food and Drug Administration are imminent. Let us hope they take a more enlightened view than the WHO and set standards based on protecting human health. It is only when appropriate standards are set that the rice industry can proactively develop plans to remove arsenic from rice to meet those standards.

Standards need to be set to protect those most at risk and 50 ppb for children and 100 ppb for all rice products would be achievable with concerted effort of regulators and industry, though – as every dose of inorganic arsenic carries a risk – the lower the better.

What can be done now?

There are a lot of practical solutions to remove inorganic arsenic from rice; from agricultural management and cultivar selection and breeding. Sourcing rice from regions with lower grain inorganic arsenic concentrations – for example, basmati rice is two to three-fold lower in inorganic arsenic than rice from the European Union or from the US. Cooking rice in a large excess of water also helps to remove inorganic arsenic.

Changing dietary practice and food consumer advice to reduce rice in diets is also an option. There are a range of gluten-free alternatives to rice, so rethinking baby foods is an obvious way to proceed. Top of this list of rice alternatives for baby foods and for breakfast cereals, biscuits and snack bars marketed at young children is oats, which have a range of other health-giving properties.

I use a fair bit of rice in my home cooked dog food,guess I'm gonna have to think again

General discussion / Re: Carnivores or omnivores?
« on: Oct 29, 2014, 08:05 »
Carnivores but over the years they have evolved to live with humans ,so will eat anything now

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