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Dog foods / As-Fed compositions
« on: Mar 05, 2021, 08:01 »
As many of you will know, the ingredient percentages declared on a dog food's packaging refer to the ingredient proportions before processing and very often don't line up with those in the finished product.

But calculating the final, all important 'as-fed' ingredient percentages from those given on the pack can be a real challenge even for dog food veterans.

So to help shed a little more light on the true nature of our pet foods, I've been working on a brand new pie chart feature which is now live on every food and treat page and also on the instant review generator.

It is still in beta phase so if you spot any errors, do let me know. And, as always, any feedback gratefully received!

For more info on as-fed vs mixing-bowl compositions, check out our brief guide here.

General discussion / Thank you and merry Christmas!
« on: Dec 22, 2020, 07:14 »
I just wanted to write a quick post to thank all of our amazing members for helping to keep this forum such a welcoming and informative place for dog owners all over the world!

In this modern age of tweets, trolls and sponsored content, refuges like this that offer friendly, honest, nuanced advice are becoming increasingly important but also increasingly rare.

And an extra special thanks to our two volunteer site moderators, Dottie and Tinyplanets, both of whom have been working tirelessly on the forum right from the start. I honestly don't know what I would do without you two!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and the very best for the year ahead!


General discussion / Has your vet been brainwashed?
« on: Sep 08, 2020, 14:32 »
This article has been a very long time coming but I think I've managed to do the subject justice.

As always, would love to hear everyone's thoughts.

General discussion / NEW RATING ALGORITHM... finally!
« on: May 28, 2019, 11:21 »
The LONG awaited new dog food rating system is finally here!

It has taken months and months of research and data gathering followed by several more months of coding and fine tuning but I'm really delighted with the results.

Based on the most up-to-date nutritional information, the new rating algorithm is able to delve far deeper into the true merits of a dog food, examining factors like bio-appropriateness of ingredients and nutrient quality, bio-availability, balance & synergy better than ever before.

The algorithm now also factors in how the food was processed (extrusion, pasteurisation, baking, cold pressing etc) and how that processing is likely to have affected the nutrients contained within the ingredients.

What you'll notice:
  • Nutritional ratings are now given as percentage scores
  • Every product has been re-analysed with the new algorithm and a new score awarded
  • The bar for the maximum score has been raised considerably so A LOT of products have come down relative to the maximum
  • I've also been making a few aesthetic changes to the directory and review pages to make them more intuitive and easier to navigate
As always I'd really like to hear your thoughts on any of the changes or on what you think the next changes should be!

Sincere apologies for the problems with the firewall. It was installed yesterday on the advice of our host, GoDaddy and has proved to be quite problematic here on the forum. Anyway, the issue should now be resolved but if you do notice any other issues at all, do please let me know

Site help and suggestions / Site bugs
« on: Jan 25, 2017, 08:35 »
Apologies for all of the bugs that have been appearing over the last 24 hours. I have been moving the entire site on to a secure server but in doing so it has thrown up a lot of unexpected errors, especially with the forum. I’m hoping everything is fixed now but if you spot anything at all not working as it should, do let me know.

Many thanks,


Site help and suggestions / Country of Origin filter
« on: Aug 16, 2016, 10:34 »
Some of the more eagle-eyed of you may have spotted a new filter on the dog food directory - Country of Origin.

You can now narrow your results by country or continent which I hope will help of those of you concerned about supply chains or carbon footprints.

I am still waiting for a few companies to come back to me but the origins of 90% of the foods and treats on the site have been confirmed.

Give it a whirl here.

Next on the to do list is a filter for the targeted health conditions!

What else could we add or change on the site to make finding the right dog food easier?

Over the next couple of months, I am going to be giving our rating algorithm a long overdue overhaul.

Until now, it has only analysed the ingredients list - a system that has worked well but a little restrictive nonetheless. As well as re-examining the way we score ingredients, I will also be adding in other key factors like the nutrient levels in the finished product and the way in which the food was made. Other, more abstract issues like company ethics and carbon footprint may also enter the equation if I feel you, our lovely members, have an appetite for them.

So here's my question to you...
What factors do you look at when your picking a food? Just the ingredients? Nutrient levels? Cooking/preparation method? Ethical matters? Something else?
How much import do you give the different factors? If a food were awarded a score out of 100, what proportion would you assign to each aspect?

Our ratings are there to help you so if you have any preferences on how they should be calculated, now is the time to let me know

Introductions / Show and tell!
« on: Oct 15, 2015, 10:09 »
Pictures can now be attached to posts (although they can only be seen by members) so let's see those lovely pooches!

This is Ned, my handsome little border terrier. He's coming up to 2 years old. Loves food, dogs, people, sticks, balls, walks, mud, wrestling... Hates sirens, nail clipping and the clothes wrack (still not sure why)

The AllAboutDogFood forum is a place for honest, friendly discussion of pet related issues amongst pet owners. Nevertheless, we have always found that manufacturers and other vested interests (distributors, wholesalers, retailers etc) have a lot to bring to the discussion and are often the best sources of information and guidance on their own particular brand. We do however have to protect our members from unsolicited advertising and other forms of salesmanship and for that reason we ask all vested interests to strictly adhere to the following rules:

1. Any vested interest must be clearly declared and visible to other forum members. For manufacturers, the best way would be to use your company name as your user name and your company logo as your profile picture.

2. Outside of the 'Classifieds' section, vested interests are only permitted to comment in relation to their own products and then only after they have first been explicitly raised by a non-vested interest member. No other posts are permitted from vested interests.

3. Unsolicited personal messages from vested interests to other forum members are not permitted.

4. The 'Classifieds' section is provided to allow vested interests to notify members of pet product releases, special offers, pet related events and so on. Elsewhere in the forum, direct or indirect advertising is not permitted.

5. Repeated violations of these terms may result in the revocation of the member's account.

Dog news / Rip Off Britain!
« on: Apr 09, 2015, 08:17 »
Well I finally received confirmation that Rip Off Britain's pet food piece is to be aired on April 22nd at 9.15am on BBC1!

It was filmed way back in November and my interview alone was 2 hours. Gloria Hunniford was genuinely interested (not to mention shocked) at what I had to say on the subject of pet food ingredients and labelling and we covered some really important points that, if kept in, could really rock the industry. Of course, with the final piece only lasting around 8 minutes, the cut will have to be brutal and only time will tell what they will leave in and what will never see the light of day.

One thing is for sure, with over 1 million regular viewers, the potential of this programme is enormous so with a bit of luck, the BBC is ready to rock the boat!

Site help and suggestions / Guest articles
« on: Mar 25, 2015, 09:08 »
Hi all!

I'm looking for guest collaborators to help build the article library and put more information into the hands of the dog owners that need it.

Any dog nutrition and/or health related subject would be eligible but I'm especially interested in hearing from pet care professionals like vets, veterinary nurses, trainers, groomers, breeders and experienced pet shop staff to hear their take on how nutrition can affect our pets.

Naturally, anything that goes on to the site needs to be well researched and completely impartial. Although I'm afraid I can't pay for contributions, I can provide a hyperlinked reference and plenty of coverage on the AADF social media.
If you can help, you can comment or PM me here or email me at

I really look forward to hearing from you!

Home cooking / Home-cooked dog food recipes
« on: Mar 11, 2015, 07:42 »
Please share your home-cooked dog food recipes here. They could be a huge help to others  :)

Over the years I have met dog owners with all sorts of different strategies for making sure their dog gets the right amount of food from sticking religiously to the guide on the label, feeding by eye, feeding a strict percentage of body weight, free feeding and many many more but with almost half of British dogs now overweight, something is clearly going awry.

So, today's quick question: How do you work out how much to feed your dog and how do you know it's the right amount?

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