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General discussion / Cold Pressed dog food (appetite)
« on: Nov 21, 2020, 11:42 »
I have recently changed my miniature poodle to Gentle Cold Pressed dog food following a chat with Beate.  I received samples of the fish and the goat varieties and Mia had them as treats - which she ate very quickly.

Bearing mind that poodles are fussy little devils, food wonderful one day and poison the next!  I spoke with Beate and said it was a shame they didn't do a smaller bag size (smallest is 5kg).  Beate said no problem she could send me a smaller amount, which she did - I received 1.6kg a couple of days later.  Thankfully Mia still loves it and I now have a 5kg bag ready to start.  The only downside is that she is constantly hungry.  The initial food allowance suggested for her weight was 70-80g per day.  I tried this but she was clearly hungry and was going round beating everything up, including me.  Raised the allowance to 85-90g per day but also feeding a small portion of meat or fish or an egg during the day and adding some cooked veg to her evening meal.  This is working out better but I am sure she is putting on weight, judging by the feel of her ribs.  Eeek, I I don't want a fat poodle :-[.

I have usually fed my dog by body condition and weight whilst also looking at the recommendations on the food and calorie count (or what the vet said after she had been ill) - I normally look at this one:  https://www.pfma.org.uk/dog-calorie-calculator-nrc-method which for my 7kg poodle is about 400 kcal per day.  The goat variety of Gentle dog food is 345 kcal/100g.  So about 85g would be about 293 kcal so with the addtion of meat or fish and veg I think I am feeding about the right amount for her - doesn't stop her bringing her kong to be filled with treats though!  (treats being mostly, but not all,  food from her daily allowance).

Until I changed to cold pressed food, Mia was getting about 100g kibble with additional cooked meat or fish and veg daily - she has been eating well on that (previously a struggle to get weight on her).  I do wonder if she just really likes the cold  pressed and being greedy.  Hopefully she will get used to smaller portions because I hope to get her spayed after the next season (due early December) and I believe I would need to cut her food down to stop her putting on weight.

Have to mention how helpful Beate has been.

And one other thing - my standard poodle never ate nearly as much as suggested by his breeder/previous owner or what the food package suggested whether it was wet or dry food.  My friend says the same about her Goldendoodle and my minature would never eat the amount of wet food (or dry extruded for that matter) suggested by the manufacturer.

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Dog foods / Air Dried Dog Food
« on: Oct 20, 2020, 17:05 »
I have been considering trying my dog on Pure dog food, I have read through their website but I cannot find anything to say if it is raw air dried food or precooked air dried food.  Does anyone know please?  (I have sent Pure a message and am awaiting a reply).

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Feeding dogs with health problems / Wet Food Additives
« on: Aug 26, 2020, 15:44 »
Since my miniature poodle became very ill last December aged 19 months, she has been on Purina Pro Plan HA.  I was sceptical at first but she has done very well on it.  Now she mostly refuses to eat it, also noticed that her scratching had become worse - apart from a bit of scurf here and there, there is no obvious reason for the scratching on her skin.  I started adding tinned sardine and mackerel as a topper to get her to eat the kibble and hopefully reduce the scratching.  This has progressed to include some wet dog food - I have been very careful to avoid Carrageenan (which I note has now gone from red to amber on the AADF site).  Some of the foods that guarantee Carrageenan free, use Cassia Gum instead, sometimes Cassia Gum 5 other Cassia Gum 1.  I cannot find out what that means exactly.  I have found this:

'Gel (Synergy) with Carrageenan or Xanthan Gum Cassia gum forms firm, thermoplastic gels with carrageenan. As the level of cassia gum is increased, the gel strength of carrageenan solutions is also increase. Cassia gum and carrageenan gel is stable due to the excellent retorting stability of cassia gum.

Cassia gum and xanthan gum, on their own, do not have the ability to form gels. But cassia gum combined with xanthan gum, aqueous dispersions of cassia gum form cohesive, elastic gels. As with carrageenan, cassia is more efficient at forming gels with xanthan gum than other galactomannans, enabling lower total hydrocolloid levels in finished formulations. This is due to the unique branched polysaccharide galactose/mannose structure of cassia gum' on the cassiagums.com website.  I also found this:

'Conclusions on safety for the target species:  The FEEDAP Panel concludes that only purified semi-refined cassia gum that meets the specifications of cassia gum as a food additive can be considered safe for cats and dogs, at a maximum content of
13 200 mg/kg complete feed'.

 at the end of a paper looking at the use of Cassia Gum in cat and dog food.

I am no scientist but I really would like to know what this means as the suggestion is that if Cassia Gum is used so is Xanthan Gum or Carrageenan.

I am trying to keep my young bitch healthy.



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