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Dog news / Britain's Giant Pet Food Factory
« on: Jul 27, 2019, 14:07 »
Channel 4 is screening Inside Britain’s Pet Food Factory on Thursday, 1st August 2019 at 9pm.  It is a documentary about the Mars factory.

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General discussion / Re: Deal of the week 2019
« on: May 03, 2019, 13:54 »
Forthglade has 10% off everything. Use code THANKYOU10. Offer expires midnight 8th May 2019

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Thread started to identify those wet dog foods that are known to be carrageenan free. For clarity, this thread is just a list for quick identification. For discussion, please use this thread.
Thank you.

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Thread started in order to share information and tips re keeping dogs at their correct weight.
Pet Obesity (University of Minnesota) contains some useful and a diagram to help assess body condition.

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Feeding dogs with health problems / Anal gland impaction
« on: Feb 04, 2019, 13:57 »
Thread started to discuss dietary management/prevention of anal gland impaction.

In this thread Jill201 has used psyllium husk and found it effective.
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Quote Jill201: The vet recommended Protexin Pro Fibre for Freddie's anal glands but it gave Freddie the runs. So on recommendation from a friend and also the nurse at the vets we tried Organic Blonde Pysillium Husk (from Amazon) and this suits Freddie. I mix a teaspoon of it with 1 tsp of water and 1 tsp of the Plusbac and add it to his food in the morning. I can recommend it.

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From time to time we receive requests for particular dog food products to be entered into the Dog Food Directory.  Having discussed this with David, he has compiled the following information:

From David Jackson, All About Dog Food website owner:

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Our aim is to get every dog food and treat that is widely available across the UK listed on the site. Trouble is, there are A LOT of dog foods and treats out there and no matter how many we list, there always seem to be more waiting. We therefore have a lengthy to-do list of brands and varieties that still need adding. If you spot a food that's not yet listed and would like to see it on the site, Contact Us and let us know.

To make things as fair as possible, new listings are prioritized by how many requests we receive for them from members of the public so the more requests, the faster we’ll get it added.

Remember, while you're waiting for a food to be listed, you can always use our Instant Review Generator (link) to get a bit more insight.

If you are the manufacturer or distributor of a food not yet listed, please also feel free to get in touch (link) and we'll see about getting your products added.

Please be aware that you need to a have a list of ingredients in order to use the Instant Review Generator. If it is not available you can still make a request for the product to be entered in the Dog Food Directory; David will locate all the necessary information.

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Dog foods / The fresh dog food thread
« on: Jan 15, 2019, 11:57 »
Freshly cooked dog food is a fairly recent innovation. There are very few companies who provide this service at the moment but it is possible that they will increase in number. The purpose of this thread is to bring together the companies that we know about and any new ones, plus general discussion about this method of feeding dogs.

Butternut Box - existing thread for discussion is here.
Different Dog
We Cook for Dogs - the company will be relaunching in the spring of this year.
Freshpet

Please feel free to add to the list if other companies are spotted.

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Dog foods / Yora Insect derived food now reviewed
« on: Jan 11, 2019, 11:21 »
David has recently reviewed the new Yora Dog food which is made from insects.
Also:
A review of insect meal
Climate change: Will insect-eating dogs help?
AADF Facebook page.

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Pet news / The Food Programme: Dog’s Dinner
« on: Jan 06, 2019, 20:40 »
Radio 4’s ‘The Food Programme’ today discusses premium pet food. Butternut Box owners are interviewed. There is a piece on feeding a dog on a vegan diet. They mentioned that this is the fastest growing area in the dog  food market.
Dog’s Dinner.

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General discussion / Nutrition of senior dogs
« on: Nov 27, 2018, 12:29 »
FEDIAF is the European Pet Food Industry organisation. The website has plenty of information about feeding dogs and other pets. One document that I have just come across is FEDIAF Scientific Advisory Board Statement Nutrition of senior dogs.

There seems (to me) to be a move away from life stage foods, generic ones being quite popular especially at the quality end of the market. On page two of the five page document there is useful information about energy requirements of older dogs. However, they do say that currently there is no experimental data dealing with the energy requirements of older dogs. They reference a study in Labrador Retrievers which showed that a 25% restriction in food intake had positive effects on longevity and health.

There is some information about protein/fat etc on page 3. Interestingly, they say that protein levels should correspond to that of the adult dog to avoid loss of lean body mass. The older dog being fed smaller portions needs a higher quantity of good quality protein. From my experience of feeding a smaller quantity of food it is sometimes helpful to divide it into three meals to satisfy the dog’s hunger. Cooked, puréed vegetables might also be a useful adjunct to satisfy appetite.

The document is only five pages long and is not too scientific that it can’t be understood by the average pet owner. I found it interesting and useful.

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Honey’s Real Dog Food has recently published Raw Proof,  ‘the results of a 24-month research investigation into a species-appropriate diet for dogs’.

The researchers were looking at two aspects of a raw diet for dogs:
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We set out to investigate two things.
First, whether a species-appropriate (aka raw food) diet can be formulated so as to meet the highest possible nutritional guidelines for dogs, as specified by the European Pet Food Industry (FEDIAF).
Second, whether such a diet will prove to be nutritionally adequate when fed to a meaningful sample of dogs over 26 weeks using an extended version of the rigorous trial protocol developed by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).
If you are looking for research relating to a species-appropriate (aka raw food) diet for dogs, here it is.

Twenty six dogs were selected, three of whom dropped out. All of the dogs were kept in their home environment. For 26 weeks they were fed raw complete food, five varieties in rotation. The name of the products used is not given but the food was additive free.

Blood tests were performed and at the end of the 26 weeks the dogs were found to have no nutritional deficiencies.

The Vet Times report on this study is here: Canine raw food study claims diet is safe and nutritional.




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Pet news / You and Yours discusses dog food
« on: Oct 29, 2018, 20:47 »
You and Yours on Radio 4 today discussed bespoke dog food (Tails.com) and feeding in general. Beverley Cuddy is also interviewed. The piece is at 8.40 minutes.

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David has now completed his article on the dietary management of renal disease in dogs. It can be found here.

* Please note that the article is pertaining to chronic renal failure which is commonly found in elderly dogs, not  acute renal failure.

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David has written on the AADF Facebook page about a report by BioMed Central Veterinary Research on ‘Undeclared animal species in dry and wet novel and hydrolyzed protein diets for dogs and cats detected by microarray analysis’ - link. For those who do not use Facebook, here is David’s post:

This study is really scary...
They tested 40 foods that are specifically marketed to help dogs with adverse food reaction (AFR) and found that three out of four contained one or more meats not printed on the label!
Three out of four!
Five of the foods had no trace whatsoever of the meats that were on the ingredient list and another two foods each contained at least 7 undeclared animal species!
When diagnosing and treating AFR, the most important thing is to control exactly what is being eaten so that any problematic foods can be quickly identified and eliminated. So, as you might imagine, a random mishmash of meat ingredients is exactly what you wouldn't want from an AFR diet.
To make things worse, the most common undeclared meats were found to be pork and chicken - two of the meats with the highest likelihood of actually causing adverse reactions in dogs.
Unbelievable.
Sadly the offending brands weren't named.
Have you used any 'veterinary' foods to help with your dog's digestive problems? Did they work? As always, we'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences.


The report is here.


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From the website Science-Based Medicine: Raw Meat and Bone Diets for Dogs: It’s Enough to Make You BARF.  It is dated 2010 and from the USA but has content about raw feeding of dogs that is relevant today and which people might find of interest.

There is a paragraph about captive wolves that I found intriguing:
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The average life expectancy of wolves in the wild is considerably lower than that of captive wolves, and disease, parasitism, and malnutrition are important factors in the mortality of wild populations.7-9 Captive wolves live longest and are healthiest when fed — guess what? — commercial dog food! This is the recommendation of the leading specialists in captive wolf husbandry and medicine, and it is largely the result of evidence that the previous practice of feeding raw meat based diets to captive wolves led to poorer quality nutrition and health than the current practices. Certainly, raw meat and bones are often used as enrichment items or bait for husbandry purposes, but always with an awareness of the risks they pose, and never as the primary diet.

The article is referenced.

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