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General dog chat / Re: Obesity in labradors
« on: Feb 21, 2017, 17:21 »
Out of my current three Labradors, the eldest girl needs very little exercise, but then she is knocking on the door of 12 years of age, so that's no surprise.  In fact I struggle to keep the weight on her.  Her half sister is easy to maintain, and her daughter is the one most prone to putting weight on, yet is by far the most active. 

As with us, we're all different, and, according to the type of food we eat, and our age, it will all be linked to how easy/difficult it is to maintain a good weight. 

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General dog chat / Re: Obesity in labradors
« on: Feb 15, 2017, 16:27 »
Hmmmm, whether or not there is a gene linked with obesity, it's not rocket science.  Any animal can only gain weight, and remain overweight, if it is allowed to do so by over feeding.  I was told at the first show with my home bred pup that I wouldn't get anywhere in the show ring with her unless I put more weight on her.  She was (is) a perfectly healthy weight, yet the judge didn't even look over her properly, as she was too skinny.  Now if she were really too skinny, surely it should have been reported to a vet?  I do think there are a lot of excuses made for some dogs, and the show ring is one place where some completely contradict themselves, fit for function, but with extra weight? 

Photos are of mother and daughter, both predominantly show lines.

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General dog chat / Re: Obesity in labradors
« on: Feb 15, 2017, 11:29 »
I wonder if too much is made of this problem sometimes.  All three of my Labradors, from show lines predominantly, are lovely, lean and fit, even my 11 1/2 year old.  It is more difficult to get weight off than put it on, and we're all guilty of perhaps allowing dogs to become slightly over padded from time to time, but as owners, it's our responsibility to ensure they do not become obese. 

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General dog chat / Give a Dog a Genome
« on: Feb 12, 2017, 12:15 »
Apologies if this has already been posted about, it came up at a health testing clinic for older dogs that I attended yesterday (for my old Labradors, not me  ;) ). 

The AHT are running this project, which will give them vital data 'in the bank' to use when they are researching genetic conditions in dogs.  At the moment, there are 75 breeds involved, and they will be looking to roll out a second phase next year. 

It was a really interesting talk, if anyone has the chance to go along to a similar presentation I would highly recommend it.

http://www.aht.org.uk/gdg

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General dog chat / Re: Is there hope for Cataracts
« on: Feb 12, 2017, 12:10 »
The AHT are currently undertaking a study for Labradors aged over 8 years, to test for HC and also take DNA samples of those dogs tested.  I took my two oldies along yesterday and approx 45 dogs were brought along to take part in the study. 


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Classifieds / Re: Tarimoor Pets Limited
« on: Jan 18, 2017, 21:04 »
Thanks for the replies, Nettle (foxhound) doesn't really know a sit, she's a rescue bless her and has a heart of gold.  All my spare change from the shop goes to Foxhound Welfare UK, a small charity that does a lot for a breed that most people don't really know about. 

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Introductions / Re: Hello from Thurlstone, Yorkshire
« on: Jan 18, 2017, 11:18 »
Thank you.  I also work two of my gundogs, although since setting the business up last year, I haven't had time to take them out.  My partner has taken my youngest Labrador out for me, she absolutely loves working on the beating line. 

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I thought anal gland problems were caused when the stools aren't sufficiently firm enough to naturally express them?  I've heard of the bran and weetabix options which seem to help.  My lot have raw and some home cooked food, and I've not had any problems (eldest is 11 1/2). 

I cook either with a potato/rice base, a mixture of vegetables and meat.  I get the meat from the local butchers as off cuts, and it's ideal for them, along with some heart and offal.  I also add in things like garlic, turmeric, fenugreek, herbs etc, all for different health benefits and to help deter parasites naturally. 

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Classifieds / Tarimoor Pets Limited
« on: Jan 18, 2017, 08:48 »
Hello, I run a small pet services warehouse in Thurlstone, South Yorkshire, I hope it's ok to post a bit about it here. 

I'm absolutely passionate about my dogs, including what they eat.  I feed a mixture of raw and some home cooked, but am open minded about food as long as it's good quality, I know not everyone wants to raw feed, or even that it suits their dog(s). 

I refuse to stock certain products that are harmful to dogs, including cooked bones, dental chews that are high in salt, and (even though they are popular brands) foods that are high in colourants and additives. 

As well as dog food, we stock cat food, small pet food and bedding, toys, wild bird products and foods, some lovely and very individual greeting cards, gifts, and even art work.  We also offer dog grooming and training services,

Thank you for reading. 

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Introductions / Hello from Thurlstone, Yorkshire
« on: Jan 18, 2017, 08:40 »
Hello from me and my six dogs (three rabbits and 15 chickens).  I have a pet services warehouse (quite small), and am passionate about canine nutrition.  My own dogs are raw fed with some home cooked, aged from 3 up to 11 1/2.  They are three Labradors, one flat coated retriever, a fox hound and working cocker spaniel, and the last one is the one that is always causing mischief!!! 

 :D

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