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Feeding dogs with health problems / Re: Diabetic Puppy
« on: Oct 16, 2020, 20:50 »
Not had any diabetic dogs but as your puppy is quite young, is it what would be type 1 diabetes in humans? If so wouldn’t the best diet be the one your dog likes with the least amount of slow release refined carbs so blood sugar doesn’t spike too quickly. It’s perhaps worth asking your vet based on some research of human diabetes ....just a thought.

I’m not entirely sure of the logic of one feed. There’s still some that believe dogs eat like wolves and lots of old habits come from that. Sure wild animals would feast and fast but I don’t believe it would have been a full fast since a hungry animal will scavenge and wolves habitually scavenge grasses and berries..

I also feed my dog 3 times a day plus little treats, she tends to suffer with regurgitation of large meals and also GERD if she goes too long without food.

Dog foods / Re: Marleybones
« on: Sep 19, 2020, 13:47 »
I just had a little look at their website to see how similar it was to Butternutbox. Both have similar style of making a measured batch of food for your dog, similar meals except the quinoa. Butternutbox however don’t last past 5 days once defrosted even thought they come packed in plastic pouches. Marleybones claims to be additive free but I see nothing about preservatives, but they do say they are shelf stable for 18 months so there must be a preservative in there somewhere. They also seem to make a massive point about being environmentally friendly but use tetrapak.  :-\


I still find it a bit odd that this information isn’t available from a UK source as well (at least I haven’t seen it yet).

I managed to get a reporting link from one of the Veterinary Magazines as I wrote to them expressing concern that it is hard to report in the UK and sometimes Vets just don’t want to listen etc. (Link apparently works better in the newer things like Chrome etc).

Hi I did the same a few years back when I was feeding raw and was looking at travel snack. I only ever fed it as treats.

Pet news / Re: You and Yours on vegan pet food
« on: Jul 26, 2020, 17:57 »
This is an interesting article. I fully understand and agree with the bio accumulation of chemicals but I don’t really understand how an obligate carnivore ie a cat will get the appropriate nutrients from a plant based diet without the additional vitamins, minerals and amino acids......and if these are synthetic are they not also a chemical which could also cause problems?

I also have to point out that dogs are also proven to be becoming less healthy because of current breeding practices. But then if people decide they aren’t breeding from their dog they have them neutered thus restricting the gene pool further and making it harder to cause the extinction of inherited conditions.

Dog foods / Re: Vegan Dog Food available in UK
« on: Jul 22, 2020, 11:44 »
Thanks. Would that also be able to be considered vegan then if it’s from heritage sheep that haven’t been modified to make more fleece? This is very interesting I think.

Dog foods / Re: Vegan Dog Food available in UK
« on: Jul 22, 2020, 10:51 »
Hi, really curious about this but if the food contains D3 from animal sources how is it vegetarian? Is it because it’s from egg or fish?

Dog foods / Re: Vegan Dog Food available in UK
« on: Jul 22, 2020, 10:36 »
Some interesting points in the articles here. 2 that I find moderately contentious. Why haven’t they listed the ingredients so people can see if they contain allergens that effect their dogs before buying the product? Secondly the article about the maned Wolf, it is quite clearly stated that dogs aren’t descended from wolves so we shouldn’t assume that dogs are carnivores before going on to say that dogs should eat like maned wolves. Maned Wolf is a separate genus and not closely related to any other living canid. Perhaps dogs should eat like dogs and not be categorised in with another canid, after all there are completely vegetarian primates and some like chimpanzees that actively hunt for meat. Obviously just my own thoughts.

Home cooking / Re: Am I doing this right?
« on: Jun 30, 2020, 20:27 »
I occasionally fresh cook for my dog, she likes lentils, oats, sweet potatoes, parsnips, fennel bulb, celery , leafy greens amongst other things. I also use a slow cooker and a mix of herbs either dried or fresh. Dogs can also eat fruits with pips or stones removed. You can dry eggshells for the calcium. I don’t have any set recipes but I use an app to check I’ve covered all the vitamins.

Dog foods / Re: Vegan Dog Food available in UK
« on: Jun 29, 2020, 20:37 »
The other problem in my opinion is dog food manufacturers. They are notorious for adding too much of a vitamin or mineral on occasions, if they don’t add the right amount of the amino acids back in then I would take a guess it would have wider repercussions on dogs mental and physical development.

Yeah, my dog food is in bio plastic film that can go in the compost

Are you doing ethical packaging as an option as well? Seems like a huge job so thanks for making this site so darn useful  ;

I feed wet and kibble complete supplemented by fresh meals and snacks of meat, veg and fruit. I taught my dog to forage the good healthy fruits and leave poisonous ones or to wait for me to inspect what she’s found (fruit and leaves) sometimes we need to bring them home to be washed or cooked. I’m thinking of trying her with some raw meats again .

Dog foods / Re: Vegan Dog Food available in UK
« on: Jun 29, 2020, 15:28 »
I guess my main problem with vegan dog food is that like all other processed dog foods it has to have nutrients added. Does it require more nutrients to be added to feed an animal that is a carnivore with adaptations that allow nutrients to be supplemented with plants and fish? If so is it really better than feeding other less processed foods which may contain meat and fish?

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