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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?

Introductions / Re: Hi all I’m after some advice
« on: Jun 16, 2020, 11:30 »
Hi, I’ve personally found that if the dog likes it and is healthy then they may be ok on whatever commercial food you buy. But I also give my dog some fresh dog safe human foods in small amounts like vegetables and fruits and some meats cooked without seasoning.

General discussion / Re: Dented food cans
« on: Jun 11, 2020, 07:56 »
Morning, another update from my ongoing argument about dented cans with air inside, I’ve now told them I’ve asked for someone to test the cans because free air/gas inside means the vacuum seal isn’t effective.  I sent this to them in reply to this email ( which suggests they don’t understand vacuum)
Hi Lia,

Sorry to hear you feel this way. We'd like to reassure you that we have carried out extensive tests with these cans and have found no issues regarding the 'popping lids'. As my colleague mentioned, this is due to the way we cook the ingredients and how they are steamed from below.

Please do get in touch with us if you have any further queries and apologies again for the concern this may have caused.

Kind regards,

General discussion / Re: Dented food cans
« on: Jun 04, 2020, 09:44 »
Morning Dottie,

So I had a further email about my issue with the cans, this was their reply:

Dear Lia,

I am glad you have emailed us regarding this concern as I would like to assure you that these tins are perfectly safe to feed your dog.

We make our food by putting the raw ingredients into the tin, sealing it, and steam cooking. Because we use quality cuts of freshly prepared meat, these reduce slightly when cooked, and cause a small vacuum under the lid, allowing it to 'pop.' This is not usually the case with foods that include cereals, or meat meals or other fillers because they expand when cooked.

I do hope this information is reassuring, however, please don't hesitate to get in touch if there's anything else I can help with.

Kind regards,

General discussion / Re: Dented food cans
« on: Jun 03, 2020, 21:02 »

So I’ve ordered canned dog food from a different food producer, the tins came packed in packing noodle things and are exactly the same type of ring pull can, no air inside at all. I am now just waiting to see if my dogs bad stomach clears up ....obviously I’ve had to do a quick diet change to avoid the food I believe to be incorrectly packaged and therefore potentially contaminated or gone off.

General discussion / Dented food cans
« on: May 23, 2020, 08:29 »
Hi, I order my dog food online occasionally but since lock down quite regularly. I prefer to use an actual shop because the canned food always gets dents and I was always told never to use a can with dents on the seams or big enough to get your finger into or if the is a definite click sound if you press the top or bottom of the can.

On giving feedback to the company they are sending me new cans but also said it’s fine that there’s air inside the lid as the food is cooked inside the can.

Any opinions please as I think they are sadly unaware of the problems of canned food.


I’ve found that dogs don’t just need one type of food like some experts try to convince you. A healthy dog should be able to eat a varied diet as long as it is mostly meat. So I feed my dog a mixture of home cooked and high grade commercial dog food. She has meat, fish, vegetables, yoghurt, eggs and fruit in the home cooked depending on recipe. The important thing is to remember to cover as many vitamins and minerals as possible in a recipe but all vitamins and minerals over roughly 10 days.

Feeding dogs with health problems / Re: Problem Eater
« on: Feb 10, 2020, 21:02 »
I’m curious how many meals a day you feed.

General discussion / Re: UK Dog Owners please read!
« on: Jan 26, 2020, 18:05 »
Hi, I just saw this thread. Is it still active?

Introductions / Re: Confused
« on: Jan 26, 2020, 18:03 »
Hi, I just had a look and my initial feeling is because it has dehydrated and then fresh meat to a total of 37%, veg etc but no red ingredients. I may be wrong.

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