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Old 23-11-2016, 09:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
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LOL, JohnW, at my house it's not so much me who needs to measure the food. YEs, a bit more one day and bit less another is not going to hurt. But with my OH it's never the bit less and the bit more tends to keep getting to be more and more. As Luna-Tuck says, sort of.
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Old 24-11-2016, 09:23 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Well put John! A reasonably healthy balanced varied diet does no-one, man or dog, any harm!

You seem to hear a lot these days about dogs with allergies/intolerance to certain things and I wonder of it's a product of the dog food industry?
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I weigh out Colas food but she does get a varied diet.

If on days she just gets mostly kibble then I weigh it as it doesn't take too much extra of it for her to have a slightly runny bum. There are other days she gets lots of variety, scrambled egg today for breakfast.

She has some pheasant yesterday, pigeon the day before. She gets raw meat often too when I'm cutting stuff up and there's left overs.

If she's lucky enough to get away with nicking something cooling on the table when I'm not looking then yeah she can have a very varied diet ��
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Well put John! A reasonably healthy balanced varied diet does no-one, man or dog, any harm!

You seem to hear a lot these days about dogs with allergies/intolerance to certain things and I wonder of it's a product of the dog food industry?
I knows few dogs that have allergies and they are just kibble fed with nothing else. Cola is kibble fed mainly but gets a lot of other things too. She's a lab and would eat anything if she could get away with it :]
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You seem to hear a lot these days about dogs with allergies/intolerance to certain things and I wonder of it's a product of the dog food industry?
It's more than just allergies and intolerance we have to worry about. The additives BHT and BHA are often used to prevent fat from going rancid. In other words, companies are able to use older raw meats in their food. But there is strong evidence that both are carcinogenic. If a manufacturer uses them by law they must declare it, so you would think if it's not on the food wrapper, whether tin of sack, you would be fine. But sadly that's not so. We went into this in great detail on another forum some time ago and it appears that the food manufacturers buy their meat products form wholesalers and if the wholesaler puts the additives in then the food manufactures do not need to declare it. They only have to declare what they themselves add, not what was added before they get the meat, so you have no way of knowing what additives are in the food. We could be feeding our dogs, (and our selves for that matter) cancer forming chemicals) OK, with ourselves we tend to vary what we eat, so probably don't eat such things as BHT and BHA every day, but many people feed their dog exactly the same thing every meal so they cannot escape it.

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I never used to weigh Grahams food out. I think I did once, and then put it into my scoop to see what it looked like and then just went by that every day. I think it slowly crept up though as out of curiosity I weighed a scoop the other day and it was almost double what he should be having for his weight! No wonder he was looking a little heavier.

So from now on weighing it He does have extras though such as left over meat, veg and treats throughout the day which I don't subtract from his meals as I don't feel the need to.
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He does have extras though such as left over meat, veg and treats throughout the day which I don't subtract from his meals as I don't feel the need to.
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You should not to have to weigh the food to realise he was looking a little heavy, that's putting the cart before the horse. You should realise he looks a little heavy and cut the amount of food straight away. Had when you weighed the food you found it to be the same as usual what would you have done, continued feeding the same amount even though he was getting heavy, or would you realise, (correctly) that you were feeding too much regardless of the weight of the food?

What I'm getting at is, there is a correct amount of food for every dog, but it's not the same for every dog. The guide is the appearance of the dog, not the weight of the food. The appearance and feel is the all important thing.

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Old 25-11-2016, 10:46 AM   #19 (permalink)
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To be honest I put it down to him maturing! I'm, always being told the usual 'he is skinny for a lab' and lately he has filled out.

Clearly his 'filling out' was just due to overfeeding! But he does look better for it, as he is an active dog I think what would have been fat has just created an extra layer of muscle. Sort of when bodybuilders 'bulk' over the winter!
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I believe in measured meals on scales. It takes me about 10 seconds and removes any guesswork and mystery.

It might be useful to separate puppies and adults. Puppyhood is what I struggled with the most. More frequent meals means a higher margin for error, and maybe it's just me lacking experience, but I found it incredibly difficult to judge body condition on a forever changing puppy gaining weight and size and going through growth spurts etc. I can judge her condition far better now she's an adult with a level playing field.

In my own case, I totally lost my grip on Gemma's weight in year one and it was a big wake up call to take a new approach. That meant weighing every meal to the gram and accounting for treats and snacks properly.

I also remember a segment on a TV show about obesity in dogs where they did an experiment with a bunch of owners. They were asked to portion their meals using their usual measure by cup or scoop, yet when checked on scales there was a significant variance. Ok, perhaps edited for TV and effect, but in every case shown they were overfeeding by using "loose" measures. The lesson was simple - just weigh your portions properly!
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