This Thursday 9pm on chn 5 what is in dog food. Will you be watching?

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I'm really looking forward to watching the programme as a new dog owner and a raw feeder I'm hoping the programme reflects the benifit a of raw feeding and exactly what is put in dry and wet dog food.

After researching dry dog food ingredients I'm horrified that I used to eat dog biscuits when I was little!

We now use a dustpan and brush to sweep them up, can't imagine doing that before grin

Thanks for the link I will take a look. I'm buying for a local nurserie at the minute and I also buy from www.davidsdoggiedinners.co.uk

My butcher has offered to get a pluck for me, I hope he offers to chop it up!

"we are all poo obsessed"
Me too! I feed my dog raw and I take great delight when his poos bounce or roll rather than slop out grin

I'm a fan of raw feeding but it's not always easy. My local butchers never have bones for example, and I've had to buy a small chest freezer just for the dog meat (he's a large dog)! But I have the meat delivered in bulk by Albion Meat Products which is convenient, and I'm happier feeling more in control of my dog's diet than when feeding dry.

getdownshep Fri 31-Jan-14 14:07:20

Thanksfan for the good advice.
I have joined the raw food group so will keep reading what other people have asked!
I have a butchers near me so I will go and see what they sell.

CEvert Fri 31-Jan-14 12:27:44

Yes, I do think that most people have a ceiling amount that they are willing or able to spend on dogfood.
Nice fresh meats do cost more than the cheap ingredients in most commercial dog food, so it's not in the big brands interest to find out if raw diet is more beneficial.

Chicken legs/wings twice a day would be too much bone for most dogs getdownshep The idea is start with chicken for the first couple of weeks and then introduce other meats. Don't get too hung up on percentages to the point where you are going nuts but use it at a common sense start.

You are looking for a diet that is 80% meat/10% bone and 10% offal (leave offal till later on)

A small chicken wing may weigh 80g and be around 50% bone. Feeding a small dog I would give a boneless meal either side. Maybe give chicken mince for a week and then in week 2, try another meat source...maybe green tripe as very good for them and boneless. You could then feed tripe/wing/tripe. Again, i wouldn't worry too much about weight either...for instance it wouldn't worry me too much to give a wing of 90g. Don't forgot the percentage advice to feed is a guide only...some need a little more, some a little less. Play it by ear (or more like eye!)

Go slowly at first but when under way variety in key...I regularly feed chicken, beef, lamb, pork, duck, tripe, heart, offal, sardines and eggs.

If you haven't already join the FB page raw feeding UK. Great and plentiful advice in there and lots of newbies asking questions at the minute after last night so it is a good time to leap in.

getdownshep Fri 31-Jan-14 11:11:59

I would like to try this on my dogs but have a few questions first.
The first week I just give them chicken mince, 60g, twice a day as they are small dogs. In week two do I just give them two 60g chicken legs!
Sorry if I'm being dense, maths is not my strong point and there seems to be a lot of percentages to work out.

I thought it was very er ....Channel 5 wink. A basic nod at what could have been interesting with very little content and utterly shied away from tackling just how appalling foods like Bakers are. I don't expect it too slate kibbe, clearly it suits some dogs but there are variations.

Still it could have been worse <wanders off to prepare for the next round of salmonella ds will contract from all the raw chicken wink>

It's all about the stomach acid and the way food is digested.

YoureBeingASillyBilly Thu 30-Jan-14 22:43:21

Im just watching the start of this now. I am confused, i thought it was known now that dogs arent descended from wolves?

I was very disappointed. It didn't really go into the real ingredients of dog food, skipped around E numbers, sugar and preservatives without telling the true story.

Showed a positive in raw feeding at first in my eye but then finished with negatives, disease through the fur and risk to children....

Raw is cheaper and I have never brushed a dogs nashers, raw or dry fed!

Butterflylovers Thu 30-Jan-14 22:11:15

Wasn't that impressed with the programme. I was expecting some kind of big independent research showing whether dogs on certain diets have less health problems and live longer. It didn't tell us what we don't know already. Like what's been said in the show, people on average are only willing to spend up to x amount per day on dog food, feeding raw or fresh is more expensive and would cut into the margin of the big brands..... So there is no incentive for them to go down that route until there is overwhelming evidence to support the benefits of raw diet. Until then they will milk it by making us believe their food is the best. For me I will continue to feed raw and fresh diet.

LostInWales Thu 30-Jan-14 21:44:46

Although I would LOVE to know what is in a vegan hot dog sausage, that must be full of crap surely?

LostInWales Thu 30-Jan-14 21:43:51

I'm watching, actually seems quite well done. I'm a bit shocked by that (I feed my whippets raw when I can but otherwise am very finikity about the percentages of proper stuff in their other food, no colours, sugars, proper percentage of meat for my breed of dog etc).

LottieJenkins Thu 30-Jan-14 21:38:34

My boys eat Skinners. It is made in the village next to wear I live and my friend works there so I get a discount too!

Anyone else watching?

Is it bad that I put more thought and effort into the dogs meal plan than our own?

That reminds me, I must go and inspect pick up poo before it gets too dark.

LadyTurmoil Wed 29-Jan-14 22:35:02

Yes! Was laughing at poo discussion on today's feed and amazed at the sheep's and pig's heads a week or so ago. Hadn't really thought about going that far with raw feeding - scary for the neighbours perhaps!

redcorner seems like there are a lot of dogs on that group who are better fed than the humans...

Ha ha! I Always joke the dog is better fed than us. Mine has had minced duck and offal and beef today. Might give him an egg too if he's snouting round later.

We had pasta too grin

My FB feed is a little more exciting now I'm signed up to raw feed uk and extreme raw.

Minced chicken, liver, 2 whole sardines and a carrot for dinner with a rib for afters.

I personally had pasta because it's not payday till Friday grin

Nowt like FB pics of poo and sheeps heads when you are scrolling down your newsfeed on your lunchbreaks wink

CEvert Wed 29-Jan-14 16:55:47

No more falling apart when you pick it up!!!!
Local pet food shop started stocking nutriment, natural instincts and nature's menu.... so lots of choice for when I am too busy to prepare my own.

Pleased to see I'm not the only raw feeder here and also recommend raw feeding uk on FB. Lots of pictures of poos though, we are all poo obsessed.

When I first got my pup I could half fill a carrier bag in a day with smelly slop now it's only a few firm poos with no smell so another bonus.

Even better if you have a small dog...I can get a months worth in a drawer grin <waves back at LadyT>

LadyTurmoil Wed 29-Jan-14 11:12:20

Second fans <waves hello> I fed my foster dog for 2 months on raw and she loved it! Don't be put off by thinking you'll need to have lots of time for preparation/freezers etc - you don't unless you want to order huge amounts online. Otherwise, a small freezer drawer is enough for about 10 days of food (depending on size of dog's meal, of course).

The rawfeeding FB group are great, non-judgemental, very patient with newbies, lots of info available about prices, suppliers, what to feed, when to feed, everything you could wish for!

I also cannot recommend rawfeeding uk on FB highly enough. They is lots of knowledge, experience and also some useful files of info.

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