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Which is the best among Composition adult v Mature v Advanced weight control?

Dog PelletsFor those of you who feed your dogs dry pellets you will find this article quite interesting. It compares regular pellet diets of major brands with the Mature product (dogs  7 plus years) and advanced weight control pellet diets. You will find a very high percentage of carbs in grain form for all but the last product analysed.

This analysis looks at the ingredient and nutrition profiles for Eukanuba, Advance, Hills Science Diet, Canidae , EVO as of July 2013.

This article looks at what the major companies do to change a regular pellet meal into a mature dog meal and a weight control meal. Each brand sticks to their main formula and tweaks it a little in the energy per gram, protein and fat percentages. This usually means changing the order of the first five main ingredients and their percentages, though percentages are NEVER stated for specific ingredients. There is often a stark difference in which grains the companies choose to use.

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Blackhawk kibble dog food is one of the major brands on the Australian Market

dog food pelletsThis dog food pellet analysis was performed because I was looking at how to integrate pellets into a raw meat (including offal and bones) diet.

There are many dog feeding philosophies, but this analysis just looks simply at what you get for your money. I have compared the different brands nutrition tables and Ingredients list for Adult dogs. ENJOY!

You will find that every brand has a lot less meat, and a lot more grain than many people expect.

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Dogs should only eat cooked eggs because raw eggs for dogs has lower protein absorption

Egg for dogsEveryone has an opinion on feeding your dogs eggs, but why not let science decide?

It has been found that biotin & trypsin are inhibited when you feed raw eggs for dogs, however you can neutralise the negative affects by thoroughly cooking the eggs. The effects of these vital enzymes is that chronic diarrhea and malnutrition can occur.

Still the reference text recommends only two cooked eggs per week for medium and large dogs.

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The use of carbohydrates or fibre for dogs as nutrition in diet and supplement in a raw meat diet

Wheat slabThe information in this article is extracted from the Dog Nutrition bible  "canine and feline nutrition (Case et al). A raw meat diet typically does not use carbs. This article looks at the place of fibre for dogs diet not only to help solid stool formation, but to strengthen the walls of the intestine by micro-organism support.

This carb concession is based on scientific nutrition principles developed over the last ten years. Wild dogs often get to eat the whole of the animal and that is why their intestines are strengthened, they don't necessarily need to seek out carbohydrates. However, It has been found that a carbs (preferably high fibre content and from the right sources) IS very important to all domestic dogs.

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Digestibility of dog food (& quality ingredients) is an important factor in nutrition

dog eating foodJust as palatability is an important factor in making dog food attractive to dogs, digestibility is more so. Digestibility is a direct measure of the proportion of nutrients in the food that are available for absorption (use) by your dog.

Carbohydrates (commonly grain in pellets and wet dog food) are useful for strengthening the intestine, however if most of a food is passed through a dogs systems undigested, the dogs body will work overtime trying to digest the food, flatulence can occur, malnutrition, or over eating in an attempt to gain sufficient nutrients. This article looks at the difference between low and high quality manufactured dog food and the digestibility of different dog food sources.

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The owner of two companies of dog food recall Australia's pet food industry. Grains anyone?

dog eating foodWould you buy your "dog food" from a confectionery company? There is every chance that is what you have been doing (and your parents) for most of your lives.  Have you ever wondered about where dog food comes from (or at least the companies behind them).  The two main companies selling 'dog food' in Australia are indeed giant international corporations and the next level down is occupied by pharmaceutical companies. How natural does that sound to you?

If you thought the supermarket duopoly of Coles and Woolies was bad, hold onto your hats! The two major dog food manufacturers in Australia that have around the same amount of market share as the supermarkets do in their market. YES REALLY. And that is why you feed your dog grains and vegetables instead of meat.

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Grain based pet foods & artificial palatability may mask your dogs real food needs

supermarket grain dog foodPalatability is the subjective pleasure than your dog or cat experiences in association with eating a food. And so it is the animal's perception of the food based on its senses and memory and not based on the quality of the food (or if it is good for it).

Just like digesting large quantities of chocolate might make humans feel better in the short term, and it is highly palatable to most people, it is not necessarily the healthiest option. This article looks at the specifics of palatability and how many dogs and cats can be fooled into eating more than their fair share of food.

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Is your dog overweight, & why commercial dog food can be to blame

generic grain dog foodThe basics of food intake and diet for humans is that if you want to maintain weight you need to balance energy intake (of food) versus energy expenditure (exercise). For dogs this has massively been complicated by the creation of manufactured dog foods.

If you want to know how to fix feeding issues & dog obesity, read on.

What I am about to tell you may not seem breakthrough, however many people have gotten the basics of feeding wrong, accidentally, much to the detriment of obese dogs.

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Why Offal/ dog organs meat is needed in dog's daily diet?

Dog offal heart kidneysWhy is it important to feed your dog offal/ dog organs? If you feed your dog a manufactured dog food, you may never have asked yourself this question, however, it is as relevant to you as it is to a person who feeds their dog on a raw diet.

Theory goes that because dogs evolved from wolves, that their diet should be the same. While I agree with this statement, the vast majority of dog owners only feed their dog supermarket dog food, which is grain or vegetable based. Offal can supply cheaply some of the natural nutrition missing from most dog's diets.

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Why your dog should eat meat - Research paper shows red meats massive nutrition.

Dog eating meatThis article helps dismantle the notion that meat is an incomplete food (for dogs). For humans (omnivores) yes we need other food sources, but as this article based on an independent Australian University study shows, Meat is a highly dense nutrient food.

It's easy to forget the value of meat in a human diet, let alone the carnivore domestic dog. For a long time there was a movement against meat, however lately humans have been told to have more balance in their diet. While humans have a choice on food types, they should never deny feeding their dog a majority meat diet, as this article will show.

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For Accidental Dog Poisoning call animal poisons hotline Australia

pet_poisonsDo you know the top eleven poison groups that affect or kill pets and dogs, in particular, each year are often easily found around the home?

While many people know some of the human foods and plants that cause problems for dogs, this article looks at the top poison groups that regularly affect our dogs each year.

Read more: For Accidental Dog Poisoning call animal poisons hotline Australia

Buy Low Fat Dog FOOD Treats in Australia call hotline no. 0402262875

dog pancreasThis article is mostly about dog pancreatitis, but you dont have to wait until your dog gets sick or fat to buy low fat dog food treats in Australia !

Pancreatitis is a very serious disease in dogs and humans. This article looks at the causes, symptoms and treatments.  Including what the best low fat dog food options are for your dog to avoid this disease.

Its prevention can be as easy as controlling your dog's diet, however when chronic pancreatitis takes hold, long term and costly treatment are more probable.

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The truth from an Australian scientific study about why dog eating grass?

dog eating grassThere have been many theories about why dogs eat grass, but A group of Scientist from the School of Psychology at University of New England in Armidate NSW actually decided to test out a few of the theories of grass eating in "Canis familiaris."

The study attempted to "describe the pattern of dog eating grass during the day and the relationship between grass eating and the ingestion of food." As this is most likely a dog behavioural issue, the controlled experiment relied on studying twelve dogs over a length of time. Essentially they were offered a meal of kikuyu and couch grass three times daily for 6 days.

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A dog food rolls review claims high quality pet food and is not manufactured but purely meat

Tdog eatinghis article looks at more misinformation in the market place about ‘feeding your dog a “high quality pet food”. In fact manufactured dog foods will not make your dog happy, it will only make the shareholders happy.

If you don’t feed your dog raw meat as its major food, then for health, you should be at least giving them high quality meat dog treats.

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Are dogs carnivores? Actually, dogs are meat eaters stated by the scientists in scientific journals.

dog play mouthing dogThis article serves Domestic Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) the world over. Lately radio and TV has been saturated with commercial vets spruiking their latest fad dog diet. Veggies with a little dog meat guaranteed to make the owner feel better. The reality is that scientists have and always will describe the domestic dog as being a CARNIVORE (see reference list).

Are dogs carnivores? I have said it many times before and will continue to state it, DOGS ARE CARNIVORES. And that is exactly the reason that I sell healthy MEAT dog treats..

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Puppy mince brings happiness and good for the health as puppy raw food diets


Dog loving kidneyThis article is actually an extract of a reply I sent to one of my website visitors. They asked two questions about how to start their puppy on a raw food diet.

Q1 -   "Does (my dog) need any fruit and vegetables (she does not like them)."

A1 - In the wild puppies would only be introduced to eating these through the stomachs of their prey, but this is only incidental ingestion. And the prey stomachs are often just full of the local grasses anyway.

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The truth about dog bones for puppies as dog treats. Which ones are healthy for dogs?


Healthy dog bone treatsThere is much misinformation and conjecture of the roles of bones in a dog’s diet. As I believe in a raw diet ( vegetables) for your dog, 


it is very important to know how to safely feed dog bones for puppies, and what value (nutrition, entertainment and otherwise) they are receiving from various bones.

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Dog Nutrition - meat V vegetable, vitamins & minerals V. AAFCO guidelines


two dogs with a boneThe companion article to this compares beef and chicken (raw and cooked) with fish and corn in regard to their nutrient profiles for fats and proteins.

While these are important, so are the vitamin and mineral profiles and how they relate to the AAFCO guidelines.

You may also be interested with how Australia sets its dog food standards.

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Dog Nutrition is complete when fed a raw meat diet. See how the nutrition profiles compare with AAFCO guidelines.


dog with a boneMeat is vital to your dog because it is a carnivore. But what about cooked meat or dried dog treats? And why is most of the pet food manufacturing industry selling grains and vegetable matter to your dog?

This article reviews the specific nutrition of raw and cooked beef and chicken with the AAFCO guidelines. These American guidelines are taken as a world standard and are cleverly created to preclude raw diets and benefit dog food manufacturers. This is part one of the article and explores the nutrional requirement of dogs in regard to fats and proteins in their diet.

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Can dogs eat lamb? Your dog needs a very important nutritional part of its raw diet.

The previous dog raw feeding article discussed the value of feeding a dog only meat, bones and offal for its meals. Previously I have explored the nutritional content in chicken and beef flesh, which shows it to also have considerable value.

However a dog in the wild would eat all of the animal that it can rip and swallow. That is why it is vital to include offal in the selection of food that your dog eats.

Can dogs eat lamb? The raw feeding guide suggests that up to 10% of the meal should be offal with around half of this from liver and the other half from organs such as kidney, spleen etc.

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Can dogs eat raw chicken? Of course! Raw meat is the most natural and healthy dos diet


Dog eating emu stickCan dogs eat raw chicken? Yes.

I have been a strong proponent of raw meat diets for dogs for many years and most people are familiar with the BARF diet. However Dr B is in fact a manufacturer of dog food products and he has a vested interest in selling you his books.

While his ideas are a vast improvement on ALL corporate dog food manufacturers, I have found a source that tweaks the diet even further with great specific examples of what you can personally purchase and create for your dogs.

Read more: Can dogs eat raw chicken? Of course! Raw meat is the most natural and healthy dos diet

The wolf diet is the same as the domestic dog diet, mainly meat.

Wolf and moon
Why is the wolves’ diet important to you the dog owner? Because domestic dogs evolved from the grey wolf in China about 15,000 years ago and dogs innards are essential the same as prior to the change.

While the wolves’ genes have been very adaptable to man shaping the resulting dog’s aesthetics and behaviour, there has been no reason for the domestic dog’s stomachs to evolve away from what the wolf eats. For hundreds of thousands of years the wolf successfully lived as a carnivore, and the following shows that this is the ideal diet for domestic dogs too.

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A complete list of dog poison foods to be avoided

The following is a comprehensive ‘almost’ complete list of commonly available human foods that are toxic and sometimes deadly to dogs.

You will notice that the list of dog poison foods are all vegetable based or vegetable by-products.

This is another example of why feeding your dog, meat and meat dog treats, is the only safe and natural way to go.

There are a few surprising inclusions in the list and it is recommended that every dog owner is familiar with all of them.

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What is in real dog food & what are TVP s ?

TVP not meatPreviously on my Dog Walkers Melbourne site I created an in depth article on the suspect ingredients included in many manufactured dog food. This was true for kibble (dry food) as well as wet (tinned dog food).

While the situation has not improved and you can still read the original article,I thought it was worthwhile summarising and updating the information here, including the nutritionally valuable part healthy dog treats can play in a dog’s regular diet.

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