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Discussion in 'Dog Food and Diet' started by Violet Turner, May 12, 2018.

  1. Scrumbles

    Scrumbles New Member Partner Registered

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    Hi Caro,

    No worries at all - cynicism isn't a bad thing :) Yes it is there, if you hover on to any of the products and click more info, you'll be taken to the product page which has the full breakdown on the ingredients tab. Let me know if you can't find it or if you have any other questions.

    Our small medium food adult food is 60% chicken. Rest assured, legally no-one can claim X%, so in our case 60% on the packaging and have 5% or less than this value.

    Sorry to hear your little one has pancreatitis. Whilst every case (and cause) is different, I don't believe we're suitable for you as our adult small/med food is 16% fat as well as high protein and you'll be looking for something lower. I would recommend you speak to your vet as there will be a prescription diet perfect for your pooch.

    Hope that helps,

    Aneisha
     
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    Caro Perry Well-Known Member Registered

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    Ah thank you - found it now Yes that's the level of detail I was looking for. :)

    Fortunately my dog has not got pancreatitis but I am very careful about the amount of fat in his diet and read ingredient lists very closely!
     
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    I meant peas in particular, thought they were good all round (no pun intended!).
     
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    So from what I am reading, it isn't so much that peas are bad; it's that when they are used as a substitute for taurine-rich meat that a deficiency can occur, which in turn can lead to heart problems?
     
  5. Scrumbles

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    Not exactly, you're right in that in a very small quantity peas aren't terrible but it's not a good food to give your cat or dog in general so I would suggest steering clear. Large quantities are problematic because of the link with taurine deficiency but there are studies and suggestions that peas are linked to other issues like diabetes. There are lots of pea free foods in the market. I'm conducting some analysis on all the brands available in Pets at Home - I still have another 300 or so products to go through but so far its around 15% of their foods that have Peas. Hope that helps.
     
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    I hope you don't think I am being pedantic but this is something I have been trying for a little while to find out more about. So far I haven't found anything that shows peas contribute directly to taurine deficiency - only that they are often used to replace more expensive meat products that are taurine rich. So by substituting them for meat, taurine in the diet is consequently reduced. Plus, there is evidence that the high temperatures that many dog foods are processed at destroys the cysteine and methionine content in meat (which is what dogs use to create taurine) - so again not directly because of the pea protein. Can you help me out with more definitive research?
     
  7. Scrumbles

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    Hi Joanne,
    The FDA have conducted and are currently conducting studies into the links. I suggest you start there and you'll be able to find the various links to different studies. It's all over the news at the moment - I'd suggest setting up a google alert so that you get the latest information in.
    Hope that helps
    Aneisha
     
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