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    Pets Food, I was told this last night and I would like your opinion

    Muffin, my little terrorist has been causing me some concern this year and it is to do with her appetite! Her appetite and quest for food has doubled, if not trebled this year. No sooner has she had her dinner, which she bolts down without a breath she is looking for more, and when I put her small handful of Bakers dried food down she eats that too. She never used to do this, her bowl of dried food would sit for a day or two before she would bother with it and she seemed more than satisfied after having her evening meal which consisted of a handful of wholemeal "meal" biscuit and a150 gr tray of dog food. This has concerned me so much that I even wormed her last week just in case that was the cause, it wasn't!

    A quilting colleague told me that ALL supermarkets own brands of dog food are liberally dosed with an appetite stimulant so that the dog finishes them off in trice making YOU think she loves it, but really she is just feeling hungry! I have Google this subject and evidently most supermarket foods, including human foods, especially children's, are laced with appetite stimulants to sell more. I AM HORRIFIED.

    I have just been to our local Pet store and bought a well known brand for Muffin and will see if her appetite returns to normal, I will keep you posted on the results but any comments from you would be so appreciated not only by me but I am sure by all of the Fur-baby lovers on the board.

    BTW if she does not improve I will make my own food for her and here is a link for some really good recipes: http://www.collienet.com/Home-made-d...d-recipes.html The reason I am not doing it at present is my health has not been 100% lately but if needs be needs must.

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    We feed our minpin and rat terrier Canadae for the last 4 or 5 years. Check it out on the internet. I leave the dogfood out all the time and one eats in the morning and the other at night. They do not over eat.

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    If she continues to do this, you might have your vet check her out. Maybe she has a hormone issue - like thyroid or other type of problem. I can believe the stimulant in the food - but doesn't hurt to at least have her checked out if it continues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK View Post
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    A quilting colleague told me that ALL supermarkets own brands of dog food are liberally dosed with an appetite stimulant so that the dog finishes them off in trice making YOU think she loves it, but really she is just feeling hungry! I have Google this subject and evidently most supermarket foods, including human foods, especially children's, are laced with appetite stimulants to sell more. I AM HORRIFIED.
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    What's the name of this additive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    What's the name of this additive?
    I don't know I wish I could find more info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QultingaddictUK View Post
    A quilting colleague told me that ALL supermarkets own brands of dog food are liberally dosed with an appetite stimulant so that the dog finishes them off in trice making YOU think she loves it, but really she is just feeling hungry! I have Google this subject and evidently most supermarket foods, including human foods, especially children's, are laced with appetite stimulants to sell more. I AM HORRIFIED
    I don't know if this is true, but it wouldn't surprise me. A couple of months ago PBS World ran a show about how the taste and smell of certain fruits and nuts were being cloned in labs, modified and added to other food products. The reporter asked the scientist if this could make some food more appealing and even addictive. Her response was "yes" then she quickly clarified it with "I'd say definitely more appealing."

    A book I read by David Kessler called "End of Overeating" claimed that certain combinations of fat, sugar, and salt can cause brain circuitry to be hijacked. Must be true, cause I couldn't stop munching on my honey mustard pretzel niblets while reading it. ~

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    The first thing I would do is take her to a good Vet. My dogs have always ate dry pet food and only had a large size dog become overweight, due to lack of excerise. Our fault not his.
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    sounds like a big vat of hogwash.
    just another chicken-little-meets-the-food-police-and-they-all-passed-several-joints.

    i agree with those who recommend a trip to the vet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    The first thing I would do is take her to a good Vet. My dogs have always ate dry pet food and only had a large size dog become overweight, due to lack of excerise. Our fault not his.
    Yes Muffin's overweight is definitely my fault, I live in a flat and her walks are not as active as they should be.

    I would say that Muffin eats and is fine on the little dry food she has but I have only noticed this "looking for more food, please Mummy" is by coincidence since I changed her wet food! I will see how she goes but if need be I will put her more on the Baxter's Senior dried food and cook her food myself, it's just harder to judge how much to give her that way as she loves home made food, what doggy wouldn't

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    I would like to recommend that you use a high quality of food (one that lists a protein as the first ingredient), and then consider looking for healthy weight - and not senior. The senior foods also leave out key ingredients that dogs need. Also, be sure to read the packaging for amount to feed. The higher priced dog foods don't require so much being fed at each meal as they aren't full of unneeded ingredients. I agree about the vet trip.

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    I agree with the suggestion to visit your vet. Many years ago, I had a wonderful cat who seemed to become ravenous - he'd eat everything as soon as he could get it in his mouth. He also tended to lay around more. I took him to the vet and asked if he was diabetic. The vet asked me why in the world I thought my cat was diabetic (after all, I'm not a medical person) and I told him I thought my cat was diabetic because he was acting just like my husband, and my husband was diabetic. The vet laughed at me, but guess what? My cat was diabetic. I learned to give him insulin every day.
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    Take her to the vet. I can believe that they do add something to the food, but I find it hard to believe that all pet foods have this additive in them. Vet is your best bet. Maybe hormonal or even diabetes.

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    Sometimes, we as professionals get a little cocky . I always tell my baby moms, trust your instincts. If it is not seeming "right" call. The other is if you are observing something you recognize, call it in. Don't take a chance that you might be wrong. If you are, so what? Good call on your part by using your powers of observation and deduction. c
    Quote Originally Posted by renee765 View Post
    I agree with the suggestion to visit your vet. Many years ago, I had a wonderful cat who seemed to become ravenous - he'd eat everything as soon as he could get it in his mouth. He also tended to lay around more. I took him to the vet and asked if he was diabetic. The vet asked me why in the world I thought my cat was diabetic (after all, I'm not a medical person) and I told him I thought my cat was diabetic because he was acting just like my husband, and my husband was diabetic. The vet laughed at me, but guess what? My cat was diabetic. I learned to give him insulin every day.

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    speaking of human foods read labels if it has monsodium glutamate in it that is a flavor inhancer also causes lots of health problems not sure as I have no pets but maybe they have added it to pet food

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    poor doggie;. I took meds a couple of times that made me feel terribly hungry. not a great feeling. if changing foods doesn't work, of course take her to the Vet. good luck (())

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    I have heard about an appetite stimulant being added also, so I started researching pet foods and found some that do not have grains, or extra additives. Blue Wilderness, and Canyon River are both grain free and also free of crude protein (whatever that is). Our pets do very well on this. I am using the Blue Wilderness at present as the supplier for Canyon River "Taste of the Wild" left the area.

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    You need to take your beloved pet to the vet!! There could be numerous problems that is causing this issue. Your vet will probably recommend getting some blood work done which can be very beneficial diagnostic tool. You will need to make sure you take a fresh (less than 24 hours old) stool sample. There are soooo many issues with dog foods and treats right now, especially the ones that are being produced in China (even though the bag doesn't say "Made in China") Your baby really needs to be checked out by a professional.

    As for the appetite stimulant being added to store brand foods, that probably is hog wash. There are recommendations on every bag as to how much your animal should be fed daily. Sometimes the portions are bigger because the food is of poor quality and/or has so many fillers in it. The dietary guidelines are set by the AVMA (American Veterinary Medicine Association) and sometimes it will take 1/2 cup of a quality food to get the daily requirements but will take 1 cup to get the same daily requirements in a lesser quality food.

    Who Hoo! I just put my $40,000 education to use! I just finished my schooling for an Associates Degree in Registered Veterinary Technology and am currently doing a 3 month externship at one of the best vet clinics in my city! This counsultation is on the house!!!
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    Sounds like thyroid to me. See a vet!!!!
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    I agree with all of the above suggestions about seeing a vet and also maybe she is bored if she checks out healthy. I know I like to eat if I am bored!!

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    Good to know. I have American bulldog puppy's and feeding them purina puppy chow. But I do always wonder with so many dog food brands out there which is best.
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    I have a beagle who has pancreatitis so I have to watch his diet I also have a cat that had benign tumours in her thyroid which sped up her metabolism she would cry frantically for food 24/7 so I got her checked out. After a course of radioactive therapy the tumours where gone and she was back to her old self with no harm to her. It was expensive but they are my fur babies I also have a border collie who has skin allergies and in spring he suffers. Our vet told us to put him on human analgesics which help a bit. Do get your little one checked by the vet just for your own peace of mind.
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    I was always told a long time ago some of the cheap brands don't have all the nutiants in them to stick with the more well known brands. i would make sure nothing health wise is wrong but remember it is getting toward the winter months and animals and most humans will want to eat more than in the hot summer months.

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    I can understand your concerns - I too have a terrier she is now on Burns Chicken and Brown Rice and her behaviour and appetite is so much better - alot of other dry foods have alot of sugar and salt in them which will make the dog want more since Millie has been on the new food she is satisfied and doesn't demand more - Burns recipe was made by a vet and has no additives it is a bit pricey but worth every penny

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    I hope I am not being too optimistic too early but Muffin has now been on her new food for 3 days now and seems to be happy on it. I chose this brand for her http://www.butcherspetcare.co.uk/choice/faqs/index.html and chose the fresh chicken one which states it has a minimum of meat content of 45% and is made with fresh chicken. No artificial additives or preservatives but has added vitamins. Muffin likes it and I am happier paying more but giving her a higher quality food. Will let you know how she gets on.

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    Who Hoo! I just put my $40,000 education to use! I just finished my schooling for an Associates Degree in Registered Veterinary Technology and am currently doing a 3 month externship at one of the best vet clinics in my city! This counsultation is on the house!!![/QUOTE]


    Congrats to you! And yep, go to the vet.

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