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    Just wondering if anyone has heard of AFFCO nutrition guidelines? Because Ralph needs softer foods these days, I was trying to find something new for him as he was getting bored of his chicken etc.
    I picked up a tinned food called "Fish for dogs". Choice sardines with tuna rice and veg. The can says:-
    Shiny coat
    Healthy heart
    No artificial colours preservatives or flavours
    Meets AFFCO adult dog nutrition guidelines

    Anyway, Ralph really loves it, so I thought I would see if anyone has heard of the AFFCO thing!

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    BOH....

    Sorry but ive not heard of AFFCO.

    A few sugesstions of soft foods that maybe ok for dear Ralphy boy ...
    canned or fresh sardines, salmon, mashed pumpkin, cooked shredded spinach, boiled or steamed lamb shank meat, boiled or steamed osso bucco meat (meaty veal bones), boiled brown rice, (white rice contains alot of gluten, not good for pooches in big doses)
    Last edited by Aussie Floyd; 04-23-2010 at 06:38 PM.

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    Have no idea about AFFCO, but my lot love the "Fish for Dogs" too Boh! I keep a couple of tins in the cupboard for the newbies to stimulate their appetite. They like the salmon...

    However, when you work out how much it costs per kilo, it's actually cheaper to buy fresh fish and cook it up with some rice and veg at home!

    If you can stand the smell, get Ralph some smoked cod (make sure you check for those little bones), poach it in some water...guaranteed winner! (cheap too, it's a yummy dinner for a change with bread and butter, yummmm!)

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    It is an American organisation Bo. Here is the link:

    AAFCO Home Page



    edit: upps its not. I thought I read AAFCO.... sorry, just ignore the post.....
    Last edited by hippo; 04-23-2010 at 06:24 PM.

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    Thanks AF and GAG, I will try some of your suggestions over the weekend!
    During the week after work it can be a bit busy with things, so I will keep some cans on hand!
    Thanks again!

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    BOH...

    I'm not sure how much spare time you have on the weekends, but i have a suggestion that may make it easier for you during the week time frame etc.... what about preparing Ralph's food/ meals in bulk & freeze individual portions in freezer bags & defrost or quick zap/ defrost in the microwave before serving etc..

    I do the same for "big bums" meals, it's so much quicker at meals time etc if i've got a busy week ahead etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    BOH...

    I'm not sure how much spare time you have on the weekends, but i have a suggestion that may make it easier for you during the week time frame etc.... what about preparing Ralph's food/ meals in bulk & freeze individual portions in freezer bags & defrost or quick zap/ defrost in the microwave before serving etc..

    I do the same for "big bums" meals, it's so much quicker at meals time etc if i've got a busy week ahead etc.
    Yeah, I will do that! Used to do that with hubbys meals when we lived in Dalby and we were both working 60-72 hour weeks, always on opposite shifts!

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    Hi Bo,

    I think you may have got the label wrong???

    The AAFCO is the American Association of Food Control Officials. As many brands of pet food here in Asutralia are actually manufactured by American companies, they will still contain this authorisation on the bag of the tins/bags or on labels somewhere.

    They are the authority that regulates that pet food is kept up to a particular health standard.

    Some products sold here may contain on their labels a similar thing which is the PFIAA (pet Food Industry Association of Australia) who are the controlling body for pet food companies originated and manufacturing here in Oz.

    Hope that makes sense.

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    Hi DA,

    definitely AFFCO, that was why I was querying it!

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    No, never heard of it or come across it here. See if Myf has come across it in the surgery with foods they are currently selling?

    AFFCO could be a meat processing company. I know it is a meat processing company in NZ, Grey's have may have heard of it, but never known of one here ever.

    Interesting.

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