Monday, August 30, 2010

Look how well Pop is doing on Darling's!

This gorgeous puppy, Pop, has been growing in leaps and bounds thanks - I like to think - to Darling's. Please, please remember that we LOVE to receive regular photographs of all the dogs we feed as we make everything to order and it is so nice in the kitchen to be able to see who are food is going to. Thank you, too, to Nigel for sending me these shots of Pop.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Taurine issues for cats

A growing number of our customers are using the Darling's vegetable-free dog food to feed their cats.

This makes sense because it is pretty much the purrrfect (sorry, I can never resist a pun) recipe and although we aren't actually promoting it we have set up a special page for it at Darling's Real Cat Food.

One issue that is coming up a lot is that of taurine levels. Is there enough taurine in our food? And - just as importantly - will it survive freezing?

The second question is easily answered. We have done an analysis of our food and the taurine levels after freezing for a month come in at:

Lamb 1260 mg/kg
Beef 638 mg/kg
Rabbit 376 mg/kg

Which is pretty reassuring.

Logic would say that this should be sufficient. Our food replicates what cats would eat if they lived in the wild - that is to say a raw food diet of meat, offal and bone. This was what they thrived on for the six or seven million years before processed cat food was invented and it is reasonable to assume that it contains sufficient taurine.

Anyway, the whole taurine issue only arose after it became clear that modern, processed cat food was short of the stuff and that it is vital to feline health. No one really knows, however, exactly how much taurine cats should be absorbing. The levels set by the various pet food manufacturers strike me as incredibly arbitrary.

I mean, a cat living on a mouse diet would only be getting 240mg of taurine per kilo. Rather less than a cat being fed on Darling's.

This, in turn, leads to the concern that cats could be overdosing on taurine. There is no research on this that I am aware of. Tom, our Chief Veterinary Surgeon, is having a think about this whole issue. In the meantime, our food is 100% natural and an analysis shows it has plenty of taurine in it. Therefore, we don't believe that this is an issue for cats eating Darling's. Moreover, we do not recommend adding taurine unless there is a clear reason to do so. Nature, we feel, knows best.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Halloween Dog Walk for a good cause

A nice email just arrived from Heather Armstrong who helps to run the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (although it should really be the Gambia Horse, Donkey & Dog Trust as they look after a lot of dogs, too) saying that they hope to organise a national dog walk in aid of the charity on 31st October. She is looking for volunteers to help set up local walks and has designed some posters to help publicise each local event. Visit the Trust's website or email Heather ( for more information.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Aaaaaaahhhhhhh! Hurrah for Bucket Boy

A hamper of Darling's Real Dog Food is about to wing its way to this adorable puppy - Miguel - winner of the photo competition organised by Bull Breeds Online - a news forum for lovers of all the different Bull breeds. Miguel lives with the Taylors and - so far as I can tell - about a thousand other Staffords.