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dog food advice please

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5y, 9m agoPosted 5 years, 9 months ago
at the mo we have our dogs on royal canin but its very expensive can anyone recommend a cheaper alternative that is still a good quality or does anyone know of a cheaper supplier please?
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1 Like #1
I'm feeding my staff bull on pedigree all in one, we tried more expensive foods and he hated them so it's now the cheap and cheerful stuff.

So what are you currently paying and from where? that's a good starting point!!
#2
i buy from pets at home and its £38.76 for an 8.5kg bag
2 Likes #3
To be honest with you I feed my dogs on Wagg, a lot of people will say its crap but I disagree. Both my previous dogs were fed on it and lived to a good age with no dietry-related health problems, good teeth and beautiful coats.
Its entirely up to the individual what you feed your dog on, some swear by wet food, others dry. Also a lot of dogs are fussy and will only eat certain "brands"......I have been lucky that my dogs will eat just about anything!

Forgot to say it £9.99 for a 15kg bag

Edited By: bitseylango on Feb 13, 2011 08:30
#4
yeah thats the problem they are very fussy eaters and will only seem to eat the expensive brands
has anyone tried wainwrights as that is on offer at the mo but i dont want to buy a load only to find the dogs dont like it
#5
edjaned
yeah thats the problem they are very fussy eaters and will only seem to eat the expensive brands
has anyone tried wainwrights as that is on offer at the mo but i dont want to buy a load only to find the dogs dont like it


Can you email various companys and ask if they will send a small sample to try your dogs on? Or have any dog owner friends who use a different food you could borrow a sample off? We gave a small supply of wagg to a friend of ours dog but she wouldnt eat it....but saved her buying a big bag.
#6
my friends dogs are on tinned :( and my mums dog will eat anything so have no one to ask
but thats a good idea about the food samples will give that a go thanks
2 Likes #7
Try James Wellbeloved, it's in the same price category as Wainwrights but cheaper than Royal Canin. My GSD was on it for a while before she suddenly decided she didn't fancy it anymore!
1 Like #8
try here zooplus
10% off 1st order and free delivery over £19 and looks cheaper. I have used these and are very good.


Edited By: bitseylango on Feb 13, 2011 08:47
#9
there are quite a few multibuy offers on the food at pet supermarket but will have to get some samples first before buying large bags
another prob im having is i have to keep them on different foods and stop them eating each others its a pain.i did try the pets at homes own brand the premium one but they dont seem to like it even though it has high meat content
#10
bitseylango
try here zooplus10% off 1st order and free delivery over £19 and looks cheaper. I have used these and are very good.
thanks will have a look :)
1 Like #11
Why not try and mix the food up a little at a time and gradually wean them off the royal canine onto something cheaper?

start off with just a small handful in with their food and gradually increase it and decrease their old food. That way they can adjust to it and see what they do. The other thing to remember is not to give them any treats whilst doing this as they will be hungry when their meal comes and actually then eat it!
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edjaned

another prob im having is i have to keep them on different foods and stop them eating each others its a pain.


I have just given my 2 their breakfast and had to put the lappy down as Hudson had scoffed his down & pushed Macy out and started eating hers too! Its like having a pair of toddlers in the house again!
1 Like #13
I use little chompers for dog food our dog had terrible wind and had a skin allergy which have both been fine since we have been using this food, they will provide samples if you want to try it out first and its very reasonably priced link below:-
http://www.littlechompers-petfood.com/
1 Like #14
When we had our dog we used to buy our dogs food from RSPCA it was cheaper than anywhere else plus it was exactly what the dog required and we were suporting our local RSPCA into the bargain
1 Like #15
I'm not sure what type of dog y have but we have a Labrador and the breeder recommended Dr Johns dog food, it's a dry biscuit which we add water to. There are 3 or 4 varieties, bronze, silver, gold and possibly a platinum, we buy the gold and it is £10-£12 for a massive sack of it. We used to buy Beta for 2.5x the price when we had the other dogs but Dr Johns seems just as good, her coat is in a beautiful condition (people compliment it a lot), she is healthy and loves it.
More and more breeders are using it and people around here. We used to have to ask our pet store to order it in especially for us and now they stock it.
They have a website, I am using mobile web as my computer is broken but type it into google an have a look if there are any stockists near you.
#16
i have a gsd and shih tzus
the gsd i normally buy the large breed food and for the others i buy the puppy mini food
do u think there is much difference between the normal puppy food and the lge breed food? im trying to avoid the gsd have problems with joints in later life thats is why i buy her the large breed food but it is a pain buying them seperate foods and storing them as i tend to buy in bulk,i try to buy a food with a high meat contect as the ones with less protein they dont seem to like
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We use Barking Heads but it's not cheap. The with some cheaper foods s you end up giving the dog twice the quantity of mre expensive food so it might nt save much really. The reason for this is that some cheaper foods are packed full of cereals which a dog can't digest properly so to get enough goodness into them you have to giv them more. So another downside to some cheaper foods is bigger, smellier, less solid mess to pick up.

James wellbeloved is often on 3 for 2 in petsat home and has. Good reputation.

I personally would never buy any food whose main ingredient (usuallynthe first one listed) is cereal. Neither do I like "meat derivatives" as a primary ingredient.

That said we have a miniature schnauzer who doesn't eat the quantities thatsay a gsd does

Edited By: stewby on Feb 13, 2011 09:58
1 Like #18
edjaned
yeah thats the problem they are very fussy eaters and will only seem to eat the expensive brands
has anyone tried wainwrights as that is on offer at the mo but i dont want to buy a load only to find the dogs dont like it


buy the smallest bag they sell and try it:) if they wolf it down then buy the ones on special :)
2 Likes #19
arden grange and ive looked into lots of dog food and arden grange comes out top for what they use and price have a look and best place to buy if you can in 4 bags 6 bags is ebay or 1-2 bags about same price most places i get 6 bags for £139 all in or 1 bag about £25 you dont need alot so last a long time more than most its 1 of the best well i think the best for dogs go check it out ARDEN GRANGE
#20
q44q
arden grange and ive looked into lots of dog food and arden grange comes out top for what they use and price have a look and best place to buy if you can in 4 bags 6 bags is ebay or 1-2 bags about same price most places i get 6 bags for £139 all in or 1 bag about £25 you dont need alot so last a long time more than most its 1 of the best well i think the best for dogs go check it out ARDEN GRANGE
above is for 15kg bags

Edited By: q44q on Feb 13, 2011 10:23
1 Like #22
Do you have a Kennelgate pet shop where you are? We were having all sorts of issues with finding suitable feed for our greyhound. We ended up feeding her burns which was so overpriced but was the only thing that suited her. We went to kennelgate and their fantastic staff helped us find a suitable feed by giving us samples to try etc. The one we use now is £20 cheaper than burns. Just be careful when you change your dogs feed, make sure you blend it in with her other feed to start with.
1 Like #23
ARDEN GRANGE
Adult: rich in lamb & rice

Meadow reared lamb meal as the primary ingredient – an excellent protein source that is both palatable and easily digestible

Super-premium ingredients – no animal derivatives or by-products used

Ethically produced – only meadow reared/pasture fed lamb used

Moderately energy dense – ideal adult maintenance feed for pet dogs or those in light work

Alternative protein source – frequently suited to those dogs with an intolerance or allergy to chicken protein

Extremely competitively priced – our best selling product


Ingredients

Lamb Meal* (min 30%), Whole Grain Rice (min 26%), Whole Grain Maize, Chicken Fat*, Beet Pulp, Dried Brewers Yeast, Egg Powder, Fish Meal*, Linseed, Fish Oil*, Minerals, Vitamins, Nucleotides, Prebiotic FOS, Prebiotic MOS, Cranberry Extract, Chondroitin Sulphate, Glucosamine Sulphate, MSM, Yucca Extract. * Preserved with mixed tocopherols and rosemary extract.

Typical Analysis

Protein 25%, Oil 16%, Fibre 2%, Ash 8.5%, Moisture 8%, Omega6 3.5%, Omega3 0.4%, Vitamin A 15000 IU/kg, Vitamin D3 1500 IU/kg, Vitamin E 80 IU/kg, Calcium 1.53%, Phosphorous P 1.1%, Copper 20 mg/kg (as Cupric Sulphate).

Feeding Guide

The breed, age, activity level and temperament of your dog will influence the amount of food required. The quantities shown in the chart below are for guidance only. Always ensure fresh, clean drinking water is available.




Edited By: q44q on Feb 13, 2011 10:37
#24
no dont have a kennel gate by me :(
will get in touch with arden gate to see if they will send me a sample to try
thanks for all your help :)
its hard to find a food thats good for them,doesnt cost a fortune and they enjoy mine are all fussy eaters :(
#25
thanks will get in touch with them to see if they will send me sample :)
#26
pontprennau
edjaned
yeah thats the problem they are very fussy eaters and will only seem to eat the expensive brandshas anyone tried wainwrights as that is on offer at the mo but i dont want to buy a load only to find the dogs dont like it
buy the smallest bag they sell and try it:) if they wolf it down then buy the ones on special :)
thanks but the problem is the high quality small bags are still a tenner each so worse out expensive if they wont eat it.i would prefer a food they could all be on but i dont want to risk them all being on same food incase it causes probs for either breed
#27
dr johns is a complete load of crap, seriously without sounding rude read up before you order this rubbish yes your dog may love it but do read the rubbish it contains, there is a reason dog food can be so cheap while others so costly and its purely down to whats in it.
banned#28
my boys get arden grange and its top notch,

I looked around for some Royal Canin vets food for my retired gsd and found this company the cheapest and free delivery
http://www.petplanet.co.uk/dept.asp?dept_id=1&spMailingID=36273002&spUserID=NjUxNzc1Njg2NwS2&spJobID=94305941&spReportId=OTQzMDU5NDES1
#29
my dog is a very fussy eater i have tried loads of dog food only for him to turn his nose up at it Tesco has i 3 for 2 deal on at the moment so i thought i might try him on hi-life which is moist dog food £4.66 for 2kg turkey and chicken with bacon flavour and beef with cheese flavour you can really smell the bacon and cheese and to my surprise he woolfed it done.
#30
your dogs poo will tell you how they are doing with the food your feeding them if its firm and well shaped its all good if its soft splat and smells real bad well you need to look again at what your feeding them firm stools are what you need to see and your dog is doing well with what your feeding them this will also let you know if they are feeling well or not
#31
Used to have mine on top notch tinned food, but the smell & preparation of it is nasty.

Moved over to complete dry food (Asda) & she's been perfect on it for 4 years. I just switch flavours every other week :)
2 Likes #32
James well beloved
#33
also the amount of times they poo, if fed cheap food filled with rubbish there is a chance they will poo a lot more and either not gain weight or infact lose weight as foods stuffed with cheap cereal passes easily through them so they are not getting no goodness from it


q44q
your dogs poo will tell you how they are doing with the food your feeding them if its firm and well shaped its all good if its soft splat and smells real bad well you need to look again at what your feeding them firm stools are what you need to see and your dog is doing well with what your feeding them this will also let you know if they are feeling well or not
#34
Unfortunately after quite a bit of research into this myself Royal Canin isn't a very good pet food so coming off it would be good :)
James Wellbeloved as recommended by quite a few other posters above is a very good pet food so I'd try them with that and hope they like it lol!
#35
You could possibly find royal canin cheaper from here, Zooplus and 10% off first orders
#36
B.A.R.F. say no more !!!!!!
#37
rangermastiffs
B.A.R.F. say no more !!!!!!


Blimey, if that's one of yours in your avatar I bet he gets through a cow a week X)
#38
my newfoundland was on iams but went off it and is now on harringtons really good dog food but largest bag is 5kg and is £7.13p so works out at just over £20 for 15kg.
#39
oh forgot to mention she is a very fussy eater too and wont eat all the norm foods like pedigree and bakers etc.
1 Like #40
We moved our lab from expensive royal canin to orlando complete dog food 10kg @ £7.99 from lidl over a year ago and have noticed absolutely no change except on my wallet. Our lab gobbles it up in about 20 secs. At end of the day I think there is a lot of snobbery when it comes to dog food and sometimes cheaper works out just fine.

We have always supplemented our dogs diet by feeding dinner scraps (suitable veg/meat/poulty scraps)

Edited By: Deano467 on Feb 13, 2011 13:10: edit

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