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Bakers Adult Review

Type of food

Complete dry extruded

Dog types

Pet dogs

Breed sizes

Suitable for toy breed dogs
Adult weight 1-4kg. e.g. Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier
Suitable for small breed dogs
Adult weight 4-10kg. e.g. Beagle, Dachshund, Jack Russell
Suitable for medium breed dogs
Adult weight 10-25kg. e.g. Border Collie, Staffie, Springer, Vizsla
Suitable for large breed dogs
Adult weight 25-45kg. e.g. Boxer, Labrador, Greyhound
Suitable for giant breed dogs
Adult weight 45kg+ e.g. Bernese, Great Dane, Mastiff

Dog ages

From 12 months to 7 years

Pack sizes

1.2kg, 3kg, 5kg & 14kg bags


14kg bags = £28.99

AADF rating


At a glance

Natural: Free from added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings or other controversial synthetic ingredients
Not high in meat: Contains less than 30% meat ingredients (on a dry matter basis) or meat percentage is unspecified
Not hypoallergenic: Contains wheat, maize, dairy products, soya products and/or artificial additives or has an ingredient list that is too unclear to rule out their presence
Not clearly labelled:

It is difficult to tell exactly what is in this food due to a lack of labelling clarity.

Certified nutritionally complete: This food complies fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO

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Mixing bowl:

Wholegrain Cereals 55%, Meat and Animal Derivatives 20% (Including 4% Beef), Derivatives of Vegetable Origin, Oils and Fats, Glycerol, Vegetables (1% Dried Spinach, 0.3% Dried Pea, 0.3% Dried Carrot), Minerals, Vegetable Protein Extracts, Spirulina (0.2%)

As fed (BETA):

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vitamin a 17500, Vitamin D3 1000, Vitamin E 83, Iron II Sulphate Monohydrate (72), Calcium Iodate Anhydrous (1.8), Copper II Sulphate Pentahydrate (8.0), Manganous Sulphate Monohydrate (5.5), Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate (100), Sodium Selenite (0.17).

Typical Analysis

Protein 21.0%, Fat 10.0%, Fibre 3.0%, Ash 8.0%, Omega3 0.15%, Omega6 2.50%.


326.5 kcal/100g

Dry weight nutrients

Above average


Below average

* NFE carbohydrate level (i.e. not including fibre). Level estimated from available data.


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Company info
Name: Nestlé Purina
HQ: Missouri, USA
Parent company: Nestle S.A.
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Manufacturer's product description

" The BAKERS story begins way back in 1851 when Edward Baker set up a family flour business. Fast forward to 1991 when BAKERS Complete was launched, because Edward Baker believed that dry dog food should be every bit as tasty as it is nutritious.

Our recipe has been made with a variety of tender meaty chunks & wholegrains for quality, tasty goodness. Each meal contains the everyday nutrients your dog needs to get on with all the playful & cheeky things that happy & healthy BAKERS dogs do! "


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GemmaCockapoo 9 months ago

Their latest TV advert now says this has superfoods so I had a poke around their website. No surprise that their idea of superfoods is 1% dried spinach (ie not enough to be of any nutritional value whatsoever) and a bit of spirulina. I really don't know how they get away with some of their claims. For instance, on their meaty meals packaging it says "100% tender chunks" - accurate but purely due to glycerol, not meat. However, their website says "100% Tender Meaty Chunks" which gives a whole different meaning and a deliberately false impression.

I'm sure I've read somewhere here that Bakers has improved as it now has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and perhaps that's why it's been awarded an extremely generous 33%. This is incorrect. One of their FAQs https://www.purina.co.uk/contact-us/faq/ingredients/colours-flavours-preservatives says "Does Bakers Complete still have no added artificial colours, FLAVOURS OR PRESERVATIVES?"

They replied "We changed our recipe in response to the fact that many people are now reducing the number of artificial colours in their own diets. We listened to our shoppers and decided to remove the artificial colours from Bakers as well!"

So deliberately no mention of artificial flavours and preservatives - but all is revealed in another FAQ - https://www.purina.co.uk/contact-us/faq/ingredients/do-your-foods-contain-additivese-numbers -

"Do your foods contain additives/E numbers?

Yes they do. They are needed to ensure that our products are complete, balanced and safe for our pets.

Additives can be functional or nutritional and are divided into three types:

• Nutritional – These support many vital functions in the body (e.g., vitamins, trace elements and amino acids)

• Technological – Help to maintain the food and its flavour, while keeping it safe to eat over time (e.g., preservatives & antioxidants)

• Sensory – Used to give the product the desired taste, colour and texture (e.g., flavourings)

All additives used in our products are regulated and rigorously controlled in accordance with strict European laws – and can be found in food for human consumption. Their safety is completely proven and once they have passed safety tests, they are assigned an ‘E’ number, (‘E’ stands for ‘Europe') for a period of 10 years. At the end of this ten-year period, each additive has to go through a re-authorisation process"

So it's still full of E numbers but they are using the totally legal loophole of saying "No ADDED artificial colours, flavours or preservatives" because a third party chucks them in the ingredients before they reach Purina's factory

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David Campbell 10 months ago

I fed my 15 1/2 year old alsation collie cross rescue for his entire life (got him at 6months)on Bakers with no complaints. 3 vet visits in his life. If you want to change your dogs food you need to change over gradually mixing the brands or they can get sick. I now have a 5 year old Goberian same food no problems.

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Natasha Jade Moore one year ago

I learned of this from my time in the Dogs Trust as a former work experience placement and volunteer. Feeding a dog with bakers dog food, is essentially the equivalent of feeding a toddler with a McDonald's happy meal every day. Not while I have breath in my body would I ever feed this utter junk to any dog I owned, nor would I recommend that any other dog owner feed their dog(s) with it either. If any other dog owner ever asked me about it, my only recommendation about it would be to avoid it like the plague. If someone gave me a bag, a sack or a box of the stuff, I would take it purely so it wouldn't be fed to any dog, and my only use for it would be tinder. It actually makes me want to punch people in the face when I see them buying this utter crap!

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GemmaCockapoo Natasha Jade Moore one year ago

Brilliantly written - an excellent description of Bakers (punching the daft owners might be a bit extreme though)

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Milliemeg Natasha Jade Moore 4 months ago

Our girl has just visited the vet as we were concerned about her weight gain! Turns out it’s the Bakers complete she’s been eating. The vet said it’s like feeding her cakes

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P J Stone one year ago

My rescue pup came to me eating Bakers. I'm so grateful for these threads, I got him off it within three weeks. I used Step Up Puppy, it's not the very best, but the best I could afford and far better than Bakers.

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Bwillnot one year ago

Just because one's own dog didn't get ill is no excuse for defending what you can only surmise is off the slaughterhouse floor, looking at the vast majority of reviews here. If only I'd read them earlier. I now have two dogs at my side, both of whom were perfectly healthy before being given bakers adult last night. This morning they've refused all food and water and the smaller one can hardly walk. They're both curled up asleep and I'm waiting till they wake up, on the vet's advice, to see what we can do next. They're not allowed to warn about bakers, but they know about it now if they didn't before, and everyone here who's given a shocking review should tell their vets the same thing.

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Tanni C 2 years ago

My dog has been raw fed from a young age but is incredibly fussy which results in a lot of expensive waste. I bought Bakers complete and gave him a handful before checking the nutritional value (I didn't expect it to be this bad). He loved it though, is there a similar tender dry food with a decent nutritional value? I'm not bothered about price.

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Alison Whittaker 4 years ago

I wouldn't touch this food with a barge pole! My dogs health is far too precious.
I like to know what the exact ingredients are plus it's got to be human grade.
Heaven knows what the animal derivatives are. I suspect they have either died after being on antibiotics, disease or, the eyeballs, beaks, chicken feet, intestine etc, etc that can not be entered in to the human food chain.
Plus, an acquaintance of mine had his dog diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 8 after a lifetime of being fed this crap.

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Becky Watkins 6 years ago

Such an amazing food, The bin is so full. Thanks Bakers!!

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Jane Pugh 6 years ago

i boght bakers complet 3 days ago and my dog has been sick every day since i knew it had bad reviews but i picked it ip in the garage when i ran out im not feeding her it again

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Kim Tomlinson 8 years ago

I'm sure this is what killed my Yorkie I was one that didn't know then how bad it was and he got pancreatitis and liver cancer at 10 yrs he died within 3 months of his diagnosis. My new pup is on Attu and doing brilliant on that. I just want to shake people when I see them buying this rubbish food

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John Mannis Kim Tomlinson 5 years ago

Same as my collie. I hate myself for not checking out dog foods but i thought, they were pretty much the same. I blame bakers for liver cancer that took my 10 yr old collie. Please do not buy bakers. Wud be better feeding the dog cardboard!
Aatu or akela from now on.

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Michael Clarke 8 years ago

Tastes differ as do opinions & results

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Steff Melluish Michael Clarke 8 years ago

But unfortunately, you won't know if it has had a negative effect on your dog's health until it's too late.

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Michael Clarke Steff Melluish 8 years ago

I differ there as dog has been having regular checks at vets for a loy longer than she has been on Bakers even vet states good health other her problem that has to be regulated the reason that she went on Bakers in first place

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Steff Melluish Michael Clarke 8 years ago

My statement was fact, not opinion? N one can possibly know the effects any food will have on their dog until that effect has already been shown...It also may not necessarily have an immediate negative impact on a dogs health. I eat one hamburger, that's not going to do me any harm, but if I eat nothing but hamburgers for, say 5 years, it's going to have a much bigger impact on my health.Also, if your vet advised you or even supported this change, I would be changing vets as they clearly don't know what they're talking about.Look at it this way- some people smoke 20 a day and still live to be 90...does that mean we should be recommending people to take up smoking?

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Nick Prince Michael Clarke 7 years ago

Maybe so but the facts speak for themselves. Sweep the shed floor (you might a earwig if your lucky) add some sugar and oil. Roll into a nugget and feed to your dog. That's the Bakers way!

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Corey Ringsell Nick Prince 6 years ago

Best summary of Bakers ever Nick!

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Michael Clarke 8 years ago

Bakers giving the stated amounts has reduced my dogs weight by over 3kg in a few months & she loves it if it wasn't for them my dog would not be here now

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Steff Melluish Michael Clarke 8 years ago

If it weren't for them, many dogs would still be here now...
Will never understand how anyone can read the FACTS about how awful this food is and still defend it. There are plenty of foods, diets and exercise regimes that will help a dog lose weight.

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Michael Clarke Steff Melluish 8 years ago

I have done what is right for my girl not using Adut but Senior as I was advised it works well for me but I admit as with humans some have allergies or likes to different things FOR ME IT HAS WORKED & WORKED WELL THANKYOU PURINA

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Steff Melluish Michael Clarke 8 years ago

Any senior food will have the same effect, as they are naturally lower in fat. 2 of the 13 E Numbers in Bakers have been repeatedly linked to cancerous tumours, and it also shares an ingredient (propylene glycol) with anti freeze. But yeah, you're right, it's great :/

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charles Steff Melluish 6 years ago

Do you like eating ice cream? Then you'll have ingested a reasonable amount of propylene glycol yourself. It's metabolised into naturally-occurring elements of the respitratory chain, like pyruvate and lactate, and is quite safe unless ingested in very large quantities. The toxic element in antifreeze is _ethylene_ glycol.I see the Dunning-Kruger effect is alive and well.

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Shine Brown 8 years ago

The Mcdonalds generation for dogs. Shame on anyone that buys this utter sinful excuse for "food". Glad to see so much positive feedback, well negative from bakers/nestles point of view. if you love your dog, your friend, your companion. educate yourself. If you want to destroy yourself with a poorly chosen diet, go for it!

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Ashleigh Hyslop 8 years ago

The worst food ever. My mum feeds her dogs this the amount of times i have told her not to. Her dogs are all overweight, one of them has completly rotten teeth, smell horrible even straight after a bath and coats just look so dull. While mine are fed Eden rated 5 out of 5 on here. My two have no horrible breath, in great condition lovely and shiny, not a single stain on my 7 years old teeth. It costs about the same amount to feed eden as it does bakers because a little goes a long way but nobody will listen to me because according to them £55 for a 15kg is too expensive

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Susan Gardner Ashleigh Hyslop 7 years ago

I used to feed our dog Bakers, we stopped very quickly. We feed her Gentle food now, at £57 for 15kg bag, I don't think that is expensive, that works out about £4 a week. I think you get what you pay for.

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Jez Sutcliffe 8 years ago

My Staff Mastiff cross has been on Bakers for 7 days. He's had to have emergency surgery to remove this food from his stomach as it caused gastric bloating. We don't know if he'll make through to tomorrow 07/12/15, his 8th birthday. How can it be legal to sell this fucking poison? It's animal cruelty! As I live near to gatwick where purina have their head office I'll be returning the rest of their poison to them tomorrow! And the vet bill is £2500+ after 24 hours!

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Yvonne Jane Ennis 9 years ago

i gave my dog bakers and she had loads of health problems the most expensive being at the age of 3
bladder stones leading to a £600 operation when the vet asked what i fed her and i told him he said get her off it now its full of rubbish that they get addicted too and i thought i was feeding her quality food she now has to have a vet diet to help stop the stones forming again

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isabelle leybourne 9 years ago

Firstly this dog food has anti freeze in it secondly this food gave all my pervious 7 dogs cancer it's horible disgusting food noël Fitzpatrick the super vet said its should be banned it also all my pervious 7 dogs had behavioural issues due to the high sugar and colour. dangerous dog food bakers is full of crap killed my perivious dogs it wasn't a coincidence it was the food ! Now all my current 7 dogs I have now are fed raw

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christine ianson 9 years ago

I've used bakers complete for all my dogs, one Yorkie lived until 17,one very tiny Yorkie (rescue dog) until 8 one medium size pomeranian (rescue dog) until 8 and my Yorkie I have now 14 and no problems with any of them bar old age.......

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Shan christine ianson 9 years ago

No offence but just because one of your dogs lived to a good age does not mean this is a good food; and I say one, because 8 is no kind of old age, especially for a tiny breed. I have a Border Collie who is nine and sprints around the house like a puppy, boundless energy and with a full set of gleaming white teeth. My cousin's Collie lived to 18 and was fed Bakers, but she was by no means a healthy dog. That dog struggled on and clung to life, but she was so unhealthy she was miserable. Blind, deaf, severely overweight and struggled with such stiff and painful joints that she could barely walk. She didn't have a single tooth in her skull, having had most of them removed from a much younger age due to tooth decay. Her whole young life she was hyperactive, had bad skin and a coarse, brittle coat, was always suffering from ear infections and digestive issues, as well as having terrible teeth. In the end she was put to sleep because she was so miserable.I don't mean to offend but I work in a pet shop selling dog foods, and I get so tired of people responding to my advice with "But my last dog lived a long time" or "But my dog likes it." - as if either of those points excuse how terrible this food is! As owners it is our responsibility to do our best by our dogs, and provide them with the best food that we can. Feeding a dog this is like feeding a child McDonalds with Haribo on top, pumped full of dangerous chemicals, for breakfast and dinner every day of their life. How ill do you think that child would be?
I fail to understand why, after reading all of this information, you insist on defending the food simply because you use it? I say it so often and I say it again - some people cannot be helped. I just feel sorry for the dogs, they're the ones who have to eat it.

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Tim Frost Shan 8 years ago

Couldnt of said it better myself! Bakers is made purely for profit not your dogs well being! Should be banned!

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nikki Shan 8 years ago

Well said! Just think how long those dogs could've lived given a top quality kibble with high meats and zero grains. I cannot understand that people can find out how bad this food is and still defend it!

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Jez Sutcliffe Shan 8 years ago

It's fucking poison but until Harley was ill yesterday I didn't know about it. Your pet our passion! Bollocks your pet our poison our profits! This shouldn't be legal!

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s sinclair 9 years ago

I just found out that bakers has Anti freeze inside. Just been told be a pro nutritionist who deals with animal welfare. I've heard this before a few years back also, even though my pup loves the stuff. I've just binned the bag.

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Steff Melluish s sinclair 8 years ago

Not that I am for one seconde defending Bakers...but this is incorrect. It has a particular ingredient (propylene glycol to be precise) that is also in anti freeze, it doesn't have actual anti freeze in the food.

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Andrew Smith 9 years ago

How enlightening! We recently bought our dog a tub of As Good As It Looks as a treat and she loved it, so we've been giving it to her once every few days for a week now. I wanted to make sure that it was decent quality so I googled it and found this page. She won't be having any more.

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A Randle 9 years ago

The worst food you can possibly
give your dog! Our boxer pup was weaned onto it by his breeder and when he came to us he literally bounced off the walls! Raw all the way or millies wolfheart one of the best dry dog food out there

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jan 10 years ago

my dog will not touch it

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barbara Blackpool 10 years ago

This food is rubbish..im so angry that without knowing until now that ive been feeding my dogs this food...makes me wonder if 2 of my dogs developed diabetis because of this inferior food, it makes you question it. anyway no more crap for my dogs.

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Kirsty Bentley 10 years ago

My cavalier is almost 8 years old and had been on this almost all his life with seemingly no problems. He wolfed it down and we had no reason to believe there was anything wrong (his stools were a bit mucousy but we weren't concerned). About a month ago he got really bad diarrhoea, we put him on chicken and rice and it cleared up. I tried bakers again and the diarrhoea returned. I looked it up on this website and I was appalled at how bad it is! I thought there must be some kind of regulation for pet food, obviously not! After a month on chicken and rice and 2 weeks on symply, his coat is softer, stools smaller and more solid, he's more playful, there's less dander and a crusty ridge on the top of his nose has almost disappeared. Yes, I will need to spend a lot more on food from now on, but it will be worth it to see him healthier.

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Kitty 10 years ago

I highly recommend Naturediet - which I believe is only very lightly processed. Some good deals online, though it is quite expensive for a large dog month to month. Probably no more than one of the premium dry foods though. Our dog drinks far less water on Naturediet, (looking after other people's dogs has made me realise just how much they drink even when on good quality dry food, but when fed Pedigree, it's like they are diabetic or something - constantly drinking!) and she has a really soft shiny coat and her behaviour has improved (she is a rescue and is fearful of strangers and new situations). We have been learning as we go along with her and completely cut out dry food some months ago - seen a huge improvement in her overall condition. Added bonus is her stools are very small and solid now so far easier to clean up!

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Archiebald 10 years ago

Our dog has just been diagnosed with diabetes, he has to be
injected twice a day with insulin. He is almost 7 years old, moderately active and not particularly overweight. We have been feeding him Bakers Meaty Meals (Complete) It’s the only variant of dog food over the years that we can say he actually loves. When we asked the Vet what caused the diabetes, there is no definitive answer other than obesity ‘can’ cause it, our dog is not and the vet ruled this out. After doing some research and reading this forum, I’m pretty sure that Bakers has got something to answer for here. Stay away from processed unnatural foods especially Bakers.

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david smith 10 years ago

my dog won't eat bakers complete. even if its all i give him, he eats whatever else is in the bowl but leaves every piece. i keep forgetting & buy it again occasionally in the shop but its always the same. he really must think its rank

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Lee 10 years ago

I bought some Bakers for the first time a few days ago and since then she hasnt been right! I have stopped the bakers now so hopefully she will perk up but at the minute she is on antibiotics and wearing a lampshade due to her trying to rip her paws apart. :-(

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Carol Cooper 10 years ago

Sorry to say I did at one time feed my Dalmatian/collie cross this food, weight just piled on, even with careful weighing of the food! My poor fox terrier developed food allergies , so definitely cereal free dog food for my canine family.

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Jan kersey 10 years ago

I have two Chihuahuas on this mixed with a little wet food and they are doing very well though one getting a tad overweight now he is over 4. Little worried so will think about changing, only problem is they are very fussy and will probably end up with full bags of expensive food wasted.

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Μικε Jan kersey 8 years ago

There are good foods here that are not expensive, Markus Muhle being one.

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Jill 10 years ago

oh crumbs.......a friend of mine has fed her Daschund Bakers (only at breakfast time) for 7 years and he is quite healthy and well behaved.......this prompted me to buy a large bag of it for my pup.......now after reading this it has me worried.......

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AC 10 years ago

Horrid!I use Pero Organic for my dogs. Human grade ingredients and all natural and you really notice it in their general health, energy and coats. Its a shame theres such a small percentage of natural food for dogs and when you look into it it's actually quite hard to avoid the artificial stuff when looking for treats etc. too - and expensive!

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Kristine 10 years ago

I buy 4Health grain free fish and potatoe and that stuff is awesome, rated 3 1/2 stars. I back it up with Vitamins. Reasonable cost

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Guest 10 years ago

Why buy this when there are some quality foods on the market

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MoreBees 10 years ago

This is an excellent resource, thank you!
We have had our spaniel, an ex rescue, for 18 months. We were fortunate in that we had a good quality dog food recommended to us (Arden Grange) - which we have kept him on, and he is doing brilliantly on it, but I also did my own research. I was really disgusted at the way the major dog food manufacturers are getting away with so much. Seems to me, the animal suffers, the pet owner forks out for the vet bills, and the big companies walk away scott-free. And here is a bitter irony: looks like some big companies are using marketing spin to justify premium prices for products that might be more accurately labelled 'chicken feed'.I was looking for a resource to direct people to, and I'm really glad to have found this website. I try to raise awareness about this issue with all the dog walkers I come across on a daily basis, and on social media, so I will definitely share this website. I also agree with you - it's a good idea to support the independent companies.
Things have to change, and that change starts with awareness, I think.

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disqus_MZUxMHHa1Q 11 years ago

I can believe that Ive been feeding this food to my dogs for so long, I'm absolutely disgusted.

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Stan Rawlinson 11 years ago

There is a well know dog food sold in the UK, with all of the following nasty ingredients. So which Brand is it?E320 - has been found to be tumour-producing when fed to rats. In human studies it has been linked with urticaria, angioedema and asthma. E321 - BANNED for use in food in Japan, Romania, Sweden, and Australia. The US has BANNED it from being used in infant foods. So bad McNasty's have voluntarily eliminated it from their products. E310 - BANNED from children's foods in the US because it is thought to cause the blood disorder methemoglobinemia E172 - BANNED in Germany
E132 - Can cause skin sensitivity, a rash similar to nettle rash, itching, nausea, high blood pressure and breathing problems. One of the colours that the Hyperactive Children's Support Group recommends be eliminated from the diet of children. PROHIBITED in Norway. E102 - TARTRAZINE -A trial on 76 children diagnosed as hyperactive, showed that tartrazine provoked abnormal behaviour patterns in 79% of them E110 - Sunset Yellow (E110) has been found to damage kidneys and adrenals when fed to laboratory rats. It has also been found to be carcinogenic when fed to animals E104 - One of the colours that the Hyperactive Children's Support Group recommends be eliminated from the diet of children. BANNED in Australia, Japan, Norway and the United States. E171 - BANNED in Germany E153 -BANNED as a food additive in the United States of America. Suspected as a carcinogenic agent. So which dog food contains all these?Yup Its our old friend BAKERS

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Tony Cruse Stan Rawlinson 10 years ago

Just wondering where those E additives are listed on the packet. And if not where does this info come from?

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charles Tony Cruse 6 years ago

You can find a list of the additives in Bakers on their site:
https://www.wearebakers.co....There's a lot of hysteria and ignorance surrounding these. Some could possibly cause hypersensitivity reactions, but most of them are completely safe:
E172: Iron oxide, i.e. rust. It's iron in a form with low bio-availability and most will pass straight through the digestive system.
E153: Vegetable carbon, i.e. burnt vegetable matter, if you like dark toast then you're eating plenty of this yourself. An EFSA panel re-examined the scientific evidence in 2012 and ruled it safe.
E132: Indigo Carmine, widely used as a colourant in human foods, but some people (and dogs) might experience a hypersensitivity reaction to it.
E102, E110, E104: Members of the 'Southampton Six', a group of food colourants that were targeted as a putative cause of hyperactivity back in the '70s. In the intervening 40 years no solid scientific evidence has been presented to confirm that any link actually exists. Tartrazine (E102), however, has been shown to produce hypersensitivity reactions in a small proportion of humans (0.1-0.01%), and this usually manifests 12 hours after ingestion.
E320: Butylated hydroxyanisole. Has been shown to produce cancer in rats and hamsters, but is actually protective in mice. No evidence of carcinogenicity in humans. No research I can find of its effect in dogs.
E321: Butylated hydroxytoluene. A related compound to E320. Has also been the subject of research into carcinogenicity, with similarly contradictory results. There is a reasonable amount of evidence that it might actually *protect* against tumours caused by other carcinogens. It might also have a protective effect against hepres virus, but no conclusive proof of this.
E310: Propyl gallate. This is probably worth avoiding. Metabolised to gallic acid that can cause intestinal irritation.
E171: Titanium dioxide. Commonly used to produce the white colour in toothpaste and sweets, but there are concerns that the titanium can form nanoparticles and be absorbed, which may lead to interference in immune function and preneoplastic lesions. Research on this is still at a very early stage though.I'm not saying Baker's dog food is a good choice, and for the price you can certainly find better alternatives. But I think people need to make choices based on genuine information rather than half-truths.

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Dormouse Stan Rawlinson 3 years ago

Well this is a bit outdated now that they have removed artificial colours and flavours, now they only need to increase the meat content and have a named ingredients list to have a somewhat presentable 'budget' food. 15% (dried) meat content is too low for me, but even some 'premium' brands have similar levels, like Burns with 17-20% meat content for the most part yet 3-4x the price of other similar ingredient foods. The are lots of foods at a similar price point to Bakers with a higher meat content so I will never understand why people go for it over those except for convenience...

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Dorothy Little 11 years ago

My French bulldog was on royal canon when I got her but refused it later, I put heron pedigree tins, then she won't eat that, now on bakers meaty chunks and eats it, after reading reports I am worried what to feed her on, any suggestions please.

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All About Dog Food Dorothy Little 11 years ago

Hi Dorothy. You're quite right that Bakers is pretty unpleasant stuff so I think a change would be a great idea. Your best bet would be to use our Advanced Dog Food Search Engine to get a list of foods that should suit your French Bulldog. They'll be ranked in order of their rating so the nearer the top, the healthier we would expect them to be. Please also take a look at our Feeding Guide for tips on feeding fussy dogs. Please let us know how you get on and if there's anything else I can help with at all, please be sure to get in touch.

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MoreBees Dorothy Little 10 years ago

Dorothy, I personally recommend Arden Grange, from my own experience - and I do not have any associations with any companies at all.
My spaniel had bad breath and very stained teeth when we got him. However, the bad breath disappeared very quickly, and his coat is looking good. Having limited experience with dogs, I asked the vet about having his teeth scraped, but they said this would not be a something they would do, as it involved an anaesthetic, which involves risk and so not recommended for cosmetic procedures. I was told good diet and brushing would do the job over time. The vet was right. His teeth have improved - not perfect yet, but very significantly better.
Also, this may seem a strange thing to say but his poo is always 'good quality'!If I could not buy Arden Grange, I understand Burns is quite a good one, and there are a couple other good, independent companies.

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Stan Rawlinson MoreBees 10 years ago

I feed my dogs on Fish4Dogs. I just find it the best for my dogs on the market. As a Dog Behaviourist I see the effect of food on dogs, I can almost spot a Bakers dog, it is the one bouncing off the walls.
Arden Grange is quite a good food. The jury is out on Burns though good ingredients it seems to cause more instances of Coprophagia (dogs eating faeces) Therefore there could be something lacking?

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MoreBees Stan Rawlinson 10 years ago

Since I last wrote the comment above (and the one below) we have increased our spaniel's fresh meat even further, as a proprotion of his meals (we were adding it to his complete food anyway), and are reducing the Arden Grange now by quite a lot. This website has helped so much, and it just feels right to feed him meat and fish.I'm thinking of switching to Wainwrights as a mixture, instead of Arden Grange....although I'm also tempted to creep further toward BARF feeding.It's so strange to give dogs highly processed food - I suppose we've been brainwashed for years into automatically buying it.Yet a large pack of human-consumption grade liver costs about 70-80p from Tesco (which I cook for him). A packet of frozen tripe costs 80p from the pet shop (which he eats raw). He also gets an ocassional egg, or a tin of sardines & some chicken, and it really doesn't cost that much. I also give him Fish4Dogs but only in treats at the moment.It's always worth keeping an eye on some of the bargain offers on the meat and fish counter.With regard to these pet food companies, I really wonder whether they are in breach of advertising codes with the messages they put out there.Think it's high time we had better regulations to protect our pets, and not have the wool pulled over our eyes.

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Stan Rawlinson MoreBees 10 years ago

I am of the belief that Wainwrights is close too, or is the same ingredients as James Wellbeloved. Both James Wellbeloved and Royal Canin is owned by Masterfoods which also owns Pedigree.I am not a fan of Pedigree or Bakers and have written an article on these two top selling UK dog foods. In it I have listed the 13 Es found in Bakers Complete, 10 of which could possibly be a cause of concerns.To put that into perspective MacDonald's only have 7 Es

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MoreBees Stan Rawlinson 10 years ago

Thanks Stan - what a great job you have, by the way! I thought Wainwrights was independent, which is why I thought i'd give it a go. I agree on Pedigree. Bakers are owned by Nestle. I wouldn't trust Nestle with a paper bag, let alone the health of my dog. They make Purina, and some others I wouldn't put anywhere near our spaniel....I've just checked, and this is the Wainwrights one I was going to look at - from the info it seems to suggest it's a Pets At Home brand, although who makes it for them isn't clear - now I have looked more closely, it's a wet food. http://www.whichdogfood.co....Then again, I have just discovered this one:
http://www.whichdogfood.co....Do you feed yours on Fish$Dogs all the time Stan? I might try that one for a change. For now I'm still mixing in a complete dry feed with real meat, because in the past, he has had the runs if I give him mostly meat for a few days.This looks like an interesting one too:

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Pegasus Pets MoreBees 10 years ago

Wainwrights is made for Pets at Home to their formula.
We have been selling Simpsons dry dog food for awhile but their wet canned food is getting really good feedback to us - even though it is very pricey.

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Stan Rawlinson MoreBees 10 years ago

Amanda Bakers is owned by Purina not Nestle. But I agree I am also no fan of Nestle

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Piers Smart Stan Rawlinson 10 years ago

Hi Stan, Purina are owned by Nestlé . The company is Nestlé Purina Pet Care and they own Bakers and turnover more than $32 Billion on petfood worldwide :-(

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julia sandford Stan Rawlinson 10 years ago

yes I put my dog on burns and was truly horrified when she started to eat poo . . she had never done this before.

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Kelly Lawrence Stan Rawlinson 8 years ago

my two have been on burns for a couple of years and have never eaten poops

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animalnut 11 years ago

I had a Collie on Bakers for awhile and he was bouncing off the walls. I changed him to a natural dogs food and within days his behaviour improved a hundredfold. I would never recommend Bakers to anyone frankly

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