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Salters Maintenance

Type of food

Dry extruded complete

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

2kg & 15kg bags


15kg bags = £63.00

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:

Ground Maize, Chicken Meat Meal, Round Grain Rice, Spray Dried Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat, Maize Gluten Meal, Sunflower Meal, Dried Sugar Beet Pulp, Full Fat Linseed, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Yeast (Autolyzed), Natural Seaweed, Dried Whole Egg, Cellulose Fibre, Vitamins and Minerals.

As fed (BETA):

Why is this different from the ingredients list?

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vitamin A 24, 750 IU, Vitamin D3 2000 IU, Vitamin E (as Alpha-Tocopherol Acetate) 347 IU, (Iron) Ferrous Sulphate Monohydrate 33.0 mg, (Iodine) Calcium Iodate Anhydrous 1.8 mg, (Copper) Cupric Sulphate Pentahydrate 19.8 mg, (Manganese) Manganous Oxide 80.0 mg, (Zinc) Zinc Oxide 137.7 mg, (Selenium) Sodium Selenite 0.1mg.

Typical Analysis

Protein 23.0%, Fat 14.0%, Fibre 2.8%, Ash 4.5%, Moisture 8.0%, Calcium 0.68%.

Dry weight nutrients

Above average


Below average

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


15kg bags RRP


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Company info
Name: Salters 44 Salters foods listed
HQ: Suffolk, UK
Manufacturer's product description

" Who doesn't want strong bones, healthy teeth and a shiny coat? Salter's Maintenance has been designed as the optimum nutrition for adult dogs in peak condition.

This is a wholesome food, made from natural ingredients with the right balance of protein and energy. A unique blend of fats, oils, vitamins and minerals ensures your dog gets the finest possible nutrition without putting on weight or bouncing off the walls. Salters Maintenance can also be used as a low sodium, low fat adult diet. Please call us to discuss.

As a general rule, large breeds change from Puppy food to adult Maintanance food from 6 to 8 months and small breeds 10 to 12 months. Maintenance Food is nutritionally covered both for later stages of junior growth and adulthood when changing over as we recommend.We don't use any artificial colours, antioxidants or preservatives. Our dog food's colour is the natural colour after cooking. We use an antioxidant which is a natural extract of Vitamin E (called "topcopherol-rich extracts of natural origin"). Our dog food is preserved naturally, as a result of suitable drying of the cooked kibbles. Like most biscuits, they're naturally stable stored under cool, dry conditions away from animal contact. "

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Andrew Brett 3 years ago

Ratings on all sites are very misleading. If you speak to Mr Salter you will discover that the cumulative ingredient in all but the senior food is human grade chicken at over 60% of the ingredient, fully cooked and deboned at the Salters factory. There is no cheap bonemeal or feathers etc in Salters food. However, due to regulations on ingredient lists, because the other ingredients are bought in a different non cumulative way, they have to show on the packaging to reflect this. The end result is that this skews the actual ingredient list quantities. The maize quantity in Salters is in fact extremely minimal. If you doubt me, speak to Mr Salter who can explain everything. This really is one of the best dog foods available and on top of that Salters don’t pay for top spots on results - they don’t need to.

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alison 6 years ago

We have been using Salters for our Parson Jack Russel, a 15 month old rehome we took in about ten weeks ago now. She was underweight, her fur thin just skin in places with sores on her legs. Ten weeks later (with a bit of help from steroids for her hot spots on her legs) she has a thick glossy white coat, has put on over half a kilo (almost her ideal weight now) and is looking good and her sores have fully healed. Her teeth have also improved. The plaque that was building up (unusual for such a young dog) probably caused by her previous diet of wet food is now reducing. It's lovely to hear her crunch down on her bowl of Salters.However we do have to encourage her by mixing a little meat with the kibble to flavour it. Speaking on the phone last week to the owner of Salters this isn't ideal as it messes up the protein balance. I was surprised by the scoring and I hadn't realised that maize was considered a questionable ingredient. I might try her on a higher meat content kibble in a few months to see if that would stop her needing us to pep up what she has now. But Salters has done a good job for us and we might decide to stick with it.

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Andy Ormsby 6 years ago

I feed nothing but Salters to both my dogs. The younger (age 6) is a grade 7 agility dog and you will not find a healthier girl. Her condition is fantastic with a perfect coat and perfect health. My older dog is 12 and works with me 50 hours a week in my dog daycare. I'm sure the reviewer on this site has what he believes to be a good formula on which to base the low score given to Salters, but personally it is wrong. I observe the health, vitality and what comes out of the other end of dogs on a daily basis (up to 40 dogs a day) and on that alone I can say there's nothing better than Salters.

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Keith fallon 8 years ago

I have used salters both for my own dogs and in my work as a dog trainer and
behaviourist for some time now. From hyperactive dogs through to dogs that eat their own no 2s I have found that salters seems to supply the answers. Having used many different foods over the years and being aware of the various schools of thought on what to feed our dogs I have been impressed with the high quality of the ingredients that Stephen takes such pains in putting into the food. Fresh chicken meat and extra virgin olive oil being amongst the ingredients. Virtually untouched water bowls, firm stools and obvious glowing health is enough to keep me feeding and recommending salters. The other unique thing is that Stephen Salter himself will speak to anyone with questions about his food , he is that passionate!

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