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Wainwright's Dry Adult Grain Free 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

2kg & 15kg bags


15kg bags = £54.99

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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
Hypoallergenic: Free from wheat, maize, dairy products, soya products and artificial additives
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

Price per day




Mixing bowl:

Lamb 34% (Lamb Meal 24.5%, Freshly Prepared Lamb 5%, Lamb Fat 4.5%), Potato, Sweet Potato (20%), Potato Protein, Peas (5%), Minerals, Beet Pulp (2%), Linseed (2%), Dried Carrot (0.5%), Seaweed Meal (0.5%), Chicory Root Extract (0.1%), Dried Broccoli (0.05%), Dried Rosehip, Dried Parsley, Dried Thyme, Yucca Extract (0.02%), Dried Spearmint.

As fed (BETA):

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vitamin a 17, 000iu, Vitamin D3 1, 500iu, Vitamin E 70mg. Trace Elements: Iodine (as Calcium Iodate Anhydrous) 2.5mg, Selenium (as Sodium Selenite) 0.1mg, Copper (as Copper (II) Sulphate Pentahydrate) 8mg, Iron (as Iron (II) Sulphate Monohydrate) 60mg, Manganese (as Manganese (II) Oxide) 50mg, Zinc (as Zinc Oxide) 100mg.

Technological additives

Mixed Tocopherols.

Typical Analysis

Protein 24.5%, Fat 10.0%, Fibre 3.5%, Ash 11.5%, Moisture 8.0%.

Dry weight nutrients

Above average


Below average

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


15kg bags RRP


Grams per day


Cost per day


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Company info
Name: Pets at Home
HQ: Cheshire, UK
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Manufacturer's product description

" At Wainwright's we want the very best for your dog. So, our naturally inspired recipes are tailored to your dog's needs. Made with high quality ingredients and a single source of protein, our recipes are packed with wholesome goodness that's easy to digest. It's in our nature.

Wainwright's Grain Free Adult Dry Dog Food with Lamb and Vegetables is a complete balanced dry food that your dog will love. Made with a hypoallergenic recipe with no added wheat, pork, dairy, soya or artificial flavours, colours or preservatives, you can be assured the highest quality natural ingredients have been chosen with care.


Hypoallergenic, easy to digest formulations;

Quality, wholesome ingredients;

Made from a single source protein;

Freshly prepared with pride in the UK. "

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Jay “JB” Barefoo 8 months ago

My 2 year old American Bully & My 12 month old Cane Corso was on crave grain free kiibble. They just kept leaving it but each the extra bits. Been advised on Wainwrights grain free so got the Lamb. An I got the box of the wet grain free. Now my Corso she don’t suffer with allergies is she still ok to have this??

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Baileyboy one year ago

I have a rescue dog approx.8yrs old. Weight 22kg. Not an active dog, but the rescue centre advised me to feed grain free dry food. He is putting on weight. Not sure if this food is appropriate for my dog

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ricardo82 2 years ago

Hi how much should I feed my half xl bully, half Presa canario she weighs 28.3 kg she is 10 months old and has a good waist.

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Lewis 2 years ago

Bought this food from Pets at Home from early puppy days but switched to Tails as a trial and found that pup didn’t have so much wind. Have periodically tried re adding some to her regular food as I had a bad left over and didn’t want to waste it. Every time I do, within a day she goes absolutely hyper and is very difficult to calm down. Seams to be high in carbs/sugar. It is now going in the bin.

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Carolanne Stewart 3 years ago

Hi, Does anyone know the calorie content of 100g of this food? My 16 month old is gaining weight on this food and needs to cut back. I tried to calculate the calorie content manually and came up with 430kcal per 100g, but this seems quite high.. no wonder he is gaining weight when we are following the feeding guide. Cam anyone confirm if my calculation is accurate? Thanks :)

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Jaye Aitch Carolanne Stewart 3 years ago

It's the high level of carbs that makes your puppy put on weight. When your searching for a kibble make sure it has a low carb level

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Lisa Hall 3 years ago

My puppy 15 weeks old shih-tzu is on wainwrights wet food trays but not sure how much of the tray to give him a day as packaging is confusing

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Anya 4 years ago

Hi My 2 year old Frenchie has terrible allergy issues which I’ve been having a nightmare with his food. He was on barking heads but had loose poos all the time. Changed to Wainwright’s grain free and his poo did harden however it has tripled the amount of times he goes to the toilet. He now even poops during the night for me to find in the morning which he never has done before! Please can someone recommend a decent dry food?!

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Shelley Anya 4 years ago

Have a look at Millies Wolfheart,they have a better meat content & don’t use beet pulp . Mine go twice a day

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powerbookg4apple 4 years ago

Hi I have a 4 year old English bulldog we used to feed her on royal canin bulldog dry food she started having allergic reactions to that food constantly biting her feet which were so red and swollen and her stomach was covered in red spots with in hrs of eating it and her ears where constantly needing cleaned every day build up of wax I checked the ingredients and shocked to find at least 3 ingredients that bulldogs can be allergic to which is disappointing as the food was designed for English bulldog breed so since 2 weeks ago we put her on wainwright’s grain free complete dry food the duck flavour her feet are a lot better not red or swollen there are 2 thingsI don’t like about this food is the amount of pooing had doubled to 4 a day I see on other reviews this is the same for other users to I’m going to keep a eye on her as I don’t want her to lose weight and she drinks double the amount of water now it states it can take 4 to 8 weeks for your dog to get used to the food so time will tell

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george fraser 4 years ago

I have a newfoundland cross and he was having problems with his toilet which to put it mildly was coming out in bubbles and noisy wet farts, he was losing weight by the kilo so of to the vet he went, after several drugs,poo samples, and blood tests then surgery for what was suposedly a mass which just dissapeared when they opend him up. So almost £5000 later we were told by a friend to try him on wainwrights hypo grain free and lo and behold i have a very very happy big boy, sure he poops a few times a day but jeezo what a diffrence, just keep asking myself why the vet never suggested this type of diet before he ripped into him for a miss diagnoses

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Zita Ball 5 years ago

If my girl has a yeast allergy will this be suitable for her.

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powerbookg4apple Zita Ball 4 years ago

Yes as my bulldog had yeast infection and since using wainwright’s complete dry grain free it’s almost gone

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janice mcginlay 6 years ago

Is Wainwrights palm oil free?i looked online at ethicalconsumer.org they are not listed as palm oil free ? does anyone know please?

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Sean janice mcginlay 5 years ago

Its not on the list so it isnt used. It says rapeseed oil.

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MEHorner janice mcginlay 3 years ago

Palm oil is good if ethically produced. Using another oil can take up 3 times the resources/land as palm oil. The trick is going for ethically sourced if you can.

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Chris Andrews 6 years ago

Wainwrights Grain Free Adult needs a new review, it now has a load of additives!

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powerbookg4apple Chris Andrews 4 years ago

My bulldog is on wainwright’s only been on it for just over two weeks and after having allergies to royal canin she looks better

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Lesley Matthewson 6 years ago

Recently changed our large cross breed to Wainrights. He has never pooped so much in all his life. Soft, runny bleh! Even pooped FOUR times indoors the other day even though he was only left for a couple of hours. Vet has said it's probably the food, 2 visits so far. Now he wants 'samples', Costing me a bloody fortune in vet bills

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Mark Meakins Lesley Matthewson 5 years ago

Did you do the food change over properly alittle bit by little bit mixed in with his old food over a week

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powerbookg4apple Lesley Matthewson 4 years ago

Same my bulldog goes at least 4 times a day it’s a nightmare as even after that I’ve found 1 to 2 poo in the morning when I get up for work she never used to do anything in the house just concerned about weight loss only 2 weeks in though so time will tell I guess

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KeeJoon Chang 6 years ago

Our Frenchie is usually on the Aatu salmon and herring flavour but we ordered a new bag too late so got this from local pets at home store to hold us over until the Aatu arrived. Ever since she has been on this food, she has been pooping an enormous amount! Only today I went home at lunch time to find that she has pooped on the carpet despite going in the morning. It was considerably more poop than usual too. Aatu is the best food we have tried for our dog.

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Libby Kirkley Bryan 7 years ago

I changed my 2 year old cockapoo onto this last October as he was chewing his paws a lot and the vet determined he was hypoallergenic. He was previously on Royal Canin medium dog and it was a struggle to get him to eat but I preservered as it's what his breeder was feeding. I now feed him half wainwrights grain free kibble and half wainwrights grain free meat (the one that comes in a tray) and it's the best thing I could have done he really enjoys his food now and is much healthier. On RC I was constantly at the vets with my dog as he always seemed to either have an upset stomach or ear infections and since changing his food he has had neither. I am so pleased I switched him onto this food. I also like the fact there are a variety of flavours so it keeps the food interesting for him. Have to agree with previous comment that he does poop a lot more than but I don't mind that at all. He is a much healthier boy on this food and I just carry more poo bags! Highly recommend!

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Amy Grace Libby Kirkley Bryan 6 years ago

So glad to hear that, we are currently having the same issue with our 13 month old Cockapoo. Vets want to put her on a £60 a month injection to stop her itching and constant ear infections but we have asked to trial grain free first! Fingers crossed it will work the same for us.

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powerbookg4apple Amy Grace 4 years ago

How did u get on ?

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Kath 7 years ago

Could I gradually introduce a large ( 30 kilo ) 9 month old labrador dog on to Wainwrights adult lamb..am considering updating from Eukanuba ....also would like to know what ash is .....this particular food seems to have high content, thanks .

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Kath 7 years ago

Can anyone tell me what ash is , and it's purpose?

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All About Dog Food Kath 7 years ago

You can find info on ash here: https://www.allaboutdogfood...

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Pauline Edmonds 7 years ago

Asking on behalf of a friend - she has a 3 year old female spayed Chihuahua that weights 5.2 kg, it's not a tiny little dog but a larger boned chi, (they come in all shapes and sizes lol) the vet has said it is overweight however vet also said that when she was overweight at 3.0 kgs! My friend is currently feeding 100g of either Wainwrights grain free or wet (quarter of a tray) just once a day only and the dog is constantly looking for food and crying for food. I have recommended splitting the food into two so that she has two feeds a day to sustain her but would be grateful if any member on here could give me guidance as to how to advise her please.

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Sean Pauline Edmonds 6 years ago

using the guide on this website, the amount should be 122g per day for a 5kg dog - so it is being fed 20% less than required which is a lot and could explain the hunger.
High meat grain frees like Acana, Carnilove or even Orijen compare well on a cost per day basis with this food and will keep the dog feeling fuller for longer ...please (everyone) talk to a good independent pet shop about your food issues or when choosing a food and get them to run through all your options- they should help, they should care and they shouldnt push you to an own brand - the prices will surprise you.

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Graham Jones 7 years ago

I feed both my Springer and Chihuahua on Wainwrights and they both love it, they are healthy, energetic and full of vitality.

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Pauline Edmonds Graham Jones 7 years ago

The Chihuahua - how much do you feed and how often please?

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Mark Meakins 7 years ago

after moving my dog onto harrington dog food he has come out in eczema on his face been vets course of tablet cream and antbocts injections heres hoping it clears up :)looking at changing over to this but want to be 100% share its grain free and mazie free dont care a dog pooing more or cost just want to check it is what it says on the bag protein of 27.2 is this not to high for a pet dog that only dose a hour walk / run in the fields on the farm but not WORKING at all never dose or will just pet

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Sean Mark Meakins 6 years ago

If its food related then a grain free should clear it, and dont worry about protein - meat proteins are what your dog is designed for and they release slowly into the dogs system keeping it full longer. It is high protein that is derived from carbs that make the dog hyper, hungry and prone to add weight.
Acana, Carnilove or even Orijen should compete with Wainwrights on a cost per day basis; talk to a good independent pet shop and get them to run through all your options.

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Andrew costin 8 years ago

I have to say I think it's amazing, I have a staffy who had lost all his fur around his ears and on his chest and always looked red and itchy. I put him on wainwright's grain free and he is now nearly fully furry. I see people say it's expensive but a 10kg bag last a month and I mix with the grain free mousse which is 12 for £12 pounds. When considering his food is less than a night out for myself, I'd definitely say it's so worth it.

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Vicky 9 years ago

Although the Dogs love this food I have found that they produce too much waste (Poo). Such a shame .

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Cogito Dexter Vicky 8 years ago

That'll be the high fibre content. Although it's a bit of a clean up job, I'd say it means your dog's gut is actually healthier as a result. Speaking personally, owning a dog that's on immune suppressants for an allergy condition, I've found that she was getting regular diarrhoea for months as a side effect of the medication. I changed to Wainwright's recently and the problem has almost completely cleared up. As far as I'm concerned, Wainwright's Grain Free is miracle food!

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LocalNumberFife 9 years ago

Try using 'Gentle'. It's produced (in Germany) using the cold pressed method, so very little of the natural goodness 'disappears' during what is a very nutrient friendly processing method. . I have many satisfied clients (and owners) :-) who have experienced a complete turn around in both behaviour and condition. It is not the cheapest on the market - but if you look at the ingredients - you'll see you are paying for content quality - not for advertisements! The feed rate is modest and therefore the cost per day is very reasonable. I feed my own dog on this food. It's been reviewed on this site so do feel free to check it out.

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Andrina 9 years ago

I have a sharpie who scratches constantly and has a yeast problem and constant itchy ears nothing seemed to help through the years she's 7
I tried her on wainwrights grain free and the scratching stopped and the smell disappeared and all seemed great until I noticed she was rapidly loosing weight and she went into a moult which she didn't seem to be ending and she would just go into corners and stand and stare her health was quite concerning
We got all blood tests etc done and all came back negative so we put her back on her original food and all symtoms disappeared and she was back to her old self although all the scratching etc has returned
I would be grateful for any help as to which foods might help

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Ann Rutherford Andrina 9 years ago

Have you tried raw food? I had a staffie cross with awful skin and digestion problems, ended up giving him minced raw meat (Anglia Meat Products, can buy from Pets at Home if you can't find it anywhere else) thawed out frozen mixed veg, cooked rice and a small amount of Skinners Salmon & Rice kibble (it's for working dogs so VAT free). His coat was fab, he was a good healthy weight, even the vet said he hadn't seen such a healthy looking dog for a long time. I never ever gave him any dog "treats" as they are full of crap, just a raw chicken wing now and then and a big juicy bone from the butchers to chew on. A leg bone from the butcher would last him months once he had all the meat and marrow out of it. They say to introduce the food gradually, my staffie cross wouldn't eat anything but the raw stuff once he tasted it. Best of luck.

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coolcity Ann Rutherford 9 years ago

Interesting. We have a lovely white coated staffie cross (with a pointer, we think). He is two years old and we got him 6 months ago as a rescue dog, privately. He was underweight when we got him. We have found he scratches his ears a lot and they get very red behind them. Wainwright's Grain Free has helped tremendously but it is so expensive.We have just tried the Burgess hypersensitive stuff, which works out at half the price, but he clearly doesn't like it and has taken a couple of hours to get through what we put down this weekend so I am going to have to go out and buy some more Wainwrights today. I wish I could find something a little cheaper thoughWe have tried raw bones for treats but he munched through them like it was his last meal and swallowed large chunks of bone, quite sharp in places, so we dropped that idea.

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Pauline Edmonds Andrina 7 years ago

Virgin cold pressed Coconut Oil - add a little into the diet, not too much as it is an oil so it will make for runny excrement if giving too much, I give just half a teaspoon a day to my chihuahua. Also good for humans lol

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Sean Andrina 6 years ago

The scratching and smell are ingredient related, possibly wheat.
Talk to your local independent pet shop (dog food specialist) they should take you through all the options available from cheaper wheat frees like Autarky to awesome foods like Orijen
High meat grain frees like Acana, Carnilove or even Orijen compare well on a cost per day basis with this food a...please (everyone) talk to a good independent pet shop about your food issues or when choosing a food and get them to run through all your options- they should help, they should care and they shouldnt push you to an own brand - the prices will surprise you.

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Cheryl N 9 years ago

Totally agree with Karen, one Rotti and one bullmastiff = massive food bill with 10kg bags 😡 feeling a lil ripped off. Also what about calcium in the content - can't see it listed, anybody know? 🐾

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Karen Marshall 10 years ago

Why have you made the grain free bags smaller only a 10 kg where the normal wainwrights are 15kg . We have a rottie and if buying the grain free it would cost us double

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Serena Karen Marshall 9 years ago

I noticed this too. The grain free costs the same as the other dry food but is a smaller sack.

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coolcity Serena 9 years ago

Agreed. As mentioned above we tried the Burgess Hypersensitive which works out at half the price, trying to keep the cost down as we don't earn a lot, but unfortunately the dog doesn't like it so it's back to Wainwrights which is the only thing we have tried that stops the itching.Why is it when something is better for you (or your pet) it always costs more?

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Sean coolcity 5 years ago

I wonder?

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RickyDawn Sean 4 years ago

Maybe because grains are cheaper than the extra non grain ingredients?

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Pat Beadle 10 years ago

My dogs love both the wet and dry food in the Wainwrights range. What worries me is, how do they manage to sell it so much cheaper than other grain free foods? Where does the meat come from? Nobody seems able to tell me!! Only I would hate to find I was feeding my dogs meat from animals that were inhumanely slaughtered such as halal. Or even from animals fed on drugs that are still in the system.

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Pat Beadle Pat Beadle 10 years ago

Since writing the above I have had a call back from Pets at Home to tell me the food is sourced in Britain and either Denmark or Norway, I can't remember which. I feel a lot happier about that and am about to go and buy some more.

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Debbie Davis 10 years ago

I thought I'd finally found a food for my dog who isn't allowed beef, chicken or lamb. The packaging says no mixed proteins yet turkey and rabbit have beef pulp. Shame have lost faith in this range of food!

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All About Dog Food Debbie Davis 10 years ago

Hi Debbie. Just to clear things up, the ingredient is beet pulp as in sugar beet so the foods should be completely free from beef. Hope that helps

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Debbie Davis All About Dog Food 10 years ago

Apologies I need to read more carefully :(

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Paul Scotney 10 years ago

My Cocker prefers this to Eden and Arden Grange. I have only tried him with the Rabbit so far.

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Heather 10 years ago

why is wainwrights grain free dry not on list could not find it.Its get 4.4 out of 5

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