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Essential Contour

Type of food

Dry extruded complete

Dog types

Pet dogs

Targeted conditions

Weight management

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 18 months to old age

Pack sizes

3kg & 12kg bags


12kg bags = £67.00

Nutritional rating


At a glance

Natural: Free from added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings or other controversial synthetic ingredients
High meat content: Contains at least 30% meat ingredients (on a dry matter basis)
Hypoallergenic: Free from all ingredients that are regularly linked by veterinarians to food allergies and/or intolerance in dogs like wheat, maize, dairy products, soya products and artificial additives
Not clearly labelled:

This product has not been awarded the clear labelling logo because the percentages of the major ingredients are not declared on the label.

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:

Fresh Chicken and Duck (34%), Dried Chicken and Duck (32%), Sweet Potato, Potato, Peas, Fresh Salmon and Trout (6.5%), Fresh Whole Egg (5%), Linseed (4%), Lucerne Sprout, Liver Stock, Pea Fibre, Vitamins, Minerals, MOS, FOS, Glucosamine*, Chondroitin*, MSM* (*All from Natural Sources), Cranberry, Acai, Blueberry, Mulberry, Apple, Tomato, Orange, Pear, Carrot, Spinach, Cauliflower, Seaweed, Marigold, Ginseng, Green Tea, Ginger.

Italicised text = Information not usually on label but provided by manufacturer to help with our ratings.

As fed (BETA):

Why is this different from the ingredients list?

Nutritional additives (per kg)

Vitamin A 15, 000 IU, Vitamin D3 2000 IU, Vitamin E 240 IU. ProVitamins: Taurine 1, 500 mg Trace Elements: Zinc (Zinc Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 50 mg, Iron (Iron (II) Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 50 mg, Manganese (Manganese Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 35 mg, Iodine (Calcium Iodate Anhydrous) 0.96 mg.

Typical Analysis

Protein 33.0%, Fat 13.0%, Fibre 4.5%, Ash/Mineral content 8.0%, Carbs 30.0%, Moisture 8.5%, Calcium 1.80%, Phosphorus 1.40%, Omega3 1.40%, Omega6 2.20%.


342.5 kcal/100g

Dry weight nutrients

Above average


Below average

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


12kg bags RRP


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Company info
Name: Essential Foods 99 Essential Foods foods listed1010 Essential Foods treats listed
HQ: Copenhagen, Denmark
Manufacturer's product description

" ESSENTIAL CONTOUR is our complete meal, specifically formulated for:

Dogs that are overweight or have a reoccurring tendency to be overweight.

Castrated or sterilised dogs, as these interventions have an effect on dietary requirements.

Our ingredients are of the highest quality; a quality you'll learn to expect from ESSENTIALS. The meal follows our BOF principle and is grain-free. "

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Joann Casey a year ago

Just started my new rescue dog on this, she is about 9kg overweight. She seems to like it, the shelter sent her to me on Royal Canin Satiety kibble and canned loaf, but she had smelly wind and stinky poops so I switched to this and Butternut Box meat in the low fat varieties - fish, chicken and turkey. She has lost 1kg and has put some muscle mass on. She is a young dog about 18-24 months but very fat and had not been exercised but she loves being out now.

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