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
From 12 months to old age
125g, 200g, 300g & 400g pouches
400g pouches = £2.37
At a glance
Natural: Free from added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings or other controversial synthetic ingredientsHigh meat content: Contains at least 30% meat (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 additivesClearly labelled: Each ingredient is clearly and individually stated and there is at least a reasonable indication of the percentages of the main ingredientsCertified nutritionally complete: This food complies fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO
Vitamin A 1500IU, Vitamin D3 150IU, Vitamin E 40mg, Iron (as Iron (II) Chelate of Protein Hydrolysates) 25mg, Zinc (as Zinc Chelate of Protein Hydrolysates) 25mg, Manganese (as Manganese Chelate of Protein Hydrolysates 2.5mg, Copper (as Copper (II) Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate) 2.5mg, Iodine (as Calcium Iodate Anhydrous) 0.25mg, Selenium (as Organic form of Selenium produced by Saccharomyces cerevisiae CNCM I-3060) 0.02mg.
Dry weight nutrients
* NFE carbohydrate level (i.e. not including fibre). Level estimated from available data.
" Freshly prepared dog food. Cooked like you would at home. Delivered in perfect portions.
We’re the best thing since belly rubs, here’s why:
- Our recipes are developed alongside nutritionists and approved by vets
- All of our meals are taste-tested by humans to make sure they are delicious.
- Made in the UK with ingredients that are fresher than winter walks.
- No grains. No mystery meats. None of the nasties.
- Perfect for fussy eaters and sensitive tummies.
- We’re putting the food back into dog food.
How it all works:
1. Introduce your dog - we tailor a box of delicious, pre-portioned meals to suit your pooch’s nutritional needs.
2. Cooked to order - We make our meals using freshly prepared ingredients, right here in the UK.
3. Special delivery - Our meals are frozen fresh and delivered in Woolcool-insulated boxes, so you never have to hang about for your delivery.
4. Happy Dance Guarantee - Then it’s just a case of opening, serving and watching those tails to ‘wag’. "
High meat content
Butternut Box is pretty remarkable stuff. What started as a couple of guys cooking for their own dogs has turned into one of the highest quality, most nutritionally sound complete dog foods in the country. While Butternut Box certainly ticks all of the usual boxes (natural, hypoallergenic, high meat content, no fillers or added nasties), the two things that really make it stand out are the impeccable sourcing of top quality ingredients and the gentle, low temperature (90℃ for one minute), small batch cooking that helps ensure those ingredients retain their benefits.
Having spoken at length with the two founders of Butternut Box, it is impressive to see how seriously they take nutrition. They have spent a huge amount of time and money carrying out tests and consulting some of the top experts in veterinary nutrition to really make sure that they are doing everything right. This may seem like the obvious course of action for a start up pet food company but from my experience this level of commitment is actually very rare.
The range is made up of four varieties, each with a different single meat source. All four contain 60% meat which, while not as high as some other foods on the market, is plenty by anyone's standards. Again though, the quality really stands out with all of the meat coming from Smithfield Meat Market in London (the same place many of the city's top restaurants source their meat) which must make it some of the highest quality meat found in any commercially produced pet food out there.
The veg portion is made up of carrots, sweet potato, peas, cauliflower and broccoli, all of which are brimming with natural nutrients and are excellent choices for dogs.
Lentils, particularly the split red variety, also make great options as they provide a good array of amino acids and fibre as well as a number of essential minerals.
Even in the fairly ubiquitous supplements lower down the ingredients list, Butternut Box go that little bit further by opting for organic flaxseed and cold pressed linseed oil.
The macro-nutrient profile is fairly standard apart from a fairly high protein content but since the protein primarily comes from very high quality meat sources, that shouldn't be an issue for any but the most protein-sensitive dogs.
A quick note about storage: Because no preservatives are added at any stage and since the food hasn't been pasteurised at the normal very high temperatures, Butternut Box does need to be kept refrigerated even when sealed. In the fridge it lasts up to 10 days so the company suggest receiving deliveries every few weeks, keeping several pouches in the fridge ready to go and the rest in the freezer.
And how about the price? At £2.14 for a 400g pouch and a reasonably low recommended feeding amount, Butternut Box isn't as expensive to feed as you might think. In fact, for a mid-sized dog, it's currently the least expensive 5 star wet food on the site!
So, what's in the bowl? One of the best all-round foods available at a very attractive price. Butternut Box might just be the next big thing!
Suitable for all breeds of dogs
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This food does not contain any added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings or other controversial synthetic ingredients. For more information on our logos tap here
This food contains some added artificial preservatives, antioxidants, colourings, flavourings and/or other controversial synthetic ingredients. For more information on our logos tap here
High meat content
This food contains at least 30% meat on a dry matter basis (once all of the food's water has been taken out of the equation). For more information on our logos tap here
Not high in meat
This food contains less than 30% meat on a dry matter basis (once all of the food's water has been taken out of the equation). For more information on our logos tap here
This food is 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. For more information on our logos tap here
This food contains one or more ingredients that are regularly linked by veterinarians to food allergies and/or intolerance in dogs or uses ambiguous terms making it impossible to rule their presence out. For more information on our logos tap here
This food is free from all cereals including wheat, rice, maize, barley and oats. For more information on our logos tap here
Not grain free
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Not clearly labelled
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Certified nutritionally complete
This food complies fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO. For more information on our logos tap here
Not certified nutritionally complete
This food does not comply fully with the complete food nutrient tolerances as recommended by FEDIAF and/or AAFCO. For more information on our logos tap here
The price per day of feeding this food based on feeding the manufacturer's recommended daily amount from 400g pouches bought at their rrp to a dog of:
Note: All suggested feeding amounts and costs are only approximate and may vary considerably from dog to dog. Be sure to contact the manufacturer if in any doubt.
94 out of 100 - Excellent
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