A little background:
We adopted Rex from a local charity shelter in August 2015. We were given a large sack of Pedigree Vital and told that is what he had been fed on. We continued to feed him Pedigree wet and dry foods as he appeared to be fine and settled with it.
As Rex was picked up as a stray we don't know his full history, but he is an extremely placid and loyal dog whose only problem is his fear of certain noises, predominantly large vehicles.
He has always been wary of road noise, but gradually he has become less keen to walk anywhere that traffic can be heard. He becomes terrified when a lorry is nearby.
He will walk and play happily if we take him to a local country park where road noise is not present.
This is clearly not an ideal situation so we decided that we should speak to the behaviourist at our vets.
We grew up with Pedigree pet foods being strongly advertised and linked to Crufts, so had little reason to doubt the quality of such food. But since the behaviourist suggested we try a new food, to help with Rex's issue, I have been doing a lot of internet research which led me to this site.
The behaviourist asked for a few days grace, to establish some further details about the new food, which gave me time to do my own looking around.
I now feel ashamed that I have been feeding Pedigree to Rex, at best it gets a score of 2.6 on here but for pennies more I could have been feeding him a food scoring 5.
I realise that every food could have a different impact on any individual dog, so the score alone is not the be all and end all, but either way I feel it is only right to feed Rex the best that I can, especially if it benefits his state of mind as well as general health.
My own research pointed me towards a particular brand of food. I obtained samples and Rex is happy to eat it.
I won't disclose that food yet, as that's not the one that the behaviourist suggested. I will be trying my choice if there is no profound change in Rex within 2 months of the suggested food.
So, I've ordered a 12kg bag of Breakthrough, the food suggested by the behaviourist.
To be honest, I am not happy at the price of the food, £70 for what doesn't appear to very good compared to the foods scoring 5 on here. It works out at £2.36 per day for Rex.
This food apparently helps to raise the serotonin levels, kind of like taking an anti depressant, which hopefully will help Rex be at ease with his fears.
This food has not yet been scored on this site, however another member did kindly advise me that it would typically score 2.3.
I am therefore far from keen to keep Rex on this food, only time will tell how it helps, if at all.
I'm expecting delivery within the next week, so I can monitor Rex's progress and feedback to you all.
Thanks for your time
Lee and Rex