There are a few of us on here who feed Nutriment to our dogs so I thought it would be timely to start a thread on the product.
First of all, the company website is here
. Nutriment is perhaps best known for it's raw complete meals for dogs and there are four varieties reviewed on the Dog Food Directory of this website - all of them score a glowing five stars. They also sell cat food, accessories, treats and just meat for those who like to add their own vegetables etc.
Presentation of the dog food is either 500g cartons or 1.4kg chubbs. I have found that if ordered before lunch time they are delivered the day after (during the working week). They arrive well frozen and packed in polystyrene. At the moment there doesn't seem to be many retail outlets that are selling Nutriment and I do hope that this changes in the near future. The customer service is good - it is a landline number 01276 63554. I have found them to be very helpful.
The complete meals are just that - nothing needs to be added. There are quite a few flavours to choose from and Nutriment recommend rotation to give variety and to try to prevent the development of allergy to one protein source. As with other raw feeding methods, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 2% to 3% of body weight. I have found that it is necessary to weigh the food because it is not easy to gauge the correct amount. They advise dividing the RDA into two meals per day.
Weight loss - the varieties that are lower in fat and best for weight loss are light, low purine, chicken and turkey. Salmon is higher in fat but should be included once a week. Duck is highest in fat so is OK for dogs who don't have a weight problem but probably best only given from time to time in dogs who need to lose weight. Beef is also higher in fat than some and is best given sometimes but perhaps not too regularly in dogs who have weight problems.
Personal experience - I changed my dogs to Nutriment for weight control reasons. They are small dogs, speyed and easily gain weight. I was advised not to transition and just to start using the product straight away. They both took to the food readily. They have lost weight although we have also had a couple of blips. Because I have been weighing them weekly I have been able to identify why and to change things promptly. I would therefore advise anyone who is starting their dog on a raw diet to monitor weight for the first few weeks. Both of my dogs are doing fine on Nutriment. Bella's coat has never been good but it is now looking much better and has lost the oily feel that it had. She had a few dry, flaky areas of skin and I can no longer see these. I will be continuing with Nutriment. Happily, it will now be much easier (and cheaper) for me because my local pet shop now has a Nutriment freezer in store.