I've been doing some research and wanted to see if I could find a better food for our chunky bulldog. He has been on Hills Science light for years now to keep his weight in check, on recommendation from the vets, but on finding that it only scores 2.4 in the directory, I thought we should be able to find him something better for the money...
I thought I would share my findings, perhaps they will be useful to someone else.
The main thing I found is that the fibre content of the food he is currently on, is 3 or 4 times larger than almost every single other food, and I am wondering whether this is what keeps him feeling full, and perhaps we shouldn't switch to food with much less fibre, even if the protein and fat content of the others is similar? (I haven't gone through every single food, just the first page of highest scoring foods) Unfortunately you can not search for foods with high fibre content, as the slider only goes up to 6% and HS Light is 12.5% - this is a shame.
Notably some of the foods are not marketed as light options, but their nutritional content is similar, at least what you can see in the directory. I do however believe that the carb content is important, but this isn't listed for any of the other foods, so it makes it difficult to make a fair comparison.
Anyway, I have made a little table showing the data for the foods I was looking at, to save someone else going through the same process: (I hope that the table will display properly, as I couldn't paste the formatting)
Protein Fat Fibre Carbs Score Cost
Hills Science Light 22.20% 9.20% 12.50% 43.20% 2.4 £1.02
James Wellbeloved Lt 26.00% 10.00% 4.00% 3.4 £0.50
Wainwrights Lt (Salmon) 21.00% 8.00% 3.00% 3.7 £0.72
Gentle 25.20% 9.80% 3.00% 4.9 £0.71
Country Kibble GFr Lt 26.00% 8.00% 4.00% 3.7 £0.49
Ancestral Canine Pr Sen Lt 21.00% 7.00% 5.00% 4.0 £0.37
Pooch & Co Lite 20.00% 7.50% 3.00% 3.9 £0.92
Gelert Ctr Chc GF (Salm) 26.00% 9.00% 3.00% 4.2 £0.80
Millies Wolfheart Trk Mix 28.50% 8.50% 3.00% 4.5 £0.71
Wainwrights dry mat GF 24.00% 9.00% 3.00% 4.0 £0.92
Guru 25.70% 10.90% 3.50% 4.9 £0.66
After all this I am still none the wiser, not sure whether to leave him on Hills Science, or switch to something else - any thoughts...?