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Dog food and feeding => Dog foods => Topic started by: Craigj4215 on Feb 28, 2016, 20:57

Title: Advice on puppy food please
Post by: Craigj4215 on Feb 28, 2016, 20:57
Hi if anyone could help please I would appreciate the advice very much. We have a 18 week old border collie and the breeder original feed his pups on burgess which we tried to begin until one day he didn't want to eat it anymore and he always loves to eat lol. We went to one of the local pet shops which is part of a feed making company and they gave me some of there own product to try. Which to be fair he loves and we can even use as treats for training. Due to coming to the end of a 15kg bag I'm now questioning if it's good enough quality or should I try anything else. The name and ingredients.

Hj lea oaks nurtura puppy-junior
Poultry meat meal (min 30%), maize, meat and marrowbone meal, poultry oil, barley, rice, dried Brewers yeast, dried seaweed, dried egg, vitamins and mimerals.
Contains ec approved antioxidants and preservatives.
Antioxidants bht (e321) preservatives calcium propionate (e282) citric acid (e330)

Thanks  to anyone that takes the time to read this post and responds.
Title: Re: Advice on puppy food please
Post by: Dottie on Feb 29, 2016, 08:19
Hello and welcome to the forum. I have just put your current food into the Instant Review Generator (http://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/instant-dog-food-review.php) and it scores 3.3.   You can do the same by copying and pasting it into the box on the left side of the page.  It has several red ingredients.  As you want an opinion on it, I would have to say that it is not a food that I would choose to give to my dogs.

If you want to find something with no red ingredients, go to the
Dog Food Directory (http://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/the-dog-food-directory) and use the filters on the left side of the page to select the requirements that you have.  Under 'Avoid Ingredients' you will see (in red) 'all red ingredients'.  If you tick that box the result will be products that are free of controversial ingredients. 

Remember that dogs need meat so look for foods that have the named meat source at the top of the list of ingredients.  If grain is alright for your dog, choose brown rice/oats as the carbohydrate source.  If you want grain free, sweet potato is more nutritious for dogs than white potato. 

Please post back to let us know what you decide and also if you need any help selecting a new product.
Title: Re: Advice on puppy food please
Post by: Craigj4215 on Feb 29, 2016, 15:41
Hi thanks for getting back to me having a look this food scores 4.7 Essential The Beginning Large Breed. Any review on this product or can recommend anything better? Then I  can see if my local pet  store supplies. Thanks
Title: Re: Advice on puppy food please
Post by: Dottie on Feb 29, 2016, 16:08
Essential The Beginning, Large Breed is reviewed here. (http://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/dog-food-reviews/1330/essential-the-beginning-large-breed)  It looks as if it would certainly be a good food to give to your pup. No red ingredients, multiple protein sources, including fish. Sweet potato, fruit and vegetables are all good.  I would say yes, give it a try. Remember to transition over a period of time and to weigh the food out accurately.  With high quality foods a smaller quantity is sometimes required.
Somewhere on the forum David has written a post on the nutritional needs of growing large breed puppies.  I will try and find it later unless anyone else can locate it and provide a link.
Title: Re: Advice on puppy food please
Post by: Tinyplanets on Mar 01, 2016, 16:33
Hello and welcome to the forum Craigj4215,  You can find some general advice about feeding both puppies and larger breeds in the feeding guide here (http://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/dog-feeding-guide)
The food you are looking at has an impressive list of ingredients. 
Title: Re: Advice on puppy food please
Post by: Craigj4215 on Mar 08, 2016, 17:50
Just a update couldn't find a lot of the highly rated food local. Then had a look at Eden food which I have been in contact with and can collect from there warehouse which isnt to far and scores 5. Will be collecting so samples soon to try and see how it goes thanks for all the help Craig
Title: Re: Advice on puppy food please
Post by: Tinyplanets on Mar 08, 2016, 18:19
Thanks for the update. Please let us know how you get on with Eden.