« on: Aug 24, 2020, 11:03 »
Hi everyone new to the forum & looking for advice if possible.
I had our 2 yr old terrier/chihuahua cross rescue dog on a grain free high meat content (56%) pet shop own brand kibble but after a 1kg weight gain our Vets nutritionist advised switching to Hills Vet Essentials for Neutured Dogs which we did. He wasn't overfed on the kibble weight gain was due to treats etc. I had read that grain free was best but Vet said grains were important from a satiety point of view. As we had loads of pet shop brand left we mixed it with the Hills to use it up feeding him 50grams a day now increased to 80grams when just feeding Hills alone. I throw a tiny bit of cooked chicken into the morning feed and some wet food into the evening feed. The ingredients in Hills after the meat content (chicken 12% & turkey meal, total poultry 18%) are wheat, maize, pea bran meal, maize gluten meal, animal fat (don't know what animal), digest? and cellulose.
I tried to research this product but didn't get very far plus I have read that the above ingredients are controversial. I feel perhaps I should change the food, Acana Light & Fit grain free was suggested to me or else maybe go back to the pet shop own brand. I must add that the Hills is exclusively sold in Vet practices. I understand grains would fill him up for longer but are they bad for him in the long run especially as listed so high up in the ingredients. He seems to still be hungry, goes around licking the kitchen floor, but not sure if that's the case or if he is just a dog that would keep eating even if he wasn't hungry!. I would appreciate any feedback and thanks for reading.