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Wellness dog food review

Anyone who has seen out previous dog food reviews will know that Finley was our hoover dog who used to eat anything and everything ( possibly part of the reason that we lost him earlier this year) while Freddie is a very fussy pedigree pooch.

Freddie has been asked recently to try out a new food that is being stocked by Pets at home it’s called Wellness and is a grain free dog food. It contains no Wheat, Soya, Corn, Artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, so is better for your dogs digestive system as they are designed to eat a meat rich diet.

We were sent both wet and dry food as he currently is mix fed, here are our thoughts on Wellness Core dog food.

Wet food 
According to the Pets at home website the wet food it is available in 5 different flavours :-
– CORE Chunky Centres Flavoured with Beef, Lamb and White Sweet Potatoes.
-CORE Chunky Centres Flavoured with Chicken, Chicken Liver and Spinach.
-CORE Chunky Centres Flavoured with Turkey, Duck and White Sweet Potatoes.
-CORE Chunky Centres Flavoured with Lamb, Turkey and Kale.
-CORE Chunky Centres Flavoured with Tuna, Chicken and Kale.

We got two each of the chicken and beef flavours, each pot contained a smooth pate with a chunky centre. Freddie really enjoyed both flavours, he couldn’t get enough.
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I really liked the look of it, you could see the meaty chunks and could tell that it was proper meat, and I thought that the portion sizes were good for a dog of his size.

The pack of 4 x 170g is £7.95 so it’s more expensive than our regular dog food and with him needing to eat at least 1 pot a day it would cost us quite a bit to move him to this food full-time.

As it is grain it would be very good for dogs that suffer with allergies or sensitivities.

Dry food 

The Wellness grain free core dry food we received was ocean flavour and Freddie wasn’t so keen on it, he usually has chicken or beef dry food so he took some convincing to try it. I think that if we had tried the original he would have woofed it down (pun intended)

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Over the course of the last  week we mixed this with his old food as is suggested when changing any dog food. He had no problems with it at all.

It was quite small kibble pieces so very easy for a dog of Freddie’s size to eat, even if he wasn’t too keen on the flavour.

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The dry food comes in 4 varieties, Ocean, Original, Reduced fat and Small breed. Like the wet food it is all grain free so good for allergies but is high in proteins so very good for your dogs health.

Again this food is more expensive as it doesn’t contains the grains as fillers so a 1.8kg bag of the Ocean is £12.99 in Pets at home.

Overall I think that Wellness is a well made and though through dog food and would be great for a food sensitive dog.
If Freddie was ever ill I would consider buying this as it contains fewer allergens that could upset him.

 *Disclaimer : – I was sent a free sample of dog food for the purpose of this review, All opinions are my own (well Fred helped on this one) and are unbiased*

Pets at Home 30 Day Nutrition Challenge – part 1

As you may know we have 2 dog, Finley and Freddie.
I have written about them a few times before and they have been very willing testers on occasions.

Pets are a big part of most families, they are another family member and deserves just as much recognition and care.

Recently I was contacted and asked if Finley and Freddie would like to take part in the Pets at Home 30 Day Nutrition Challenge.

So on Monday, D, C and I took Finley and Freddie to Pets at home in Speke for our appointment with the lovely Hannah.

Hannah performed a general health check for each of them. She checked teeth, eyes, ears, nails, skin condition, fur condition, and weight.
She asked us questions about their exercise routines and what they eat.

She told me that Finley is a little overweight, which I know as he is a glutton and eats everything!
She said that Freddie is perfectly in proportion and if anything could put on a little weight.

After getting them weighed she took us over to the dog food section and helped to explain what is the best food for each of them nutritionally, as they are fussy eaters they are both on a mixture of complete dry food and trays of meat.

Hannah suggested Wainwright Adult for both of them, as it contains high proportions of meat proteins. As well as Seaweed which is full of important natural trace elements, Brown rice which is a highly digestible carbohydrate and Alfalfa which helps to prevent smelly excrement. There is also Chicory root with added natural prebiotic that boost friendly bacteria to help maintain a healthy digestive system,
Calcium and phosphorus which helps balance levels to promote optimum growth, as well as added vitamins and minerals to help maintain general health and well-being. 

Finley has had Wainwright’s food before as that is the food he was on when we got him from the Dogs Trust as a puppy, I know that The dogs trust feed Wainwright’s to all their dogs as it a very good and nutritionally balanced food, What I didn’t know before talking to Hannah was that Wainwright’s is actually made by Pets At Home.

Finley is now on Wainwright’s light adult food ( RRP £41.99) which is for ages 1-7 years old, it has a formulation that helps them feel fuller so stops them eating so much and begging for food. As well as the Wainwright’s light turkey tray food (RRP £9.99)

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Freddie is now on Wainwright adult food ( RRP £41.99) which is for ages 1-7 years old, As well as the Wainwright’s Turkey trays. (RRP£9.99)

We chose to keep them on similar foods some once Fin has lost his weight we can swap him over and he will be on the same food as Freddie.

Hannah also provided us with two cups to measure out the dry food. Finley is on 335g a day over two feeds with half a tray with each, and Freddie is on 340g  a day over two feeds with half a tray with each.
I measured out the food once and put tape around to mark of the level of food they need, so I can just fill it to the line now.

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I started them off on Monday night by mixing some of the dry food with their regular tins and a little mixer as you need to slowly change a dogs food to prevent any upset stomachs.

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Today I started them on the trays as well and they love them.

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Hannah also suggested a water additive to help keep their teeth clean which I will definitely look at buying when we go for our next appointment to get them weighed and see if the diet is helping Fin’s weight loss.

I will be posting weekly updates about how both boys are getting on with the challenge.
Why not book your pet in for a free nutrition consultation at your local pets at home?

*Disclaimer – We were asked to take part in the Pets at home 30 day Nutrition Challenge in exchange for a free health check for both dogs as well as being provided with the food for the challenge. Everything that has been written in these posts are all our unbiased opinions and we have not been influenced in any way*

Harrington dog food review*

You may or may not know but in our (not so) little family we have 2 dogs. Finley is a nearly 6 year old rescue dog we got from the Dogs trust when he was a 16 week old puppy, and Freddie is a nearly 5 year old Hungarian vizsla who we got at 10 weeks old. We always want to give our dogs the best of everything whether its food, beds or treats.

So when I was the opportunity to try Harrington’s complete dog food, I jumped at the chance. I have heard of Harringtons and know that it is a good brand. Harringtons is pet food manufacturer who produce foods that are free from some of the nasty additives that can be added to other pet foods.

“It has been carefully formulated to provide wholesome nutrition and contains no artificial colours or flavours, no dairy, no soya and no added wheat.” Taken from the Harringtons website

The box arrived quickly and contained a 2kg bag of rich Lamb with rice. Which I couldn’t wait to give to my dogs. As well as a bag of cat food, which I have passed onto a friend and will get feedback from them as soon as possible and add it to this review. I want to feed Finley and Freddie the best foods we can, but they are very fussy dogs, although Fin is less fussy than fred. When it comes to food, it still is trial and error finding food they will eat.

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We currently feed them with a supermarket complete food with half a tin between them. They look at you like you are trying to poison them if you just give them dry food. So I swapped over to the Harringtons dry food, slowly as I didn’t want to make them ill by just swapping it completely straight away. They were apprehensive at first and weren’t too fussed about trying it. So I kept trying them with it over the next few feeds.

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Waiting for food!

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Eating!

They did eat it but not as enthusiastically as they do with the supermarket food. It is probably because it is a lamb flavored food, they usually have chicken or beef flavours, and have never been fussed with lamb. They did eat the food but I don’t think that I would buy it for them at the moment as they just didn’t want to eat it. Personally I have a feeling its because they are spoilt by getting left over food mixed into their regular food so expect it and don’t want to eat any plain kibble and have a preference for the cheap supermarket mixers. I know some dogs are just like that, They turn their noses up at the best or most expensive foods but will woof down value type foods.

Harringtons pet food is available in 2kg, 5kg and 15kg bags and is sold in a variety of shops in the UK, including some supermarkets, pet shops ( I know my local independent pet shop sells it) and also available online. Harringtons dog food is now also available to buy in France. They included a brilliant information book that explains all about Harringtons as a company and about their dog, cat and small animal feed ranges. How they are formulated and what is in them. So you can be clued up on what you are giving to your precious pets!

Harringtons are always looking for bloggers to review for them so contact me and I will pass on details for you as well.

*Disclaimer : -I was sent a free sample of dog food for the purpose of this review, All opinions are my own (well Fin and Fred helped on this one) and unbiased*