UK Dog Food Reviews and Articles
This website started off as a place where you could find
reasonably impartial reviews of the UK pet food market - but
it has grown to become something much bigger, mainly as
people have asked questions about the ingredients that go
into pet food and the differences between the various
brands. Questions such as:
Why is there such a difference in price between one dog food
at £10/15kg and another at £48/15kg and is the difference
Are artificial preservatives healthy?
Why is salt added to pet food, isn't it harmful?
What's a food intolerance or allergy?
Pet food prices set to rise this year!
There is no doubt that over the past 12 months there has
been a considerable amount of price inflation on pet food,
with a lot of 15kg sacks going up by pounds rather than
Why is this? One big supplier to the pet
trade says this:
"Over the last 12 months our sector has been subject to
repeated increases in raw material costs pushing inflation
to new levels. Increasing demand coupled with poor harvests
have put considerable pressure on the carbohydrate
markets... The concern we continue to have is with proteins.
The competition from developing economies
such as China, Africa and the South Americas continues to
drive demoand and price of a finite resource.
Proteins have risen 40-80% in the last period and
we don't see an end to this market run..."
So expect to see the better quality foods increasing by
several £/bag over the next 12 months!
For this reason it makes sense to make sure that you are
getting best value for your money. There are discounts,
particularly if you can buy 2 big sacks - and online
retailers such as Pet
Supermarket and G
J Titmuss (See
below) offer this option. There are also pet food comparison
sites such as
Dog Food Price worth taking a look
Feeding Moist Food to a 20kg Dog
If you're think of feeding one of the many quality moist
foods out there to an average sized dog, then it's not
enough to look at the price of the tray of pouch, you need
to look at how many a day you're going to have to feed.
Costs/day can vary considerably - on the ones we've looked
at it can mean anything between just over £1/day to over £6
- Read the review
Latest pet food reviews
- A cheap option compared to many foods out there,
but mainly based around beef as a source of
Not as widely available as some, maybe not as well known as
some, but it sells well, and offers better value than
others we think (more...)
Laughing Dog - Laughing
Dog is also based around Barley as a cereal rather
than the usual rice, and its 25% protein is higher
than many for an adult food (Burns is 18%) but
there's a lot of thought gone into choosing the
ingredients, and it's a much more interesting
option than many foods at similar prices. (more...)
JB Good Food - Typical
of many 'own brands' which offer excellent natural
food at lower prices than many big brands because
they cut out wholesalers, large marketing budgets
and storage, selling direct to the pet owner. (more...)
Arden Grange -
Arden Grange have been around for years, but they've
introduced a couple of new super-premium recipes with fresh
meat which may interest you
You'll not find it in the pet supermarkets, only in your
local pet shop. It's good quality food, but not cheap!
Not sure why we missed Vitalin, perhaps thinking they were
just cheap and cheerful, but in fact there's some excellent
food in their range. Check them out
Tear Staining - Causes & Treatment!
Lots of small dogs, particularly those with white fur
such as Poodles or Bichon suffer with discolouration around
their eyes, mouth and feet, but what causes tear staining
and what is the best way to eliminate the problem?
If it just a problem of poor diet? Probably not, but we
have managed to find some really good advice, so
read all about tear staining!
Dogs with sensitive skin or digestive problems
If your dog or cat has a prolonged or recurring period
of digestive upset, or suffers from excessive itchy skin, is constantly
licking paws red raw or has hot spots or balding patches due to
excessive grooming you need to take veterinary advice as there might
be an underlying medical condition, or parasites that are the cause
of the problem - don't second guess because the health of your pet
is at stake here!
Having said all that, and assuming that there is no
underlying medical condition then the suggestion is probably going
to be made that at some point of treatment your pet goes onto a
veterinary prescription diet alongside maybe some medication to calm
down the condition.
More about sensitive dogs
Anal Glands - What are they good for?
Well, they are two glands found on either side of the dog's anal
They are part of the dog's excretion process and emit an
'interesting' odour - almost certainly something to do with
territory marking if you observe dogs over a period of time. Could
be a bit like our fingerprint, it identifies us - so does the 'sweet
perfume' of a dog's anal glands!
Read more about anal glands and what goes wrong!