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?
What's the latest on Dogs & Cats?
We've given you easy access to loads of new articles that
relate to dogs and cats, from the web pages of eZine,
written by people 'in the know!'
For dog-related articles follow
this link, and for
cat-related one follow this
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..."
For this reason it makes sense to make sure that you are
getting best value for your money. Check out your local pet
shop or Pets at Home for specials deals, and there are discounts
available from the larger online
retailers such as Zooplus.co.uk, Pet
Pet Planet and G
J Titmuss (See
bottom of this page for examples) There are also pet food comparison
sites such as
Dog Food Price worth taking a look
Latest pet food reviews
- An ancestral-type diet based on the 80:20 principal with
no cereal, for those who like the high protein/fat approach
to feeding (more...)
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
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
Should dogs eat a wolf's diet?
Recent research suggests that domestic dogs
have evolved to a point where they are happy eating food
that's more human than wolf-like, because their DNA is
different these days, and they can digest starch more
efficiently than wolves -
More about the research