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    • philng
    • By philng 27th Nov 17, 10:06 AM
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    Good dog food at reasonable price?
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    • 27th Nov 17, 10:06 AM
    Good dog food at reasonable price? 27th Nov 17 at 10:06 AM
    We are due to collect 2 new dogs later this week both cocker spaniels.

    We are keen to keep coats shiny and digs healthy so any recommendations fir good dog food would be appreciated?


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    • bmthmark
    • By bmthmark 27th Nov 17, 10:32 AM
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    Congratulations on getting your new dogs!
    Are you crazy two cocker spaniels?? lol

    I have a young 1 year old cocker spaniel and he is absolutely crazy. But he is also such a kind loving dog. How old are your new ones?

    I give mine dry food, we use a company called Oscar: https://www.oscars.co.uk/
    He has a beautiful shiny cost and is very active and healthy.

    Good luck with your new dogs
    • Fosterdog
    • By Fosterdog 27th Nov 17, 12:24 PM
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    • 27th Nov 17, 12:24 PM
    Have a look here

    https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk

    You put in your dogs breed (or size), their age, their weight (should be their ideal weight in case they need to put in or lose a bit) and your budget. It then brings up hundreds of brands to suit your specification. You can change the order to quality.

    I recently helped someone change foods from the details on there, they went from a really bad 0.6/5 rating food (Hero) costing them £1.12 on average a day to a 5/5 food (Millie!!!8217;s wolfheart) costing them £0.86-£0.93 per day depending on the variety fed. So they are feeding a much better quality food and saving 20p-25p a day.

    Bmthmark even the Oscar brand is only a 1.8/5 to a 3.4/5 depending on variety fed. You can can much much better food for the same price or less. Eden dogfood, Millie!!!8217;s Wolf heart, even raw wouldn!!!8217;t cost much more and is the most species appropriate diet for dogs.
    • bmthmark
    • By bmthmark 27th Nov 17, 12:55 PM
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    • 27th Nov 17, 12:55 PM
    Thanks Fosterdog for the website.
    I'm happy with Oscar brand, the one we use is the adult complete: https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/dog-food-reviews/0967/oscar-adult-complete which has a 3.4 rating. They may not be the cheapest but he has a lovely coat and he seems to like the food. Thanks for the info though - its a good website
    • philng
    • By philng 27th Nov 17, 9:43 PM
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    So do you have to feed less food with some of the more expensive per kg bags?

    I see the note above re changing from asda hero but saving money?
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 27th Nov 17, 10:08 PM
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    To prevent stomach upset, continue to ffee what they are being fed on at present.

    Then gradually , over the space of a week, substitute the new food by reducing the amount of old food and adding some new food, until they are eating all new food.
    • mac.d
    • By mac.d 28th Nov 17, 5:43 PM
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    So do you have to feed less food with some of the more expensive per kg bags?

    I see the note above re changing from asda hero but saving money?
    Originally posted by philng
    Yes, generally speaking, if you go from the really cheap, poor quality foods, to any of the better quality foods, you usually feed less per day, so although the cost of a bag is higher, it might not work out quite so expensive as you think.

    If you are on a budget, I always recommend trying Skinners Field & Trial range, either the Duck or Salmon & Rice. If you can buy from Amazon, you'll get a 15kg bag for around £25, and the feeding guidelines on the back are pretty generous so you'll feed less of it than your cheap supermarket brand. And although this is a fairly heavy grain based food and 'only' 25% meat content, the grains it uses are good quality (and it has a fairly simple ingredient list), and it is massively superior to the rubbish you get in pedigree chum, wagg, hero, etc.

    If you can afford to spend more. There's a whole host of options, I personally have started feeding Country Kibble, for around £35 for a 12kg bag, you can feed grain-free with 50% meat content (albeit a fair bit of that is fresh, not dried).

    Better quality again can be had from the Millies Wolfheart range of food. They do a whole load of grain-free options ranging from 50% meat/50% veg up to 80% meat/20% veg. Prices range for a 12kg from £38 upwards.

    Anyone who has their dog on a supermarket brand, if you switch to the better foods, you should notice an improvement to their coat, and one thing you will definitely notice is an improvement to the amount of stuff that comes out the other end of your dog! (there will be less, and usually it'll be firmer and not so smelly too).

    Change your food gradually, as shermamber has said. Otherwise they might end up with an upset stomach and runny poo! Also, some dogs don't necessarily do well on the really high meat content foods, some dogs do fine on rice/oat and other grains, while others really thrive on grain free.
    • philng
    • By philng 6th Dec 17, 4:02 PM
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    Thank you for your posts.

    I have ordered Skinners Field & Trial Duck & Rice from the above & other comments seems to be ok. Will mix in with existing food (Simpsons) to start with.

    Never realised supermarket brands were so poor. Always used to buy the ASDA Hero meaty chunks for our last dog which he loved.
    • HarryAzhar
    • By HarryAzhar 26th Jan 18, 2:20 PM
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    • 26th Jan 18, 2:20 PM
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    Congrates My friend also have Cocker Spaniel and i asked him about this and he named few best dog foods for Cocker Spaniel but he himself using Royal Canin nutrition dry dog food for Cocker Spaniel. Though, you can research few others in order to get the right one .
    • Fosterdog
    • By Fosterdog 26th Jan 18, 3:34 PM
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    Congrates My friend also have Cocker Spaniel and i asked him about this and he named few best dog foods for Cocker Spaniel but he himself using Royal Canin nutrition dry dog food for Cocker Spaniel. Though, you can research few others in order to get the right one .
    Originally posted by HarryAzhar
    Royal Canin food is an awful food, please get your friend to actually look at the ingredients, it is full of fillers and additives.
    • melbury
    • By melbury 28th Jan 18, 2:41 PM
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    As per a previous post:

    Switched our 9 month old puppy to this a month ago and he loves it.

    It scores 4.5 out of 5 on the All About Dog Food site, plus great reviews on the Zooplus site.

    http://www.zooplus.co.uk/shop/dogs/dry_dog_food/markus_muehle/14524?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0dP5g6LX2AIV7ZPtCh0yRwNyEA QYASABEgJJ2PD_BwE
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    • By melbury 28th Jan 18, 2:44 PM
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    Forgot to say, cold pressed food is supposed to be the next best thing to natural/raw feeding, better than kibble which is extruded.
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    • lisa110rry
    • By lisa110rry 31st Jan 18, 8:11 PM
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    Congratulations on getting your new dogs!
    Are you crazy two cocker spaniels?? lol

    I have a young 1 year old cocker spaniel and he is absolutely crazy. But he is also such a kind loving dog. How old are your new ones?

    I give mine dry food, we use a company called Oscar: https://www.oscars.co.uk/
    He has a beautiful shiny cost and is very active and healthy.

    Good luck with your new dogs
    Originally posted by bmthmark
    I also use Oscar. The food is delivered (helpful to me as I'm older) and advice is readily available from knowledgable people. My dog is approaching 13 (on 1/3/18).
    ďAnd all shall be well. And all shall be well. And all manner of things shall be exceeding well.Ē
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    • Alvinism
    • By Alvinism 14th Feb 18, 2:10 PM
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    James Wellbeloved is a good hypo-allergenic food that doesn't cost a bomb. You can get a big bag for the best price on Amazon - 15 kg for £37.99. I use it for my bichon who has bad skin allergies.
    • AylesburyDuck
    • By AylesburyDuck 14th Feb 18, 3:53 PM
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    If its shiny coats, healthy dogs and no unset tums you want, then i swear by

    https://www.fish4dogs.com/?gclid=CO2q9fCWg8QCFeLHtAodZw0AtQ

    My three have been on it for years.
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    • abby1234519
    • By abby1234519 18th Feb 18, 10:06 AM
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    If its shiny coats, healthy dogs and no unset tums you want, then i swear by

    https://www.fish4dogs.com/?gclid=CO2q9fCWg8QCFeLHtAodZw0AtQ

    My three have been on it for years.
    Originally posted by AylesburyDuck
    We get fish4dogs fish skin cubes for the dogs as treats, they adore them. I donít get the dog food though as I donít believe it provides everything they need in terms of nutrition

    We use Akela, £40 for 10k so itís expensive but they eat a tiny amount compared to what they were on with wainrights. Theyíve been eating less and less so weíve settled on an amount theyíre happy with plus a small amount of wet food to make it exciting (a spoon).
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    • Paradigm
    • By Paradigm 18th Feb 18, 2:08 PM
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    I donít get the dog food though as I donít believe it provides everything they need in terms of nutrition
    Originally posted by abby1234519

    I'm curious, why do you think that?
    Always try to be at least half the person your dog thinks you are!
    • abby1234519
    • By abby1234519 18th Feb 18, 11:34 PM
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    I'm curious, why do you think that?
    Originally posted by Paradigm
    So, the dogs used to be on raw and I got bored of it and decided I'd rather feed a nutritionally sound kibble.

    I looked at Fish4Dogs, due to using their treats, and whilst initially I liked the fact that the ingredient list is quite simple it actually brought up some concerns. It's good if you have one of those dogs that is allergic to everything though.It has a low percentage of fish compared to the fillers, and it's blooming expensive for what you get. Cheaper to feed a higher quality food and supplement with a frozen fish a couple of times a week.

    I think Allaboutdogfood explains it quite well (and I did my own research)
    https://www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/dog-food-reviews/0086/fish4dogs-finest-complete

    As you might expect, Fish4Dogs is based on fish. The first, and therefore largest ingredient in both varieties is top quality fresh Norwegian fish. Fresh fish is both nutritious and highly palatable but it should be noted that, since it contains around two thirds water, almost all of which is lost during processing, the proportion left in the finished product will be considerably less than the 28% listed - probably more like 10% in fact. Even combined with the 11% salmon meal listed further down the list, that only gives the food a total fish content (not including the added oil) of about 21% which is quite low for this price bracket.

    Fish4Dogs Finest is completely natural, hypoallergenic and grain free. As it's carbohydrate source it uses a combination of potato and pea flour, both of which are very unlikely to cause any problems but also won't provide much in the way of nutrients and in large amounts like this (together making up two fifths of the food), they could be regarded as fillers.
    Fish4Dogs does contain a very large dose of fish oils which are famed for their benefits to the skin, coat and joints due to their high levels of essential omega-3 and omega-6 oils.

    With regard to it's price, £53.50 for 12kg puts it above many competitor brands, even of a higher quality.

    Conclusion: Fish4Dogs Finest is a good quality, hypoallergenic food, especially for dogs with sensitive skin but for the price its low fish content and high proportion of fillers is disappointing.
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    • jostenning
    • By jostenning 19th Feb 18, 12:16 PM
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    My rescue dog has been on Oscar dog food since 2006 and he will be 14 this year and people still ask me if he's a puppy! I noticed a couple of other members are using Oscar and I really can't recommend it highly enough x
    • Edinburgh Pooch
    • By Edinburgh Pooch 19th Feb 18, 1:06 PM
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    Poppy's Picnic
    I've got my dog on Poppy's Picnic which is a relatively new but very highly rated raw complete dog food. The contents are pure meat, veg, tripe, bone and other good things. My vet recommended I try a raw dog food as my dog was so fussy. She said to find one why included tripe as this was a sign of a good food. My dog produces far less poo on this diet and never has an upset stomach ever. Also he likes it and this is a very fussy dog who will leave a sirloin steak half eaten from Waitrose. I know some people don't like the idea of raw food but I read into it alot and it is highly rated. So maybe one to consider. For information my dog is a shihtzu crossed with a coton de tulear. The food comes frozen and you just defrost it as necessary. Only downside is you do need a big freezer.
    Last edited by Edinburgh Pooch; 19-02-2018 at 1:11 PM.
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