Dog owners....dry food advice.....

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Hello dog owners,

We are just about to get our first dog. As we prepare ourselves and the house, I seek your advice.

We have been advised by the kennels that we are rehoming a rescue greyhound from, to initially use the same dry food that they have at the kennel. Then after, we can decide to change. However, I didn't realise the world of dry dog food is so vast. Some say dont have anything that has less than 20% protein, to have zero grain or no added wheat....

This is a brave new world to us - is there any advice you can give to sensibly buy dry food without either breaking the bank or the dog?

Thank you.
 
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We feed our Gordon Setter on this stuff:


It's not the cheapest, but it's good value, a 14kg bag lasts about 1.5 months, so works out not much more than some of the kibbled food, and as it's much better quality, the portions are smaller.

Ruby has a bit of a sensitive gut, and we were going through a load of different foods to try and find one that worked for her, and then I happened to be walking Ruby one day and she dropped a horrendous massive dollop of soft shite, ( which was her normal type of poo, not to mention the flatulence, and no food we tried helped) in front of another guy walking a springer spaniel.

He mentioned his daughter had set up a pet food business because her dog (the springer) was suffering from the same problems and she'd been through all the same stuff, she found a food that worked so started importing it privately, and eventually set her own business up to sell it because it worked so well for her, and her friends dogs that she passed it on to.

So we gave it a go, and almost immediately there was an improvement, properly formed stools, less farting and better breath.

Amazing that it happened to be a local company, but given our experience, I'd be happy to recommend them.

Here's an utterly objective review from a dog food obsessive:
 
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Greyhounds are fussy eaters. When you do decide to make a change do it gradually. We fed ours Skinner's dry food for working dogs, they have a low protein bag.

They are great dogs. Pick up the idiot's guide to greyhounds book, it's very useful.
 
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Can of worms.

My 2p

Depending on the dog, our is an ex stray picked on the beach somewhere in Bulgaria and brought over to the UK by the K9 International charity.

As a stray he ate whatever he could find so not fussy.

After years of owning dogs I would recommend feeding according to the dog activity level and breed.

Our is a mongrel, this usually means less bones related issues but I always stick to 20% protein top with dry foods, with two walks a day it helps with keeping the weight under control.

With some leftovers mixed in we always use Lidl own, it is cheap and keeps farting at bay. The dog is also very healthy for his age so we can do with cheap stuff, this might not be true for your animal.

 
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We feed ours the Burns range.
Not too rich - was getting upsets on other stuff. Not a big dog so don't really have a feel for a value for money assessment sorry!
 

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We feed ours the Burns range.
Not too rich - was getting upsets on other stuff. Not a big dog so don't really have a feel for a value for money assessment sorry!
Burns is even better value using Amazon subscribe and save. Works out around £46 for 15Kg
 
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I’d suggest Lukullus, it’s cold pressed food unlike other dry foods out there. Made of human grade meat and fish, no cereals. It’s pretty reasonably priced as well imho.


Whichever food you choose I’d suggest checking from below website, it’ll tell you if that food has any bad ingredients such as cereals, animal derivatives etc. You’d be surprised how some of the expensive foods out there is full of sh*t.

 
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I’d suggest Lukullus, it’s cold pressed food unlike other dry foods out there. Made of human grade meat and fish, no cereals. It’s pretty reasonably priced as well imho.


Whichever food you choose I’d suggest checking from below website, it’ll tell you if that food has any bad ingredients such as cereals, animal derivatives etc. You’d be surprised how some of the expensive foods out there is full of sh*t.

Two great suggestions. Thank you. The reviews of the food sound really good.
 
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