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We have three boxer dogs and for years have been feeding them a succession of the mainstream tinned foods. But every so often one or more of them would go off their food and we'd have to try something else. After one of the dogs had to have surgery for cancer, we decided we would find a more healthy dog food which would hopefully help with his recovery. We opted for Arden Grange after trying Burns and Naturediet (yes, they turned their noses up at those!). It comes in three flavours, Chicken and Vegetables, Lamb and Vegetables and Tripe and Vegetables. Not only are all three eating the meat every time, it seems to have improved their health and appearance. All of them have shinier coats and even though the oldest is 11, despite his surgery he is running around like a puppy again. They also look a lot sleeker too, they haven't lost weight but they've changed shape!
One thing that I always notice from this food is the smell, it doesn't have the horrible odour of some tinned meat and instead just has a normal, meaty scent. It always gets the dogs straight in the kitchen when the tins are opened.
We haven't tried mixing in the Arden Grange dry food yet as we are using James Wellbeloved and they seem to like that. For us, the best indication of a dog food is if they're happy to eat it and look like they're benefitting from it. That's true for this food and I don't think we'd ever touch anything from the main ranges again. Also, it doesn't cost the earth. It is about £6 for six tins but you can get them cheaper if bought in quantity. And it's worth it to keep our boys and girls in the best of health.
I have recently gone back to feeding my three dogs Arden Grange after having them on Raw tripe and mixer. I use the Lamb and rice version, Green bag, and I really can not fault this dog food.
One of my dogs is a working dog, trailing for missing persons, and after finding I was needing the tighten the purse strings spent the end of 2010 feeding her a cheaper muesli mix. Her performance wnt own and she stopped working, scenting ability was really demised.
I started her back on Lamb and rice Arden Grange and her working ability has not just gone back to how it was before but has in creased so much more. She has more sustained energy and more concentration and willingness to work whilst being fed this food.
With regard to the other dogs, who are pets, they have also got more energy and more able to sustain the 15 mile walks we do.
Coat condition wise it was better on raw food I have to say. I have noticed a greasier coat appearance since going back to Arden Grange but the skin is very healthy and I guess it is just the more oils in the biscuits. This is not a great problems and it is not as if the greasiness is more than normal, it is just that Raw food means they have no grease!
I find there is less coming out the other end of the dogs meaning they digest more of the food. One of my dogs is a rescue Rotti who did not start life well and so has a very bad digestive system. His "Waste" was very attractive to my Labrador when on raw food but since being on Arden Grange it has not been such a battle to ward her off the waste meaning that he is digesting the food more.
The smell of the biscuits is quiet strong and does make the area where it is kept small entirely of the food. I have it in the cupboard under the stairs and everytime the door opens a large waft comes out of the strong smell.
The size of the kibbles are small and I sometimes use the Large breed variety for my rotti as he tends to try and swallow loads at a time and gets them a bit stuck. The size is brilliant for my Lad and Mali, and they have no problems with them at all.
Waste that comes out of them is minimal and ard to picking up is easy. I did nfind with the cheaper food and raw food that waste was very soft and difficult to pick up.
It is nice that there are lots of different variety of kibble but prices vary widely.
I feed my dog Arden Grange as I believe it is one of the best quality foods and also for a much more reasonable price than some other brands. It has a high meat content (minimum of 30% lamb meal in the lamb & rice variety) and although it does contain some maize, most of the cereal content is rice, so not too bad. It is recommended as being hypoallergenic and suitable for dogs with allergies such as wheat intolerence which might show itself in the form of an upset stomach, skin irritations etc. (commonly caused by high cereal content and additives such as colourings and flavourings in cheaper foods, which arden grange is free from)
As for price, it may seem expensive compared with supermarket brands, but you get what you pay for, and with a good quality food you should have a much happier and healthier dog rather than one that suffers from an upset tummy etc. Also, as it is packed with good quality nutritious ingredients rather than cheap fillers, you only have to feed a fraction of the amount of cheaper food, so in a way it probably works out cheaper on a day-to-day basis. an average large dog of around 40kg (doberman, german shepherd, labrador etc) only needs around 450g/day which works out at less than £1/day/dog.
I would definetly recommend this food as my dog has never suffered from an upset stomach, skin allergies etc. and also loves the taste as it is very fragrant and slightly moist to the touch so I think even fussy dogs might be tempted by this. (there is also a small-bite variety available for small dogs as well as senior and puppy varieties, they also do cat food)
I bought this food for my small dachshund after him eating it at a friends house. This was a miracle in itself as he is a very fussy eater. I read a few leaflets which explained it is one of the most natural diets for dogs with all the nutrients they need included. It is available in various size bags and a 2kg bag lasts me a whole month for a small dog at a cost of £7 which i consider to be very cheap. There are different varieties but i chose the chicken but i believe there is lamb and also fish for dogs with sensitive stomachs. There is also a senior variety for older dogs. It is quite hard to find stockists but if you go on their website then you can type in your postcode and it will come up with the nearest places which is very useful. My dog loves it and he has never been a lover of dried food so it must taste nice!
It is made with up to 70% Fresh Meat
All Natural Sustainably Sourced Ingredients
Not Tested on Animals
It is a range of natural hypoallergenic dog foods, which are known to be gentle and easily digested and may help prevent potential allergic reactions so great if your dog is normally sensitive to various ingredients in other foods
High levels of fresh, succulent meat provides an extremely nutritious source .of protein to aid muscle development and satisfy even the fussiest eater.
I'm sure there are cheaper diets out there for dogs, but after being recommended Arden Grange by a famous trainer for my hound I figured that paying for expensive advice I might as well try it.
I've personally opted for the Lamb & Rice variety which can be purchased in 2.5kg, 7.5kg and 15kg bags. A 15kg bag can be purchased from www.vetuk.co.uk for £24.07 + delivery (free if your order contains over a certain value of food). It may be cheaper elsewhere.
My reasons for opting for Arden Grange was the high quality of the ingredients which consist mainly of ethically produced Grade A new Zealand lamb, no animal derivatives or by products and it's suitable for pet dogs or dogs in light work.
Lamb Meal* (min 30%), Whole Grain Rice (min 26%), Whole Grain Maize, Chicken Fat*, Beet Pulp, Dried Brewers Yeast, Egg Powder, Fish Meal*, Linseed, Fish Oil*, Minerals, Vitamins, Nucleotides, Prebiotic FOS, Prebiotic MOS, Cranberry Extract, Chondroitin Sulphate, Glucosamine Sulphate, MSM, Yucca Extract. * Preserved with mixed tocopherols and rosemary extract.
Protein 25%, Oil 16%, Fibre 2%, Ash 6%, Moisture 8%, Omega6 3.5%, Omega3 0.4%, Vitamin A 15000 IU/kg, Vitamin D3 1500 IU/kg, Vitamin E 80 IU/kg, Calcium 1.53%, Phosphorous P 1.1%, Copper 20 mg/kg (as Cupric Sulphate).
The feed guide is very detailed on what factors you should consider when picking the amount you feed your dog and their website is very informative.
Personal experience of feeding Arden Grange - Lamb and Rice:
I've been feeding it for about 6 months now and have noticed an improvement in both my dogs general condition, her bowel movements and her energy. Before she was very hyper active, making her at times quite a handful! She still has all that energy but it's not as "manic" as it used to be.
If you walk your dog somewhere public you'll know how important the quality of what goes in is on the quality of what comes out is - poo picking is never a nice topic, but I did notice a marked improvement in the "quality" after we started feeding Arden. Possibly a small point, but important none the less to some of us! :)
Feeding amounts I have found can vary greatly depending on the amount of work my dog is doing - if for any reason she's more housebound that usual then feeding the amount I normally would when she gets 4 high intensity 45 minute sessions a week in addition to walks versus just normal walks leaves her "porky" in little more than 2 weeks - personally I feed about 300gr a day but this is often supplemented with leftovers like boiled vegetables. I usually find that a 15 kg bag lasts about 2 months or slightly less... This works out approximately at £12ish a month or 50p a day. Obviously more if you don't feed scraps but not by much. This is for a medium size but high energy dog (GSD/BC cross)
Personally I would never go back to anything the local supermarkets can sell me. The addatives in most popular foods have effects on my dogs energy, coat and bowels that I couldn't accept now I have found an alternative.
Definitely worth a try and it comes in several kinds - ideal for those with dogs that have sensitive tummies.
This pet food is hypoallergenic and contains no artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives.