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My golden Labrador (15 months) has quite a sensitive digestive system and I find that the cheaper food i.e. Pedigree just didn't sit right with her and from a very young age has been fed on Arden Grange. Since getting my lovely flat coat retriever it made sense to put him on the same diet as it would be a lot more cost effective and easier to keep control of what both were eating.
The dry kibble of choice for both is the Arden Grange Large Breed Puppy/Junior so ideal for both dogs (although my Labrador could technically go on to adult food). Both retriever breeds are classed as a large breed and I want to ensure that they get everything they need in a dry food that will try to ensure that their diet is balanced and help them develop as they should - skeletal growth in large breeds is incredibly important as you don't want excessive weight gain to cause problems.
"Formulated to meet the nutritional needs of developing large or giant breed puppies. Controlled energy & fat contents support growth without excess weight gain."
The quote says it all really and if you know of Labradors, you will know they are prone to getting fat eating fresh air. So having a kibble which helps with weight gain is essential. Obviously if you feed ridiculously large amounts then clearly weight gain will be an issue! The theory behind the dry food is that it helps to control a steady growth rate in large/giant breeds. The kibble can be fed wet or dry depending on what each dog likes - both of mine with eat it either way although the puppy does prefer it a little softer especially as he is currently teething.
The kibble itself only comes in one flavour which is chicken and rice which my dogs both seem to enjoy quite happily and rarely leave anything. The kibble is a decent size for a large/giant breed and is circular in shape with a hole in the middle - basically looking like a kibble version of a polo! It is dark brown in colour and does look quite grainy in comparison to other dry kibble. It doesn't really have a smell to it so it is easy to store as the smell doesn't get everywhere. I find with brands such as Pedigree the dry food has quite a distinctive smell, where as this one doesn't.
So other than mentioning the importance of the skeletal growth above the Arden Grange Puppy/Juinor Large Breed is also beneficial in other ways. One being a good digestive health. Arden Grange use high quality chicken as the primary ingredient as it has a very high biological availability which is needed to keep the intestinal flora balanced. Joint care is obviously high on the agenda for large/giant breeds and there glucosamine is added together with Chrondroitin.
Lastly, Arden Grange use Vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene, as well as yucca, cranberry and rosemary extract to help with immunity and disease prevention. The antioxidants when combined overall try to help with cleansing the body (getting rid of any chemicals), help prevent faecal odour and of course cranberry helps to maintain the urinary tract.
The food is recommended for:
◦Large Breed puppies aged 2 - 12 months
◦Giant Breed puppies aged 2 - 18 months
It can also be used for:
◦Smaller Breed puppies with a large appetite
Now my Labrador has been on this for the last 8 months and the flat coat retriever has been on it since 8 weeks old (he is now just shy of 5 months) and neither of them have had any problems whatsoever. Both of their coats are lovely and smooth (the flat coat's coat has a lovely glossy shine to it) and their skin isn't dry or irritated. Both are always full of energy which I know is bound to be the case when they are so young but I find that they are happy, well looked after dogs.
Neither of them have turned their nose up at a bowl of this dry kibble and I think the fact that their skeletal system is being looked after is a bit positive for me. I have seen so many large breed dogs with problems that it is vital as an owner to help look after them is a duty for your dog. Therefore, if you have a large/giant breed dog then this really should be worth trying. My dogs are both in great shape and I put a lot down to a good diet. A definite recommendation from me.
== Product Information ==
Brand: Arden Grange
Sizes: 2kg, 6kg and 12kg
Prices: 2kg - £8.70, 6kg - £17.90 and 12kg - £32.90
Availability: Pets at Home, Zooplus, MedicAnimal etc