My cat is an absolute pain when it comes to buying him food as he can be so fussy. Something’s he likes and something’s he just won’t entertain. My dog though bless him is a lot more easy going and will eat pretty much anything that I put in front of him.
When I first got him I put him straight on Baker’s puppy food and he absolutely loved it. I also liked the look of it and it is definitely one of the more appetising looking dry foods that there is. The smell is quite strong with this though and my dog had a bit of smelly breath after eating his Bakers.
So far so good with the Baker’s but I did notice that his poo’s were really runny and didn’t seem to be going solid. I originally put it down to the fact that he had just come to me and he wasn’t quite settled yet but after a week I took him to the vet’s.
The vet examined him and said there was nothing wrong with him that she could see and as he seemed happy enough she didn’t think it was because he wasn’t settling. She asked if I was feeding him Baker’s puppy food and when I said yes she told me that was probably the cause.
Apparently she has seen loads of puppies come in with the same problem who were fed Baker’s puppy food.
I ended up buying some ridiculously expensive food from the vet and threw the Baker’s away and I noticed a difference almost straight away. As soon as he was on the new food his poo got firmer and wasn’t runny and as an added bonus his breath was much nicer too.
I chose Baker’s thanks to the advertising and also because I just thought the bright colours in it looked nice but if I ever get another puppy I certainly won’t be feeding him it again.
For the price of around £6.00 this pet food is extremely good value as it lasts me with a Kerry Blue of around eighteen weeks being fed about 300 grams a day. This bag lasts me quite a few weeks which means that really I am paying only £1 or less per week for my dog to eat.
The food smells but it is very mild compared to some other dog foods that I have tried feeding my dog. This is rather good because if you have the food in a part of your house that you have visitors in like your kitchen then you do not want to have overpowering smells. This especially if you are all trying to eat dinner and cannot manage it.
This food is good for the dogs bowels because it has vegetables in it. I have found that this food makes my dog expel her bowels rather often and sometimes this can be a problem as she just takes urges quiter frequently at times and it makes me scared to leave her in the house on her own as she will go everywhere. Fair enough if you have your dog outside this would be fun but expect lots of surprises to be found regularly.
The food seems to be a rather nice taste as my dog loves it and would attempt to eat a whole bag in one go. Whenever she gets hungry she is straight over to the cupboard it is kept in and howls for me to get her some out. She takes only a few seconds to eat around 80 grams of food in one go.
The food I bought comes in a box and this means that it needs to be put into a container for it to be kept or it will go off rather quickly and this could result in your dog not eating the food or possibly getting sick off of it.
When I think about it I have noticed that since using this meal my dog has gone more hyper than normal. Chewing everything from hands to furniture. She's actually gotten more vicious and will bite so hard that she has your hand bleeding. I noticed that someone else said that this meal can make dogs hyper and I have also noticed that mine will go charging around the house nearly knocking everything over and I think all of these things show that that could be correct since she has gotten worse since eating this meal. I do however think that this could just be a coincidence so perhaps you will want to keep that in mind.
My dog has gotten less fat from this meal as I was giving her one high in protein which dog experts said she would need to help bulk her up and grow. I found that this high protein meal was giving her a rather large belly with fat whereas this meal has kept her growing nicely and rapidly but removed the fat belly.
Overall for the price and the fact that my dog loves this product I am a very happy person to have tried it. I think that anyone who is having trouble getting their dog to eat food should try this brand as I am sure it will help them to. In conclusion I recommend this food highly.
Bakers Complete Puppy Food
We brought our little puppy home just over a week ago and I wanted the transition to be as easy for him as possible. For these reasons I thought that it would be best to keep him on the same puppy food that the other people had been previously feeding him, in this case it was Bakers complete puppy food.
However, after reading some of the reviews of this and getting a bit more information from the people at Pets at Home I am working on switching him from this to something I hope will be much better for him. Apparently this is way down there on the scale of quality pet food.
So far Bakers puppy food doesn't seem to be disagreeing with him and he does look like he enjoys it. However, I suspect as a little puppy he would enjoy and devour pretty much anything that I placed in front of him. The individual pieces or biscuits are all small, which is perfect for small mouths and when you add water they become pleasantly mushy making it easier for him to digest.
This is rather cheap to buy and it is available in most pet stores and supermarkets. However, personally I don't think this would sway my opinion, I would rather pay a bit more for something that was nutritious and better for the little furry one.
I am not planning on buying anymore of this puppy food in the future and I would hesitate to recommend it to anyone else with a small puppy. Apparently, it is full of additives and preservatives, which can cause allergies and may even add toward over excitement or fuel bad behaviour. I am going to give this a two out of five stars, I was shocked and very disappointed to read and hear about the substandard quality of this puppy food.
I hope I find a puppy food that he likes and that is good for him, the search continues!
I was keen to wean my Shih Tzu puppy Bailey off of the dry food that he had been used to in his kennels since he was born. He was 13 weeks' old at the time and I wanted to try and transfer him onto food that was a little more substantial and suitable for his growing body.
*~* The Product Itself *~*
I found Bakers complete puppy in my local Wilkinson's for £2.28 for a 1kg box. Seeing as it was very cheap in comparison to the Beta puppy food that I had previously been using, which was £7 for a bag, I decided to give it a try. Also, I was aware of Bakers as being a very reputable brand, so this seemed to be an ideal solution to my problem.
This dry food is suitable for puppies aged from 6 weeks up and can be used to feed them up until they reach the age of 24 months. What attracted me most to this brand besides from the price was the fact that it includes all of those essential nutrients and vitamins vital to puppy's development. The mixture includes added calcium which aids the development of stronger teeth and bones.
Various little shapes comprise this food. For instance, there are pellets that are shaped like love hearts and these contain iron: essential for healthy blood and the square shaped chunks are packed full of protein for improving muscle development. The bone shaped kibbles contains calcium and the little green and yellow balls contain carbohydrates which provide puppy with much needed energy.
The chunks are 35% smaller than alternative branded puppy food so as to suit growing mouths. They are flavoured with beef and country vegetables and are enriched with extra protein and omega 3 and 6 which help to improve the glossiness of puppy's coat and give them healthier skin.
Moreover, the box provides a very helpful feeding guide on the back which ensures that you will not go far wrong in determining how much and how often to feed your puppy throughout the day.
*~* My Opinion (or should I say Bailey's opinion) *~*
My puppy seems to enjoy this food and usually eats it all up within a minute of me putting it out for him. However, there are occasions where he will eat some of it and then leave a little amount. I find that this food has helped him to break up his meals so that he does not go hungry throughout the day, as before he would always rush eating his food and be left with none and that would be him until at least four hours later when he would be due a feed again. So using this food makes me feel less guilty about the big gaps in between his feeds.
Bailey also likes to play with his food, so these multi-coloured pellets are ideal for him. I am just happy that he likes this food and is getting all of the essential vitamins and nutrients that a growing puppy of his age should be getting in order to become a healthy adult dog.
*~* Nutritional Information *~*
*~* Overall *~*
I rate this product 4 doo yoo stars, as I think that the £2.28 price is fair for a 1kg box given that this food contains all of those crucial ingredients that I would hope to see in a puppy food. I just wish that I could find one of the big bags of Bakers Complete Puppy in my local supermarket, as my puppy seems to have finished the box in just over a week, so it does not seem to last very long unlike the big sacks, which would be a cheaper alternative for me.
I have a eight week old black labrador puppy called Max.
When I brought him home two weeks ago the breeder had weaned him onto cudleys, but because my first dog kylie was on bakers, I ended up putting Max on bakers puppy.
First of all let me say Bakers puppy food is easily available a most supermarkets and pet food shops.
After reading soo many reviews saying its proberly one of, or even the first worst food to feed your dog, I am shocked that it seems so popular.
We rehomed kylie when she was four years old and had always been on bakers with no problems, until she got older that we fed she on nutro choice light as she got a bit overweight and was not as active as she used to be.
We tried max on bakers with a little water, just to soften the food and to get a little gravey. Just like the breeder told us she did with chudleys.
Max did like bakers and would scoff his food straight down.
However max did seem to suffer from very running poo's and a lot of them. I assumed it was because he was a puppy but the biggest giveaway it was the food, was the orangey tinge to them just like the bakers food.
I then decided to change from bakers to beta and haven't looked back.
The food does look appealing with colourful colour and shapes. It does smell a bit more pongy that beta though.
Max's breath was smelly when he was on this diet.
Cereals , Meat and Animal Derivatives (Minimum 4% Fresh Meat in the Soft Moist Kernel, Minimum 4% Beef in the Brown Kernel) , Vegetable Protein Extracts , Oils and Fats , Various Sugars , Derivatives of Vegetable Origin , Minerals , Vegetables (Minimum 4% Vegetables in the Green and Yellow Kernels) , With antioxidants, coloured with and preserved with EC additives .
Bakers cost £2.19 for 1kg of the puppy food.
Although max did enjoy eating bakers, It doesn't agree with him.
I worked in a dog kennels for the year before I moved up to university, and my boss always used to despair of Bakers food. The food has got too many colours and flavourings, which seems to contribute to a lot of the dogs eating it being a bit hyperactive. The ingredients on their website say that they use EC additives to colour their food. This seems like a bit of a marketing ploy, as your dog can't see the colours, and most other major dry dog food manufacturers don't do this.
Another problem I have with this food is that most of the protein in it doesn't come from meat, which suggests a lower quality dog food. Whilst this product suggests it contains 28% protein, only about 4% comes from meat. The rest comes from "animal extract" and vegetable protein. The food also has a relatively high fat content of 12%, but this isn't too much of a worry for an active dog.
The food does contain omega 3 & 6 for a healthy coat and skin, and as well as iron and calcium, which will also be beneficial to a puppy. However, many other healthier dog foods also include these, and I can only assume people buy Bakers because it's readily available in supermarkets, and a little bit cheaper per kilo. However, I don't think it's a natural way to feed your dog, and it often makes dogs ill when they switch to it from a better quality food, even when done carefully. IF you are going to switch to this food, then do it slowly over a period of weeks to minimize this.
If this is what your dog eats already, and they seem fine for it, then don't panic, but if they seem a bit hyperactive compared to others of the breed, you might want to consult your vet and consider changing diet. I doubt this food does any real harm to dogs, but it's not the most natural way of feeding them.
I just got my first Puppy a Jack Russell terrier and was dubious about what to feed her. I have heard many a horror story about bakers food. Hair loss, extreme temperament, it's like giving a child McDonalds e.g.
But I had no choice but to try this brand for myself. As she was weaned on to bakers puppy food by her breeder. So as to not upset her little tummy I bought a bag. Not badly priced £6 for 5kg from pets at home.
She was fed this for the first 2 months of her life. An despite being a puppy and being mad anyway. she was very energetic. The food itself consists of different coloured biscuits each made with different ingredients as to provide an all round meal for a puppy. I was feeding her 3 small meals a day. The coloured food is full of colourings and additives which people think cause the above.
She loved the food and wolfed it down all the time. But her behaviour was very different. She changed into a absolute mad dog, bolting around all the time and sometime aggressive.
I made the decision to change the brand just to test the waters really. I purchased a bag of Burns which was recommended to me as it contains not artificial colours.
Rosie did turn her nose up at first and would still eat bakers while I was changing it over a period of 2 weeks. Eventually she wolfed it all down. Now she is on burns permanently with no bakers and she has calmed down, still a mad puppy but no edge and her behaviour is more calm too.
I don't know if it was the bakers and so called additives but I will keep her on burns as it seems to be allot better for her.
Specially formulated for growing dogs.