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We tend to use cheap Tesco dog food for our two dogs as they both seem to like it, they have never had any health problems, so they obviously get all they need from the food and it is cheap so it suits our needs perfectly, but sometimes if we run out, we just pop down our local shop and purchase whatever they have until I get chance to replace it with our usual brand. Quite recently we had this problem, so I sent hubby off in search of dog food and he came back with a box of Bakers Complete.
When I think of Bakers Complete, I think of a premium brand of dog food. As we only needed enough of this food to keep us going for a couple of days, my hubby brought a small box (1.35kg) and he paid around £4.00 for the box, which considering our usual food costs about £1.50 for a 2.5k bag, it shows the difference in quality. We ended up purchasing more of this food as I didn't get chance to get our usual for a few days with work. Using up what we had, the dogs used this continuously for around 2 weeks.
There are different versions available, all with vegetables with the meat options being lamb, chicken and beef. We ended up with the beef and vegetable version. This is a dry dog food with quite soft, good size bites. It is a complete balanced meal for them so you don't need to add anything to the food as they get all they need from this alone.
It claims to contain Vitamin D for healthy teeth and bones, iron, fibre and carbohydrates for energy. They gulped their food down so obviously really enjoyed the taste, but then our dogs have never really been fussy with food and will pretty much gulp down anything you give them. I didn't really notice that this food did anything different for them that our usual version didn't, but the one thing I did notice was that our Labradors coat did genuinely seem shinier and healthier than normal. Due to a skin condition, her coat doesn't often have the shine and health that it should, but after using this food, I noticed a real difference and my husband also noticed the same thing.
Due to the effect it has had on the eldest dogs coat, I have decided to use this food more regularly, alongside our cheaper version in the hope that it will continue to keep her coat looking healthier. I hadn't changed anything else with her food or shampoo so it can only have been this food that had made the difference. We have still only tried the one flavour of this food at the moment, but seeing how happy they are when I put their full bowls down with this food in, I would be happy to purchase the other flavours too in the future. Aside from the price, I haven't a negative thing to say about this food, so it comes with a big thumbs up from me (and my pooches!).
Bakers Complete is as it says a complete dog food that is probably the best selling dry kibble feed, due to it being so widely available in supermarkets. After all what is more convenient than picking up the dog food at the same time as the groceries?
Bobby the little dog that features in my ID photo has a secret, his favourite foods are Haslet, Cesars and Bakers Complete. Given the choice he would live on these foods all the time with very little variation. Bobby tells me that the normal size Bakers complete is small enough even for a dog of his size and that the different shapes, flavours and textures make the meal much more interesting. He especially loves the Bacon as well as the Duck versions and knows he should rave about the healthier chicken version that is easier to find in the supermarkets and likes the Beef and Vegetables for a change as well too. Even though he is a small dog, he assures me that it is not necessary to pay the 30p or so extra a box for the small dog version because actually the kibble is so small that there is a greater risk on him choking on it and throwing up on the floor.
The first few years we had Bobby, he lived happily on an diet of Bakers Complete, with a little Cesar or other wet food to brighten the meal up. He also enjoyed whatever meat we had for our almost weekly roast and a slice or two of haslet when I could buy it. We noticed that his coat was not as good as it should be, but other than that he was a happy healthy little dog.
When we got a bigger dog as well we realised that buying the boxes in the supermarket (they did not stock the bigger bags then) was a very expensive way to buy dog food, so following a recommendation I started buying SCATS Gold Menu for them both. After about 6 weeks I noticed that Bobby's coat had improved greatly and that both dogs had plenty of energy and were happy.
I continued to buy the occasional small box of Bakers for Bobby as a treat, because although he liked the SCATS, I knew that Bakers Duck was still his favourite.
Originally a family business since 1851 Bakers is now part of the Purina group of animal feeds. They must be getting something right because dogs do love Bakers Complete. Bakers has a lovely website www.bakerscomplete.co.uk/Default.aspx and a strong advertising presence.
Here's what Bakers state on their website about Bakers Complete:
"The scrummy, meaty chunks and tasty assortment of wholesome, crunchy kibbles in Bakers Complete® Adult varieties gives your dog all the goodness he needs for a happy, healthy and active adult life.
* Protein- high quality protein sources to help maintain a good body condition
* Fibre- for good digestion & iron for healthy blood
* Energy- with cereals, packed with carbohydrates for energy
* Vitamin D & minerals- for healthy teeth & strong bones"
...and the contents for the Duck Flavour:
"Cereals, Meat and animal derivatives (15%1 in the chunk), Derivatives of vegetable origin, Vegetable protein extracts, Oils and fats, Glycerol, Vegetables (1% dried chicory root (natural ingredient), heart & round kernels: 0.6% dried vegetables, equivalent to 4% vegetables), Minerals, Propylene glycol.
equivalent to 30% rehydrated meat and animal derivatives, with min. 26% meat and min. 4% duck
Fat content 10.0%
Crude ash 8.0%
Crude fibres 3.0%
PRICE & AVAILABILITY:
From Supermarkets and Pet Food Stores and on-line priced at £3.00 for 1.5Kg box from Asda and £3.49 from Morrison's or £3.59 from Waitrose, Sainsbury's or Tesco. The 5Kg bag is £10.98 from all except Asda who sell it for £10.98 and Waitrose do not stock the larger size.
My little dog loved this food and any dog I have fed it to have enjoyed it. I no longer see it as a long term option though as there are comparable feeds for less money or better feeds for about the same cost. There are healthier diets for the average dog, but marketing and convenience ensure that Bakers remais a best seller.
Thank you for reading the review that Bobby and I prepared for you and I hope you enjoyed it and found it useful.
Jess does have a lot of treats and I have reviewed a few so I thought it was time to review her actual day to day food. I do chop and change her foods to prevent her from becoming fussy and one of the foods she really enjoys is Bakers Complete.
Bakers Complete is a complete food suitable for dogs. There are quite a few varieties including duck and veg, chicken and country veg and beef and country veg. Jess favourite is, well Jess likes all of the varieties.
Bakers Complete is an attractive looking food with a great variety of colours, shapes and textures to interest a dog. There a tiny brown bone shapes, green and yellow disks and chunky soft cubes of meat. A bowl of Bakers looks quite appetising and smells pretty good too. I know Jess gets very excited when she spots me filling her bowl and she finishes a bowl full in one sitting.
I give Jess a cup full of Bakers in her medium size bowl each day and I make sure she has plenty of water available to complement her dry food. The crunchy biscuits are good for Jess's teeth and the food contains fibre and iron for healthy digestion.
Bakers complete is Jess's favourite food, she would quite happily eat this all day every day. As Jess weighs 6kg I give her a cup of food each morning and I feel that is enough as she has other bits of food and treats through the day. There is a feeding chart on the side of the box which advises how much to food to body weight ratio for your dog.
When eating Bakers Jess's coat is soft and glossy and her eyes have plenty of sparkle. She is full of energy and ready to face the day. Bakers Complete is gentle on Jess's tummy and the parcels she produces are firm and easy to dispose of.
The price of Bakers varies from just under £2 for a 1kg box up to £22 for a 14kg sack. If you have storage it makes sense to buy in bulk as it works out cheaper per kilo.
Bakers Complete is Jess's favourite food and she gives it five tail wags of approval.
Thank you for reading xx
My staffy cross is 1 year and 6 months old now and for the first year or so we only fed him complete dry food, Bakers Complete being his favourite brand by far!
When we first made the switch from the puppy stage to a complete dry food we went through nearly all brands you can imagine, we found our pup enjoyed Bakers Complete much more over any other brand, Bakers Complete also didn't give him much of an upset stomach as the other ones we tried did, he settled with it extremely quickly and him wriggling around in his bed afterwards wiping his nose tells us just how much he enjoys it!
We found it so much more cost effective ordering the massive 15kg bags on line at the beginning of each month to last us, we never had to worry about running out!
Mainly for health reasons we needed to start including more wet food into his diet, Bakers only really do the AGILE range of wet food and I must say these are his favourite too! We of course still give him Bakers Complete all the time!
I am currently at university studying bioveterinary science and in my cause we have a nutrition side, from this i learnt what a dog (also cat ect) needs from their food, and to say the least bakers doesnt cut it. there is enough in bakers to maintain a dog but as to keeping it in its peak conditions i dont think so. my dog is a staffy (not a grrr staffy but a lovely one, dont get me started on breed descimination) and she loved bakers and she probably would if i started giving it to her again but thats because bakers only or mainly focused on palatability ( how much the dog likes to eat that shhhhh...stuff) and not so much of whats in it, bakers only contains roughly 6% meat within the buscuits (not the meaty chunks cause thats about 24%) and that means you have to feed your dog more fgor it to get the protien it needs which means he/she craps more basicly. but brands (that im yet to review, so watch this channel for more) that are not even more expensive have a much higher protien content meaning you feed you dog less meaning you save more. next the water content of the bakers this is super low so if you feed dry buscuits make sure dog has plenty of water, or mix a tinny bit of water with the food but sometimes it will make the buscuits soggy and some dogs dont like that. the ash content of bakers is normal and there are lots of addatives to make sure there is the required amount of vatamins within the food, but not addequit in my opinion. there is a high content of fat within the food that i know from breaking it down and doing tests on it and fat isnt to good for your dog and also large amounts of collouring if you ghet the ones with different shapes in the bag. the good thing is the bag it comes in if you get a bag and not a box is cool but thats not helpoing the dog at all. so keep an eye out for the other dog foods.
A free sample was placed in a bag with items bought from Pets at Home.My dog was fine until I gave her some Bakers Complete. She looked ill. Eyes rolling, tongue lolling, barking at thin air, hyperactive then crashed out on the floor, heart going at a clappers. Looked like on the verge of a heart attack to me and vets closed in the evening so this was worrying. I've thrown the stuff in the bin, contacted PAH who were helpful and Purina/Nestle who just seemed intent on defending their product!.My Cocker Spaniel is back on Burns today. Never again. Review Centre has many such experiences listed. People are concerned so should Purina be but they're clearly not.
Hi, I have been feeding my dog bakers, pedigree, and wagg dry dog food / kibble it says everything you want to hear on packaging and it even looks good, dogs love it! but there is something not many people know about these types of dog food. My dog is 1 year and 6 months shes a staffordshire bull terrier and I have recently nocied scabs on her these are causing here to itch allot and I found out it was a wheat alergy, I went to my local pet shop! which is quite a big branded pet store and I asked for some advice on what food to give my beloved dog as I could not see her in this state anymore. I got advised to change food from my vet. Anyways after going into the pet shop and asking one of their lovely assistants for help. she advised me to go with a natural dog food. Something that has real pieces of meat in and something that is well balanced and lookes after your pet in everyway possible. I was wondering about prices! I'm not working at the minuite so i needed something cheap and cheerful. There was lots of natural foods to choose from and some of them were very reasonably priced.
After having a long conversation with the very helpful staff I found out that most dog foods dont actually have the ingredients they state in it. Beef is died and flavoured so it tastes like beef. etc
I also found out that bakers and pedigree and many other big brands which we should all be able to trust has lost of wheat and corn in to bulk it out and make your dog feel fuller for longer even though they are not getting the important stuff they need.
Not many people know this but BAKERS COMPLETE MADE BY THE SAME COMPANY THAT MAKE MARS BARS AND SWEETS FOR HUMANS
this is not a good dog food to give to your dog. Maybe add a little to some natural food but not as a main meal everyday.
Hope this review helps allot of people and If you don't beleive this please ask your local pet shop or a qualified vet as it is very important this message gets out!
When we first brought our pup home we admit to being rather clueless as first time pet owners. We had done some research, but its very different to having that dog there at home with you!
The breeders gave us a list of everything we needed for the pup, including the type of feed he had been eating so we knew what to buy. For two days, our pup ate barely any food, and on the third day we rang the vet, concerned. His first suggestion was to simply try another brand.
After much deliberating, we decided to go for a small box of Bakers Complete, in beef and vegetable flavour, to see if something with a bit more flavour enticed the pup. When we opened the box, we saw a variety of coloured biscuits, and although the smell is fairly strong, it wasnt as bad as the previous brand.
It took some pursuasion, but finally our pup made his way over to investigate, and it didnt take very long for him to finish the whole bowl. He has been with us now for almost 16 months, and this is definately his favourite food!
Bakers Complete comes in a variety of flavours, including chicken and veg and lamb and veg. We have only tried those other two but our dog seems to prefer the beef and doesnt like change, so we dont mess about!
Its available in a variety of sizes, including a small or laregr box, and also in a big bag.
We have found the prices vary depending on where we buy it from, and can pay anything between £2 - £4 for the small box.
A lot of people say these 'supermarket' brands of dog food are not as good for dogs as others, but we have tried our dog on the others and he wont eat anything else, so for him, its great. We also found he got smellier breath eating other brands too!
I have two dogs, a five year old husky and a one year old lurcher. The husky has a very sensitive stomach whereas the lurcher seems to have one made out of cast iron! We always have to be careful with what we feed our husky as not only does she get an upset stomach easily but she is also a very fussy eater and has been known on many occasion to turn her nose up at what we have offered her.
We have feed Bakers complete on a number of occasions and both dogs do seem to really enjoy it - we mix in a little meat but not a huge amount (about 1/2 can per dog) however the lurcher will eat the biscuits without the meat but she is not in the slightest bit fussy whereas the husky needs a little more encouragement! The food is a variety of biscuits, all different shapes and sizes and the dogs particularly love the meaty chunks - often picking them out first before moving onto the other biscuits. As this is a complete dog food there is no need to add the extra meat so if you are trying to save money or watch their weight then you can just feed them the biscuits and know that they are getting an all round balanced diet.
I would have to say that we don't use Bakers as their main food, only buying it in an emergency if there is nothing left at home, or available in the shops and the reason for this is because I am not convinced about the quality of ingredients used - the food seems to be very high in sugars (in the form of cereals and various sugars on the label) and the meat and vegetable content is low.
Whilst I wouldn't think that this food does any harm I don't think it is the best in terms of nutritional value and wouldn't use it as their permanent dog food.
This food definetly doesn't get a five star rating from me. Anyone that feeds this to their dog, or anything like it, just don't! It is terrible quality and not only that the amount of additives in it is very high. It is mostly cereals with only a tiny percentage of meat, when cereals should form a very small amount of a dogs diet. A lot of dogs can have terrible reactions to cereal in their food such as upset stomachs, skin allergies and irratations and behaviourally, hyperactivity.
This food is made to be appealing to the owners with chunks of food made to look like pieces of real meat and vegetables with all the extra colourings added to make them realistic. Dogs don't care what their food looks like as long as it tastes nice, which is unfortunatly why so many dogs end up being fed on terrible quality foods such as Bakers...the added flavourings, salt and sugar (which can lead to obesity and diabetes etc in pets) make the food tasty so some owners believe they should feed what the dog likes rather than what is good for him. I'm sure they wouldn't feed their children on sweets every mealtime though!
Anyway, to sum up, you should avoid foods that have low meat content, high cereal content and any additives such as flavouring and colours. try and go for a high-meat-content low cereal plain kibble. Some of them appear expensive but actually work out cheaper in the long run as you feed less and anyway, isn't your dogs health and happiness worth a few extra pence a day?
What is it?
The manufacturer claims that it is a 'balanced doggylicious meal for your adult dog'. This certainly seems to be the case as the morsels within
comprise a variety of textures, colours, shapes and ,more crucially, nutritional elements. I first tried this product over a year ago as my dog was
becoming bored with his other, famously branded,dried food. As I had some reservations about feeding him canned meat all the time I was forced to look for
a dried alternative. I was drawn to Baker's Complete initially by the vibrant packaging and visually stimulating morsels portrayed on the box. So far I have
absolutely no regrets. My dog gobbles these up without any fuss, except for those rare difficult occasions! Maybe this is because they are more visually interesting
or it could be the appealing mix of crunchy and soft textures.
This food is made up of four differently shaped morsels each containing different nutritional atttributes. The small paw shaped pieces are fibre-filled to aid digestion
with added iron for healthy blood, the meaty brown cubes represent protein for growth and muscle development, the bones are calcium-crammed naturally for strong
gnashers and bones, and finally the small round tablets contain vegetables, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates for extra energy. The nutritional analysis is a little
blurry as it does not stipulate what quanitities it relates to but for the record it/they contain/s 23% protein, 10% fat, 7% ash,3% fibre and 1.3% calcium. The
vitamins and minerals are per 1kg.These comprise Vitamin A at 12000iu, Vitamin D3 at 800iu, Vitamin E at 60mg, copper (as copper sulphate) at 18mg and finally
Iron (as iron sulphate) at 215mg. Perhaps less health-giving and not as detailed are the colourings and preservatives used which are 'EC additives'.
The product is eye catchingly packaged in colourful boxes and bags. The one I have now is a 1.5kg box and is emblazoned with the Bakers logo over a
swirling burgundy banner topped with a Chad-like shaggy dog. There is an appetising photograph of the morsels on the front with a dog's paw reaching in from the side.
The side of the packet reveals a daily feeding guide with quantities according to pedigree and or weight (the latter is useful if you own a cross-breed like me).
A bold warning underlines this chart outlining the need to have fresh drinking water available at all times. There is also storage information and the manufacturer's
freephone helpline and wesite contact. The helpline serves both the UK and ROI with separately designated numbers between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday.
The other side of the box contains the aforementioned analysis and ingredients along with a customer complaints address for holding company Nestle Purina
Petcare - again these are different for the UK and the ROI. My only gripe about the packaging is the inner bag which could be improved by adding a grip seal
as once it's cut open it then needs to be rolled up and taped or transferred to an airtight container.
This product is widely available in most supermarkets and pet stores. I picked up this 1.5kg box from my local Morrison's for £3.18. However, it is more
economical usually to spend more on a larger bag which is available in 3kg, 6kg and 15kg sizes. A 5kg bag is also exclusive to Asda according to the
There is a good range of six flavours to choose from. The one I am feeding my dog currently is Tasty Beef and Vegetables, but there is also Chicken & Country
Vegetables, Rabbit & Duck & Select Vegetables, Lamb & Rice & County Vegetables, Bacon & Liver & Country Vegetables and finally Salmon & Rice &
This food seems to have worked for my dog in stimulating a renewed interest in dried dog food. If you are experiencing similar problems with
your pooch then you could do worse than to give it a try.
I no longer feed my dog Bakers complete dog food! If you look at the ingredients it's easy to see that this dog food certainly isn't the best for your dog!
Bakers claim 'Bakers Adult Complete Dog Food with Beef and Vegetables contains all the goodness your dog requires as part of a balanced diet' although looking at the ingredients I disagree with this statement!
Bakers complete beef is suitable for
Although you'll obviously need to alter the feeding sizes to suit the size of your dog. For large and giant breeds its probably better to buy the larger bags of this dog food.
At pets at home, a 3kg bag of this bakers complete is £6.15
For a 15kg of this bakers complete it is £24.99. Which is an O.K price considering if you were to buy 15kg worth of the 3kg bags, you'd end up paying £30.75 in total.
There are also smaller boxes sold at supermarkets for around £2.50 although I had been buying it from Wilkinsons on offer at £1.70... Not a bad price!
And I would have kept on using this dog food if it wasn't for my boyfriend pointing out the contents to me clearly!
Main Flavour: Beef (4%).
Cereals, Meat and Animal Derivatives (min. 4% Beef and min. 4% Fresh Meat In The Soft Moist Kernel), Vegetable Protein Extracts, Derivatives Of Vegetable Origin, Oils and Fats, Various Sugars, Minerals, Yeasts, Vegetables (min. 4% Vegetables In The Green Kernel).
Oils and Fats 10%,
Although the protein count isn't too bad, I avoid feeding my dog this food for long periods of time due to the very low meat percentage! Just 4%(min) of the ingredients contains the food flavouring which in this case is beef.... and just 4% (min) is fresh meat!
Lets compare! ;....
When comparing the meat percentage with other dog foods, I chose my two favourites 'James Wellbeloved' (see my other reviews) And 'Wainrights' these aren't the cheapest of dog foods, however you do pay for quality!
Bakers - Min 4% meat,
James Wellbeloved- Min 26% meat,
Wainrights- Min 20% meat.
I never like to feed my dog beef flavoured dog foods! Beef is the worst of flavours, it is also the cheapest. Most low quality very cheap dog foods use beef as their meat flavouring as it is cheap. Beef isn't the best for your dogs digestive system and I've stopped giving beef to my dog as I noticed it makes him itchy!
If you were to choose bakers for your dog food, I would recommend chosing one of their other flavours!
They also do; ....
Chicken and vegetable
Bacon, liver and vegetable
Rabbit, duck and vegetable
Lamb, rice and vegetables
Bakers also do other varieties to suit your dog; ....
This dog food is suitable for all breed sizes, between the ages of 1 and 7. It is expected dogs younger than 1 have puppy food, and dogs older than 7 have senior foods.
In my opinion 7 isn't an old age for a dog! In fact it's just half a dogs expected life spam (on average). But if you were to feed your dog bakers for 7 years, he would need senior food in the end as bakers does not provide the best nutrition or quality!
My dog tends to get what hes given, with bakers he will hesitate.. give me a funny look but then eat it anyway as he knows its all hes getting!
I've gave up on bakers for good, now I'm sticking with Wainrights and James Wellbeloved because my dog loves it!
Bakers- Cheap price... poor quality!
I think I'll just stick with the bakers treats which seem to be ok for now!
'Top Dog' in my household is a West Highland White Terrier called Joey. He is eight years old but thinks he's a pup. He really is a dog with attitude and often makes us cross with his, sometimes, anti social behaviour, but, he also provides hours of fun and amusement. He doesn't like anyone to talk about him and if he realises that you are then he will turn his back on you. As I write this he is lying on the mat in the kitchen which is bathed in sunshine. Every time he hears a van go past the house he runs to the window barking like a mad thing.
Joey the dog, as we call him, also pretends to be brave. If he sees a pigeon or cat in the garden he will tear off after it but if it stays it's ground then he will put his nose in the air and act as if he can't see it.
Joey is a bit cross with me at the moment as I got a box of Bakers Complete dog food out of his cupboard so I could review it. I told him it isn't dinner time and he grudgingly returned to his place in the sun.
When Joey was old enough to move up to adult food we used to feed him with dry dog biscuits mixed with a little tinned food. He only liked the meat or fish in a jelly base. Joey really doesn't like gravy. The trouble is my pet is not only fussy but tends to be sick quite often. I don't think he possesses the best digestion. He was getting sick often enough, a little after meal times, to make me reconsider his diet. Thus I purchased Bakers complete. He still seems to have a delicate stomach but I can honestly say that he seems to have improved a lot in this department since this change was introduced. Also, I believe, as does his 'daddy' that Joey seems healthier and livelier nowadays.
This is a complete dog food. My dog enjoys it but I do mix a small amount of something to it just for that extra taste and protein. (Another spoilt dog, I expect you're saying-bet he eats better than her husband!) He loves a little tuna, or chicken but I stress that this is only a very small amount and if Joey is especially hungry he will eat this food on its own.
WHAT IS IT?
The box shows a bowl of this food looking as it does. realistically. It contains chunks of moist meaty chunks in various sizes and colours. I don't expect Joey is bothered by the colours but he does tend to take one of the bigger chunks from his bowl and play chase with it. Strange dog! The largest chunks are brown and there are smaller roundish chunks of orange and some of green. There are a few other shapes including tiny bone shapes.
This food should help to keep your canine pet healthy as it contains:
FIBRE- For good digestion and iron for healthy blood.
ENERGY- Vegetables, vitamins and minerals and carbohydrates
PROTEIN- With fresh meat and protein for growth and muscle development.
CALCIUM- For healthy teeth and bones.
* I cannot vouch for the quality of the ingredients used in this dog food. I CAN say that my pet seems well on this and certainly likes it but it MAY be that the meat content would be low for a canine if not added to, and it is supposed to be a COMPLETE meal. I will be trying out other foods to use and hope he will give some of these the 'paws up!'
**I would also like to add that you must provide your pet with plenty of water, especially if using this type of food as they do get thirstier with this.
This complete food comes in different sized boxes and bags. I usually purchase the 1.5kg box.
It also comes in different flavours. I recently purchased two boxes from Sainsburys as there was an offer which was buy two 1.5kg boxes for £5.00. One box was priced at £2.93 if purchased separately. My husband selected the tasty beef & country vegetables and chicken & vegetable as he said Joey likes to have variety! There were cheaper supermarket own brands of complete dog food available at a cheaper price but Joey's 'daddy' said that Joey's favourite is Bakers. I don't know when Joey told him this but I took his word for it.
This dog food is widely available. I often purchase it from the Co-Operative as they often have offers on this, which means the price works out around the same as Sainsburys, with this particular deal.
Full instructions are on the box or pack. You can visit the website at- www.bakerscomplete.co.uk
Bakers Complete ~ by Purina
I wouldn't say that my lovely pooch Ellie is a fussy eater but she does have her favourites and the things that she doesn't like, so we do have to be careful with our choice of foods for her.
Our Ellie is a rescue dog we found in an animal rescue centre in Spain and when we got her we found that almost all of the Spanish products we tried her with would not be suitable for her as she would turn her nose up at just about everything.
Since we have had her here in England though she has improved somewhat and will accept many products now. One of her favourites though and one that is never left in her bowl is Bakers Complete. She loves the 'Tasty chicken and country vegetables' flavour the most and it disappears as quickly as I can get it into her bowl.
Bakers Complete comes in a blue plastic carrying bag with a zip lock stay fresh seal across the top. It has an easy to open and pour spout and a carrying handle on the side of the bag. It is very distinguishable with a big red label across the front of the pack with Bakers Complete written across it in big bold white lettering.
~~~ Contents ~~~
When you open the bag and pour the contents out you get a mixture of all sorts of coloured biscuits of different shapes and sizes. It looks like a bowl of large, coloured sweets. Each little piece is:-
Yellow rounds ~ Carbohydrate to give your dog energy
Brown Hearts ~ Iron for healthy blood and Fibre for good digestion
Green rounds ~ Vitamins and Minerals
Squares ~ Bakers Original Protein Meaty Chunks
Cream Bones ~ Calcium for strong bones and healthy teeth
The Bakers Original Protein meaty chunks can also be bought separately too along with various other flavours of the Bakers Complete mixtures including:-
* Beef and Vegetable
* Chicken and Rice
* Lamb and Vegetable
* Rabbit and Duck
* Chicken and Vegetable.
~~~ Ingredients ~~~
It tells us on the side of the pack that the ingredients contain:-
Cereals, meat and animal derivatives (minimum 4% fresh meat in the moist kernel, minimum 4% chicken in the red and brown kernels), vegetable protein extracts, oils and fats. Derivatives of vegetable origin (0.5% beef pulp in the red and brown kernels), various sugars, minerals, vegetables (minimum 4% vegetables in the green and yellow kernels).
It also gives us the daily feeding requirements depending on the size of your dog. For example:-
Dogs weighing 1kg ~ 5kg = 35-115g per day
5kg ~ 10kg = 115-190g per day
10kg ~ 25kg = 190-380 per day
25kg ~ 45kg = 380-590 per day
45kg ~ 70kg = 590-820 per day.
~~~ Opinion ~~~
Well I would have to assume that given how quickly these disappear from Ellie's bowl that she really does enjoy them. They look as though they contain everything she could possibly need for a healthy diet and she is a very healthy and strong dog who is full of life and vitality so it would appear that it is doing her the world of good. She has a bowl of this every morning and every night and has her fresh water all day long and she seems to be very content and happy with it. So I would have to say that I would recommend this to any dog owners who want to provide their dogs with a healthy and tasty meal.
The price is a good price too for a quality dog food so I am happy with that and the bags are easy to carry back to the car due to the good quality handles on the side of the bag that don't just fall apart as soon as you lift the bag. All in all an great product from Purina.
~~~ Cost and availability ~~~
This is available in all good supermarkets and the price varies depending on where you buy it from. I purchased 2 bags 2 days ago in the Co-Op for £9.99 for 2 bags of 3kg each as they were on offer at the time, and I always look out for the offers so I don't really know the true price.
For more product information visit:- www.purina.co.uk
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I have a fussy ten year old Jack Russell who totally adores this food (although he does prefer the one without the vegetables! If I give him the one with the veg bits they are always last to go!) It is easy to feed him without any of the mess that comes alongside the tinned meat and doesn't really smell which if you have had the misfortune of having to feed a dog on tinned food you will know is an advantage! He has never had any problems with his stomach whilst on this food and he has been fed on very little else during his ten years with us! The only disavantage to him preferring the one without the veg is that you don't seem to be able to get that one in the huge bags, the biggest size available is the 5kg one.
I also find that if you don't seal the bag carefully or empty it into an airtight tub the chunks seem to dry out a bit. Danny doesn't seem to mind but I prefer to keep them nice for him!
If you were wondering whether to give it a try for your dog my advice would be to go for it!
Dry dog food / available in beef and vegetable / lamb and vegetable / chicken and vegetable / rabbit / duck