“ Brand: Bruno / Food Type: Dog food „
Perhaps the most garishly packaged dog food on the shelves the lime green background clashes with the red border at the bottom of the bag. Most of the benefits are stamped on this red strip but they're rather hard to read without taking the bag off the shelf as the volume and weight of the contents causes it to slump. No matter there aren't any surprises hidden there.
Despite the packagings claims that of "Beef and Rice" theres surprisingly little of either in fact they're as bold as to claim a minimum 4% of both. If you went to Pizza Hut and ordered an anchovy pizza you'd be outraged if it was served with a single anchovy but sadly in the lower end of the dog food market this seems to be the norm. Brunos predominant ingredients are actually wheat and maize.
Theres very little aroma when you open a packet and the contents are drab shades of brown. Like most dog feeds the individual biscuits are a variety of doggy related shapes to appeal to the owner. My dog couldn't care less what they look like. Shes more interested in taste and smell. These were sadly lacking in both.
These might be one of the cheapest foods on the market but they're not necessarily the cheapest way of feeding your dog or the most nutitious either. The nutrient content is lower than most competitors foods and because of this the recommended daily amount is greater meaning although its cheap you actually use more of it.
I am not actually a dog owner myself but I do house-sit for friends & family fairly regularly and one of the dogs I look after is Stamford who is known for being a little bit fussy at times about what he eats.
Bruno Complete is dry dog food from the 'discount brands' range at Tesco, this can be enjoyed for all dogs from 8 weeks of age. How much you feed the dog is dependant on their size and Stamford gets around 500g per day which is given to him in two meals, one in the morning & one in the evening and as this is dry food it's very simple to just keep a small measuring cup in the bag and then just pour the measured biscuits straight out in to his dry biscuit bowl twice a day.
Bruno Complete is provided in a thick paper bag which is very sturdy for carrying back from the supermarket and it has a nice picture of a happy looking dog and a little circle of food that really just looks like standard dog food. The bag is strong enough to avoid him tearing in to it if I briefly open the cupboard and then get his food bowl or top up his water. Stamford eats most things but this bag keeps him at bay for at least a minute or two while I do what I need to do in the animal food cupboard.
The biscuits come in a few different sizes and this is meant to represent the beef, rice & veg contained within the bag. The main ingredients are wheat, meat meal, wheatfeed, maize, chicken meat meal, carrot & rice. There is protein, oil, fibre & ash in this complete dry food and I believe this is quite standard for dry dog food.
These dry biscuits can be mixed with wet food to give a different texture to the dogs meal although Stamford's main diet consists of dry biscuits.
Always ensure there is plenty of fresh water for your dog and I usually just top his up whenever I go in to the kitchen as he's quite a slobbery dog and who'd want to drink their own spit or warm water? I certainly wouldn't do it myself so I wouldn't expect him to either.
He seems to enjoy eating Bruno Complete but I found that he was actually unwell when we looked after him and his owner soon switched him back to his usual Wagg brand. I don't know if it was these biscuits that didn't agree with him or what but when his owner switched back to his usual brand he seemed to want to eat the whole bowl in one go again, whereas he left quite a bit of this in his bowl untouched for several hours.
I don't think I would recommend this as Stamford did seem to leave a lot and he'd eat pretty much anything so I think that says it all! A 2.5kg bag is £1.95 so compared to the Wagg this is a saving of around 30p and you only get 2kg in the Wagg bag. However, Stamford wasn't keen so it's really not a saving at all if it means I end up worrying about how upset the dog is and why he's not eating!
I am afraid that this is going to have to be a measly 2/5 for me as Stamford did eat some, his coat didn't look any worse off for a week on this stuff but he just wasn't that keen and for a small cost saving I personally don't think it's worthwhile.