“ Burns Dog Food is totally organic, developed for both avoidance of food intolerance and maintaining general health and wellbeing. Although it is more expensive than standard dog food, the benefits are clear. „
I have had dogs my whole life and recently came across a few problems with my own dog, and my brother's dog. Burns Dog Food has helped these problems immensely; here I will explain a little about Burns Dog Food and how it has helped me...
Burns dog food is a hypoallergenic food for dogs of all ages, including seniors.
This means it contains no dairy products, wheat, Soya or beef, ingredients that may cause some food allergies in dogs and cats - bringing digestive tract, skin, coat and other problems. Burns is a hypoallergenic food developed for the avoidance of food intolerance, but it has also been developed to ensure excellent health and vitality!
The Burns Product range is based on the natural goodness of brown rice, with battery-free chicken, ocean fish, free-range duck or New Zealand Lamb & Venison as a source of quality meat - naturally preserved and free of colours and flavourings.
Burns Real Food is based upon the homemade recipe that John Burns recommended to his clients whilst in Veterinary Practice, as he was concerned with the quality and type of ingredients being used in commercial pet foods, and the connection between good health and nutrition.
John Burns has always taken a more holistic approach to the health of pets - it is an approach which worked twenty years ago and still works well today! Burns Real Food will naturally maintain a healthy immune system, coat and skin, digestive tract, skeletal, respiratory and nervous system. It is also suitable for use where holistic veterinary treatment is being used in the nutritional management of disease.
For a number of years Robert Burns recommended his veterinary practice clients to avoid feeding proprietary pet foods but instead to feed a homemade diet of brown rice, vegetables and chicken, fish or meat sold for human consumption. Although a number of people were able to follow this recommendation and achieved remarkable improvements in the health of their pets, many found that preparing food at home for the dog was simply too daunting a task, and very time consuming.
Robert Burns eventually decided that to manage health through diet, food would have to be convenient and readily available. Burns Real Food is based on the homemade diet which he used to recommend to his clients. There are no secret or magic ingredients only that there are no added pharmacologically active supplements or ingredients. As the name implies, Burns Real Food is just that; a simple food which is intended to allow the body to function as it should. Burns is not intended to intervene in order to alter the normal metabolism of the body. The aim is to stand back and let the body get on with what it does best; to maintain the organ systems.
Burns products (other than high-energy foods) are low in fat and protein and high in carbohydrate. There are no chemical additives. This minimises the amount of waste matter that the body has to eliminate. When digested, carbohydrate produces less harmful toxic waste than protein and fat.
Many owners think that if their pet seems healthy there is no need to feed a good-quality food. It is true that some pets seem capable of thriving on poor quality food but this is the exception, not the rule. Many pet owners do not recognise symptoms of incipient health problems but accept them as normal conditions. To be honest, up until this year, my dogs had all been fed on Chappie with no problems so we never considered changing their food until the problems arose.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF BURNS
My oldest Collie, Marley who is 2 was diagnosed with epilepsy earlier this year (I have written a review on this in case you are interested). Marley's epilepsy causes him to have a very poor condition to his coat, as well as having seizures every 6-8 weeks. A veterinary nurse at my vets suggested looking at the Robert Burns range of food. After contacting Robert Burns and explaining about Marley, they suggested a number of options. To cut a long story short they said that they have had many pet owners contact them regarding epileptic pets and that changing their diet to a Burns Diet has helped in controlling the seizures. I asked Burns if they would be able to provide any evidence of this and if I would be able to have 2 weeks worth of samples to see how Marley got on with the food. The lady on the phone explained to me that there was no scientific proof that Burns could help epileptic dogs, but they had a number of customers who had change their dog's food to Burns and had seen significant improvement. She explained that she would send me through an information pack and include correspondence from customers who had taken the same route as me. She said they would also include a few free samples and some money off vouchers. She said that it would not be of much use to use the food for 2 weeks with free samples and change the food again as you need to maintain the diet to see any improvement.
The information pack arrived and included in the information were various emails from customers. Due to data protection laws, they were unable to give me the names of the customers but I saw many letters from people with epileptic dogs stating that since they had changed their pet's food, their pet's seizures had either decreased rapidly or stopped altogether.
Keen to do anything to help Marley's seizures, I decided to switch to this food and see what happened. As Marley's medication for his epilepsy makes him have a massive appetite, he has put on weight in recent months. I decided to change Marley's diet to the High Oats range of Burns which is suitable for overweight dogs.
I made this change 13 weeks ago and to date (touch wood, fingers crossed) Marley has not had another seizure. Although Marley is on medication for his epilepsy, he still used to have seizures every 6-8 weeks since he has been diagnosed. This is the longest he has ever been without having a seizure so Robert Burns Food had helped dramatically with controlling his seizures and I would highly recommend this food to anyone with the same problems as me, you really have nothing to lose.
MY BROTHERS DOG
My brother got a Collie last year, which he called Lennie. Lennie was only 6 weeks old when he got him so he was not house trained etc. When my brother, Darryl tried training him, he found he has a very difficult 6 months ahead of him. Lennie would continuously mess in the house, even though he had only just been shown to the garden for the toilet. Sometimes Lennie would mess in the house 6 times overnight. It became apparent that there was something wrong with Lennie as it is not normal for a dog to have a poo 6 times in the space of 8 hours. We took him to the vets who explained he might have a sensitive digestive system. Our vet suggested trying Lennie on Robert Burns food as it contained all natural ingredients.
Darryl changed Lennie's food to the Chicken and Brown Rice range of Burns. Within 2 days, Lennie had made dramatic improvement. After a week, Lennie was going to the toilet 2-3 times a day, which is a lot more normal for a dog. He also went overnight without messing in the house.
This is another fine example of how Burns can help.
RANGE OF FOOD
Below is the range of Dog foods provided by Burns. They have quite a range of different flavours. Robert Burns also provide food for cat and rabbits.
FISH & BROWN RICE - For adult dogs of all ages including seniors - ocean fish (not farmed) and from a sustainable source.
CHICKEN & BROWN RICE - For adult dogs of all ages including seniors - no battery hen meat used and all the goodness of brown rice
LAMB & BROWN RICE - For adult dogs of all ages including seniors - NZ lamb, not intensively reared
VENISON & BROWN RICE - For adult dogs of all ages including seniors - NZ venison, not intensively reared
DUCK & BROWN RICE - For adult dogs of all ages including seniors - free range duck meat
PORK & POTATO- A hypo-allergenic diet for the avoidance of food intolerance - no wheat, Soya, rice or chicken
ORGANIC - 95%+ organic ingredients (unlike many so-called organic pet foods)
HIGH OATS - Ideal for overweight dog - - no battery hen meat used
ACTIVE - For the active working dog - - no battery hen meat used
BURNS HYPO-ALLERGENIC MIXER **New** - Time to stop thinking of Mixer as a cheap filler, and consider it as a Real Food! Can be used as part of a home cooked recipe, feeding raw food or with Burns dried complete foods (if advised by our nutritionists or your vet)
I pay £37 for a 15-kilo bag. Although this is almost twice the price of the food I was previously feeding Marley, I believe that it is worth every single penny. After all, you can't put a price on your animal's health.
The one disadvantage other than price is that Burns is not available everywhere like most commercialised dog food. On the plus side though, you can order food from the Burns website http://www.burns-pet-nutrition.co.uk. I am lucky as my local vets sell this food so I buy it there.
I have only given a review based on my personal experience with Burns. I think that Burns food may be able to help with a number of conditions, overweight dogs, underweight dogs and so on but as I have not encountered any of these, I would not like to comment.
I found the Burns staff (when spoken to on the phone) are extremely helpful and take time to explain the benefits as well as listening to each individual case. I thought it was extremely helpful of them to send me some free samples, as well as money off vouchers and more importantly the correspondence from other pet owners like myself.
I hope this review has been useful to someone.
None of my three Cavaliers will eat Burns. And they will normally eat anything that goes in their bowl.My wife is a huge organic and holisitic believer and insists on trying to get them to eat it despite all the evidence. On rare occasions they will eat it if you mix a tin of tuna into it - but that rather spoils the idea and they've started to lose interest in that now as well. Whether or not Burns is good nutrition, if you dog doesn't like it, give up on it.
I recently received a pile full of samples of burns for my pooch to try. i was very excited as I had heard lots of good reviews and knew it was meant to be one of the top brands. My dog is a 1 year old Labrador x Whippet. Being a Labrador she will eat anything in an instant. I tried her on the 2 samples, Pork and potato and then on Venison and brown rice.
What is Burns?
John Burns is the vetinarian who created Burns dog food as a response to cheaper brands which spent the majority of their money on marketing campaigns rathr than on the quality of their food (eg Bakers and pedigree). His food would contain only natural ingredientd to make it hyper-allergenic and safe for dogs with allergies and sensitivity. Burns also controls the ammount of fat and protein in the diet as well as removing wheat and soya so this hollistic diet is tasty and healthy.
Pork and potato; Potato, Pork meat meal, maize, peas, pork fat, seaweed, minerals and vitamins
Venison and brown Rice: brown Rice, Venison, oats, peas, sunflower oil, seaweed, minerals and vitamins.
I tried the Pork and Potato dry food first which came in medium size kibbles. My dog gobbles them up in no time at all. I only wish the kibbles were larger as she tends to gulp them down with little or no chewing. She cleared the bowl completely and stood licking her lips and wanting more. I noticed her poo was soild which was a good sign as many food brands give her the runs and make her very windy. All was good with no complaints.
On a seperate occasion I tried the Venison and Brown Rice which was slightly smaller kibbles. She tucked straight in and ate a mouthful then to my astonishment she followed me into the living room leaving behind her a full bowl of food! I could not believe my eyes! I took her back in to see if she would eat some more but she licked the food then left again. This was the first time she has ever refused food! In the end I mixed in some wet dog food which i usually only use when I need to give her medication or a worming tablet. She ate most when it was mixed in but still left a few kibbles in the bowl. I was very disappointed and shocked. Again her poo was soild and no nasty smells.
Overall, I like how Burns is hollistic dog food and hyper allergenic high quality. I know it costs more then standard brands but I do feel paying extra is worth it for the quality. However, i was glad that I tried the tester packs as I now know my dog does not like Venison. I think I will be sticking with my Hills Science Plan, sorry Burns!
Having found burns dog food i thought it was such a great food i told all my friends to switch to it. I fed my 3 month old pup the puppy one. He seemed to be growing very slowly, when i checked with the breeder who had his brother and sister i saw a huge difference in the size compared to my pup, but thought it wasn't a problem. I bought a 10 month old bitch who came to me looking very overweight, she had been fed the cheapest tin Tesco food, and cheap Wagg mixer, however she glowed with health and her coat shone. Anyway being a German shepherd i decided this rubbish food was not good for her so the food the previous owners brought was thrown away. I put her on Burns and straight away she started to loose weight, which i didnt mind because she has a bad leg, anyway now three months later she looks like a skeleton, and her fur is dry looking with lots of dandruff. She has also started to moult which is a bit early in the year. To be honest she looks a mess. My pup also looks the same. I am quite annoyed at Burns whatever the problem is with their food they need to fix it quick. I have now swopped to Jameswellbeloved. I have spent a fortune on expensive rubbish, as i am sure many others have. however i am just hoping my two will start to look better now.
I became a Burns convert a few years ago now when I worked in boarding kennels. A representative from the company came to see us and taught us about all the nutritional values and health benefits for dogs and we were all intrigued. We bought some and trialed it on our own dogs and within just a few months we stocked just ab out every product they sold in our kennel shop!
It is a natural holistic dog food and comes in a variety of different flavours. I had two White German Shepards and they both loved the fish and brown rice one. Before putting them in this dog food I was quite ignorant to what I fed them but this honestly did make a difference. White German Shepards are known very well for their sensitive digestive systems and the slightest thing could set mine off but they never had any problems with Burns. People would also comment on the coats and again this is all down to diet. Their coats were softer, glossier and in no way greasy. When we first changed their deit they did have terribly greasy coats for a week or so but I think this was due to the gumpf from the old food being washed out their systems. Their eyes were brighter and it also helpped to maintain the weight of one of my dogs who suffered terribly with a weight problem. She was a collie GSD mix and was always a little 'back heavy' should we say bless her. Changing her to Burns was the best thing I ever did for her. Sticking to the suggested daily amount split over two meals got her down from 54ks to 47 within a very short space of time and she was within her ideal weight within 6 months of changing. (exercise obviously contributed to this too).
We occasionally change the flavour of the dog food but they never get bored of eating it! I cannot recommend this food for dogs enough.
We have a lurcher (greyound/collie cross) and greyhounds are known for their sensitive tummies. Dylan (our dog) was a rescue, and the foster home he was in had been feeding him puppy Burns dog food, so we carried on and progressed him to the adult version as he got older. In that time, we have tried a couple of other equivalent dog foods Arden Grange etc, but have always gone back to Burns, and will now stick with it. It is around £40 for a 15k bag, that lasts us about a month. Dylan never ever gets a bad tummy from this food, and his pooh is always firm, and he only goes twice a day (on the other foods, he seemed to go 4 or 5 times a day!). He never has wind (unless he eats something on the beach!) and he looks forward to his breakfast and dinner every day (we mix in a smidgen of an organic wet meat).
The breeder I got my Labrador puppy from had been feeding her burns puppy mini bites since she was weaned. So I carried on feeding her burns instead of changing her to another cheaper, more widely available food.She's now 6 months old and thriving! She's a perfect weight and constantly gets compliments on the condition of her coat and teeth. A 15kg bag is £38 from my local pet store.I am certain I shall feed her burns all her life and have recently changed her to the high energy lamb flavour for large breed puppies.
Burns is a range of pet food developed by John Burns, a Veterinarian who takes a holistic approach to the heath of animals. All products are hypo-allergenic and free from artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives. They cater for Cats, Dogs and Rabbits with both dry and wet foods though I only have experience with the Adult Dog Dry food.
The dog foods come in variety of flavours and types including Brown Rice with Chicken/Duck/Fish/Lamb/Venison and Pork with Potato. They also do speciality foods including for working dogs, puppies, and pregnant bitches.
Prices for the standard seem to vary depending where you buy though I have found a company online selling the 15kg bags with free delivery for £39.99 (as well as a free toy which is always appreciated by my pooch!) though I think my local pet shop sells the same bag for £45. The food comes in a thick paper sack which I've never had any problems with splitting or anything and is easy to open with scissors or a knife.
I have a boxer dog who has had issues with his digestion all his life (he is now 5). He has had a variety of vet tests to no avail and we have tried a number of different foods both dry and wet including Nature Diet, James Wellbeloved, Science Plan and Royal Canin. He's never been enthusiastic about food and rarely finished his meals previously. Burns has always been on my list though we didn't get to trying it until earlier last year and I'm so glad we did! His general health and digestion issues have largely improved. He more often than not scoffs his bowl clean (which is very good for him!), lovely shiny coat and generally looks so well. He's even starting to look a little bit on the porky side, which considering we used to have to battle to keep weight on him, is fantastic!
I personally feel it's trial and error as to which food will suit your dog but for mine, this is definitely the right one for him.
I've been feeding Burns to my three dogs for about a year now having been looking for a high quality dry complete food (I had been feeding Nature Diet). I had tried others in that time but the dogs would eat them for a few weeks then start to leave. Also I found that with most foods they would produce mountains of "waste" - ugh! But with Burns they have not looked back. They are in great condition and still enjoying it a year on. The Fish and Rice is their favourite. I also give them the new Burns tinned food which is excellent quality - you can see it is really meat - rather than reconstituted sludge. It smells rather garlicky and the dogs adore it. A spoonful of that livens up the dry food - after all eating nothing but kibble can't be that exciting - no matter how good it is!
All in all I can thoroughly recommend this product. My dogs have all thrived on it and are fit and well with good digestions. Although it may seem pricey you need to feed less (and less goes straight through) so it is much better value than you might first think.
Burns pet food is fine until you discover an unknown mass of thick black hair and claws within their wet food. An exchange of letters and analysis, left a very poor taste in our mouths, luckily not in our dogs mouths. We shall never buy from Burns again and have still not had the matter resolved satisfactorily, as Burns conveniently lost the sample they tested - which incidentally, wasn't Lamb. I wonder what animal/rodent leaves you with black hair and cooked claws? John Burns isn't too bothered, he's selling 50,000 tins a month. We confronted him recently at Discover Dogs and he wasn't the slightest bit interested. I have a letter from Burns confirming that the animal found in the Lamb dog food wasn't Lamb. Since the food is made in the EU we'll never know. We have several dogs and we shall tell as many people as possible about our poor experience.
The best dog food ever, quite simply!!!
I had a pancreatic dog and decided to change its food. It was on an equally expensive brand royal canin and started to become ill. I switched to Burns and he has been so healthy I am so amazed.
Like everyone says if you knew what goes into dog food, even expensive Royal Canin, you would not buy it. People dont want to eat chemicals in their own food but are quite happy to let their pets eat the macdonalds of the dog world. Simply dont do it!!!
If you love your dog you'll give it Burns. Burns were really helpful and explained everything even sending me samples and a £5 off voucher.
Burns is great as it keeps your dogs weight at a good healthy level. #
To the bad reviewer, you are supposed to see the ribs in a smooth coated dog, quite simply if you cant you have an overweight animal get it back on the Burns, chubby is not good for animals.
My chocolate labrador bitch " Bonnie" is now 8 years old. We have tried her on a few dog foods over the years, the last one being Bakers. Over the last 6 to 8 months she has developed a few problems: running eyes, dry flakey skin, contiual moulting & worst of all Ananl Gland problems. In desperation I emailed the Burns helpline, the advice I recieved was marvellous. I changed Bonnie onto Burns High Oats 10 weeks ago. Her eye problem, flakey skin & moulting has already gone. She has lost a couple of kilos, which she needed to, & best of all her anal glands seem to be clear again.
She is now fit and healthy with more energy. Thanks to The Burns Foundation for the sensible advice I recieved, and a plain, no nonsense good quality food that helps our beloved pets to have the life they deserve.
*What is Burns?*
Burns is a range of pet foods which caters for dogs, puppies, cats and rabbits, produced by veterinarian John Burns as an alternative to the highly popular but very low quality brands such as Pedigree and Bakers. Both dry food and moist diets are available but during this review I will be concentrating on the Dry Food for Adult Dogs.
*The product itself*
As anyone with a dog will understand- from the moment they bounce into your life, they become so much more than 'just a pet', they become a member of the family, and a best friend! Therefore we all what want is best for them, but with so many different brands and variety of food available, what best to choose for your dogs diet can be a very confusing task, especially to the first time dog owner. The most popular dog foods sold in England are Pedigree and Bakers, but one look at the ingredients and the product, it becomes very hard to understand why. These food are designed to be appealing to owners, not dogs, therefore are pumped full of bright colours, sugars and additives, which may create a very appealing looking meal but all end up inside your dog- often resulting in a hyper, always hungry dog lacking in body condition. Pedigree, Bakers and the like contain just 4% meat, and the rest is made up from meat and animal derivatives- bits of skin, ground bone, feathers, beaks, blood- they all go in to create that lovely meal for your dog, and then a cocktail of artificial flavourings finish it off.
Burns however is different, it was created by vet John Burns, and contains all natural ingredients- a minimum of 20% human grade meat or fish, 60% brown rice, vegetables and oats. It's a hypo- allergenic food which means it contains no wheat, soya, beef, dairy products or egg, which are all known to cause skin allergies and digestive problems in dogs, it also contains no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or additives which can help to calm hyperactive dogs, soothe itchy skins, improve dull coats and bad breath, treat digestive problems such as sickness and loose stools, and lastly, the high meat and rice content make it an exceptionally tasty meal for dogs! The kibbles are small enough for all breeds of dogs to eat, and are suitable for dogs over 1 year old (a puppy version is available for younger dogs) and a pale brown in colour, compared to a bowl of Pedigree it looks very boring- but that's because it doesn't contain all the artificial colours that Pedigree does!
Pedigree Adult Complete with Chicken: Cereals (min 4% rice), Meat and Animal Derivatives (min. 4% chicken), Oils and Fats, Derivatives of Vegetable Origin, Vegetable Protein Extracts, Minerals.
Burns Adult Complete with Chicken: Brown Rice (min 63%), Chicken (min 20%), Oats, Peas, Chicken Oil ,Sunflower Oil, Seaweed, Minerals & Vitamins.
Comparing the ingredients of Pedigree and Burns, its not hard to see which one you dog will be fitter, healthier and happier being fed on.
Burns comes packaged in thick paper bags coloured differently according to the flavour and is very basic in looks- with a black sketch of a dog, the product name and variety printed on the front, with a feeding guide, ingredients list and contacts details for Burns on the back, should you have any comments or complaints. There is also a short paragraph about the product, and how beneficial the food is to the health of your dog.
*Price & Availability*
Burns isn't stocked in supermarkets or regular pet shops- it can be ordered directly from the Burns website and they will deliver straight to your door, or if you prefer to shop yourself you can find the details of your nearest specialist supplier on their website too. Prices vary slightly according to flavour (chicken, fish, lamb, duck and venison are available), but the prices are as follows for the chicken flavour:
It is very expensive considering a 3kg bag of Pedigree costs just £5, but the difference in price is made clear when you compare the ingredients of the two brands!
My dogs are the loves of my life, I think you all pretty much no that by now! I try to give them the best of everything, and the food I feed them is no exception. They are both walking dustbins, willing to eat absolutely anything that can get their paws on, and would quite willing wolf down a bowl of Pedigree should I put it in front of them- but considering how active they both are already, the thought of how hyper they would be full with additives doesn't bear thinking about, so Burns (or the equally high quality James Wellbeloved) is the only option I will consider when it comes to dinner time for Grace and Benson.
To put it simply, the dogs adore the food! Their bowls are completely clear within minutes of me serving their breakfast or dinner and as the food is of such a high quality there is very less waste product to come out the less pleasant end of the dog- making cleaning up after them very quick and easy. Their coats are gleaming, very shiny and with healthy supple skin and the crunchy kibbles keep teeth clean too- no smelly breath or body odour from either of the dogs, unless they decided to supplement their diet with a rotten substance whilst out walking, or indulge in a full mud bath. Eyes nice and bright, they are both always alert and full of energy, have strong healthy bones, are of an ideal weight for their breeds, have a healthy amount of strong muscle and a healthy wet nose each- overall, two very healthy dogs whose food plays a huge part in their physical condition.
In conclusion, I really wouldn't feed Grace and Benson anything other than Burns (or Wellbeloved, as mentioned before), their weekly food bill may be twice as much as mine considering they get through a 15kg bag every fortnight but knowing the quality of the food, and the condition my dogs are in after being fed on it, I am more than willing to pay that bit extra.
*Pro's & Con's*
+ All natural ingredients- high human grade meat content
+ No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
+ Very tasty (apparently)
+ Dogs in excellent condition- shiny glossy coats, no odour, clean teeth, small stools
+ Helps relieve skin and digestive problems
+ High quality feed, will need to feed much less than other cheap brands
+ Variety of flavours available
+ Puppy food, and versions for working or pregnant dogs available, aswell as a special pork and potato version available for dogs allergic to chicken and/or rice
+ Kibbles an ideal size for all breeds of dogs
- Price perhaps
- Can only be brought from specialist retailers/online
Both our Welsh Terriers were 'fussy eaters' sometimes even refusing to eat! We tried all sorts, Nutro, James wellbeloved, iams, winalot, ceaser but nothing worked. They lost interest in going for walks, often had upset tummies, developed skin conditions: 1 even started going bald and was so itchy you couldn't even stroke her along her back. It was dreadful when both developed nail bed infections and it was suggested that this was due to chronic skin conditions! After some thorough research decided on Burns Duck and rice and have never looked back. They are both fit, healthy, full glossy coats, bursting with energy (our 8 yr old acts more like a 2yr old now), and are interested in life again. We are so happy to have done something that our pets obviously approve of and hope to give them a longer happier life thanks to Burns.
This food is terrible, my lab did not thrive on it and as others have said ate anything because he was so hungry. He did not thrive developed diarrhoea - and to the poster who suggested that the person who described their dog as a toast rack was just not used to seeing a "normal" dog, my dog at 13 months weighed less than 15 kg and was described as skeletal, he now weighs 36 kg and is not fat (according to my vet he is just right!)The Burns helpline was terrible and as other people have reported told me to reduce what he was being fed and blamed me for the problemsMy dog has been left with an ongoing condition I am not sure whether that is down to Burns or not but I will never feed it again. Terrible stuff!