“ Recommended by vets as a good option for dogs struggling with an upset stomach. It is cheap to buy and dogs seem to enjoy the taste, however the meat content is surprisingly low and high on additives. „
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Chappie Complete Original
Chappie is a 60 plus year old dog food brand that is part of the Mars group of companies that also owns Pedigree and Pal dog foods. Chappie is available in a "wet" tinned version as well as the "dry" complete version that I am reviewing here:
We had a lovely old rescue retired Greyhound and when she suffered a second bout of tummy trouble the vet advised us to change her food onto Chappie. This was not the first time a vet had recommended Chappie to me and neither was she the first vet to do so, therefore without further ado once the chicken and rice phrase of a week was over we changed her diet. The only problem I have with Chappie is that I cannot always buy it. It is stocked by different supermarkets in the small sizes and animal feed barns in the large sacks and SCATS do both the small and the large sizes, however on a few occasions SCATS have ran out of stock, which is disappointing. I notice now, however that it is easy to buy on-line so that is hopefully no longer an issue.
Whilst on Chappie our old girl no longer had any tummy trouble unless she ate something else that she shouldn't and one problem with Sighthounds in general is that they will insist on eating things they shouldn't such as hairbands, dusters, kids shoes etc.
The food is supplied in kibble that is fairly small, round and light brown in colour. The size of the kibble makes it ideal for small dogs as well as bigger breeds as they can chew it easily and it helps keep their teeth nice too.
Here's what Chappie say and the ingredients list:
(From Chappie Website)
By using wholegrain maize and wheat, Chappie ensures maximum nourishment - starch for energy, and fibre for healthy digestion The special blend of low fat and dietary fibre provides your dog with a slow release of energy, satisfying a dogs needs throughout the day.
Enriched with vitamins:
Chappie is enriched with essential vitamins and fatty acids, for perfect balance in a dogs diet
Moisture 8.5% Fibre 4.0% Protein 20.0% Fat 7.0% Carbohydrate 58% Magnesium 0.18% Sodium 0.45% Calcium 1.38% Phosphorous 0.94%
About 18 months ago Chappie changed the formula in some way and the food does now cause my dogs to be a little windy. However, regarding our current foster dog there is very little that does not make him windy!
PRICE & AVAILABILITY:
From Supermarkets and Pet Food Stores and on-line priced at £21.49 for 15Kg or competitively priced for the smaller bags.
My dogs do seem to enjoy this food, do well on it and it is recommended by vets. The low fat food keeps a dog healthy and they do not have too much energy as can happen with some foods.
Stars must be 5/5
I hope you enjoyed my review and I hope you found it useful.
I have a two year old labrador and when I got him I wanted to give him the best food I could afford, I initially fed him on Wainwrights (Pets at home's own make) which he loved and at approx £35 for a 15kg this fed him for around a month. After my boy needing surgery on both front legs due to a gentetic problem, I found he was getting a bit fed up with the Wainwrights and felt his coat wasn't quite as shiney as it had been previously so on the advice of our Vet we decided to try the Chappie which at £17.99 was obviously better on the purse. It is available both in a beef and chicken variety. So far Im delighted with the results, his coat looks great, no more flakey areas and he seems to enjoy the taste. Although my boy doesn't appear to have problems with any allergies, I have heard recommendations that this is an ideal food in this situation. It certainly appears to satisfy him, being a labrador, he can have a tendancy to be of a chunky build but his weight/height ratio appears spot on. I would recommend this food due to both the standard of it and the low cost.
Chappie was first reccommended to me by a friend who had met with a pet nutritionist. It was advised as a food type that would help my dog with the waxy build up in his ears which often led to infections and frequent trips to the vet. I was a bit sceptical until I tried it. Ever since I tried it and he has got used to it it has made a noticeable difference to his ear problems. He has far less infections but does still need his ears cleaning regularly which I expected.
I understand that it helps to balance or increase the omega 3 in his body and therefore reduces the waxy build up and therefore the scratching.
I am now able to give him some meat now and again rather than a heavily based meat food. I was anxious when the recent Original Dry changed and stated that it was beefy, but it is the same ingredients so please do not be put off by this.
I clean his ears with Sudocrem which has been a revelation to both me and him.
Hope you find this helpful as I did.
When I rescued my dog in October 2010 I was very concerned about ensuring he had the best nutrition. My friend who is a pet shop worker said that it is best to keep a dog on the food it is used to in order to avoid stomach upsets but the kennels said that Rafa's food had varied, wet, dry, jelly, gravy! So my pet shop friend recommended James Wellbeloved. Few hours later Rafa was sick all over the car! Now I'm not blaming James Belloved, I'm more inclined to blame nerves of a new home or car sickness, but my mother- in- law suggested that Chappie is good for a sensitive stomach.
I purchased a small bag or original chappie for £3.48 for 2.5kg in Wilkinsons and Rafa was great with it. There are no colourings and the it slowely releases energy through out the day. I then went on to purchase a 15kg bag from Berrywoods Pets for £15. Bearing in mind Rafa has just 250g a day this is excellent value for money. I thought the name 'original' sounded a little bland and felt sorrow for Rafa having the same day in day out. My friend at the pet shop informed me that they also did a Chicken and Rice Chappie, so I ordered a 15kg bag.
The chicken and rice chappie has larger pieces, but again contains no colouring. Rafa really liked it do. So now he has original chappie for breakfast and chicken and rice for dinner.
I don't really think I comment on the taste, but as an owner I can give positive feedback. The Chappie itself does not smell offensive. It is a 'clean' food for dogs, creating no mess at all. Rafa has neither had sickness or loose stools since changing to chappie. His stools are clean and inoffensive to tidy up. Rafa never leaves any food in his bowl, and doesn't continue licking his bowl after, suggesting he enjoys the taste and feels sufficiently full. He has an incredibly shinny coat which everyone comments on- I believe this is thanks to Chappie as his coat was quiet dull when we rescued him. Finally, his energy levels are just right- not too hyper and not too sluggish.
In comparison to many brands, Chappie is quite cheap. If your dog has been a little sensitive with their tummy, try chappie!
Finding the right complete to feed my two dogs has led me to explore various different brands and finding a balance between affordability and giving them a healthy diet has led me to Chappie Complete.
After trying a number of different completes and mixers, we tried Chappie as it is a brand other than the extortionate Dr Hills brand that is recommended by vets. The reason we changed from our previous brand is because my dogs are Bulldogs and they have very sensitive skin and eating the wrong kind of diet can cause irritation and make them scratch themselves. Since being on Chappie Complete there skin has cleared up and they are less prone to scratch themselves.
It is also specifically designed to be easily digestible and one of our Bulldogs used to wolf his food down and then gulp down loads of water and bring his food straight back up. This hasn't happened since being on Chappie.
The complete is all the same size and light brown in colour and the chunks are not too big so they are easy for dogs to chew up without making too much mess. This also makes it suitable for smaller dogs who may struggle with larger sized chunks. Chappie is also not too strong smelling so your dogs won't get stinky breath after eating.
Chappie is lower in fat than most dog foods, enriched with vitamins and is made using wholegrain maize and wheat. The nutritional information for Chappie complete is: 20% protein, 7% Oil, 6.5% Ash, 4% fibre and is a good source of Vitamin A, D, E, and Copper. Too high levels of protein in the diet can lead to kidney problems. So having a relatively low level of protein 20% compared to other dog foods, makes Chappie also excellent for dogs prone to these problems e.g. greyhounds.
The ingredients in Chappie are as follows: Cereals (4% wholegrain), vegetable, meat and animal derivatives (4% chicken), oils and fats, minerals. It contains antioxidants BHT and BHA and preservatives in the form of potassium sorbate and orthophosphoric acid. This can be found along with a feeding guide on the side of the packaging so you don't overfeed or underfeed your doggies. The packaging itself is simple and unadulterated with the bottom half depicting a dog enjoying a walk off it's lead and the top half is the classic red background and the Chappie logo. The packaging does not have a re-sealable label so you will need to fold over the top to keep it fresh.
You can buy Chappie complete in a variety of sizes and there are three different recipes; original, with chicken and one for working dogs. For a 15kg sack of 'Original' or 'with Chicken' it will cost you around £15-17 depending on where you shop. Or a smaller 2.5kg bag for around £3. This relatively low price tag and the fact that it is recommended by vets make this complete dog food affordable without compromising on quality.
Chappie is a very cheap dog food which enhances good digestion and provides the dog with lots of energy, a healthy diet and is low in fat. This food comes in several flavours, although the only one my dog has tried at the moment is the chicken and rice one because he has a sensitive stomach - something which this food is ideal for!
The product itself comes in a bag, rather like most other dog foods, and has a red top with "Chappie" written across it in white writing. The bottom half is a picture of a dog looking happy and leading a happy lifestyle - something which I presume is to make the product be assosciated with making your dog happy.
This food is a dried food and looks really bland and boring, although my dog seems to love it this way. It comes in little cubes that are approximately 1cm by 1cm, although size does vary a little.
The product is extremely cheap - £2.93 for a 2.5kg bag when most products are around the £4 mark for this size of bag.
I would highly recommend this product to anyone who has a dog with a sensitive stomach or even just as treats during the day as they're not overly large if you're trying to train your dog.
As a pet food retailer, I hear peoples opinions on products frequently and am also asked my opinions and recommendations in return. The verdict on Chappie dog food seems split. There are the people who think it's cheap and nasty and there are people who swear by it and have had their vet recommend it for a sensitive tum. There are also surprising number of people going from camp 1 to camp 2 (not to mention back again!)
My personal opinion of Chappie is that it isn't one I'd be first to recommend. Looking on the packet, you'll see that meat isn't the first or even second ingredient when listed by content. Even then it isn't listed as just meat. It's animal derivatives - scrapings from the factory floor no doubt! A minimum of 4% meat is promised which, in my opinion, isn't enough for an omnivorous anial such as a dog. After trying Chappie briefly my dogs went onto James Wellbeloved fish & rice which is a minimum of 26% fish. Spot the difference!
Chappie is recommended by some vets for sensitive tums. Sams are well known to have a delicate digestion which is why I tried it. It seemed to be very palateable and it went straight away but what came out the otherend was quite sloppy and lumpy and not at all pleasant to pick up. The volume of poop also seemed to have increased 3 fold. Yuk! Looking back, the packaging does mention added preservatives and other added gubbins. Comparing again with the JWB which is hypoallergenic ith no added colours, flavours and preservatives, it seems these may be the culprits for the upset tums. I just don't want to feed my dog added extras when they could be having good food with trusted ingredients.
I'm aware part of the charm of Chappie is its price tag. At around £13 for a 15kg sack (many times with 3kg extra free) its easy on the wallet and if your vet recomends it too that just about seals the deal. However, I think the extra price of a premium dry doet is worth it. Personally, I could see the difference in my dogs almost immediately. However, I know everybody can't afford to feed a more premium diet and they shouldn't be looked down on for this reason only. If it works for your dog thats great. Mine just didn't get on with it and I've explained why I think this was. My opinion is that if you can afford better food your dogs will be better for it!
Chappie Complete Original.
I buy this food as it's relatively low in fat compared to other dried foods. It's also easily digestible (this was fed a lot in the kennels I worked out especially dogs that had funny tummy's). My dogs love it and I feed it dry although it can be fed moistened with warm water or gravy. I feed mine dry as its better for their teeth. I have Border Collies and feed mine 10 ozs a day split into 2 feeds which for ease equates to an empty small tin of tuna for each feed. I vary this amount according to how their weight is, often feeding a little more in summer and a little less in winter.
This complete dry dog food comes in a 15kg mainly red plastic bag.
Available at most pet stores / outlets e.g. Pets at Home. Not available at supermarkets.
£12.69 for 15k bag. Quite often they have a promotion giving an extra 2k free in bags making it even better value.
The Kibble Itself.
Each piece is about the size of 3 peas stuck together in an oval shape. Other varieties about the size of a large pea. Smell is quite pleasant.
Flavours And Varieties.
Comes in 3 healthy recipes. Original, with chicken and a variety developed for working dogs.
Cereals (min 4% wholegrain), derivatives of vegetable origin, meat & animal derivatives (a minimum 4% poultry), oils & fats, minerals. Also contains antioxidants & preservatives.
Protein 20.0, 0il 7.0, Ash 6.5, Fibre 4.0. Vitamins A, D, E. Copper 10 mg/kg.
Chappie is a balanced recipe which is much lower in fat than most other dog food. By using wholegrain cereals such as maize and wheat it ensures maximum nourishment, providing starch for energy and fibre for a healthy digestion.Chappie comes complete with essential vitamins and fatty acids giving a perfect balance for your pet's diet. This food is easily digestible because of a blend of low fat and dietary fibre providing your dog with a slow release of energy throughout the day.
This is also given on the bag with examples of weight, some typical breed of dogs and recommended grams per day. These are for guidance only as individual dogs need will vary according the specific breed level of activity and weather conditions.
Dogs starting this food like with any change of diet should be introduced gradually over a period of 5 days or so.
PROVIDE A FRESH BOWL OF WATER AT ALL TIMES.
Store in a cool dry place and use within the given "best before" date to ensure vitamin content.
Any enquiries concerning this product can be made to:
This food may not suit every dog as like us humans some dogs can have intolerance's to gluten etc. Also contains preservative which is best avoided by dogs suffering from epilepsy. If in any doubt always consult your vet. My own dogs are in fine fettle and this suits them really well.