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      11.02.2013 17:05
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      Complete waste of money

      I am looking after my friends little poodle for a few days,he used to live with my Daisy who is also a poodle,with their former owners. They are both delighted to spend time together and cuddled up in bed all night last night and was really sweet. As you have probably read in my previous reviews, my dog daisy will only eat tried food. I was told that Pepsi will only eat tinned food, so when I went to do my food shop I put a tin of chappie in with the rest of my shopping.

      The packaging~

      Comes in a tin with red labling the Chappie logo is clearly shown at the front along with a picture of a Terrier dog on the front. Chappie is trusted by vets as it contains no soya egg, dairy or red meat or those nasty additives that we don't want our dogs to digest. It is very gentle on the digestion and is recommended by vets to give to over weight dogs.

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      He hates it! As soon as I put it in front of him he tried a little bit then walked away. I don't blame him really it smells like gone off fish and to look at looks like wet weeta bix. I was worried he was still hungry and gave him some of my sardines he ate them instead.
      This food is suitable for both puppies and adult dogs. Instructions are given for the amount to feed your pooch which are 1/3 of a tin daily for toy dogs, 2/3 tin for medium sized dogs and 1 to 2 for large dogs.

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        03.11.2011 14:49
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        The best dog food on the market

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        We have an old westie who until recently has always been able to eat any food without any problems. About 4 months ago after mealtimes and throughout the day the dog would have constant diarrhoea and wind, so we changed his food to a senior brand. Several brands later including food for sensitive stomachs he still had the same problems. My wife remembered from when she worked in a vets that the best food to feed for this very problem was Chappie. As we had tried everything else we decided to give it a go.

        Chappie with chicken and rice
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        We opened the tin and instantly the smell hit us! It has a very strong fish odour to it and the food itself is very crumbly, however, if it worked we didn't mind. The food itself is made without eggs, soya, dairy or red meat and contains white fish, chicken and cereal and is also low in fat. We buy the 825g size and store it in the fridge once it's been open.

        The results
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        I can truly say that within hours our westie had his first hard stool in months and his wind disapeared!! We are now into our second month of feeding chappie and he's not had a problem since. As time has gone on we have even stopped noticing the fishy odour.

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        We normally buy Chappie 825g tins from our local supermarket and cost just under £1.00, we have on occasions run out and have bought it in our local shop without any problems.

        I would have no problems recommending this food to any adult dogs with digestion problems and the results have been outstanding.

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        06.06.2010 15:40

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        My hero!

        I bought this chappie dog food from a country store, 2 15kg bags for £22. We had been reccomended it by a friend of my father, as our dog has the runs quite a lot! Jack eats the food and enjoys it, and sometimes we pour gravy on it as a special treat. Since Jack has been on this food, his digestive system has improved very much, and his waste is much more solid, as nice as it sounds! The only down side to the food is that it doesn't contain a lot of energy, and I have noticed he hasn't been as energetic as he used to be on pedigree.
        Also, I have two cats, the eldest of which used to also suffer from digestive problems and be sick quite a lot, we are not sure why, but we think it may be as she was abandoned as a kitten, but since the dog has been on chappie, she's been sneaking it here and there along with her whiskers, and I am quite glad to say that she has stopped being sick.
        Thank you Chappie for saving me from doggy runs and cat sick!!

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        18.09.2009 17:43
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        A good tinned food that works well for dogs with stomach complaints.

        I have just put my 12 1/2 year old Labrador onto this tinned food (and dried James Wellbelove senior). Before she was on Pedigree chum. I have always been wary of Chappie and seen it as a low end brand, but someone told me that it was excellent for dogs with stomach upsets as it was very fish based and therefore a lot lower in fats. We give my Lab mainly dried biscuits, but add wet food so that it is not too boring. We try and keep the wet food as low as possible, but she is a fussy eater and will not usually eat biscuits without either some tinned dog meat or cat food. The Chappie combined with the James Wellbelove has worked worders. She no longer suffers from the runny tummy she used to have and it has reduced her wind. I like the smell of the Chappie and would happily reccomend it to other pet owners, especially if their pet has a stomach problem.

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          25.06.2009 19:59
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          Thrilled to bits with Chappie!

          When my young dog was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis, she was put on a vet prescription diet for life. She had two severe acute pancreatic attacks in 2 years requiring hospitalisation and a drip for a week even on said diet. At £70 a bag, her food was not cheap but essential. I was discussing her condition and feeding with a vet friend and bemoaning the lack of a cheaper alternative. He suggested Chappie, having known and treated other pancreatic dogs who were doing well on it following his recommendation. I was wary (the low price worried me as I've always fed premium dog foods) but thought it would be worth a try. So I very slowly changed her food to Chappie, watching like a hawk for any mild pancreatitis symptoms! Three years on my lovely little dog is happy, healthy and thriving on Chappie which she LOVES but more importantly has, thus far, had no acute attacks whatsoever and no symptoms. Pancreatitis is a severe, agonising and life threatening condition- the second attack very nearly killed her. It's great to see my dog looking so well and happy.

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          18.12.2008 19:01
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          The benefits to dogs far outweigh the smell issues

          For many years Chappie has, for me, been a bit of a life saver and yet again in recent times it has come into its own.

          In the dark and dismal past, long before pet foods appeared in plastic sacks, lived 'Chappie,' and, on some shop shelves, Chappie, still resides to this day, although in my experience, not on enough of them. This is I'm presuming, due to the limited distribution of the product, and, again just a guess, its lack of popularity with mainstream dog owners is down to the perception of cheapness and, although I don't have a problem with it, the smell.

          But any dog meat that can still, after all these years, boast openly on the can, 'vets trust and recommend CHAPPIE,' deserves more than a passing sniff.

          The perception of 'cheapness,' as much as I can gather, is because the contents listing includes such undesirables as cereals and fish; this is actually a good thing, a varied diet usually is, just as much as it would do man no good to eat a diet of pure meat, it does dogs no favours either. If I give my dogs a whole rabbit, then that is exactly what they will eat: Hair, skin, bone and flesh - as yet they have failed to pick out the nice meaty bits and demand seasoning.

          I had no background on the oldest of my aforesaid rabbit munchers, due to the fact he was a rescue dog picked up by the dog warden. On bringing him home I automatically put him on to Chappie and biscuit meal, (the old fashioned Winalot type stuff), with no problems whatsoever until we moved house and neither of the above products could be sourced. I then tried an unbelievable variety of dried food, kibbles, and tins, and the end result was the same; a completely agitated dog pounded the carpet as he simultaneously lost weight and dribbled the dreaded 'runs.'

          After the final trial sack of coloured stones sent him so hyper I was on the verge of phoning the vet, I took a drastic step and moved him onto a cereal diet made up of flaked maize, wheat, barley, peas and oats. Although I felt this was not ideal, the agitation and diarrhoea stopped immediately, as did the weight loss. I then pulled out all the stops to purchase Chappie original and can now, for the most part, obtain it. It isn't a particularly cheap product for me to buy - 99p for a 825gm can, which is quite expensive compared to the 1kg - 85p offer items you often see on the shop shelf, especially when you are feeding a large dog. His diet is still supplemented with the cereal mix, and, when he feels like nicking a few, - carrots, neeps and the odd onion, but his weight rose and is now stable, with none of the stressing symptoms and the upset caused by him having to squat every 4 yards or so.

          I do however appreciate that the consistency and smell may not appeal to some owners and this is an important factor in marketing a product - the dogs don't go buy it themselves - but if you have a pal that is struggling with stomach/agitation issues on his current diet, it may well be that Chappie is the place to at least start the journey to putting things right.

          Cereals, fish and not too much fat are no bad thing - for either dogs or humans!

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            04.02.2008 11:37
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            A cheap yet excellent dog food, kind to doggy digestion.

            My dog, Dexter, has been unwell lately. A problem that has arisen from his liking of rich, gravy based dog foods, which really, his digestive system cannot handle.

            After much variation in trying to find the right dog food, wet or dry, our vet suggested that we should try Chappie, if we could stand the smell. He recommended this due to the fact that Chappie was easily digestible and contained everything Dexter would need for a healthy, balanced diet and hopefully, Chappie would put a stop to the digestive problems Dexter was experiencing.

            Always one to give something new a try, we went to Sainsbury's and bought a 6 pack of Chappie. The 6 pack had two flavours, Chicken & Rice (x4) and Original (x2). The cost was £2.29 for the pack, which we felt was cheap for 6 cans of dog food. The cans were typical 412g cans, the standard for most cans of pet food.

            The packaging isn't amazing, it is simple, red and white with a white and ginger terrier on the front, so you obviously know this is dog food and you know the brand is Chappie from the bold white letters on the cans and plastic wrapper holding the 6 pack.

            As my doggy has been quite sensitive, I examined the Chappie original closely. It states on the can, it is trust by vets, well I can agree with his, our vet trusts it. It also claims to be a trust recipe.

            I'm not sure what I had in mind when I read that this was an 'original' recipe, I had in mind, maybe something like beef but Chappie Original actually contains white fish, chicken and wholegrain cereals. It certainly sounds like something that is easily digestible. It is also low in fat and has added vitamins for your dog's nutrition. All in all, I was impressed with the blurb and recommendation, so we waited until tea time when Dexter was hungry and then it would be the moment of truth.

            Opening the can, I was most aware of the absolute stench that reeked from the can, Dexter looked at me as if to say 'you are not feeding me that, are you?', but I persevered. Opening the can was easy, with the normal ring pull and looking at the dog food meat itself wasn't the nicest of images. The meat is in a loaf variety, meaning no jelly or gravy, just compressed meat. There was a thin amount of what appeared to be fat on the top, but certainly, this was not a presence through the rest of the dog food. The meat looked unappetising and graining, the colour being a slight pinky-brown colour, almost like sausage meat, but nowhere near as nice.

            The consistency of the meat was quite thick but it was easy to mash up for Dexter. On the vet's advice, we didn't add any mixer to the food. Mashing up the food, I could clearly see that there was no fat in the meat, like there was at the top of the food.

            Feeding amounts vary from dog to dog, Dexter is 8kg and for this weight, Chappie recommends that he has about 1 full can a day, which meant giving him half the can twice a day. The feeding instructions are on the can and easy to understand.

            Half a can was in his bowl and I popped it on the floor for him to munch away on.

            Within minutes the bowl was being licked clean and pushed around the floor, so I took that as a sign of Dexter's approval.

            We continued with Chappie for the rest of the pack and we began to notice a vast improvement, very quickly, in Dexter's behaviour, he was no longer listless, he wasn't being sick or having the runs all the time, which made a difference to his behaviour and temperament.

            Despite my review being of the 'original' variety, Dexter seemed to prefer the Chicken & Rice variety; however, he has eaten all of those cans out of the pack, that I only have the original to review. The Chicken & Rice variety was a lot smellier than the original but the consistency was smoother and no fat was evident throughout the meat.

            The pack lasted just short of a week and we immediately bought another 6 pack and decided to keep him on Chappie, for the foreseeable future. The vet has said there is no reason why he can't have Chappie for the rest of his life, he is doesn't decide to go off it, like he does with most of his other foods.

            Chappie can be bought in a 6 pack or in 825g tins in Sainsbury's for about 66p.

            I have found Chappie to be an almost lifesaver, Dexter had very little quality of life with digestive trouble and Chappie has eased that considerably for him, making him like a normal dog again. I cannot believe that this cheap dog food could do so much good and without my vet's recommendation, I doubt I would have ever considered Chappie, possibly because of being a pet food snob, surely if you pay more, its better. I couldn't have been more wrong.

            I would wholeheartedly recommend Chappie to other dog owners, for price and for quality and I will continue to feed this to Dexter, if it continues to have the same effect on his digestion. My only slight concern is that Dexter will get fed up of the lack of variety, but probably by not having fussy flavours, he will stay a healthy and well dog.

            Thanks for reading.


            Original Ingredients:
            Fish & Fish Derivatives (including 4% fish)
            Cereals (min 4%)
            Meat & Animal Derivatives (including min 4% chicken)
            Oils & Fats
            Herbs
            Minerals

            Made by: Masterfoods

            Masterfoods
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            Melton Mowberry
            Leicestershire
            LE13 0BR

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              21.07.2005 12:26
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              Low Protein and fat content and Price

              My Whippet crossed Jack Russell developed a food allergy to fat and ?wheat at the age of five months that made her hyperactive. Having tried various other foods we nearly lost her at the age of two due to vomiting & diarrohoea. My vets nurse suggested after attending a confrence trying her on Chappie, it saved her life. She was fed only on Chappie meat without biscuit for the next thirteen years and although for the last three years of her life I had to reduce the quanilty of Chappie & add potato due to kidney damage I am convinced she would not have survived to the age of fifthteen years ten months without Chappie. I can not praise it high enough both cost & nutrition wise the one disadvantag is the smeel but I consider that a small price to pay for saving my dogs life.

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                25.11.2003 03:44
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                My lickle doggie is getting old and although I have tried to deny it its got to stop and I need to accept it! Along with getting old my poor doggie (jack) has had a lot of digestive trouble and I have been trying out different foods to find out what suits him best. Firstly it was pedigree wet food then pedigree dry then a specialist food from he vets and all of them he would not touch, I even bribed him with doggy gravy! Still to no avail and then someone well a lot of people actually told me about chappie and even vets recommend it. They say its one of the best foods for older dogs and those with digestive problems, perfect so I bought some. The product: Well it contains a variety of ingredients including wholegrain maize, starch and fibre to aid digestion, a source of protein and a blend of polyunsaturated fatty acids again for digestion. The product is low in fat and contains fish (that?s the smell!), cereal and 4% chicken. All of these are supposed to be key ingredients to help doggie?s digestion and general well being. It?s made by master foods in Melton Mowbray and can be found in most supermarkets and pet shops. Its available in dry or wet and two flavours chicken and rice or original. The good thing about this product is it?s cheap! And I mean cheap. I paid 62p for an 825g tin, I nearly fell over in the co-op. I just hope jack likes it!? Well he did like it, eventually, it took a couple of days for him to realise that this was it all he was gonna get and he got stuck in. He seems a lot better and you can tell it?s doing his digestion good (I shan?t go into too much detail but I?m sure you can imagine what I mean!) The only one bad thing about this product is that it absolutely STINKS!!! Sometimes unbearable especially when jack decides to come and sit next to you after he?s ate and show his appreciation with a little burp, it nearly knocks you out!!!!! But its good for him and all I?m concerned about
                is his health.

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                  06.06.2002 04:18
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                  After 2 years of trying to stop epileptic fits in my 3 year old Border Collie I was recommended a few pointers by The Canine Epileptic Association one of them being feeding the dog Chappie tinned food. The reason being is, that it is protien which gives dogs energy in most complete dog foods protien is in excess of what a dog needs on a daily basis, Chappie is only 5.5% protein. Feeding this product stops the dog being over stimulated thus reducing over-stimulation of the brain it can also help in hyper-active dogs. The first step to helping me keep my faithful companion alive.

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                    15.01.2002 08:08
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                    My beloved lhasa apso was diagnosed at 14 years old with a heart condition which needed careful nursing and much medication. Since the enlarged heart interrupted the passage of food, it was necessary to feed him small amounts several times a day. As the medication and nursing began to kick in, to our horror the vet found crystals in Gin`s urine during one of his regular checkups. This was the worst time to risk them turning into stones, as an operation was out of the question. The vet prescribed an alkaline diet to aid the dispersal of the crystals, but Gin refused to touch it, let alone eat it. I tried everything, first telling the vet what I was doing. Cooked breast of chicken and fish were among the delicacies that I tried. To no avail. I then remembered that in days long past, before all the modern fancy dog foods, vets would recommend Chappie. I knew also that it was mainly cereal, which should make it suitable. With the vet`s knowledge I fed Gin 6 times a day on tiny morsels of Chappie, which he accepted gratefully. On his next fortnightly checkup the crystals appeared to have at least not increased. Steadily they decreased until 3 months later he was declared free of them. I wrote to Chappie and, in their nice reply, they didn`t seem surprised.It seems that there is still a place for the old-fashioned inexpensive dog food. Gin remained happily on a diet of Chappie until I lost him 2 years later, still crystal-free.

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                      I miscalculated the shopping this week and ran out of dog food. So I had to go down to our local shop. Now if I tell you that this is Alldays some of you will realise that things are expensive there especially dog food. The dog food I usually buy was 57p a tin instead of the 44p I usually spend. As they only had that and Chappie I thought I would give my dog a change and buy him a tin of chappie. On opening it it smelt good and on reading the label it said trusted by vets and easy to digest so I knew he would be okay eating it. I was worried about the cereal in it as before when I gave my dog a tin of dog food with cereal in it he ate it but was hungry again soon after so it filled him up only for a while. Chappie also is low in fat and even sensitive dogs can eat it although my dog is anything but sensitive. He loved it. So if you do buy tinned dog food for your dog dont always think like I did that because it is cheaper than other brands it is no good for them. This proves it.

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                        • "False economy"

                        There might be no accounting for taste, but neither my dog Molly, nor myself (no, I don't eat it! I am talking about the smell only in my case...) can stand it. Chappie appears to be mainly cereal filler. Alright, I admit it, I bought it because it came with 50% extra free and was quite cheap, but I soon discovered that this was a false economy. At mealtimes, Molly would be all happy and excited as I get the cat and dog food prepared for our "Zoo" of 4 cats and 1 dog, but no sooner is the dinner in her bowl and presented to her than she wanders off unhappy. I thought that she would eat it if she was really hungry, but no, she simply went on hunger strike until I came through with some "proper" food. Since I am not too experienced in what makes a good dog food, I went through the other brands to see what she preferred. In the end, it seems that Winalot canned food is the best, at least for Molly. I must write an opinion on that! I would stop short of telling anyone not to buy Chappie, as it is your dog who will let you know whether you have found the right brand for him/her, but I just don't think the quality is right. It might be cheap, but closely examine how much filler is in there, and then compare that to something like Winalot - which is all good meat 'n' gravy - and you'll see what I mean. Keep yer dog happy, try and avoid Chappie!

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                          Nowadays there are so many different sorts of dog food it is so hard to know what to feed. But in my experience a dog will always show you by eating it if he likes it! But liking it doesn't mean it does him any good? I have found that if you have a dog with a sensitive stomache chappie is the answer. It is very basic. The dried food is much better for cleaning up after! But dogs seem to enjoy canned food better! So I always give dried food with a couple of tablespoons of canned food in the middle of the bowl. The dog then has to wade through the dried food to get at the canned!The canned is very dry in appearance. I regularily use Butchers tripe which is much more palalable because it contains, jelly and has more liquid in it, of the two I do prefer Butchers!

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                            28.12.2000 04:55
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                            My dog loves Chappie. Infact he eats more or less anything but I have had to stop feeding him this brand of dog food. The texture is soft, its cheap and I don't doubt that it is nutritious but it smells really bad. As soon as I open the tin I can smell a fishy smell and it makes me want to throw up. There's no one else to feed the dog so Chappie is not on the menu anymore. Maybe I am unusual because I haven't heard anyone else complain about the smell. I don't have the same reaction to any other brand of dog food. Apart from this drawback I have also noticed that my dog gets wind after eating Chappie and we all know how awful that can be! Two good reasons here for not using it.

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