“ Brand: Nature Diet / Food Type: Dog Food „
Eighteen months ago a tiny black and white bag of bones was put into my arms and I named her Susie. Abandoned in a river side town some 20 miles from my home, she had so little hair on her underside, that all I could feel against my hands was warm wrinkly skin. Her backbone and hips stuck up and out, her legs looked liked chicken bones and whoever had clumsily docked her tail left only an inch. She was not a pretty sight, but was to become my shadow and the best of dogs.
I felt privileged that her rescuer trusted me to bring her to health and started with scrambled egg. This was to be the last meal I would persuade her to eat for almost three days. In the mean time she had a warm bath in the kitchen sink accompanied by a gentle massage to relax and clean her and, on the morrow, a visit to the vet. He assured me that she was not malnourished enough for lasting damage, despite appearances, and just needed care and reassurance.
The next days were fraught as I tried different varieties of dog food, cooked chicken, fish and easy to swallow stuff like scrambled egg. Little Susie was very quiet (that wasn't to last long) and depressed. Eating was just too much trouble, but cuddles were obviously very beneficial. Even watching Ryan gobbling up his James Wellbeloved kibble spiced up with a little meat interest did not tempt her. The goat's milk which Ryan had for his supper was fortunately, although lackadaisically, lapped up by her.
I had still to introduce her to the friends who I joined with Ryan at 6.30 every morning for our daily walk across a country park or through local woods. They fed their dogs on Nature Diet and suggested I tried it. The only reason that I hadn't included it as an addition to Ryan's kibble was because the pack is 390g and I envisaged having it in the fridge for a couple of days once opened. It was now that I was told that this is a feed which can be kept in the fridge for a day or two and warmed in the microwave before use. Although I didn't know it at the time, I had found the beginning of Susie's recovery.
The origin of my dogs' food is very important to me and Nature Diet is produced by a British company based in Norfolk. The company has been in production for over 30 years and prides itself on natural ingredients and balanced nutrition. Their range is nicely wide enough to cover the needs of most dogs from puppyhood to old age.
The food comes in a well-sealed recyclable plastic tray with clear labelling, listing all ingredients; which have no artificial additives, preservatives or colourings. The only cereal used is rice, which contains a different gluten to other cereals and is therefore tolerated by gluten allergic dogs. I was pleased to note that the lamb, rice and vegetable example I bought contained 65% lamb, 10% rice, 7% vegetables as well as natural ground bone and seaweed meal. It goes without saying that the necessary vitamins were included. This sounded tasty, which was important if I was to tempt the awkward Susie to eat. It is also free of the ingredients often found to cause skin problems in our dogs.
The range includes fish, chicken, lamb, rabbit and turkey - all with rice and vegetables. Added to this is salmon veg and rice for the more sensitive tums of seniors and puppies. I favour lamb and rice which I add to Ryan's kibble for meat interest, while Susie has mainly Nature Diet with a little kibble added. To access the contents just pull back the lid and you will see beneath a nicely soft yet firm looking feed which is gentle on the eye and nose and easy to cut through. I use two thirds of a pack between my little hooligans per day plus kibble and the remains sit happily unaffected in the fridge. When removed for the next due meal, a short zap on low in the microwave takes the chill off.
I must mention here that Nature Diet is in itself a complete meal and does not need any added kibble unless you choose. My dogs' digestion is first class and so are their poos. Non dog owners won't appreciate the importance of easily picked up you-know-whats.
This is a feed which I have found to be readily available and cost varies from .70p for a 360g tray in my local garden centre, through .98p at Pets at Home to over £1 in some smaller shops. All in all a good value food.
Back to the difficult Susie. With fingers crossed and bated breath I offered a morsel of ND lamb and rice with veg in my fingers. The little black nose sniffed warily then, joy of joy, her muzzle touched my hand and down it went. A little more followed, then more and........we were away! It took four months of care and very carefully managed feeding of Nature Diet before the now secure and self confident Susie came into her own. Tiny as she is, her muscle tone as she streaks at top speed along farm tracks is impressive and endearing. I have taught her to do the clever things with her amazing nose that big dogs do, like tracking and searching for property and agility. At ten inches high and with a harness which has been likened to a thong, she is often lost from sight in long grass as I track her on a long line. I am told by onlookers that I look as if I I am water divining.
................almost forgot. Susie will now eat anything and everything, but still has Nature Diet as her main.
Much more information is available in a really comprehensive Q&A section under the advice button on the Nature Diet website. http://naturediet.co.uk/aboutus.html
I used to feed my dogs tripe and biscuits and had them delivered once a month. If I had miscalculated the amount of tripe I sometimes got to the end of the month running out of tripe before my next delivery. For this reason I started to research what I could feed as a substitute when I had run out.
I was looking throuhg the tripe packets in Pets at home and found them to be so much more expensive than the packets I was buying form the internet. Bearing in mind what tripe is I didn't want to spend loads of money on them.
I then saw these trays of food and looking at the ingrediants thought they were worth a try.
As they are heat sealed trays they can be put in the cupboard and stored until needed. They have a high proprtion of meat in them and so are very good for he dogs.
The only draw back is that they are quite expensive at 75p a tray and the recommended feeding of my largest dog of three trays a day, if just feeding this for three big dogs it would be very expensive.
However due to the ingediants being so good I did not mind paying that little bit exta to be able to have these in the cupboard to feed when I ran out of tripe.
There are lots of flavours too and they actually smell of the flavour they state they are which is encouraging. Unlike some tinned food which just smells of tinned food!
These also set my dogs noses going when the tray was opened and so I knew they were good feed.
I think if my dogs were in charge of their own food shopping they would be bying these trays for themselves. They dont smell as bad as tripe either which is a bonus!!
I originally opted for dry food for my dog because my vision of wet food was stinking gravy or jellied 'food'. However, I was having some behavioural problems with my boy and contacted a behaviourist who suggested that the dried diet may have been a contributing factor. She advised 'nature diet' and desperate to address my dogs problem, I went straight out and bought some.
Now nature diet can be quite costly; if you have a large dog it will need somewhere in the region of 2-3 packs a day (if you go to the nature diet website there is a calculator you can use to ensure your dog gets exactly the right amount for age and weight). Individual prices I have seen vary from 78p-98p a tub. If you buy in bulk (a case of 18) it will cost you between £12-£17 a case. My dog has his dry food in the morning and 1 nature diet a night so not too sad. One thing I particularly like is the variety. My dog has a different dish each night;
*Chicken,Rice and Vegetables
*Lamb, Rice and Vegetables
*Salmon, Prawns, Rice and Vegetables (sensitive)
*Fish, Rice and Potatoes
*Rabbit, Turkey, Rice and Vegetables
They also do a puppy and a senior one, but my dog is a year old so doesn't have these. As I said before, I was quite put off wet food because of the smell, but nature diet, although does have a smell, isn't offensive. Its texture is what I would describe a like pate. It can be served hot or cold (simply pop in the microwave for 60 seconds)
I noticed a slight decrease in the amount of faeces that Rafa passed since starting on the nature diet. He never leaves anything in the bowl, which he did on dry food. Although I have been advised that a dog really doesn't care if they have the same food each day, I like giving Rafa variety. If you think about it, there are benefits to humans of variety so surely to dogs?!
There is one other downside to nature diet- sometimes batches get called back because the packets are 'blown'. I had one once that was blown and it had gone gross! Aparently this isn't an uncommon problem, so something to watch out for, particularly when buying in bulk.
People always comment on how lean, full of energy and in excellent condition Rafa is. Unlike many big named dog foods, nature diet contains no additives or colourings, it is natural. I only want to give my boy the best and I genuinely believe that Nature diet is that.
We have two dogs, one who will eat pretty much anything that is put in front of her and the other who is quite fussy and will find any reason not to eat. We have discovered with him that if he really likes the food that is put in front of him, he forgets about all the things that otherwise put him off his food. For anyone who is interested, these things can range from a cardboard box from a recently opened delivery having been left too near his eating place, to feeding him at a slightly different time to normal, to me NOT going and immediately washing up the dog food fork after I have served him his dinner, to...... well, you get the picture. Bless him! (Yes, he is a collie cross).
We have discovered that if the food is tasty enough, in his opinion, all these off-putting little trivialities become just that - trivial, in comparison to his yummy dinner.
So, some time ago, having got fed up with his habit of eating one day, then not eating the next, I decided to try a new type of food - again! I searched long and hard as I wanted a product that had a high meat content - surely that would be more appealing to a dog.
A lot of the available products, even the 'premium' brands, have a surprisingly low minimum meat content, like 4% in a lot of cases. Nature Diet boasts a minimum meat content of 60% - Wow! That's quite a difference. So we put it to the test......
He likes it! The first few times we gave our fussier dog this to eat he absolutely wolfed it down. After that he was still keen but it seemed to have lost its novelty. To be fair though, I do think he is a dog for whom you have to vary the food to keep his interest. Needless to say, our other dog seems to love it and always finishes every scrap, waiting for her 'brother' to finish his so she can clean his bowl for him.
The dogs have been on this food for a while - probably a couple of years now, mixed with Hills Natures Best dried food. They both seem as healthy as ever on it, the only thing I have noticed is a slight lack of shine in the coat of one of them, but this could be coincidental.
Nature Diet comes in several flavours. For the 'regular' adult dog there is:
Rabbit and Turkey, with vegetables and rice
Chicken, with vegetables and rice
Lamb, with vegetables and rice
Fish, with potato and rice.
They also have a sensitive version, a puppy one and a senior/lite option too.
I won't list all the ingredients here, but any information on ingredients and nutrition is easily available from the Nature Diet website if you are interested.
It costs around £12-16 for a box of 18 trays, each tray containing 390g. You can buy them individually too at some places.
The food is in plastic trays and we buy a couple of boxes of 18 at a time. I (well, my dogs!) have tried all the adult flavours apart from fish - to be honest, I wouldn't want the smell in my kitchen! The dogs seem to like them all and I haven't really noticed a preference.
The trays have a peelable top which is handy and makes for easy opening. Originally there were problems with this, some of them didn't peel properly and we had to use a knife which was a bit of a pain, but more recently they seem to have solved the problem and all the ones I have bought have been easy to peel open.
Inside is a solid lump of meaty looking food. It is fairly even in consistency - quite smooth without any noticeable lumps of meat or anything. It is easy to get out of the tray and mashes easily with a fork. I have noticed that when I wash the fork afterwards there is a kind of greasy residue, I'm not sure why this is and haven't had it with any other dog food.
The main problem I have had with this dog food is that sometimes you can get one which bubbles up under the lid and smells awful. I have contacted the manufacturers about this and was advised that this happened occasionally and was a result of trying to get the sealing glue right - to make them easy to open but at the same time without letting any air inside, in order to preserve the food. I have always been given a refund no problem when I have had these 'bad' ones, but it is still a nuisance. The smell is so bad when you get one of these, that I have to wrap it in 2 carrier bags and take it to the outside bin so it doesn't stink out the house.
I have had several boxes over time now that have had a few of these inside. In fact one was so bad that a couple of days after I had put it in the cupboard, I knew there was a problem as soon as I walked into my house one day - a few of the trays had bubbled up inside and the stench coming from them was awful, you could smell it even though they were in the box inside a cupboard. Yeuch! Needless to say I called up my supplier and told them I didn't want any of that box as I believed it to be suspect and wasn't happy to feed it to my dogs. They took the batch number from me and checked with the manufacturer. Within an hour I was advised that I would be sent a replacement immediately.
Despite the fact that any rogue trays I have had have been refunded or replaced without question, I have found this to be a bit of an ongoing issue with this food and it has put me off buying it. In addition to this, Mr Fusspot was becoming less and less keen so it was probably time for a change for him anyway. Therefore, as of a couple of weeks ago, I have stopped using Nature Diet. This wouldn't stop me recommending it though, with the caveat that although your dog will probably like it, you might get the odd 'off' one. This does seem to be happening less and less over time however.
Review to come soon for the food that we're trying now.....!
(Also on Ciao)
JOEY IS A FUSSPOT!
When my Westie was having health problems recently, resulting in him not being able to stand, and he 'lost' his bark, we knew we had to get him to vets. On the Saturday night he wasn't great but on Sunday morning he couldn't even stand to eat or drink, although when his food and water bowls were taken to him; there didn't seem to be a loss of appetite. But then on Saturday night he seemed fed up with his inability op move and a change was noticed. We decided to take him to Companion Care, a veterinarian service within some Pets At Home stores. As this was Sunday and most vets weren't open, or couldn't fit him in.
He saw a vet who prescribed medication for him; one in tablet from and another in liquid. She suggested both be mixed well in his food.
Until then Joey had been being fed on a complete dry dog food which was hypo allergenic. I knew that there was little chance that Joey would take his medicine like a good boy if it was mixed with a dry food so my husband and I decided to choose some wet food which would make it easier to hide the medicine in and fool Joey.
While still in Pets At Home and carrying Joey, as he couldn't stand, my husband helped me to choose some wet food for Joey from their well-stocked shelves. We wanted to choose something of good quality especially as lately we are taking great care to give Joey decent food suitable for his breed and any health issues he has and his age. My husband insisted we buy some trays of a brand which was new to me called Naturediet. This food was in a tray and there were several varieties displayed. I mentioned that while giving him medicine, which we needed, to make sure would be consumed it might be best to feed Joey with something he was sure to eat. Hubby however said that Joey would 'definitely' like this one, especially the fish, potato and rice variety, as Joey is very partial to fish.
I picked up several trays and, before paying, we took Joey to see the rabbits and guinea pigs. I had to laugh; it felt as if we were taking a child to see the animals as a treat. Children all grown up but we still have the pooch!
On arriving home I mixed a small amount of this new food with half of a crushed tablet and some of the anti-inflammatory liquid well mixed in. The food was of a good consistency and moist enough to mix the medications easily. Joey looked interested; usually when he sees a tray of food being opened he gets quite excited and will jump up repeatedly and keep telling whoever is preparing his dinner to get a move on by barking and nudging them with his nose. Well he couldn't do either but when his bowl was put before him instead of just wolfing it down he had a good sniff, then a nibble... and stopped, looking at us in disappointment. We left the food nearby for a while. I told Joey it was lovely but his look said, 'all right then, YOU eat it!' Well, Joey wouldn't eat any of it. After a while it was evident that he wouldn't cooperate and as he needed his medication, I felt it necessary to mix more medicine with a tray of Caesar which had been lying in his cupboard. Guess what? He ate it at speed.
Since this episode and the course of medicine was finished, I've tried Joey again on this food, and in another flavour which was purchased at the same time, but he won't take one bite. Because of this I had a look at reviews on this product. I found that the food seems popular with other canines. Going by the reliability of the reviewers I can only think that my dog is just too fussy for words, or just has a very strange sense of taste. This is probably true as there are many popular dog treats which he won't entertain, and seems actually to prefer the cheaper dog treats. So, although this brand is not for Joey I feel that is perhaps down to Joey being quite unusual and not a reflection on the brand. If I were a dog I'm certain I would prefer to eat Naturediet rather than Caesar! From a human perspective it looks better and smells better.
GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE PAMPERED POOCH?
This seems to me to be one of the better wet dog foods around (even if Joey said no!). The quality both appears and reads as being good. The variety (fish, potato and rice that I am reviewing) is said to be nutritious and full of protein. In fact the manufacturer's claim that the meats used in their food is:
'...made with meats certified as suitable for human consumption; so your dog will be eating only the finest quality ingredients.'
'With Naturediet Adult Dog Food you can rest knowing you are providing your dog a complete diet, with only natural ingredients making the grade; in a delicious recipe your dog will love.'
It contains natural Oils.
Antioxidants - derived from seaweed extracts
vitamins and Minerals.
Controlled Calcium and Phosphorous which help to keep both teeth and bones healthy.
No artificial additives, preservatives or colourings.
Wheat Gluten Free.
Naturediet is suitable for all breeds and size of dogs and also (the main reason why we considered this dog food in the first place) those with Wheat Allergy, Sensitive Skin, Sensitive Stomach.
This food is best used on pets from the ages of one to seven years, so not really for Joey but, as I said this was bought as a food to mix his medicine in and to disguise it as a short term measure.
Fish (min. 60%), Potato, Brown Rice, Vegetables, Natural Ground Bone, Kelp, Herbs (Rosemary and Rubbed Sage), Omega 3 and 6 (Flax, Fish Oil and Meat), Vitamins and Minerals, Vitamin A 1250iu/kg, Vitamin D3 150iu/kg, Vitamin E 20mg/kg.
Available at Pet's At Home for 86pence for a 390gm tray.
Nature Diet Premium Range Dog Food
When I first brought my little puppy home wrapped in a blanket and with paws that were just way too big for him we also had the remains of the food that the dog breeders had been feeding him, which was Bakers puppy food. At that time I didn't know much about dog food but I released from reading the back of the bag that this was filled with all manner of things that didn't amount to the healthiest and best dog food. A bit of trial and error later he settled onto a premium dry food that suited his tummy and he has thrived on it. However, I can't imagine that eating the same dry food for every meal would be that exciting or satisfying not that I have ever noticed his disapproval. Therefore, personally I have chosen and I try to give him a mix of wet and dry food at least for most of his evening meals.
The first time I bought wet dog food I was in Tesco and I picked up Pedigree Chum puppy food pouches, thinking that they looked fine and sounded nice. However, when I got home I was a bit surprised to find that there wasn't that much meat in them but a whole host of other ingredients that didn't sound that appetising, so off I went researching wet food as I did his dry food. I quickly learned that dog food is definitely not all equal. I decided that Nature diet premium range dog food was going to something that I wanted to try him on.
I have a very unfussy dog, so far in his life he has eaten pretty much anything that I have given him, I think it is me that is far fussier about what he gets to eat. The Nature diet packaging doesn't look the best but it has all the important information on it. However, it can be a bit fiddly to open it should be a simple tear away the plastic wrapping but sometimes it doesn't come off in one easy strip. However, this is a mild nuisance rather than any sort of real complaint.
When you do open the tub the first thing that I noticed was that unlike the cheaper dog food this doesn't have any excess jelly and it smells rather tasty. The one that we have at the moment is the Nature Diet Lamb, rice and veg. It has a nice colour, texture and look to it, it looks every bit as nice as a premium dog food should and importantly I find that this smells nice which in the past with more supermarket brand dog food I haven't always thought. This kind of looks a bit like pate.
To serve this I find it easier to get a knife and cut it up into little pieces as a very excited dog wags his tails and walks round my legs just in case I could or he would ever let me forget to feed him. Personally, I alternate serving this food at room temperature or heated up slightly in the microwave, nature diet recommend that this food is suitable to be heated in a microwave. Despite being hot or cold my dog eats this down pretty quickly but I like to think that he appreciates the change. I tend to mix this in with some of his complete dry food but you could always serve this up by itself or use a cheaper mixer biscuit. I have repeatedly been told and came across information that suggests it really is better to feed dogs a combination diet with dry food because it helps to keep their teeth clean and their mouths healthier. However, this Nature Diet is a complete dog food and feeding diet guidelines are available.
I usually never make a list of ingredients most of the time I find the information to be surplus, but I wanted to point out and highlight that there is nothing nasty hidden in this dog food. For the lamb, rice and vegetable food that we currently have it contains 60% lamb, brown rice, carrots, bone meal, seaweed, herbs (rosemary and rubbed sage) vitamins & minerals including omega 3 and 6. The lamb one is also recommended (by veterinarians according to nature diet) for but certainly not limited to sensitive stomachs and dogs with certain digestive disorders.
Things to note about this dog food is the high content of protein and lower content of carbohydrate which nature diet keep to a minimum of usually no more than 15 percent. Importantly this dog food is also free from artificial additives for example taste enhancers, preservatives, colourings and attractants, basically all the things that we don't want in our food so why put up with it for our dogs. I also like the small touches of using wholemeal rice rather than the less healthy white rice. Nature diets also have a special process for cooking the food to help it retain as many healthy properties as possible. They cook it for a very short time of only five minutes at very high temperatures which is meant to help retain all the essential amino acids keeping the protein quality of the food very high. It is also 100% gluten free for those dogs that can't stomach gluten food.
This is surprisingly not that expensive for being such a quality food product. Typically you can pick up a box of 18 x 390 gram trays for around £18 making it only £1 a tray and since I only give him half a tray a night that's only 50 pence to feed him something that I am more than happy to give him, knowing that he is eating something that bit special. I try and eat healthy myself and I wanted our four legged member of the family to be no different in that respect.
More often than not I buy big packs of 18 trays of this online because although you can find this in certain pet stores my local ones didn't seem to always stock it. Also the benefit of buying online and in larger quantities is that usually I can get some sort of discount or I can find a money off voucher or code. The dog food does have quite a long shelf date on it so I do tend to buy quite a lot of this at once to make it even cheaper to feed my dog what I consider a great quality product, but I do still like a bargain when I get one.
This dog food gets without a hesitation a full five out of five stars from me. I would strongly recommend this dog food it really is quite appetising to look at and (although I haven't tried it myself) my four legged friend appears to adore it, as soon as he smells this his tail starts wagging and he gets excited. Which is more than proof enough for me that spending a little extra is well worth it, to me he is worth it.
Naturediet is a complete, natural moist dogfood. it is very good quality as it contains at least 60% meat/fish/poultry, with the rest of the food being made up of rice or potato and vegetables with minerals etc. added. whereas most supermarket brands contain at least 8% which is shocking, far too low for a dog.
The meat is also named as being "lamb" and "chicken" etc. not just "meat and animal derivitives" which could mean anything. (basically waste that isn't suitable for human food)
You can also warm the packet up in the microwave, which one of my dogs who was a very fussy eater particularly liked, as I think it brings out the flavour.
As for daily feeding costs, if you buy it in bulk especially it works out quite cheap. A small dog usually needs 1 packet a day and a large dog 2 packets a day. (food should always be given in at least 2 meals a day, morning and evening)
You should also probably feed either dry biscuits (preferably ones with no additives) chews or raw bones to keep their teeth clean as when they are eating a diet of moist food, they need added crunchy things to keep their teeth clean.
I definetly recommend this food for any dog as it is a convenient but nurtritious alternative to feeding fresh meat.
4 months ago we rehomed a a dog. She was 6 months old when we got her,and our first ever dog! We had done lots of research before getting her, but none the less we still rapidly found ourselves on a steep learning curve. When we collected her from her old owner we were sent away with 4 tins of the food she was already on - Winnalot- and told that if we wnted to change her food then there would be no problem as she would eat anything.
We decided not to change her straight away. It seemed to make sense to let her settle into her new home for a few weeks before introducing more changes. Eventually, encouraged by the research I had been doing, and by the smells eminating from her rear end (eeewww),I decided to change her diet. After weighing up the options I decided toopt for a premium dry complete food. This seemed to offer a good balance of convenience,a good diet and affordablility. And so I eagerly awaited myfirtsdelivery of a large 15kg sack. When it arrived I followed advice to mix it gradulay with her regular food.But she was having none of it! She wouldn't touch it, on its own, or mixed with her other food. I tried a further 4 brands of dry complete all with the same outcome - she would NOT eat it!
So ,having concluded we must have the worlds fussiest eater , I started my search for a good quality, yet affordable wet food. When I discovered Naturediet it seemed to tick all the boxes. It worked out as being not too unreasonably priced based on the amounts she would require,and Iwas greatly encouraged by thehigh meat or fish content and the great balance of rice , vegetables and natural ingredients. Not wanting to repeatmy old mistakes though, I initially only purchased 4 packs from Pets at Home to try them out on our gourmet doggy!
The first one she tried was the chicken and rice variety. Instant success! She wolfed down every last mouthful with more enthusiasm than I had seen her eat anything in a while! She was equally impressed with the Turkey and rabbit variety, and the lamb and rice variety. Strangely she seems to really not like the Fish variety...I say strangely because she loves Tuna fish and mackeral, but after refusing the fish flavour Naturediet twice I have not bought this one again!
It is possible to buy this in Bulk from various internet sites and it works out very reasonbly priced for a premium dog food. It is reassuring to know that her food contains a high ammount of protein,and all the natural ingredients required to provide her with a full balanced diet. She seems in excellent health, has boundless energy, and - at the risk of sharingtoo much information- produces minimal, fairly compactand un-offending waste! (oh and whilst on that subject her wind problem has been completely eradicated much to our great relief!)
So if you are looking for a wet dog food, that is made from premium natural ingredients, appeals to the fussiest eaters,and is reasonably priced then Naturediet is an excellent choice.
*What is Nature Diet Dog Food?*
This very high quality natural pet food is product by the Nature Diet Pet Food company who make and produce a large variety of natural wet foods and treats for cats and dogs of all ages, from puppies and kittens, to adults and right up through to the senior citizens of the animal world!
*The product itself*
Choosing the right food for your dog is one of the most important decisions you can make as a pet owner, and one that will affect them constantly throughout their life- a healthy diet means a healthy dog, and obviously a bad diet means a dog in bad health. It is so confusing though, especially for first time dog owners, with so many different foods produced by different brands all claiming to have different qualities and ingredients, it's so difficult to know what one to go for- dry or wet? Premium or economy? Fancy or basic? Those are just the first things to decide upon before settling on a brand you'd like to feed, and even then, it will be a case of trial and error as not all foods will suit all dogs!
Even after owning dogs my entire life, choosing the right foods for them is still a subject that wrecks my head entirely! I want a food that is made from fresh and natural ingredients, one that is of very high quality, hypoallergenic and one that the dogs will enjoy eating at meal times, lastly, I want a food that is affordable, although I don't mind paying that little bit more for quality. With my current two dogs, Grace and Benson, I have found the feeding method that suits them best is a high quality dry (kibble) food as the base of their diet, supplemented daily with healthy 'extras' to prevent them from getting bored and to add a bit of variety and different tastes to their diet. Whilst James Wellbeloved or Burns is the only kibble I'll buy for them, the 'extras' they receive vary from day to day.
This is where Nature Diet comes in. It is a moist or 'wet' type dog food which can be fed either exclusively to your dog to form their entire diet, or in the way I use it, to supplement other forms of feeding. The most popular brand of wet food available today is probably the Pedigree cans, which most people are happy to feed their dogs on a daily basis without knowing that feeding Pedigree daily is the equivalent of us eating McDonalds daily- without meaning to offend anyone who does feed it, the food really is rubbish in a can- mostly water, animal derivates, artificial ingredients and cheap fillers and very little which is actually beneficial to the dog. Nature Diet offers a healthy, nutritious alternative, but still with all the flavour that your dog loves of canned food.
Nature Diet comes in 390g plastic trays which are sealed by a sheet of plastic and these provide around 1 serving for medium sized dogs and help to keep the food fresh until you serve it. What sets Nature Diet aside from other wet foods on the market are the ingredients in which it contains. Nature Diet is made purely of a minimum of 60% real, human grade meat, vegetables and cooked brown rice with the additions of natural ground bone for calcium, kelp and herbs to help with digestion and optimum levels of omega 3 and 6 which are provided by fish and flax seed oils. Compare this with the 4% meat you will find in Pedigree cans, and its clear what food will be healthier, not to mention, tastier for your dog!
Admittedly, the food doesn't look all that appealing, it looks like a pale slab of pâté when still in the tray, and has a similar consistency and texture to it, with the pieces of vegetable and grains of rice visible within the meat but the smell really is lovely, and that's coming from a vegetarian, it really does smell like what it should which is a refreshing change, again when compared with the Pedigree cans. Nature Diet is 100% gluten free making it suitable for dogs who require a diet free from this and contains no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or additives.
As I mentioned earlier, Nature Diet comes packaged in pre-portioned 390g plastic trays sealed with a thin film of plastic to keep the food fresh and moist until required. The covering film is brightly designed with the Nature Diet logo, a couple of rather gorgeous looking dogs and also all the usual information you would expect to find such as ingredients, nutritional information, feeding guides and contact details for Nature Diet, should you have any questions or comments. The plastic trays can be rinsed out and recycled when empty.
*Price & Availability*
Nature Diet is one of the more premium pet foods on the market and only available from specialist stockist or online, you will not find Nature Diet in any supermarkets. It comes in a variety of flavours including chicken, white fish, lamb, rabbit & turkey and salmon & prawn, all with rice and vegetables and there is also special varieties available for overweight dogs, seniors (dogs aged over 7 years) and puppies (under 12 months). From Pets At Home, a single 390g tray will cost you 75p, although they often have offers on such as buy 16 trays and get 2 free, which are worth taking full advantage of as the trays do have a good shelf life!
If I was to go on Mastermind, dog food would rather sadly have to be my specialist subject, I've spent so many hours over the years researching the best ones and trying to find ones to suit my dogs, that I probably have a geeks knowledge of it! All this research has really opened my eyes to what goes into a lot of dog foods and I'm now even more careful to ensure I only buy high quality dog food made from fresh and natural ingredients to feed to Grace and Benson. They can have the treats from the cheaper ranges but for their main meals, only the best will do!
This is why I've become such a fan of Nature Diet. As I mentioned earlier, I feed the dogs mainly on dry food -either James Wellbeloved or Burns, they'll have this alone for their breakfast but for their dinner, I feed a meal half of their dry food and half healthy 'extras' to provide some variety and different tastes and textures to their meals. 'Extras' are either some cooked vegetables, boiled pasta or rice, raw meat/offal or a bit of moist dog food and I choose something from that selection every evening to give them. On the days where I give moist dog food, I must admit I would normally use any brand of cans, as after all they were only getting a can between them and that little bit wouldn't do any harm. That is until I discovered premium wet foods were also available, produced by companies such as James Wellbeloved, Burns and of course, Nature Diet.
Grace and Benson are walking dustbins who would eat just about everything they get their paws on if they given half a chance, but it is massively clear that they absolutely adore the Nature Diet food, as soon as I dish it up and tell them they can eat, noses are in the bowls and they don't reappear until every last morsel is licked up. My dogs don't really have sensitive stomachs and are lucky in the sense that they don't have any skin allergies but even so, this food completely agrees with them, they're never sick after eating it and thankfully have never suffered an upset stomach afterwards either too.
When they get Nature Diet, I split a tray between them so they get half the pack each and on top of their normal dry food, it makes a filling and tasty meal for them which they absolutely adore. Upon opening the trays, a rich meaty smell hits you, which actually smells very pleasant and appetising, and the dogs certainly seem to think so as well, no matter where they are in the cottage, you can guarantee they will turn up at your feet the second you open a tray of it. The food has a pâté type texture and appearance to it, and is easy to cut up or mash into pieces for your dog to eat, it also covers kibble very well which may encourage dogs who are not normally keen on dry food, to eat some. The packaging also states that Nature Diet can be fed warm, it just requires 30 seconds in the microwave to heat through once you have removed the plastic film off the top. I haven't tried this yet, but I dare say the dogs would love it and it's something I'll have to try them with soon.
My one little complaint however is that the trays are a nightmare to open! They have a little raised tab which you are meant to pull to rip the plastic seal off the top of the tray but it almost never works, and I have to use a knife to get in to the tray, which is only a minor problem but annoying all the same!
Overall, a great product which I am extremely happy with and will continue to feed to Grace and Benson. They've tried all the flavours within the range now and love them all equally, it is also nice to find a dog food which comes in a fish flavour, as my dogs love the taste of fish but this is normally reserved for cat foods! Admittedly, it would be very expensive to feed your dog entirely on, and it wouldn't be very good for their teeth at all, but for a tasty topping for dry food, I can't fault it.
hi im new to this but lets have a go any way. i have two siberian husky and japaneze akita cross dogs, one female which is now ready to pop her puppies in a couple of weeks, we got her as a very small pup of 7 weeks old and found most of the puppy foods on the market gave her bad smelly droppings. we started taking her to puppy training when she was 12 weeks old and our trainer advised of natures diet for her as it had no animal deviratives or waste animal products inside. all natural ingredients. she changed pretty much in an instant. we even used it in a cong which we stuffed with the food and then froze it. gave it to her the next day as a mind stimulant as well as a treat, she had to work at it for a while to get it out but it keep her away from my new kitchen and slowed her knawing down as she was busy with food, i think this is great product and will have the new puppies on it soon.
I bought nature's diet puppy from my local JOLLYE'S large supermarket for pets. It comes in small plastic trays and the first one i tried was a marrooon colour. Averaging 69p per pack i thought this was very good value and only needed to feed my staffordshire bull terrier 1-1.5 packs a day (she was a pup) - the food actually smells like real food, kind of like a patty which was refreshing for a dog food that usually smell disgusting. This raised my confidence that i was feeding her a better food.
Inside the pack - which you can never open easily as they promise, I needed to use a knife to cut the plastic top off, you see the evidence of the quality of this food with meat, vegetables and rice which looks the way it should.
My dog loved this food and ate it quickly! Now i buy her the different kinds for older dogs such as lamb, fish etc and she enjoys every single mouthful. As a treat the pack tells you how to microwave it to feed it to the dog warm which she really enjoys!
Nature Diet is a premium wet dog food that comes in sealed plastic trays. The food is approved by the British Association of Holistic Nutrition and made under strict 'No Animal Testing' conditions. These sort of things give the impression of a good ethical company and hopefully the same is of the product.
Nature Diet packs are available from most good pet shops snd you can buy single packs of 390g (around 65p each) or a case of 18 x 390g (around £10) although you can't get a mixed flavour multipack. There is a large range of flavours available and in the 'premium' range there is chicken, chicken and tripe and lamb all with rice and carrots, original, fish and rice, lite and puppy diet. All these flavours are hypoallergenic with no added colours, flavours or preservatives so good for even the most sensitive dog and also dogs with problem skin and those owners who just want the best.
When I feed my dogs Nature Diet I choose the Fish and rice flavour. I bring the packs into the kitch and don't even bother trying to peel back the film on top of the tray. This is nigh on impossible so I just use a knife to open the pack. I am the faced eith a block of food resembling meat pate. It is light brown in colour and you can see the rice within the block. You can smell the fist in Nature Diet straight away and the dogs start sitting pretty in the hope I'll hurry up. Checking the packaging, the food does contain 60% ocean fish. Comparing this to Pedigree tins 4% meat, you can see where the price difference comes from immediately.
I have found that Nature Diet foods are very appealing to dogs' taste buds so useful for encouraging fussy dogs to eat. However, the packaging states that the packs may be served at room temperature or you can zap them in the microwave for a minute to serve them warm. This makes them absolutely irresistible. Fussy dog? What fussy dog!
My main objection to wet food is the dental concerns brought on by the food coating the teeth. This isn't as bad with Nature Diet as a tinned food. Because it is a pate there are no gravys or jellies to stick to the the teeth. There are also no additives or cheap fillers in the food which make dental problems in dogs worse. Of course, eating Nature Diet won't clean a dog's teeth like dry kibble does but eating a pack mixed with a high quality dry food will make any meal more interesting. Some dogs just won't eat dried food. Nature Diet is perfect for them.