Product Type: Nature Diet dog food
Newest Review: ... 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... more
Susie goes Back to Nature.
Nature Diet Premium Range Dog Food
Member Name: aefra
Nature Diet Premium Range Dog Food
Advantages: Palatable, non allergenic, easy to serve, natural ingredients
Disadvantages: None for me
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
Summary: A premium complete feed for dogs.