“ Brand: Tesco / Food Type: Dog Food „
I'm reviewing this Tesco tinned dog food under the heading of the Chicken in Jelly variety and focusing particularly on it, but am also considering the Tesco tinned dog food range as a whole as I usually but this in a multi variety pack.
A pack of six tins costs £2.78, and an individual tin is 47p.
With my Tesco shop I'll usually include a tray of assorted tinned dog food. I'm not brand loyal at all, so I'll buy what's on offer and if nothing specific is cut price, I'll go for the Tesco own label.
The tin design is different to the one above, and interestingly, the word "Premium" has been dropped! It still appears on the dry food in the range, but can't be found on the cans of wet food now.
I wonder why.
As far as wet food goes I much prefer homemade doggy dinners - even if it is only meat scraps or liquid from boiled up bones - and their daily main food source is a complete dry food especially for working dogs which we buy in bulk.
I do feel that a doggy dinner is incomplete without even a little wet food - if only to add variety in texture, so sometimes it's the supermarket choice that gets served up.
The tin I have beside me on the table (well washed out I assure you) gives hardly any information at all. It simply states that it is "complete & balanced nutrition" and is "fortified with vitamins & minerals". I buy in multipacks so perhaps individual tins do give more information, but I'm not sure.
However I did get this information from the Tesco.com website under product details:
Typical Values 100g contains
Vitamin D3 250.0iu/kg
Vitamin A 1250.0iu/kg
The tin didn't say how much actual chicken it contains - but looking at the nutritional information one ingredient certainly stands out - MOISTURE!
To me this really points out the purpose and potential of the food - it's simply something wet to add in.
The fat isn't particularly high to be honest, but the protein is very low for something that we usually refer to as "doggy meat". Indeed, the bottom few inches of the tin contain nothing but jelly, and are completely devoid of "chunks".
On one occasion I did get a can that contained nothing but moisture (neither jelly or gravy - just water). I can't fault Tesco's customer service as they gave me a full refund on the whole pack of six which I had bought, but it did emphasise to me how big an ingredient this is in "wet" dog food.
While writing the review, I realised as a multipack that the majority of info would be on the surrounding wrapper so I hauled it out of the bin just to check and sure enough, it was there. I don't think it is necessary to list out all the ingredients, but it is interesting to see that the actual Chicken content is only 4%.
When I give this to the boys they each get one third of a tin, and the rest is dry food. While I'm not impressed by it they boys love it - no matter how good their dry food is, they would really miss something wet alongside it. I put it in the middle of their dry food and it's always the bit they eat first. Sometimes depending on the season, I'll add a little cold or hot milk in with the meal - I did try this once without adding the "dog meat" but they knew the difference, and while they ate their dinner they weren't too pleased.
I'll continue to buy - and use this. There is obviously plenty of flavour in it and I feel that each dinner does need a variety in texture. I would not recommend it as "complete" dog food, and would be much happier if the tin didn't make the claim.
For what is it - wetness, texture and flavour - fine, and I would recommend it as such, but no matter how much the boys seem to love it I think it is wise to consider this as simply a doggy dinner "garnish".
I'll give it three stars, because the boys like it so much - but their recommendation comes a lot higher than mine!
Thanks for reading.
This is a complete pet food for dogs and comes in a tin with a ring pull on the lid for easy opening. The label is black with a border collie on the front. Each flavour has its own distinct colour band around the label, this one is yellow. It also tells you that it has vitamin & mineral enriched.
So what's in it?
The label reads as follows: minimum 4% chicken, minerals, with colourants: EC Additives.
It has 80% moisture, 8.5% protein, oils & fats 5.5%, ash 2.5%, fibre 0.4%.
If you have a small dog and only feeding this food you will need 2 cans a day, for a medium dog 2 - 4 cans, a large dog 4 - 7 cans.
Each can is 400g and costs £0.43 per can. Can also be bought in multi-packs of different sizes.
What's It Like?
On opening the tin there was a lot of jelly, in fact it was like the tin had been coated in jelly then the food put in the middle. On finally getting the meat out of the tin there were lots of chunks of meat, all a very light grey in colour. I really did not like the smell of this one.
This tin seems to have a higher percentage of oils & fats than the other flavours in the range.
Nemo didn't seem to like this food too much. He ate it but not as quickly as the ones in gravy. The texture of this one just did not look at all appetising so I'll not be buying him this one again.