I feel my dog tins of meat with either gravy or jelly and I then bulk it up with some dog mixer just to make the meat go a bit further and try and satisfy the massive hole that my dog has where his stomach should be.
I nearly always buy a good brand as I am concerned about nutrition and making sure he gets enough vitamins and can be as healthy as is possible plus he is a bit of a food snob and there are certain brands of food which he likes much more than others.
I bought some of this because it was recommended to me by someone I know who said that his dog absolutely loved it. Mine isn’t too keen on biscuits and would much rather have more meat so I am always trying to buy some nice mixer that he will enjoy.
I was a bit dubious that anything from the Value range would be to his taste but I was willing to give it a go especially as it was such good value at only 1.98 for a big 4kg bag. The biscuit inside the bag looked ok but not as plump and appetising as the better brands.
I just served it the same way as I normally do by mixing the biscuits with his meat. He wasn’t keen on this and sort of picked around it instead of just diving in like he normally does. He ended up eating the meat and leaving most of the biscuits but he did go back to it later on in the night and ate some more so the taste couldn’t have been that offensive to him.
I tried it with meat in gravy instead of jelly and he was better with it when it was in gravy and ate most of it but there was no enthusiasm from him so I decided to just bin it and get him something that I knew he would like better. I know he would have eaten it had I just kept giving it but I would rather give him something he would enjoy than something he was only eating because he was hungry.
I do think this food is brilliant value and for dogs who aren’t fussy I think it would be a really good option but for me personally I wouldn’t buy it again because I wouldn’t want to eat something that I didn’t enjoy so why should my dog.
Many people who know me also know about my three spaniel boys, and often when they have dog products that can't be used they kindly think of me and donate them to us.
One thing I have been given twice recently is Tesco Everyday Value Dog Mixer. I was gifted one bag by someone whose family dog had sadly died and they didn't want any leftover food to go to waste - and I got another bag given to me after someone got their Value product designs mixed up and thought they had bought a bag of cat litter!
Like all TEV products the packaging has been updated from the picture and now features little doggy motifs instead of the old red/white/blue Value logo.
Taken from Tesco's website, the ingredients are (unspecified) cereals ,oils and fats ,minerals, and the nutritional composition per 100g is: Protein 10.0g, Fibre 3.0g and Ash 4.0g.
The bag is 4kg in weight and costs £1.98. Tesco advise this food is intended to be fed along with fresh or canned meat, and of course, drinking water should always be available.
The individual pieces are small, round and are biscuit-like in appearance, and as far as dog food goes smell quite inoffensive.
Each evening our boys' dinners are about one-third meat and two thirds dry. As working dogs we usually feed them on a high protein dry food which we get in bulk, and put some wet home cooked meat or canned food in the centre of this (rather like the way people plate up a curry).
I dished up the TEV mixer in the same way, and unusually for them, the boys hesitated - for a split second only - but noticeable enough. They ate the lot however but I could tell that their usual dry food was missed a little. The following evenings, I cut the TEV with their usual dry food and gave them extra meat until all of the TEV was finished.
As hungry - and greedy - dogs, unless they are ill, they never refuse food of any description, but it was clear that they noticed a difference. I think it is most likely that the smell didn't excite - their regular dry food stinks to high heaven.
Whether or not they were aware that there was a lower protein content I can't say, but until the bags of TEV were finished they did get more meat mixed in.
Like people, different dogs have different needs, and as my guys eventually move towards old age and retirement I expect their feeding may need to be altered. I wouldn't rule out this as a mixer, but just for now they are back to their regular one. Having said that, I wouldn't dissuade any dog owners from giving this a try, bearing in mind that it is not a complete dog food and that variety in feeding is key.
I very much appreciate being given a couple of bags of this, and it certainly wasn't wasted. It's not a product I would buy for us - but it is worth considering depending on your dog's needs.
Thank you for reading.
First of all this product no longer looks like this. It has been revamped in Tesco's new Everyday Value range.
It is now a shiny plastic bag, which is beige in colour with green writing on it but the dog on the front is the same!
I seem to have been through every dog food brand and type on the market! Most of them (even the most expensive makes) gave my poor dog terrible wind! Gross I know!! I was starting to pull my hair out with my stinky dog and fed up of paying a fortune on food that clearly doesn't agree with him, so one day, searching the pet aisle in Tesco I came across this cheap own make dog food at only £1.47 for a 2.5KG pack! Bargain! Got to be worth a try, so I popped a pack in my trolley.
WHAT'S IT LIKE?
Pouring it out, it is full of what looks like little brown pebbles. It is not as colourful as some other brands of dog food we have tried, just all brown.
It smells like...well it smells like dog food. Yuck!
Now clearly as this product is dog food I haven't tried it personally! However my doggy Oscar has!
I gave him a bowl full and he ate it no problem! It must taste good as my fussy pooch ate it!
I give this dog food 5 out of 5! Since Oscar has been eating this Tesco value dog food, his gross wind has pretty much stopped! He is so much better now, he likes it and it's cheap! What more could you want from dog food?!
The only problem I have had is that he now seems to have really bad extreme bad breath. However, I can't completely say whether this is down to the dog food or not so I won't rate it down at all for that, just thought it might be worth noting.
Thank you very much for reading
xx Mrs K xx
Review of Tesco Value Dog Mixer
I own a retired racing greyhound called Rob-Dog. He is a 6 year old pedigree greyhound and at 36 inches high, from paw to head, he is one of the largest greyhounds I have ever come across. In contrast to their appearance, most greyhounds are actually greedy couch potatoes!
As with many ex-racers, Rob-Dog has a voracious appetite and is totally food orientated, to the point, when we first got him, of helping himself to any food not under lock and key, or at least out of his reach! This is a very common problem with racing greyhounds and many new owners do not realise that the cure is in their pets diet.
A big problem can be that a resting or non racing greyhound who eats a high protein diet can become 'hyper'. The recommended daily food balance for a retired greyhound is a protein content of 20-25%, unlike other breeds who need a considerably higher amount of protein in their daily diet.
Rob-Dog has his main meal in the evening and this consists of a 50/50 mix of meat and biscuit. I buy canned wet food for him and he also has the occasional 'treat' of cooked chicken, liver, kidney or other offal. He also has a morning meal and this consists of dry dog food.
I used to use one of the well known brands of complete dog food, but unfortunately the high protein element in this sent him totally hyper. Imagine an 'E' number sensitive small child who has been fed a huge quantity of Smarties, all washed down with gallons fizzy pop and you get the picture? He would race around the garden like a whirlwind, bounce around the house, pouncing on people and furniture and wreck the beds by leaping on them and digging up all the bedclothes, then collapse, exhausted, for a long nap. All this would be done with an inane doggie grin and good humour, but it could be very trying all the same.
I began looking for a lower protein content complete dog food, but found that most are fairly high, 30% and higher. In desperation, I phoned the advice line number of the Greyhound rescue charity Rob-Dog came from and the very helpful man I spoke to recommended Tesco Value Mixer as a supplementary food.
Tesco sell this mixer in a sturdy paper sack, as part of the Value range. As with all Value products, the packaging is quite simple and plain. Tesco have changed the style of the Value range packaging recently and it is now a white and turquoise design, rather than the red and white as depicted in the Dooyoo stock photograph.
The sack contains 4kg of mixer biscuit and costs £2.18.
The actual biscuits are round in shape, pale brown in colour and have a slightly weird smell, not nasty, but not unlike digestive biscuits. The biscuits are the size of a small marble and have a lightly knobbly texture. As for the taste, I'm sure Rob-Dog would declare them delicious, but as I obviously haven't eaten them myself, I'll skim over the taste and chew-ability section of this review!
All nutritional information and a feeding guide is printed on the side of the pack. Tesco recommend that the mixer should be mixed with an equal quantity of fresh or canned meat and fresh drinking water should be available at all times. These are sold as a complementary dog food and this is stressed in the Tesco information panel.
For those interested in this sort of additional information, the food is produced and packaged in the United Kingdom, for Tesco Stores Ltd.
The mixer contains added vitamins and minerals, the main ingredients are (unspecified) cereals, oils and fats. The protein content is 11%, making it perfect for the needs of my dog.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
For the money, this is a very satisfactory buy, it is a fraction of the branded products I had purchased previously and the nutritional content is perfect for my Greyhound.
It is an economical food and as we get through 2 x 4 kg bags each week, the price of this is an added advantage. That said, when it comes to my Greyhound's well-being, I would happily pay far more for a food that suited him, it is just fortunate for me that Tesco Value Mixer is the food that agrees with him.
Possibly this mixer is not the best choice for some breeds, we feed it as I have explained to satisfy our dog's appetite, without adding too much protein. Like many dogs, Rob-Dog would never refuse food of any description and it would be easy to mistake his sheer greed for hunger, but I am content that with this food he is getting all the nutrients and bulk he requires.
I have found that this dog food is easily digested by my dog and although he does have a slightly sensitive digestion, he has had no problems since being fed with Tesco Value Mixer. I would also add that the excessive flatulence that he used to suffer with, has definitely lessened since eating this regularly. Now that has to be a bonus!
Rob-Dog is given these biscuits plain, he has them first thing in the morning and he certainly seems to enjoy them. He tends to eat about ¾ of the amount we put down for him straight away and them returns to finish his breakfast when he comes back from his morning walk.
Obviously, I am not recommending my method of feeding this food for all dogs. The feeding regime we follow with our pet is specific to his breed and conducted following the advice of our vet and that of the Greyhound Rescue charity.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 April 2012
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