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Old 06-07-2016, 01:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I think you will find that vets do quite well out of the sales of Royal Canin dog food !!!!!!!

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Old 06-07-2016, 04:18 PM   #12 (permalink)
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As mentioned previously, you could ask 10 people what to give a dog and you would likely get 10 different answers lol, whilst I accept and value everybody's opinion, it is a case of what works for Hunter. If this brand works for him then happy days, if not then we will continue searching for a brand that suits! You could read a hundred reviews and I could almost guarantee that there will be negative reviews for every product on the market.

This is not intended to come across or be a swipe at anyone so please do not take to heart if it is perceived that way as it is not my intention to upset or rubbish anyone's opinions! As stated I welcome all input that experienced owners may wish to present!

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I think you will find that vets do quite well out of the sales of Royal Canin dog food !!!!!!!

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That may be true as a lot of vets are apparently "taught" dog diets by representatives from these various food companies. Not sure how true that is! The reason that we picked royal canin is because my friend and colleague has a lab that was very sensitive and found that only royal canin and science plan worked for her (the lab). So I didn't pick it on the advice of the vet alone. I know that a lot of vets don't do a great deal of research and just go off what they have been told / taught on their courses! Just wanted to clarify and no offence or such like intended!
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As mentioned previously, you could ask 10 people what to give a dog and you would likely get 10 different answers lol, whilst I accept and value everybody's opinion, it is a case of what works for Hunter. If this brand works for him then happy days, if not then we will continue searching for a brand that suits! You could read a hundred reviews and I could almost guarantee that there will be negative reviews for every product on the market.

This is not intended to come across or be a swipe at anyone so please do not take to heart if it is perceived that way as it is not my intention to upset or rubbish anyone's opinions! As stated I welcome all input that experienced owners may wish to present!

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It's up to you what you feed your pup and there's no reason for anyone to take anything to heart. For the cost of the Royal canin I would be picking something good quality but again that's up to you. The ingredients are not good. No one here has really advised what you should feed as we all have our personal preferences. The website I linked to is nothing to do with individual reviews. It give reviews of the ingredients in all the foods.


I certainly wouldn't feed a food that is full of fillers and no good quality meat, does this list look healthy and appetising to you?




I would rather something like this which has far healthier ingredients, smaller portions and be better value for money

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I am unable to see the name of the 2 brands that you have compared, am I correct in presuming that the 1st one is royal canin and the 2nd is the brand that you use? What is the name of the bottom one that you have compared please? Did you mention in the other forum as I am sure you mentioned which was the one you used! going to have a look at the site now as not had chance due to being at work.

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I am unable to see the name of the 2 brands that you have compared, am I correct in presuming that the 1st one is royal canin and the 2nd is the brand that you use? What is the name of the bottom one that you have compared please? Did you mention in the other forum as I am sure you mentioned which was the one you used! going to have a look at the site now as not had chance due to being at work.
Yes the top is Royal canin. The bottom one is one I use which is called Millies Wolfheart, there are many other good foods available though.

If you go on the all about dog food site it lists every food out there. You can search either by wet/dry or click the box to start with top rated first.


You can honestly do better than the Royal canin food, with so much choice out there there's no reason to feed a poor quality unless you have to.

Some of the foods looks expensive per bag but when you look at portions it can work out cheap. If I buy two bags of 14.5kg food at a time it only costs me around 90 p a day (excluding Millies Wolfheart treats) that is not a lot to feed a good food.

Everyone has their preferences but I think it's daft to prefer a bad quality one unless it's the absolutely only food a dog will tolerate.
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that was it I knew I would remember after seeing it again! You would think that these "top" (I use the term loosely) companies / brands would have it down to a tee. especially for the price they slam on it. But when you do your homework, I agree that it isn't all that great!
might have to make another trip and change the food again before his insides go into complete meltdown! Or should we keep him on the bag we have, let him settle for a bit and then switch out to the better stuff?
In a muddle now, as feel sorry for the wee man having his food chop and changed every few days!!
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If he is ok at the moment on what he is using then I would keep him on it until his tummy clears. Yes it's not good but too many changes at once isn't the best.

I would then swap over to a good quality one once he is clear of his bug. A dog will eat any food given but will not thrive so much on a poor quality one. My girl looks brilliant and her coat is gleaming, I really wouldn't feed anything else now unless I have to.

I hope his tummy settles down soon and we all need to see some photos
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It may have come across as a bit of an exaggeration as he hasn't had that many changes lol. We couldn't clarify the actual food that the breeder had him on, but they said beta. we tried him on some store brand which was a poor choice then we had him on beta puppy and that doesn't seem to be agreeing with him. we then moved him onto royal canin today at dinner time.

I think we will keep him on royal canin, let him finish his course of 7 days on panacur. then about a week or so after completion of that we may go for one of the foods that has high rating on the site or the millies wolfheart.

I 100% agree that when you compare the two, if I was looking at it from a personal point of view I wouldn't want to eat the top one and would go for the wolfheart, so if I wouldn't eat it then why should my dog!!

Bottom line, is you are basically paying for the name with these "top" brands rather than the content!

Hope that makes sense!!
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It may have come across as a bit of an exaggeration as he hasn't had that many changes lol. We couldn't clarify the actual food that the breeder had him on, but they said beta. we tried him on some store brand which was a poor choice then we had him on beta puppy and that doesn't seem to be agreeing with him. we then moved him onto royal canin today at dinner time.

I think we will keep him on royal canin, let him finish his course of 7 days on panacur. then about a week or so after completion of that we may go for one of the foods that has high rating on the site or the millies wolfheart.

I 100% agree that when you compare the two, if I was looking at it from a personal point of view I wouldn't want to eat the top one and would go for the wolfheart, so if I wouldn't eat it then why should my dog!!

Bottom line, is you are basically paying for the name with these "top" brands rather than the content!

Hope that makes sense!!


It's a minefield when looking at food, I agree that I wouldn't eat it either. There are lots to choose from and at the end of the days it's what you like best.

When i was looking last year it took me about 3 Weeks of research and I kept going back to MW. At the end of the day though what suits one dog may not suit another.

I have been asked by my vet twice if I want to try the hills science they sell- I'm happy to explain to them I will be sticking with Millies.

I even use their cat food for our kitten
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