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Old 04-05-2008, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all!! I'm new to the forum and own an 8 1/2 week old yellow labrador called Luna.

I started feeding her on Bakers Complete, which she seemed ok with. She goes to the toilet regularly and produces solid stools .. sorry if too graphic : )

From reading this forum it advises to steer away due to the colourants and additives in Bakers, being a cheap quality food.

I popped to Pets At Home and was looking at JWB though saw Wainwright's Large Breed Complete Puppy Food and seemed comparible and some what cheaper (since discovered Pets At Home Own Brand) Has anyone had experience with this food?

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The online site jargon reference the food in question is copied below:
Wainwright's Large Breed Complete Puppy Food with Turkey & Rice 2kg
Recommended for lifestage(s): Puppy (to 1yr)

Dietary Req:
Dietary requirement(s): Wheat Allergy, Sensitive Skin, Sensitive Stomach

Weight control: No

Product Description:
Wainwright's Large Breed Complete Puppy Food with Turkey & Rice is a nutritious complete puppy food designed for large breed puppies which have unique nutritional needs. It is formulated to be gentle on your puppy's digestion, and excludes many of the ingredients which are known to commonly cause allergies.

Made from high quality ingredients, including a minimum of 20% Turkey and 20% brown rice; Wainwright's Large Breed Complete Puppy Food is infused with:-

o Essential Dietary Fibre - to maintain a healthy digestive system;
o Highly Digestible Carbohydrates - brown rice is gentle on your puppy's stomach and full of goodness;
o Natural Protein - to help support and maintain muscle growth and development;
o Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids - for a healthy, shiny coat.
o Beta Carotene - a source of Vitamin A, benefiting your puppy's eyes and skin;
o Glucosamine and Chondroitin - for healthy joints, and joint mobility;
o Calcium and Phosphorous - balanced levels to promote the optimum growth of your puppy;
o Natural Trace Elements - derived from seaweed.

Wainwright's Large Breed Complete Puppy Food is hypo-allergenic and suitable for puppies up to 18 months old.

Wainwright's Large Breed Complete Puppy Food is part of the Pets at Home Nutrition Centre. [/align]
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Old 04-05-2008, 08:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know about wainwrights, but you're right to steer clear of bakers. You probably know to do this anyway but make sure you change over gradually to avoid an upset tum.
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Old 14-05-2008, 11:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I know a few labrador owners who swear by Wainwrights.....
I moved my puppy from Chudleys to James Wellbeloved very gradually and it gave her terrible diarrhea and eventually vomiting too - I know it was JWB becuse she ended up on Probiotics and was cured, but the minute I tried to re-introduce JWB she got sick again.
We've thankfully cracked it with 'The Natural Dog food company'.
You can't buy it in stores but they send next day delivery but its the same price as JWB.
I've heard Wainwrights is similar to the high end dog foods, but is better value for money
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My puppy started out on Arden Grange which is a wonderful food and I would really recommend it, but he hated it and we had terrible trouble getting him to eat - like mealtimes could easily last an hour with most left uneaten - I have now changed him over to Purina Pro Plan Puppy Sensitive which he loves, and has brilliant poos on...

Wainwrights are being pushed by Pets at Home as it is their own brand, I don;t know much about it, except that my boarding kennels happened to mention that they had fed it to some of the dogs boarded with them who had sensitive tummies and they had done very well on it - those dogs who for some reason did not have a particular food they were on as my kennels feeds whatever you feed your dog...

Good luck - and yes Bakers has a dreadful reputation

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Old 23-08-2010, 01:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi i have a puppy now 22 weeks old, when we bought him he was on bakers and after trying others and having spoke to a few people we decided to put him on wainwrights, and has been on this for 3 months plus and great no problems. The vet said this was a good one as it doesn't contain beef in it which some dogs are particularly sensitive to, don't know if this was the case but my dog has settled on wainwrights and i would not dream of changing it.
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Old 23-08-2010, 01:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yes Bakers is awful, everytime I go in the supermarket I want to stick a big sign on the shelf saying "DO NOT BUY THIS FOOD ITS BAD FOR YOUR DOG!!!" :lol:

I think Wainwrights is meant to be pretty good, others I'd recommend looking at are Arden Grange, Burns, JWB, Skinners and Fish4dogs. I changed Murphy on to Fish4dogs a couple of weeks back and his coat is amazing, I am now a F4D covert but its quite expensive!
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Old 23-08-2010, 02:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've been feeding Dexter on this for two months.

Two things to be aware of:

1 - buy the trays NOT the pouches if you're using some wet food for your puppy. The trays are much better value and have better ingredients. The pouches are *only* meant to be a top up to add to dry food and even the PAH customer services agreed with this when I phoned them with a query.

2 - most of the Wainwrights have RICE in so keep an eye on your pup as *some* dogs don't respond well to this. I've just bought the Wainwrights dry SALMON & POTATO for Dexter because of this.

You might also want to note how often your pup goes on Wainwrights; Dexter seems to go more frequently on it but I guess as long as it's not the runs that might not matter too much...

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If you contact most of the companies they will send you some free samples.

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We moved Radley from Beta (fed to him by breeder) to Wainwrights - puppy food, then onto the next level up according to his age.

He's been fine on Wainwrights, and he had a fairly sensitive tummy having been poorly when he was 9 weeks with a tummy bug.

He is still on that now, and he's not far off 2 years old now!
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I think Diana (wylanbriar labs) who is a very experienced trainer and breeder on here uses the Wainwrights Salmon and Potato with her Bondy so I am sure it must be a good food, she wouldn't use it otherwise. We swapped our pup from the puppy food version on vet advice because he is allergic to chicken but until 6 months he was happy and healthy on it.
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I put scrumpy straight on to burns when we got him at 8 weeks old he's now 6 months old growing rapidly and loving his food had no problems with bad tummy so would recommend burns to anyone
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