Kate3

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Posted on 11th February 2016
Too much veg - where's the blood and bone?
I've purchased Nature's Menu, Natural Instinct and now Nutriment - I'm back on to raw for my boys as they started with that for a few years, then I changed and bought bits and pieces myself along with good quality wet trays. Thought I'd do a little tester to see which was the best for quality, knowledge, delivery, packaging etc - I can't rely on the dogs (Labs) as they eat absolutely anything and so you can't go by that, it's really just for my conscience and their health!).
Nature's Menu was the best for it's free range chicken - a real selling point for me. But, sadly it contains a lot of veg and it wasn't blended up enough so all the nuggets came out the other end , so to speak, looking the same as when it went in, and my guys actually started to lose weight as nothing much was being absorbed - dogs can't digest fibrous materials hence why veg should be very minimal (in the wild they rarely scavenge for veg, only if meat is very scarce).
Natural Instinct looked and spelled just as I thought it should - 'human' grade mince from a supermarket - red and bloody! The dogs absolutely smacked their lips at this one (so there is a little sign it was good ;), this too contained a variety of veg and vitamins and again, DEFRA standard meat. Came in handy 1kg tubs too which is a day of food for my boys.
Finally.... NUTRIMENT... on paper sounded great, all nice marketing and doggie photos on the boxes, but upon opening sadly I found the same thing as Nature's Menu - no blood, no visible bone, just green, sponge like watery pulp. Way, way way too much veg for a canine in this one - they are DOGS , not HUMANS! They DON'T need a 'balanced diet' they need MEAT. Plus why are the tubs black ?? Not only can I not recycle the large polystyrene boxes (I didn't want them but I had no choice), but now I can't recycle any of the 2-3 tubs a day we get through either - very un environmentally friendly, poor show.
So it's NATURE'S INSTINCT for my boys - lots of meat, blood, bone with a few veg and vitamins and all really blended up well - they're gaining weight as poo is much firmer and less of it too (I shall have to be careful though as according to the vet they're 'perfect specimens' at the weight they are currently ;)
Good luck, hope this helps as I wish I'd had this to read first.
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