User Posts: Pet Food Reviews (Australia)

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I scoured the Internet for the most common dog food questions in 2022, and to the best of my abilities answered them! Read them here!

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  1. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 19, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    Hi David, this is only a review of Baxters. If Woolworths don’t have any in stock you would need to ask them (it’s a Woolworths home brand). Although it’s worth reading this review…

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 19, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Kirstie, I’m so sorry to hear that but glad he has recovered since. Could you add this information to the APOG log please?

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 15, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    Hi Kate, that’s interesting to know about the Taste of the Wild. Certainly adding the Big Dog and Ziwi Peak should really add benefit. I’m not overly keen on the ingredients of Advance dog foods as they seem to favour grains over meat, but the BARF and Ziwi counteracts that a bit!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 11, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    Hi Brett, thanks for the feedback! Yes, I really need to add a review on The Nosh Project… so hopefully will very soon!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 11, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Brenda, it’s a good point which I should add to the review. The rating isn’t overly high, and is fair considering the similarities with Meals for Mutts as well as the price point.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 11, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    Ah, good point Edanna – I was thinking of the regular Providore food, not the treats. I don’t know what the ingredients are of the treats but they don’t need to conform to any real regulations.

    Jill, there’s a list of treats I recommend here, but too be honest when I’ve trained any of my dogs I’ve used boiled and diced chicken – works a treat and is healthy and cheaper! You can even put the chicken in handy freezer bags and freeze it.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 10, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    Hi Jill, generally dog foods have 1% salt, but there are other factors which can cause a dog to be thirsty. Do you usually feed Providore or is this a first time? I think your best bet is not to feed it for a few days to make sure your dog’s thirst returns to normal, then perhaps try it again. The if your dog becomes thirsty again (especially excessively) then perhaps return the bag? Eureka is a similar brand which is worth checking out, made in Australia.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 9, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Perhaps they’re thinking wheat and sorghum isn’t good for them…!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 9, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Hi Stacey, the investigation into DCM was subsequently dropped due to inconclusive evidence.

    Most grain-based pet foods are very significantly formulated with grain, often with very little meat. You don’t find dogs in the wild eating grains in any form except from the stomach contents of prey, so you can question that too.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 9, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Sasha, I’m guessing you have three big dogs! May I ask what you currently feed?

    I realise foods such as Lyka (and similar brands) are more easy to feed smaller dogs, or for those who own only one dog, but for many who have busy lives and don’t have the time to prepare (or understand the complexities of) raw a brand like Lyka can really help offer their dog a good and more convenient diet. I realise it’s not for everyone, and costly for those who have multiple larger breeds.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 9, 2022 at 2:17 am

    Hi Maryann,

    I would lean to “facultative carnivore” as a more correct term given the bias canines (from the Order Carnivora) have towards meat. Some grain-based foods on this website are rated highly, with the real emphasis on pet foods being meat-based rather than mostly grains or legumes.

    You speak of heart problems from grain free foods, yet this stems from an FDA investigation which was dropped due to no conclusive evidence. Many of the dogs in the “study” were taurine deficient, which shortly afterwards was added as a requirement by AAFCO to all complete and balanced dog foods.

    I see lack of meat and correct nutrition, and also lack of variety key issues in what you have mentioned.

    On the subject of Advance, note the following –

    That in itself caused more issues in Australia then any correlated to DCM.

    I’m more than happy to discuss further if you wish – the purpose of this website is to help people and each other, so your opinion is welcome.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 5, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Elizabeth, here’s a list of my best cat food recommendations, but I usually recommend adding some variety, including some fresh meats/organs/appropriate bones to chew etc – these are great for nutrition and also adding moisture to the diet which is something lacking in dry cat foods.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 5, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Hi Michelle, there’s a review of Hypro Premium here.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 5, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Bob, I think the best answer I can give is you can only do your best for him. Some cats live to a ripe old age on Purina. You can however add some fresh meats, organs, odd can of tuna etc, and I’m sure that will go a long way to keeping him happy and giving him some extra nutrition.

    Cats may drink garden water (or rain water) because it may contain minerals, or maybe he just prefers it (there’s not a great deal of science in this area). Cats tend to seek out nutrients which they’re not getting, so it’s possibly a sign the Purina/Dreamies are lacking, or perhaps not.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 5, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Hi Emma, apologies – I’ve now added a link at the top and a “Where to buy” section, and also worked out a $50 off coupon for first purchase!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 27, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Hi Nique, yes the Applaws canned foods are “for supplemental feeding only”. What that means is they don’t contain all the nutrients (such as vitamins and minerals) required for a cat to have a balanced diet (which is labelled “complete and balanced”). That said, they’re fine as part of the diet, and moisture is essential in a cat’s diet – wet foods are better than dry, especially for cats.

    Complete & balanced cat foods require taurine to be included, either from ingredients which naturally contain taurine (meats/organs) or added as a supplement. Sometimes taurine isn’t specifically listed but that doesn’t mean it’s not present, although that said I think I need to update the ingredients list for Applaws…

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 27, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Hi Sandra, wow they really do sound picky!

    Orijen is a fantastic food even though it’s a kibble, so that’s good if your Cavoodles are eating it. Do they eat mince, such as raw beef mince in Coles or Woolies? I’ve found some dogs turn their nose up at BARF, but will readily eat raw – i.e. raw meat, organs, bones etc.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 27, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Hi Brent, thanks for the feedback and it’s always good to hear the reviews have helped!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 27, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    Hi Deb, Big Dog Little Bites are really good in terms of nutrition. I think they’re only available in the small bags for now, but would be good to see them in larger bags which would be more cost-effective. If that happens I’ll definitely add an in-depth review.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 27, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Hi Mark, yes it’s a great observation, especially when you consider those non-meat ingredients (rice, oats, etc) will make up a significant amount of the food. Many cheap brands of pet food don’t even have different meats, just the same concoction used in all formulas – i.e. same kibble, just different bags.

    Ironically when I studied pet nutrition the course actually recommended never to switch brands if your dog is sick, only switch formulas! Unbelievably poor advice.

    As for the point about brown rice, that means the “ground rice” ingredient would likely be a combination of brown and white. It doesn’t mean brown rice is significant, so it’s fair to assume it’s mostly white rice.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 22, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    Hi Emmie, thank you very much for your feedback – it’s very appreciated, and it helps me feel my time is well spent!

    You make a very good point – people spend thousands these days on pedigrees then feed them whatever is the cheapest kibble they can find. I’ve found many consumers simply believe a dog food is safe because it “wouldn’t be sold otherwise”, and healthy because the marketing says so, but that’s so far from true as far as I’m concerned. But sadly beyond that, not many people consider what they’re actually feeding or whether it’s appropriate. A veterinarian friend of mine refers to this as people buying “furry toys”, when the reality is they’re not toys, they’re [carnivorous] animals.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 22, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Ann, I consider dry cat foods the main cause of UTIs, so even expensive urinary dry diets from Hill’s and Royal Canin don’t address that issue. Then when you look at the ingredients and consider it’s for a carnivore it just doesn’t come across as appropriate – makes you wonder what you’re paying for.

    Quite often cats refuse to switch away from dry food which can be frustrating, but I’d recommend adding in a more moisture-rich meat-based food into the diet. On this list Meow or K9 Natural are good examples, or Ziwi which offers more moisture and far better digestibility than dry kibbles. Additionally adding in fresh (raw) meats, organs, or chicken necks/legs/thighs which are very cheap to buy and well worth considering.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 20, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Hi Maryann, I appreciate your comment, and fully understand the difficulties with dogs who suffer food sensitivities and allergies – very prevalent with staffies.

    Can I ask if it was only dry foods you tried? Did you try natural or raw with meats? All dry foods contain other possible triggers such as cereal grains, preservatives, and so forth.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 15, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    Noted! (Sorry!)

    If anyone knows any good raw dog food companies in Tasmania let me know!!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 15, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    Hi Susana, could you add this information here please –

    Thank you!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 15, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Rachel, could you please add this information here –

    APOG have recently started tracking consumer issues with pet foods sold in Australia, with this being a good indicator of a problem.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 15, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    Hi J, I need to update the article to include Raw and Fresh as they seem a popular brand. At the time I wrote the article I had little experience with them.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 15, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    Hi Kylie, it’s definitely an indicator that the food probably isn’t working the best for your dog. As for which ingredient it’s hard to say as various ingredients (or varying qualities of ingredients) can trigger thirst. Sometimes with a new food a dog won’t eat as much of it which can also trigger them to drink more water to suppress hunger.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 15, 2022 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Robyn, feeding guidelines are loose at the best of times, and it depends on so many factors. So the best advice is feed them as much as you think they need, and they’ll probably let you know if they’re hungry. Or if they gain weight you can cut back. I usually find more protein (from animal ingredients) in the diet satiate your dog much more than high carb foods.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 15, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Jesse, I’ve just approved another comment by Jack who has also had similar issues with Black Hawk this week. Could you add the information to this page please –

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 15, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Jack, this seems so common with Black Hawk. It’s worth you adding this info here –

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 7, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Annie, most of the concerns with pork are trichinosis, which is almost non-existent these days in human grade commercial meats. Not once have I received a negative report with the Frontier Pets pork formula, so I’m pretty sure you’ll have no problems. It’s certainly a far better option than many for a dog with PRAA.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 4, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    For most people on a budget (which really is most people!) it’s worth adding some of these top end foods as part of the diet, even if it’s a bowl every other day or every few days. Adding variety to a dog’s diet I always consider a good thing, as otherwise you’re relying on a single food to be “perfect”.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 4, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Lizzie, Applaws is a good choice considering the price, and consumer feedback is good compared to other dog foods in that price range. Adding the chicken would certainly help – raw or cooked (just no cooked bones).

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 4, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    Hi Lizzie, by the sounds of it your dog is reacting to something in the Cherish – especially considering the rash cleared up after you stopped feeding the food. Given the ingredients it’s possibly a chicken intolerance, but monitor it as you try different foods as it’s worth finding the root cause.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 4, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you for the feedback, and I’m glad the reviews have helped!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 4, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    Hi Jordan, can you log the issue with the mould here please?

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 24, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    We could start with a rudimentary experiment – put two plates in front of your dog, one with meat, the other with grains such as wheat, barley, and sorghum.

    Which will your dog, from the Order Carnivora, eat?

    You can argue nature knows best, couldn’t you?

    Interesting to see you didn’t provide a legitimate email, which makes me question the authenticity of your comment.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 24, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Grace, it’s a very good question and I’ll do my best to answer…

    Have a read of the ingredients for Hill’s Science Diet Adult (I just cherry picked this, but same principle will apply to other brands).

    Skip past the barley, wheat, corn, sorghum, corn gluten meal, soybeans, and brewers rice which make up most of the product – all of which you can argue aren’t great for an animal from the Order Carnivora.

    All those smaller inclusions such as thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, biotin, taurine, plus other vitamins and minerals, a dog would normally source from organ meats – because they’re the richest source of those nutrients. Liver, kidney, heart, are prime examples, but also tissue, cartilage, bone, brains.

    Dogs have complex nutritional needs which standards such as AAFCO attempt to address – i.e. they set a standard to ensure all required nutrients for a dog are provided in their entirety in that product. This is as they currently know and understand, but it’s worth considering taurine wasn’t a requirement until recently (since the DCM scare in fact – what you read all over the internet about grain free foods causing heart failure). Taurine is now a requirement.

    With raw all these nutrients need to be catered for. If any aren’t then the dog can become deficient, which may take a long period of time.

    With kibble, especially given most people only feed one product for the life of their dog, it puts complete reliance on that product being complete with all nutrients, in an absorbable form. To me that’s putting a great deal of trust in that product for those complex nutritional needs.

    I hope that answers your question, although I’m not sure if your question suggests I’ve recommended simply feeding meat as a balanced diet, which is not how it should read!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 24, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Meg, was this the first time you fed the fish formula? It’s common for dogs to get a bit of runny poo when new foods are introduced, so that could be the reason?

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 24, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Michael, can you report the issue here please –

    Thank you

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 21, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Carol, could you add this report to the following page please –

    Any chance you have a photo of the plastic?

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 20, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Kari, cooking reduces nutrients, and with meat meal there’s a two phase cooking process. All kibble is cooked at a high temperature so that’s a factor worth considering in general, and a very good reason why kibble shouldn’t be the whole diet of any dog (or cat). So hopefully that answers that part of the question? There are two products of creating meat meal – the dried meal used as a dense protein ingredient (as well as calcium etc from bone content), and the liquid broth usually listed as broth, natural flavour, fat, or something creative. Historically this was labelled digest until that got a bad name, so you don’t see that very often these days.

    There are lots of other factors as well which are often an unknown but play a very significant part. Whether meat meal or “real” meat is used (real meat being the term used for fresh meat rather than meal), neither has any relation to the quality of the ingredients used in the first place. So “real chicken” isn’t necessarily the better inclusion, and in most kibble formulas results in a much more carbohydrate-dense product still marketed as “meat as first ingredient”.

    There’s a great deal of ambiguity with by-products as well. Organs are rich in nutrients, but without any clarification a meat and meat by-products ingredients can be meat/organs/bone or perhaps nothing more than chicken carcass with breast meat and organs already removed (and sold as human grade products in the supermarkets).

    If a dog food favours meat protein (from meal), fat, and other nutritious ingredients, compared to a “real” meat kibble which actually doesn’t have much meat in it being largely grain/carbohydrates/starches then the former is probably the better of the two for a dog.

    As for Australian standards – they provide little clarity whatsoever, and in my opinion are written more for the benefit of a manufacturer hiding the truth than providing transparency to us as consumers.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 14, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Susan, I expect the gums are added to thicken the milk – make it less watery.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 14, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Lesh, I haven’t reviewed wet foods, but generally if a cat food is rated highly you’ll find the corresponding wet food of the same brand equally as good. In fact wet foods are better for cats due to the moisture content, so a cat’s diet should never be entirely dry food.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 14, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    We need to question why so many foods for carnivorous cats are made of cereals!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 14, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Sue, neither “meat” or “meat meal” reflect the quality of the ingredients, so when you see “meat” (or often “real meat”) it can be the same quality of ingredients as “meat meal”. If that makes sense?

    Creating meat meal is a process which cooks the ingredients to create a protein powder. The broth cooked off is what’s often used as fat, which can be listed as fat, digest, flavour etc. So even a dog food with “real meat” can have other ingredients from meat rendering (creating meat meal).

    The real concern is quality of ingredients, which is often unknown. By-products are fine for a dog – good in fact – but there’s such a variation in quality of ingredients.

    Because of that, I rely on consumer feedback, of which Stay Loyal has been really good for years. Other brands, including many made with “real meat”, have much worse consumer feedback.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 10, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Gary, I believe they have a subscription service on their website for discounted repeat deliveries, but I don’t know about the single protein formulas.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 7, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    Petbarn aren’t the manufacturer.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 7, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Gracie, good observation, and the answer is the reviews were written at different times. I’ve actually just swapped the ratings, but too be honest I don’t see either as good.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 7, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Kate, it doesn’t seem to be available at the moment so it’s possibly being phased out?

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 1, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Fran, can you clarify who manufacturers Leaps & Bounds? Is it not Australian Pet Brands?

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 30, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Jules, thanks for the comment. I’ve just done some digging and it seems there are some negative reviews about Clear Dog treats, seemingly more since I wrote the review last year. I’m looking into it. In the interim I’ve added a comment at the top of the page and dropped the rating.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 30, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Hi Lark, the FDA investigation into grain free and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy was eventually dropped due to lack of evidence. Unfortunately this was not before the matter was viralised. There’s some information on the matter here –

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 30, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks for the feedback Dave, that’s interesting – and appreciated.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 27, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Maree, dry food can and does spoil, so it’s best to buy a bag size which you can get through in a couple of weeks. I just searched for advice on Google and it seems the recommendation is 6 weeks max, but it will be a case of the less time the better!

    Obviously it depends on other factors too, like storage conditions, temperature, humidity etc.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 25, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Avi, there’s a guide to puppy foods here –

    It’s worth reading the Black Hawk reviews (and comments) and also Optimum to give you some idea of those brands.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 25, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    The oldest dog recorded was Bluey, an Australian cattle dog who lived to 29 years. I believe the dog you’re referring to is Bramble the Border Collie who lived on a vegan diet until 25 years.

    I think the biggest fact we can take from these two dogs is neither was fed a commercial dog food.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 23, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Hi Jill, I think the most important point of consideration is brown rice, fermented rice, and molasses are found in a very small amount (as is everything listed after sea salt in Open Paddock). Most ingredients have some kind of benefit in moderation, if not cost saving, as do rice, fermented rice, and molasses. Molasses can be a source of vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and phosphorous. Fermented rice may have a perceived benefit for gut health. Brown rice is a source of vitamins D and B as well as fiber. Quality of such ingredients or why they’re included is often open to speculation, but given the moderation in Open Paddock I personally see no issues here.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 23, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Kelly, the top four ingredients are “dehydrated poultry protein, wheat gluten, rice, maize”, possibly in similar amounts, so that’s three grains out of four for an obligate carnivore cat 😉

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 19, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    Frontier Pets is a great dog food. I’ve fed it to my dogs and they’ve done really well on it, and they never leave it in the bowl for more than a few seconds unlike kibble. They’re actually over in Evans Head in NSW – I went to visit them last year and it’s a beautiful place.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 19, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Tom, yes apologies – I haven’t got around to updating the Applaws review yet. I’ve been really busy of late :/

    Given you’re feeding Lyka as well (which is great!), you could always mix it with Nood this week, then Applaws, then Elevate after that! Variety is good, and this method of feeding can also save you money if you take advantage of whatever’s on offer in Coles (or Woolies etc).

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 18, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks Karen, very good point and I’ve added this to the article (most articles on this website are always a work in progress!)

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 18, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Holly, it’s definitely worth figuring out if chicken is the culprit, which it possibly isn’t given what you’ve said. Dry food definitely isn’t the best thing for dogs, and considering why hard baked nuggets is better than other types of food really answers that. The concern vets often have with not feeding dry is bacteria in raw meats, or the hazards of feeding bones etc, but there are risks to all types of food. Runny poops and low energy is a risk of feeding a dubious dry food for example. Veterinary studies recommend the feeding of specific dry foods combined with raising the hazards of raw food, but strangely the opposite is not the case.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 16, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Mendy, it seems to be in stock at Pet Circle. Otherwise Taste of the Wild PREY is a very similar alternative to Canidae Pure.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 15, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    Hi Annet, probably not at this stage but it looks pretty good. It’s human grade by the looks of it.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 11, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    Glucosamine is used to treat arthritis in humans as well as often being recommended by vets, but that said with any ingredient in pet food it’s often hard to ascertain whether there’s any real benefit, or any real benefit to a specific dog. Questions such as “is there enough of the ingredient to provide benefit”, “is it a quality inclusion of the ingredient”, or “is the research sufficient” are all valid and can be speculated upon. In the case of glucosamine you could well be right given this page on the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (US) states “Major studies of glucosamine for osteoarthritis of the knee have had conflicting results.”.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 11, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Great feedback Rosie, thanks!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 11, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Paul, I’ll see if I can track down the ingredients… unfortunately they don’t list them online, and I don’t live near an ALDI :/

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 11, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks Paul, I’ve fixed the link!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 9, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Hi Chantelle, firstly – variety is always good. Generally cat foods are “all life stage”, so unless the state “Adult” they likely meet the nutritional requirements for kittens as well. I believe this is the case for Taste of the Wild cat foods, but the Applaws formulas are labelled “Adult”.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 9, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    Hi Claire, can you add this information to the APOG website for Ivory Coat please? Thanks –

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 5, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    Hi Tiffany, I understand the FDA has terminated the recall after an investigation and action by the manufacturer. I’ve added a cautionary warning at the top of the review with a link to affected batches.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 5, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    Hi Amanda, it’s worth adding this info to the APOG site if you can –

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 2, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    Hi Simone, that’s not good – mould can be harmful if fed to dogs. If you have a photo of the mould it would be worth adding it here, if you can.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 26, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks Mitch, I wasn’t aware of that. Question is – are the Costco patties listed as human grade? Other BARF brands in Australian have a human grade variety, and pet grade spinoffs.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 25, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Hi Jennifer, in many ways Prime100 is better than what vet’s or nutritionists would previously recommend. Simply because the rolls offered more meat in a form more beneficial than dry biscuits, and at the time there was definitely a gap in the market for such products.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 25, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Hi Cheyenne, I believe the Healthy Everyday Pets cat food formulas are all “Adult”?

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 25, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Hi Daniel, may I ask for what purpose? I can point you in directions of studies but finding credible ones which actually prove a valid point is another matter entirely. For example, a study on the digestibility of various types of grain will offer little context in digestibility of grain over meat, or how much grain a dog can be fed without suffering ill effects.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 25, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Most decent pet foods are available at Pet Circle, and I know they tend to stock foods rated highly on this website – they’re proactive in that sense. Not all foods on the best rated list are available at Pet Circle, as many like Frontier Pets, Lyka, Stay Loyal etc are available direct from the manufacturers (which cuts out the retailer as the middle man).

  81. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 25, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Hi Natalie, it’s always struck me as odd how in human nutrition we know it’s bad to eat the same thing all the time, yet this is rarely translated to pet nutrition. The idea we need to feed our dogs the same thing all the time I believe stems back to pet food marketing, when the truth is they want you to keep feeding their product for the life of your pet. Great to hear your dog is doing well on Lifewise!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 25, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Jessica, my memory recalls an average sized dog (like a Labrador) would need to consume around 70 cloves of garlic to suffer any ill effects. I read the research many years ago, yet since then the “garlic is harmful to dogs” thing has propagated across the entire Internet! When you see garlic included in pet foods it’s always in a small amount, and can be considered beneficial.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 25, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Joanna, there’s a review of the Prime100 rolls here. I’ll likely add more reviews of rolls in the future, but one that springs to mind while writing this is the Balanced Life rolls.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 25, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Gail, which consumer reviews were they, what did they say?

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 25, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Jennifer, yes Balanced Life is very good, can be fed to puppies, and at times does feature on this list (which varies from time to time).

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 25, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks for the feedback Libby and I’m glad I’ve always replied – I’m actually terrible at replying to people!!

  87. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 25, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Joanne, I’ve been meaning to review Proudi for so long now, and so many have asked. Your comment prompted me to finally write it!

  88. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 25, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Hi Janelle, I wouldn’t consider them a problem, no, and they’re in moderation in Pacific Stream. That said I would always recommend varying foods which in many aspects avoids intolerances or issues building up with any ingredient.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 14, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Edgar, keeping in mind they’re a carnivore I would still recommend a diet focused on meat/organs/meat fats. Generally I find weight gain more an issue on cat foods made of starches with high carbohydrates which a cat struggles to digest, but if a cat gains weight on a meat/meat fat food then it can be worth cutting down on fat by opting for a lean formula (such as turkey, kangaroo, or fish).

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 14, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Bryonie, I’m so sorry to hear about this, and glad she’s now returned home. I strongly urge you to add this information to the APOG site which tracks pet food issues –

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 12, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Leo, there’s a few other options for Large Breeds – Meals for Mutts, Diamond Naturals, Holistic Select (includes Giant Breed I think), Earthborn, Wellness, SavourLife etc.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 12, 2022 at 12:25 am

    Hi Mel, anything on the best rated list should suit (Orijen being one of the most expensive). Generally I consider meaty bones the best option for warding off dental issues (kibble + dental treats not so much), so perhaps softer bones like chicken necks? Perhaps some fresh foods as well, like meats/organs/some veggies etc? Serves to keep costs down with prices of pet foods always on the rise.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 4, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    It’s common for a dog to suffer diarrhoea on a newly introduced food if the previous diet was fed over a long period of time without variation. It’s the same for us, but less of an occurrence as our diets tend to be very varied.

    There’s some more information here –

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 3, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    Hi Joh, there’s a lot of questions here so I’ll summarise as best I can.

    Firstly, it’s worth mentioning the review mostly highlights the ingredients and composition in terms of AS-5812 as the Australian Standard for Manufactured Pet Food. This is neither studied by a vet nor a pet nutritionist (although I am qualified in pet food nutrition if you believe that offers credibility). If you need more information on the background of Pet Food Reviews then here you go.

    The question the review should leave you with is whether you consider the formula appropriate for an animal which I class as a facultative carnivore, or whether you consider them omnivore or carnivore and what a species-appropriate diet may be.

    The trouble I find with diets which aren’t species appropriate are it may take years for symptoms of ill health to develop. In terms of cereal grains and wheat I often find them the #1 cause of food sensitivities such as itchy skin – this comes from experience of dealing with many affected dogs over many years.

    An active or working dog may fair better on a high-carbohydrate diet because they burn off the calories before they turn to sugar. It’s fair to say there’s a great deal of information on the effects of this on human health, and you can easily translate this to canine health.

    You mention meat vs meat meal which is a valid point, but there are other factors surrounding pet grade meat and by-products which may also be discussed (which apply to many commercial brands of Australian dog foods).

    I would consider the chicken frames, crocodile bones, lamb necks, mince, and fruits and veggies as the most beneficial food stuffs you’re currently feeding. This sits better in my view of canines as carnivores than a processed dog food made significantly of grains.

    What are your thoughts?

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 3, 2022 at 4:03 pm

    Hi John, thanks for the positive feedback – it’s appreciated.

    If you haven’t seen it already there’s a list of more affordable brands here, which I appreciate are still not an economy budget. It gets difficult recommending commercial dog food brands below that standard, but hopefully this guide on feeding a dog on a budget may also help – have a look at the “feeding strategies” section.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 1, 2022 at 12:06 am

    I can’t believe how quickly you noticed! I’m an avid fan of Canidae, just trying a rotation recommended foods. I try and keep this as a list of 10 to 12 max.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 30, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Dany, it’s bad wording on my part – it’s supposed to read as no artificial preservatives.

    I consider all the brands you’ve mentioned as excellent, and the only advice I can give is not to tie yourself to any specific brand – feed a variety.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 28, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Claudia, could you add this information here please –


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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 28, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    Hi Kelly, I feel many dry foods, particularly those made largely from grains, are not the best diet for a cat as an obligate carnivore. Most Hills dry foods are formulated from grains or starches rather than an emphasis on meat/organs/bones as a better diet for a cat. The wet foods seem much better in comparison to the respective dry foods.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 28, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Tully, both FurFresh and Frontier Pets have shown to be excellent choices, so I wouldn’t look too much into it. Frontier Pets has been around a little longer, and I’ve personally visited the facility, so on a personal basis feel a little more comfortable to rate the product a little higher.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 28, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    Richard, I’m sorry you feel that way, but I don’t consider corn meal, rice, and tapioca species appropriate for an animal which is factually a carnivore.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 22, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Ceebee, could you please report this here –

    You can do so anonymously. It’s worth doing as APOG are collating all the issues with Ivory Coat.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 22, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Deb I’ve updated Susan’s link. A La Carte have updated their website in the interim.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 21, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Hi Elle, I’d say whatever works for you. It’s worth adding in other styles of food too, such as wet or fresh.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 21, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Liam, I agree with you, but it gets too hard for me to track with so many brands and varying prices. It’s also nigh on impossible to compare by weight, especially between a freeze dried food without moisture to a fresh food like Lyka. Feeding guidelines also vary a great deal so aren’t reliable either.

  106. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 21, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Thanks for the feedback Michael

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 21, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Hi Emily, it depends on activity levels but like with any dog a focus on meat proteins, meat fats, and low carbs is always the best start.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 9, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    I believe all Applaws wet foods other than the kitten recipe are “for supplemental feeding only”. What this means is they don’t contain the vitamins and minerals required for a balanced diet. They shouldn’t be used as a complete diet, only as a treat. There’s still benefits though, as they contain meat and moisture – both fundamental to a feline diet.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 9, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Hi Mona, I feel this is very common on a brand such as this. Could you add a report on the following page –

    It’s an adverse reaction log recently launched, and in time will be a great consumer resource for reactions from pet foods.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 9, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    There were rumours a few years ago, but I’m not sure if anything eventuated…

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 9, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Hi Lauren, senior cats depend on a diet of animal ingredients as much as younger cats – such is the nature of a carnivore. Based on that alone makes me question Hills dry foods as species-appropriate. If you compare it to something like Orijen you’ll see a vast difference in ingredients, but another important factor with feeding cats is moisture. You’re addressing that already with pate, but also have a look at raw diets such as Raw Meow (from WA) or BARF patties like Proudi and Big Dog (for cats) which are available at most pet stores. There is also no reason you shouldn’t feed fresh meats, organs, and raw meaty bones (such as chicken necks) which are nutritious, ward off plaque, and are also cheap.

  112. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 8, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    Great info Edanna – thank you. I actually didn’t realise the similarity with the original Black Hawk formulas!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 8, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    Hi Carolina, there’s two ways I can answer that. Taurine like you say is essential in a feline diet, which is why you see it added as a supplement in many cat foods. The foods where it isn’t listed on the ingredients should mean taurine is catered for with one of the other ingredients, namely animal ingredients. When you look at the ingredients of many pet foods, many of the nutrients listed at the end of the list would naturally be sourced by an animal in the wild from their prey. Therein lies somewhat of a truth about pet food, how it can be made mostly of grain but still meet the nutritional requirements (as we currently understand) for a carnivorous cat.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 8, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Hi Veronica, I’d recommend avoiding dry as much as possible, but in terms of Australian brands the lowest carbohydrate grain free food is Healthy Everyday Pets, but also have a look at Orijen. Raw or wet is still the better option though, so keep that up as much as possible.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 8, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Cletus, I actually wasn’t aware of Canine Country (I’m in WA) but it looks like a decent BARF product and there are a lot of assurances with human grade meats over pet grade. I find one of the biggest problems with wet foods in general is the soft texture does not ward off plaque, which can easily lead to dental disease. Dry foods aren’t much better either, so bones are a great addition to the diet for dental health + nutrition.

  116. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 8, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Hi Jacqui, I’m sorry to read about your cat’s varies troubles with pet foods over the years. I think it goes to show how these vet endorsed brands of food made of grains for carnivorous cats really don’t work, and it makes you wonder why vets endorse them.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 8, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Hazel, here you go – Kirkland Signature!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 8, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Dani, I think it’s more that Pet Circle have a focus on better brands, and I know they use this website to decide what to stock. A lot of these brands are available at many retailers, so you should find some at your local pet store.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 8, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Alex, as yet I haven’t had the chance to review wet foods. I actually started this week with Zealandia which is a fantastic (and premium) wet food, but there are many decent brands – Ziwi Peak, Canidae, K9 Natural, Earthborn – actually most of the highly rated dry dog foods have a corresponding wet food equally as good (or better).

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 1, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Jenny, I’ve fed the rolls to my pets, so that should give you a good answer! My view of a dog is they’re a facultative carnivore so need a diet mostly of animal/whole-prey. The Balanced Life rolls are a mix of meats and grains, but adding them alongside a mixed variety of foods is a good thing, especially adding them to a mostly kibble diet. Muscle meat is certainly good, but as a product the vitamins and minerals otherwise sourced from organ meats and bones are included as “vitamins” and “minerals” in the roll. Some brands like Big Dog include organ meats and ground bone in the mix.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 1, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Elle, any all life stages food meets the minimum requirements for a puppy, so should be okay to feed. As for Applaws or Open Paddock – why not both? Variety is usually the best policy (as far as I’m concerned at least).

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 1, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    It’s good to hear your feedback Dale, and it’s been good to see in recent years how Coles have begun to stock some better options. I’ll stand by my statement about “essentials” if that’s the one you’re referring to, and also stand by canola oil as more “controversial” than an alternative like salmon oil.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 1, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Hi Jess, have a read of this page as it covers feeding strategies on a budget. In terms of dry foods, Applaws seems to be a safe bet for a decent price, or Taste of the Wild as a good reliable brand for a little bit more per kilo. You can always mix and match cat foods, and it’s well worth adding more wet foods into the diet – tins, BARF, or fresh meats/organs/bones which are cost effective.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 1, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Hi Diana, I’m very sorry to hear about this. Leaps & Bounds is manufactured by the same company as Ivory Coat and Woolworths Baxters, both with many similar reports over the past years. There is a new website from Australian Pet Owners Group designed to log issues such as yours, so I strongly urge you to write a report here.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 23, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Great data analysis Cassie – thank you!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 20, 2022 at 2:35 am

    Hi Steve, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your dog, and the Australian pet food industry should hang it’s head in shame. It’s hard to believe what they get away with, with no accountability or compassion.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 19, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    Generally I find Big Dog very reliable. Natures Goodness on the other hand… I can’t say I find the manufacturer to be “high standard”. They also make Woolworths Baxters and Ivory Coat, which have no end of concerning consumer issues, which I suspect occur on other brands by the manufacturer.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 19, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    Sorry for the delay in replying Marrianne. The best way is via the Facebook page here –

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 19, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    Hi Lil, I’ll try and write up some reviews – I think it would be useful for people. I feel the same as you, and find these treats mostly a gimmick. I often find raw fed dogs have much better teeth than any fed kibble and/or dental treats, purely from the ripping and chewing of meaty bones.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 19, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Julie, many of the top rated brands have wet foods. Some to look at are K9 Naturals, Balanced Life, Zealandia, Canidae, Taste of the Wild, Ziwi Peak, Raw Meow. It also depends on where you shop, and you can also feed fresh meats/organs as well.

  131. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 19, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    I can confirm Canidae products aren’t irradiated.

  132. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 16, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Hi Suzanne, although it has been theorised legumes inhibit taurine absorption, this is largely off the back of the grain-free/canine dilated cardiomyopathy scare which also happened to be nothing more than a theory – more info here.

    Taurine wasn’t until recently considered essential in a canine diet, which is a more likely factor given most kibbles (grain or grain free) lack what’s really important – animal ingredients – which is where taurine is sourced.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 16, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    Hi Marrianne, if the issue is diet-related, which I suspect it might be given what you’ve said, the best starting point is considering the root cause. This would be the kibble you fed originally (feel free to mention the brand, or message me privately). Food intolerances build up over time, and poor quality foods can disrupt the microbiome which takes a long time to heal.

    If Hill’s Derm Complete showed an improvement then this is further evidence the original food was causing the cysts. Unfortunately, like many Hill’s dog foods, it’s not ideal for a dog as essentially a meat-eating animal. Derm Complete is mostly cereals, low protein, and whereas might seem to improve skin conditions may cause other health issues in the long term.

    My recommendation would be to try a food without cereals or wheat, and possibly with a meat protein which is novel to your dog. In terms of kibble, perhaps Canidae PURE, Taste of the Wild PREY, or Australian brand Lifewise (such as their Kangaroo formula). If you’re willing to try a more fresh food then maybe Lyka or Frontier Pets as high end offerings more species-appropriate. You don’t need to feel locked in to any of these brands, but worth a try for a few weeks to see if there’s any improvement in your dog.

    It should be fine to keep up the flaxseed and spray, and hopefully in time his condition improves.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 14, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Hi Gavin, first step would be assess the food you’re currently feeding as this may give some ideas on what’s potentially causing the issues. The scratching can well be diet related, particularly if the food you’re feeding contains grains (especially wheat or cereals). It can also be additives such as colourings or antioxidants, and sometimes specific meats (such as chicken, lamb, beef). Hairball issues are multifactorial, but omega fatty acids in a food can help (stuff like salmon oil, flaxseed etc) – these can be found in most decent cat foods.

    I can’t vouch for this product as have little info on it, but Vetalogica offer these hairball treats which have a range of ingredients beneficial for hairball control. From a quick assessment of the main ingredients they look to be one part meat to three parts potato/peas/tapioca, so keep the treats suitably limited as a supplement rather than feeding lots of them. Or even just add sardines in spring water to their diet and give a regular brush.

    As for your cat refusing to eat raw meat – firstly, cats can be fussy and confused by new foodstuffs, so it sometimes takes time, effort, and mixing with the old food. It’s frustrating with cats at times. Maybe try Ziwipeak, Meow, or Raw Meow as dried raw – mix with the old food to start.

  135. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 12, 2022 at 1:58 am

    Hi Phoebe, I’m sorry to hear that and hope your dog has fully recovered. Do you have the batch number of the bag? Use by date.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 7, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Hi Court, from what you said it would seem the Pet Food Australia food has caused the issue, especially if the condition is improving on Big Dog. My recommendation would be to stop feeding the Pet Food Australia and notify them of the issue, and continue with the Big Dog, perhaps any of the foods listed above, or even fresh/raw/meaty bones etc.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 4, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Todd, for feeding raw / raw meaty bones I highly recommend Work Wonders by Tom Lonsdale which will give you excellent information and reassurance. Feeding raw does have some consideration and requirements for organs as well as breast meat, and personally I see value in adding fresh veggies and fruits in moderation. Honestly, I would say feeding a decent raw diet will always be better and likely more cost effective than any commercial dog food, but does take consideration and more time in preparation.

    There’s a fantastic Facebook group The Australian Raw Feeding Group – there are no silly questions and that’s a great community for gathering information.

    Personally I feed my dog a mixture of commercial dog food (for convenience) and a variety of fresh and raw ingredients.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 4, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    Hi Josh, many factors are considered and all three are excellent dog foods. In terms of kibble, Orijen is one of the absolute best sold worldwide with an excellent track record.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 4, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    That’s great to hear, and I’m glad Lyka has shown such an improvement!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 4, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Johnny, I suspect bad batches are the culprit, and with Ivory Coat being widely sold it’s also a numbers issue. There’s a very interesting post on the APOG Facebook page, especially when you read how many dogs have been affected in the comments.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 4, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Hi Chris, they may be phasing out the Puppy formula in favour of the two all life stages formulas. Usually when a brand has a specific formula for puppies it means their adult formulas aren’t that good, so an all life stages formula is usually better. Personally I’m all for mixing foods, so I adding air-dried and fresh foods is a good idea as far as I’m concerned.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 2, 2022 at 2:36 am

    Hi Courtney, since the DCM (heart issue) scare began I strongly suspected this to be a marketing slur from corporate grain-based pet food manufacturers to their smaller grain-free “boutique” competitors. Unfortunately the nature of social media has meant this “theory” has become widely believed, yet the FDA subsequently withdrew the investigation due to insufficient evidence. To quote the FDA website, “FDA has received reports of non-hereditary DCM associated with both grain-free and grain-containing diets”. My opinion from the outset was a lack of taurine in commercial pet foods as it was previous understood dog’s didn’t need taurine in the diet. Taurine comes from animal sources, which are sadly lacking in both grain and grain-free diets. Ironically taurine has now become a requirement by AAFCO in dog foods. In any case, the condition DCM is extremely rare.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 2, 2022 at 2:28 am

    Hi Christina, I’m very sorry to hear this. Do you usually feed Baxters or was this a one off? I assume you won’t be feeding it again, and if so could you let me know how swiftly she recovers. Thank you.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 30, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Kelly, that sounds ominous as definitely appears food related. I haven’t heard any similar reports with Applaws of late but I’ll keep an ear to the ground.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 30, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Leigh, I’ve always found feeding guidelines vary from brand to brand and I tend to ignore them. There are many factors involved such as types of ingredient and digestibility, so MJ isn’t always the best factor. Manufacturers also tend to skew feeding guidelines to make a product appear to last longer than it actually will. Then when you take the many factors involved with dog breeds, age, energy levels, lifestyle etc you really can’t rely on feeding guidelines.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 30, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Sheryl, I’d say so, yes. Senior cats have a strong dependency on meat protein and fat and in terms of cat kibble this is one of the best Australian foods in that respect. Wet foods/fresh foods/raw are also worth adding to the mix.

  147. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 25, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Let me know how you find the K9 Naturals wet food in comparison!

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 19, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Kim, interestingly I can’t recall any reports of sickness on the Working Dog formula, but I strongly suspect that to be about numbers – the original and grain free formulas are sold significantly more than the working dog formula.

    It’s an interesting one with Black Hawk and the reports of diarrhoea. There never seem to be any reports which are more serious, only loose stools and smelly farts. Hence the warnings on the other two reviews. I think I should add one to this review as well…

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 19, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    Hi Jane, I think the earlier Frontier Pets review did mention cost so that’s been lost in the updated version. Fair point.

    It’s interesting to see your comparison in cost. Is that based on the feeding guidelines or from your experience? I find feeding guidelines vary drastically from product to product so not always a reliable metric, but it’s interesting to see the significant cost difference in this case.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 19, 2022 at 2:48 am

    My question to your vet would be whether wheat gluten should be the significant ingredient in a canine diet. Or corn and rice for that matter. These make up the bulk of the Royal Canin dental product they’ve recommended to you!

    I just googled “What in Royal Canin Dental reduces plaque” and apparently it’s the abrasive texture and shape of the kibble itself. It makes you wonder why Royal Canin don’t use the same style kibble for all their diets!

    Sadly no commercial dog foods really address dental health, and it’s a clear problem when you speak to vets who understand periodontal disease.

    Personally I feed my dog and cat raw meaty bones. The gnawing and chewing naturally cleans their teeth, and this is the reason cats and dogs in the wild have much better dental health than domestic pets. As a caution you should only feed bones appropriate to the breed and eating habits of your dog, and always raw. Work Wonders is an excellent book on the subject by an Australian dental vet.

    If you’re unsure of bones then brushing is the next best thing, or treats like dear antlers are great for chewing. There’s info on this page – actually a ZiwiPeak treat!

    As for ZiwiPeak – yes, it’s soft, but at least it’s made from ingredients beneficial to your dog. I find it ironic when vets recommend dry kibbles made largely of high-carbohydrate grains, when we know fully well carbohydrates turn to sugars, and sugar rots teeth. Or maybe I’m just radical!?

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 19, 2022 at 2:32 am

    A decent cat food would mimic the gut contents of prey with small amounts of fruits and vegetables, so it’s not a bad thing seeing something like cranberry in a cat food. I have more concerns when a cat food has non-meat ingredients making up the bulk of the formula, especially with excessive starch or cereal grains, which sadly sums up most commercial cat foods.

  152. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 15, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Hi Karen, most of the better-rated brands have corresponding wet foods which are equally as good if not better. Generally wet has better ingredients than dry, with another benefit being they don’t undergo the same heating process. Wet obviously contains more moisture which is an essential for cats (they’re not big drinkers). Worth noting whether dry or wet they’re all “products”.

    To skirt on dental health though – neither wet nor dry do much for dental health, and unfortunately most cats begin to suffer periodontal disease from a young age. Often it goes unnoticed and undiagnosed, and as our cat’s can’t speak they can’t verbalise any dental pain. I’m a big advocate for raw meaty bones in this respect, or if not raw then at least some of the freeze-dried treats available like chicken necks. The chewing/gnawing action keeps teeth in better shape, so consider that too if you haven’t already.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 15, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Hi Denise, Mars is an American company but the Optimum factory is in Australia and I imagine most ingredients are sourced locally. I’m not 100%, so would be worth following up with Optimum if you want to be doubly sure.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 13, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Kate, what you’re speaking of was an issue with Australian quarantine regulations not Orijen par se. Once the toxicity was correlated with irradiated cat foods irradiation was subsequently banned and made illegal in terms of cat food. This was in 2009. Unfortunately it was never banned for dog food and numerous dog food products (particularly imported treats such as jerky or rawhide) are still irradiated to this day. We have been campaigning to ban the irradiation of all pet food products and addressed it with the Senate during an inquiry into pet food in 2018. This is also the standpoint of RSPCA and has been for quite some time.

    Orijen is a product sold worldwide and the irradiation issue is only a factor with Australian regulations not Orijen products, and you should be reassured that since 2009 it has been illegal to irradiate cat food products in Australia. We have more information on irradiation here.

    As for your second point, it is common for cats (and dogs) to have diarrhoea when fed a new product. What many fail to realise is it often stems from the previous diet being fed for a long period without variety. It’s the same for us humans – if we eat the same food every day, then one day introduce something new, we will likely suffer ill effects. Obviously other factors may be at play such as the health of the cat, possible underlying conditions or food sensitivities, and yes the product itself can never be ignored as a potential issue.

    The reviews on this website are written in the hope they offer insight into how cat foods are formulated vs how they’re marketed, with the end result (hopefully) being a consumer can make a better informed decision. My personal goal is to raise information from a pet nutritionist perspective who has had a fair amount of exposure to the pet food industry, but at the end of the day products are products and none will work perfectly in every case. But I think it’s fair to say standards of pet food are heading in the right direction, but still have a long way to go.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 12, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Yes, it’s amazing how many people recommend expensive ointments or hypoallergenic diets without ever considering the underlying cause! As for vets recommending against raw meats… that’s another subject largely affected by misinformation, but also a big subject in itself. A dog’s digestive system is designed to process raw meats, and many dogs these days show excellent health on raw diets (assuming the raw diet covers all nutritional basis).

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 11, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    Hi Chris, there’s a few hypoallergenic products on the market, but if it’s a food sensitivity then there are also many other foods which would work (dry/wet/barf/raw/fresh). My best advice is to try and figure out the cause as this will give you many more options for the future rather than being locked into a vet-endorsed kibble. Were your dog’s paws itchy for an extended period? Did a change in diet/recipe mark the onset? Take a look at the ingredients of the Optimum recipe you were feeding at the time – if you were feeding Optimum Puppy my guess is wheat, but that’s not the only cause of food sensitivities. It gets more complex when meat proteins are a trigger, especially chicken which is in most commercial dog foods, or sometimes artificial additivities and preservatives. The food recommended by your vet isn’t a miraculous cure, it just won’t contain the key allergens. So if it’s a food sensitivity, and the diet contained wheat, then most highly rated foods on this website will likely do the trick.

  157. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 10, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Nicol, yes Frontier Pets meets requirements for the puppy/growth phase. They even offer a puppy starter pack which can be found here (clicky).

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 10, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Hi Tammy, Orijen isn’t irradiated.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 10, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Hi Kate, good to hear the improvement in your dog’s allergies. It’s always worth considering what may’ve caused the reaction with the previous food as it’s useful for choosing other foods in the future. If the old diet contained cereals/wheat then my guess is that would be the culprit, or if not possibly one of the specific meat proteins or preservatives in the old food.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 10, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Hi Janette, I’m sorry to hear this, and sadly so many like it over recent months related to Ivory Coat.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 5, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    Hi Rob, Proudi is on my TODO list. It’s similar in many respects to Big Dog. There’s a review of Petzyo but I need to update it.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 5, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Hi MJ, the issues have been noted. I’ve added a warning at the top of the review to ensure people are aware. There has been a warning on the review of Black Hawk Grain Free but it seems I hadn’t added the same warning to this review – thanks.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 5, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Narelle, I’ve added a paragraph at the top of the page as wet/fresh foods are important for a cat’s diet. Most dry foods on the list have corresponding wet foods which are well worth considering, especially as cats are far more dependent on moisture being provided in their diet.

    The reason there aren’t any wet foods reviewed on this website is I’ve sadly never got around to writing them, hence why most reviews are dry foods.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 5, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Hi Sunny, I’ve updated the review as it was actually very old. I’ve added some key points in the review – meat as the first ingredient doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the main ingredient, and by the looks of it CopRice Family Dog is significantly more cereals. You’ll also see “brown rice” so heavily touted on the front of the bag doesn’t seem to feature on the actual ingredients! The reason being is they probably use a combination of white and brown, and it’s uncertain how much emphasis there is on brown. As for being Australian – we don’t have proper standards or regulation unfortunately, so that doesn’t hold much weight either (I explain more in the review). As for Nestle being unethical….. yup.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 30, 2021 at 1:14 am

    Hi Krystyne, would you have a photo of the green rubber?

    It seems standard practice for a company to request the affected product is returned. Whether they investigate it or not is often open to speculation, and it also means the affected product can no longer be used as evidence. I’m sure Pet Food Australia will take it up with their manufacturer. It’s also interesting to hear about the grains – often with extruded kibble you won’t see grains, even in a grain-based food. It’s possible they got into the bag along with the kibble, perhaps at the end of the production line.

  166. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 30, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Hi Emily, can you describe the metal in more detail and do you have a photo? Applaws have metal detectors so this shouldn’t really occur.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 30, 2021 at 1:06 am

    Hi Pip, I believe it’s one of the highest carbohydrate dog foods you can buy unfortunately. It’s mostly cereals, and worse cereal by-products. Dogs depend on quality protein (from meat), and quality fat (from animal fat), and Purina TUX is low in both protein and fat. I estimate carbs around 57% for the chicken formula, possibly more for others.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 30, 2021 at 1:04 am

    I’m not surprised in the slightest.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 17, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    I’m sure DCM in dogs was a very clever marketing tactic from big brand “grain-based” manufacturers on their smaller “grain-free” competitors. The launch of the investigation went viral, but the subsequent drop of the investigation due to insufficient evidence has remained relatively unheard of. I suspect grain or grain-free isn’t the real issue with canine DCM (or taurine deficiency for that matter), with the real problem is kibbles being formulated mostly of grain/grain-free ingredients with a distinct absence of animal ingredients.

  170. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 17, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    Yes, seems odd Metabolic Weight would be formulated with brewers rice and corn as a weight loss diet for obligate carnivores, but that’s pet food for you.

  171. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 17, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Hi Amanda, I suspect it was hair from an animal. Was it fairly translucent, firm, and perhaps wire like? If so it’s actually fairly common in dry foods and often gets dubbed “raw material” or “natural fibre”. Thankfully it’s harmless, so it’s a shame pet food companies feel the need to conceal the truth.

  172. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 17, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you

  173. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 10, 2021 at 1:21 am

    Hi Johanna, good spot and you’re not missing anything at all. It was a mistake on my part and has now been corrected! Thanks.

  174. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 10, 2021 at 1:18 am

    Unfortunately this is standard practice in the United States and you’ll find almost all pet foods have a class action of some sort, possibly even instigated by competitor brands.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 10, 2021 at 1:17 am

    It’s a very interesting observation and really highlights how differently these figures can be labelled across products, especially with raw/barf/air/freeze dried dog foods. I think it’s one of the most interesting comments anyone has made on Pet Food Reviews! In terms of dry foods I’m wary of typical rather than guaranteed analysis, but at least with Proudi and Frontier Pets the ingredients show the ingredients to all be appropriate and mostly animal.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 3, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Hi Neil, it’s a good question and I hope I can answer somewhat. There’s some leniency in how pet food manufacturers list percentages. Both Frontier Pets and Proudi have minimal carbs (barely any in fact), so amount of moisture is a key factor. You’ll find pet foods will either have a “guaranteed analysis” or a “typical analysis”, the first guarantees the percentage is an absolute minimum, whereas the latter can go either way batch by batch (so more variance). Figures can also be wet weight, dry weight, or dry weight accounting for some moisture/ash (typically 10% moisture, 8% ash in a dry food). Some air/freeze/raw brands offer figures which are solely dry weight without accounting for any moisture whatsoever as it makes the protein and fat look higher in comparison. To make matters even more complicated, feeding guidelines will also factor in minimum nutrients as per AAFCO standards to ensure the dog is getting all necessary nutrition per day. So there’s also variance in how many grams are recommended per day.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 29, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    It gets tricky with fussy dogs doesn’t it! Have you tried mixing those kibbles with with Ziwi or Providore, chicken stock, or anything else to entice him? The trouble with brands like Chum is they’re often cheaply made with cereals coated with an animal digest/palatant to entice the dog into eating something they normally wouldn’t. Dog’s will eat many things if you coat them in something tasty, but it doesn’t mean it’s healthy unfortunately.

  178. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 29, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Hi Keryn, that sounds like a possible food sensitivity but it’s possible your dog’s microbiome is somewhat disrupted which can take time to rectify. Usually Hill’s z/d would show an improvement as it doesn’t contain common allergens from grain or meat proteins, so it’s hard to know what to suggest and it might be worth feeding a home cooked elimination diet to see if it helps. For kibble recommendations the Canidae PURE and Taste of the Wild PREY ranges may work, or some wet/barf brands have formulas with novel proteins – Big Dog, Frontier Pets, Prime 100 etc to name a few.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 29, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Hi Paya, I wouldn’t say Smitten tinned food is any better than the dry food, with ambiguous “cereals” as one of the two main ingredients. If it’s better than the Woolworth’s Essentials brand, but not by much, and cereals aren’t an appropriate diet for a cat which is a true obligate carnivore.

  180. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 29, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Hi Paya, Fussy Cat and Paw Fresh are made by the same company as the Woolworths homebrands, and we’ve had a lot of issues raised with numerous brands from the manufacturer. Regal is a separate manufacturer, but all are pet grade mince with preservative 220 which has shown to be problematic in the past, and ambiguous “antioxidants” are a sign of dubious quality. Many Australian wet brands these days use human grade meats and are a lot more open about ingredients, such as Proudi, Big Dog, Frontier Pets et al – unfortunately they’re not available at the supermarkets, but the first two are in most pet stores.

  181. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 29, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Hi Jane, no wet food reviews as yet but generally if the “dry” food is rated highly then the wet variety will be equal (or better). Both Ziwipeak and Feline Natural wet foods are really good (with a price tag to match), and there’s no reason you shouldn’t feed one, the other, or both!

  182. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 29, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Very soon!

  183. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 29, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Hi Joy, if you’re okay with buying online then Pet Circle usually have it in stock with free delivery.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 29, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    “Food Fraud” is very apt, especially with nearly all pet foods being advertised as meat yet being mostly fillers. I totally agree they shouldn’t be allowed to dye fillers to make them look like meat when they’re not.

  185. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 26, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    That’s interesting to hear and I have to say I’m impressed. Were Goodo’s all she was fed?

  186. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 26, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Pat (and also Sophia), I’ve just gone through my emails and the Frontier Pets chicken issue was in February when some routine tests showed variable thiamine results, but further testing of dogs showed no issues. Here’s a snippet from the Frontier Pets email which summarised what happened:

    “I want to take this opportunity to give you an update about the low Vitamin B in one of our chicken batches.

    Firstly, thanks so much for your patience. It has taken ages to get all of our tests back and we appreciate you waiting.

    There was a batch of chicken produced in February, that had variable thiamine results.
    We then proceeded to undertake some blood testing on dogs that were on our chicken at this time and still feed it. All of the results came back ‘excellent’. There were no issues of low anything, anywhere”

    I’m not aware of any other issues since then, and this report from Sophia has been the only issue I’ve been notified of.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 26, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Hi Sophia, when was this? I’m aware they made a precautionary alert with the chicken formula due to an incident with one dog, and the diet was only one possibility of many. I was actually very surprised at how much effort they went through to notify consumers even though the issue with that one dog probably wasn’t anything to do with the food.

    On another note though, it’s well worth considering possible causes of the skin problems and inflammation. Not discounting Frontier Pets, and also chicken as a common allergen, but other products they were fed, environmental factors etc?

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 24, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Hi David, I try not to directly compare brands as there are so many factors – not just composition and ingredients, but also price and availability is a factor for many, as well as breed and lifestyle. Healthy Everyday Pets has a high rating as it’s one of the highest meat kibbles you can buy, and for a carnivorous cat that’s a big plus.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 24, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Hi David, my recommendation is always feed a variety, which would effectively get around the issue of whether feeding your cat a fish product long term is an issue. There’s some concerns with long term feeding of fish (such as mercury), and despite common belief fish isn’t a natural food source for a cat as a desert animal. That said, fish is a far better diet for a cat than the reams of grains and legumes you find in many cat foods. Supermarket brands are limited when it comes to quality unfortunately, with Nood being one of the better ones. Pet stores and retailers tend to have a much better range.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 22, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Good spot – thanks! Now updated.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 22, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Hi again Sue, for further clarification I ran your question by Michael who owns Healthy Everyday Pets (interesting guy actually – Hugh Jackman’s personal trainer!). He said the cat formulas contain ~2.5x AAFCO minimum requirement, and that’s based on the meat content alone. No supplemental taurine necessary.

  192. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 20, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Sue, taurine is naturally sourced from animal ingredients so not always listed on a cat food which contains a sufficient amount of meat. As most pet foods tend to be made from non-meat ingredients it is then subsequently added to meet the minimum AAFCO requirement (500mg per kilo).

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 19, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Gary, there’s a review of Science Diet here –

    There’s also some more information on the following page if you want to go a little further down the “rabbit hole” on why vets recommend brands like Hill’s and Royal Canin –

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 17, 2021 at 2:04 am

    By the looks of it it’s only for the first chicken ingredient, so may not be the case for “chicken meal” as the second ingredient. Cunning wording, or perhaps a marketing faux pas.

  195. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 17, 2021 at 2:02 am

    Hi Caroline, I’m thinking of doing a separate list for more readily available products which will also be cheaper. Watch this space!

  196. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 12, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Emma, added to my list and I’ll update shortly. Thanks!

  197. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 11, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Hi Sharelle, especially for you –

    (Freshly written)

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 11, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    I imagine the machine issue is more a capacity issue, and I believe they are in the process of acquiring another freeze drier (huge machines). Possibly also a formulation and regulation issue, I don’t know, but I’m sure the reason is genuine and I know they’ve had the intention to release a cat food for some time.

    I’ve tweaked the comment settings so you should be able to edit.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 10, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Frontier Pets have hoped to offer a cat food for quite some time but I think the success and demand of the dog food has made that their primary focus. Hopefully it will happen at some stage.

  200. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 10, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Adelle, I’ve added it to my list of foods to review, so hopefully in the next couple of days. It’s human grade which is a big plus, and it seems decent.

  201. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 9, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Hi Bernard, I’m very sorry to hear this and I hope your dog returns to good health. Whether Ivory Coat was the direct cause of sickness or not I’m sure we’ll never know, but I share your disgust that the company has not addressed the issues publicly after so many months and so many reports of sickness. Lack of regulations unfortunately, and no accountability.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 9, 2021 at 9:08 pm

    Seconded – I see variety as a good thing, always, assuming the treats are healthy and nutritious (or at least kept to a minimum). Dogs are almost always encouraged the most by what they would naturally seek out in the wild, so meat, organs etc. Frozen, dried, or even commercial products like freeze dried mussels are great healthy options. Mix ’em up.

  203. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 9, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Mould is a tricky issue. In terms of pet food formulations many brands use artificial preservatives and antioxidants such as BHA and BHT which are known carcinogens. They are, however, effective at preventing mould. Other brands opt for more natural and healthy alternatives such as rosemary, but these foods seem to be more susceptible to mould. Personally I’d opt for the latter, but the affects of mould can be very harmful. From a manufacturer’s standpoint they can do their best to prevent mould from the factory, and in some cases it’s caused by a poor seal on the bag, issues with transport, temperatures, moisture in the air, and also occurs once the bag is opened and how it is stored by the consumer.

    All that said, what you’ve both said about transparency is very apt and really shows the ethics of a company. Many companies remove negative reviews on their own Facebook groups or websites simply because they can – it’s their platform. That’s why it’s best to leave reviews on independent sources (such as this website 😉 ). Frontier Pets by far have had the best ethics and been absolutely up front and issues and how they’ve handled them – so lots of respect there. Veganpet were also very up front about their issues with corn and megaesophagus last year, and if anything they deserve respect for that.

    As Edanna said – we definitely need proper regulation, a logging system for pet food issues, and a recall system. No brainers really.

  204. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 9, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Hi Emma, I realise this is a really old comment but around that time I wrote a review of Natural Elements as the “better” offering from ALDI –

    Merely adding to the comment here for the benefit of others!

  205. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 6, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Sharree, are your collies related? If so they may share the same intolerance with an ingredient in Pet Food Australia. Or it may be an issue with that specific bag. Have they had any kind of reaction in the past to anything diet or environmental? Needless to say I would stop feeding that bag of Pet Food Australia, but also worth considering what may’ve been the cause.

    It would also be worth adding your experience to the comments of the Pet Food Australia review for reference by others –


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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 4, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Neil, thanks for the feedback – appreciated. With your observation with your dogs being very much carnivores but will opportunistically eat non-meat food is the perfect description of a facultative carnivore, which is exactly what I would consider a dog.

    I’ve fed Proudi and would recommend it. With barf patties I tend to differentiate quality based on (1) how much meat, and (2) whether they use human or pet grade ingredients. There’s a vast difference in quality between the two, and Proudi is all human grade, meat, offal and bone. The only issue I see with barf patties (but commercial pet foods in general) is they do little for dental health. The best option for that would be to feed appropriate raw bones as well.

  207. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 4, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    Great to hear, and thanks for the positive feedback!

  208. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 26, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Personally I think he was largely victimised for having a viewpoint which didn’t conform to the common narrative. On many occasions I felt he had simply thought for himself and formed his own opinion, which is something I can relate to as most of this website is about thinking for yourself and using common sense (such as “Why do we feed our cats corn?” when the corporations that be tell us “corn is good for carnivores”). Sadly, for prominent celebrity figures like Pete Evans it’s not acceptable these days to have an opinion which differs from the common narrative. Most of the time I found Pete Evans to promote good health, wellbeing, and positivity, so to see him publicly shamed for posting a meme allegedly promoting hatred (when in all possibility wasn’t the intention) I find the whole thing rather ridiculous. But that was 2020 in a nutshell.

  209. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 26, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    It’s because of variance in protein/fat/ash/moisture. Many manufacturers don’t list ash or moisture percentages, and most guaranteed analysis have minimum percentages for protein and fat when it’s often more. It can work either way though, as pet foods which have a typical analysis or ambiguous figures may suggest more protein and fat than they actually have to conceal the amount of carbohydrates in the food.

  210. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 25, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    Hi Conrad,

    Healthy Everyday Pets has always been founded by Michael Ryan and his wife Zoe Bingley Pullin. Michael is a professional in health and fitness, and Zoe is a holistic nutritionist and chef (she was on Good Chef Bad Chef). They created the brand when they realised most pet foods were high carb/sugars which doesn’t fit with either a canine or feline appropriate diet. Pete Evans as a paleo chef at the time was a perfect candidate to endorse the brand, as paleo fits perfectly when it comes to pets. Unfortunately for them, and for Pete Evans, the ensuing negative media and cancellation meant they had to drop Pete from the brand. Call it a PR nightmare if you will.

    As far as I’m concerned, what people think of Pete Evans, rightly or wrongly, bares absolutely no relation to this pet food. The rating is justified given how it’s formulated, and what it’s formulated from. I wish other brands would follow suit and offer our pets more meat over cheap carbohydrates, but it’s always apparent profit is put before pet health. The small ingredients inclusions are also good in this cat food.

    40% protein (mostly from meat) and 20% fat is excellent, and as a guaranteed analysis these are guaranteed minimum amounts.

    A number of brands promote the reviews on this website as they’re independent. I’m grateful for them for their support in doing so, and I believe it’s only one of the rotating banners on their front page.

  211. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 25, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Alyssa, I’ll leave a link below to a guide on treats, but boiling chicken and cutting it into small pieces makes for another good training treat. Lots of people use ZIWI Peak as well.

    To reply to your earlier comment, variety is always a good thing. Don’t stick to a single brand of dry food. There are so many options, and no reason you shouldn’t feed a variety of pet foods, raw, or fresh. The caveat with puppies is they are more prone to diarrhoea as new foods are introduced.

    Edanna – possibly some comments have gone missing since the switch to the new comments system :/

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 24, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Thanks for the feedback Ken – noted. I’ve been trying to flesh out the reviews more because it helps with Google. Unfortunately the nature of the Internet, but I’ll try and ensure reviews are less “marketing spiel”!

  213. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 23, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Ivory Coat used to have such a great reputation. It’s a shame to see the product has clearly gone downhill in recent years yet still retains some of that reputation.

  214. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 14, 2018 at 10:08 am

    Hi Lisa, I haven’t heard of anyone else having this issue. It could be the food, or it could be environmental. It’s definitely worth switching to a different brand to see if the condition improves. Are the two cats related?

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 24, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    100% correct!

  216. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 24, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Rod, they’re both rated 5 stars so both good foods. You could always rotate between the two.

  217. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 25, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Thank you 🙂

  218. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 25, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Yes, it’s nice to see. They’ve traditionally been a pet treat company and it’s nice to see they’ve branched out and produced a decent pet food.

  219. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 25, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    When you see “vitamins and minerals” listed like that it’s just a vitamin pack bought from overseas to meet AAFCO guidelines. It’s the easy option for manufacturing pet food on a budget. It’s so much better seeing quality brands list vitamins and minerals individually as it really shows whether they’ve used quality inclusions.

  220. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 27, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Hi Di, that’s good to hear. I’d be interested to know what the previous “top dry food” was?

  221. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 27, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Hi Jackie, they have an option on their website to buy a small 200g sample bag if you cover the postage –

  222. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 27, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Hi Tracey, yes, the dry food is a complete balanced diet. The wet foods from Applaws are for supplemental feeding. That said, there are inherent benefits of feeding wet food along with a base dry diet.

  223. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 27, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Hi Jade, you’re right that chicken meal may (or may not) contain bone. That said bone is okay for a dog, and chicken meal is much denser in nutrients and protein than regular chicken.

  224. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 27, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Hi Marsha, this sounds like an allergy to me. She might be having a problem with one of the ingredients.

  225. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 27, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Hi Ken, I notified Aldi of the review but didn’t get a response. There’s definitely been an increase in what people pay for pet food, but many better brands have emerged with ingredients which are more nutritious but also more expensive to include. Many of the supermarket brands, such as this one, are cheap because they’re comprised mostly of very cheap grains.

  226. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 22, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Hi Lisa, if you switch to a full raw diet then you need to ensure you cater for all nutritional requirements. The best diet you can offer a dog is a balanced raw diet, but you need to ensure you’re feeding the right diet. If you want to feed a mix then you could feed kibble (or a dried food like ZiwiPeak) in the morning and meat in the evening or vice versa. Yes, I definitely recommend rotating flavours and foods, there’s no reason a dog should have the same diet every day.

  227. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 20, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Is it short wiry hair? If so then it’s more likely animal hair than anything from herbs.

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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm


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    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Margie, so sorry to hear about your puppy. It may not be the fat in ALDI Julius Gold which has caused the problem, but the product as a whole and quality of ingredients are very poor.

  230. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 14, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Hi Anne, many feed K9 Natural combined with a kibble to keep costs down, and also human grade meats and mince which are often reduced at the supermarkets. If Taste of the Wild and Earthborn were causing diarrhea then perhaps try Canidae, Ivory Coat, Stay Loyal, or Meals for Mutts – all seem to be good with digestion. It’s common for a dog to get diarrhea when a new food is introduced which will subside after a week or two at the most.

  231. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 5, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks for the feedback Karly and lots of love to your healthy pets 🙂

  232. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 5, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Emilie, sorry for the delay in replying. Yes, this would be a suitable food for a kitten and it’s much better than most other foods. The only caveat with Earthborn is it doesn’t seem to be as palatable as other foods, so you may have to add some natural flavour or stock to entice your cat into getting used to it. Don’t take that as a bad thing as many other manufacturers add unhealthy ingredients to increase palatability.

  233. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 5, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Vicki, there are simply too many foods for us to review but generally formulas within a range are very similar and this review will encompass it. Rabbit and Lamb is a great choice for dogs intolerant of chicken or as part of a rotation.

  234. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I saw your post on the Canidae Australia page and they replied saying we’ll be getting the new formulas soon ;o)

  235. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 29, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Hi Alicia, there’s certainly a huge benefit varying a diet, and I see a mixture of wet and dry to be a very good thing. It’s something I recommend.

  236. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 29, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Mostly they substitute one grain, such as wheat, with a similar grain, such as sorghum.

  237. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 29, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Hi Penny, loose stools are common when introducing a new food. This will normally subside after a couple of weeks, but if it doesn’t it could be an intolerance or digestive issue, or an issue with the quality of the food.

  238. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 29, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Hi Shelly, a dog would need to eat many cloves or garlic to suffer any ill effects. Trace amounts of garlic in a food are considered beneficial, not harmful.

  239. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 29, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Hi Stacey, it’s common for new foods to cause loose stools, especially with puppies. This should subside after a week or so, but if it continues may be a cause for concern.

  240. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 29, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Do dogs live longer on a vegan diet? I haven’t seen proof of that. When you say a dog is healthy on a vegan diet do you mean the dog “is” healthy or “appears” healthy? Many people with eating disorders “appear” healthy when we know they’re not.

    A dog may be healthier on a vegan diet than a supermarket kibble (with most lacking in real meat anyway). It’s largely open to debate, but the bottom line is a dog is carnivorous and should be fed a diet inline with what we factually know. They’re not obligate carnivores, and evidence suggests they can survive without meat, but personally I wouldn’t risk a dog that I love and am responsible for because of my own personal dietary beliefs.

  241. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 29, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Hi Zoe, yes I 100% recommend rotating foods. There is no reason a dog should be fed the same food all the time. It’s a common misconception that a new food is the cause of digestive issues. Sometimes it may be the case, but in many instances it’s because they’ve developed intolerances from the previous diet being exclusively for a long period.

  242. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 21, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Hi Steve, you’d have to ask Royal Canin directly and it varies depending on which recipe you’re feeding

  243. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 21, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Hi Catherine, the article refers to problems Diamond had with their South Carolina plant circa 2012. They completely stripped the plant and started again because of it, and I’m not aware of any issues since.

  244. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 21, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Hi Kerrie, a dog shouldn’t eat potato (or any carbs) excessively, and it’s higher GI than the alternative which is sweet potato, but generally in a kibble with high meat content such as this I wouldn’t see it as a cause for concern. I’ve seen studies about garlic and a dog would need to eat many cloves a day to suffer ill effects, whereas in a kibble it will be a beneficial trace amount. No cause for concern. The same applies to fish, it shouldn’t be the prominent foodstuff in a canine diet but in smaller doses is beneficial.

  245. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 17, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Hi Georgia, any of the TOTW recipes would suit, and you can mix and match recipes and brands. You could also use boiled chicken or mince, raw chicken necks, meaty bones etc as a better nutritional treat alternative to Greenies (made from wheat flour).

  246. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 17, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Dylan, you find with senior recipes that they cut down on meat in favour of substitutes. It’s a misconception as cats in later years depend even more so on meat proteins to maintain muscle mass and health. It’s still worth feeding a decent quality kibble as well as fresh meats and fish for additional omega fats and oils to help with joints and heart health

  247. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 9, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Phil, I appreciate your sentiments. This is an open forum so if you’re able to add factual points then please do so for the benefit of others. I’d be especially keen to hear why you believe changing diet is a bad thing, or whether you’re aware how much coverage of diet and nutrition there is on a veterinary course (BVSc)?

    The reviews are based on ingredients and guaranteed analysis and are written as a starting point to provoke thought and guidance. They’re not based on the opinion or influence of consumers or manufacturers.

  248. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 7, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Well you never know 🙂

  249. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 2, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Monica, occasionally pet food manufacturers have issues with ingredient suppliers. It’s not very common but it does happen.

  250. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 2, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Kinga, easy answer – feed both ;o)

    I always recommending varying and rotating foods, mixing them together, and supplementing them with fresh meats, veggies, and anything else healthy.

  251. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 30, 2016 at 9:09 am

    They’re targeting people who feed Supercoat. That makes this an improvement for those on a similar budget who can’t afford other foods.

  252. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 27, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Hi Kelly, generally I find health issues arise from feeding kibbles high in carbs and low in meat. This will much more likely cause issues with joints and overall health in the long term than feeding a decent meat-based high protein diet during the puppy/growth phase. There’s not substantial information which proves a high protein diet causes growth problems.

  253. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 26, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Hi Kirstie, sorry to hear your cat wouldn’t eat it. It could be worth adding a bit of stock to it to entice him? Sometimes cats don’t seem to recognise a food as food 😐

  254. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 26, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Hi Tony, thanks for the feedback. This is probably the only DogPro review we’ll do for the time being as the others in the range are fairly similar.

  255. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 26, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Hi Sue, when it comes to a diet, weight loss is more about feeding the right food than a low fat one. A natural canine diet is meat and high in meat fat, but you wouldn’t see an overweight dog in the wild. Domestic dogs become overweight from processed food high in carbohydrates from fillers such as cheap grains. Meals for Mutts is certainly a good choice, and most of the top rated foods on this list are grain free –

  256. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 24, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Hi Kelly, I’d definitely recommend sticking to a puppy diet for the first 12 months. Puppy formulas are often superior to adult formulas as they have a higher ratio of meat, fats, and essential nutrients. Puppy Vantage is very good. Canidae also offer a large breed puppy formula, and other puppy foods such as Ivory Coat would also suit a large breed. There’s nothing stopping you feeding a variety.

  257. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 24, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Hi Sue, Ivory Coat offer a Reduced Fat Turkey formula. You could try that, but generally I find weight management is more about feeding a decent quality meat-based diet instead of a grain-based diet which most kibbles are.

  258. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 23, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Isabel, I personally recommend feeding a varied diet. Some are against mixing kibble and raw, but I see little issue with it as there are merits with both. A good kibble can provide balanced nutrition inclusive of all necessary vitamins and minerals, whereas raw meats are a much superior source of nutrients. Many who feed raw exclusively often overlook a number of required nutrients. For example, feeding a dog exclusively on chicken frames won’t give them all the nutrition they need. There’s merit in feeding wholesome veggies as well, but a canine diet should be predominantly meat based.

  259. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 23, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Isabel, I hadn’t heard of Leaps and Bounds and can’t seem to find much information on it. Where can you buy it in Australia?

    It looks like a 3 star food given those ingredients. Wheat middling could pose a problem and it’s interesting to see “whole grain cereals” with “rice” in brackets instead of simply listing it as “rice” – that’s unusual.

  260. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 23, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Hi Tracey, that’s unfortunate. I very rarely hear of issues with Canidae. Most manufacturers are prone to issues with mould on occasion, and it only takes a small hole in the bag combined with a humid environment during transport or storage to cause this to happen. Canidae use paper-based packaging too, which I imagine wouldn’t help. Canidae is actually made in Southern California and imported to Australia by a company called Holistic Pet Foods P/L.

  261. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 23, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Hi Duy, the Ivory Coat kibble is average size. I believe My Dog is a smaller in comparison. There’s no reason you couldn’t try a bag of Ivory Coat Puppy with your 15 year old Pomeranian if the adult size kibble is an issue.

  262. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 23, 2016 at 11:38 am

    That’s good to hear Eric, thanks for taking the time to comment

  263. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 23, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Hi Scott, thanks for taking the time to write that. Diet is almost always overlooked as the cause of such issues, but is often the cause. It’s surprising how little diet is covered on veterinary courses when it doesn’t take much to realise how fundamental diet is to an animals health.

  264. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 13, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Are you referencing rice bran as a human food or as an ingredient in dog food?

    It’s harsh to digest in the shorter digestive tract of a canine. There are concerns over arsenic levels, and also phosphorous levels when used in a significant quantity in a dog food, which appears to be the case with Genesis. This can disrupt the calcium to phosphorous ratio.

    As well as the above it can cause vomiting and diarrhea, especially in sensitive dogs. I’ve already had a report of this occurring with Genesis. Also, in all likelihood, when rice bran is used in a pet food it will be a cheap, poor quality inclusion, especially when combined with the likes of rice flour.

  265. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 12, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Heidi, I’m sorry to hear your cats are suffering.

    If you’re looking for decent Aussie brands then have a look at Ivory Coat, Stay Loyal, Meals for Mutts, Black Hawk, and also K9 Natural and Ziwipeak if you’re willing to include New Zealand in that 😉

  266. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 10, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Hi Caroline, most manufacturers at some time or other have issues with mould. If you find mould in a bag of dog food then return it, otherwise there’s no reason for concern. It’s not a very common issue.

    The packaging of Ivory Coat is pretty good. Some manufacturers use paper-based bags which are more susceptible to these issues. It only takes a small hole in a bag, combined with a humid/damp environment during transport or storage for this to happen.

  267. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 6, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Feeding fresh meat will always be better for your dog, and Complete Mix will offer a balanced diet with all necessary vitamins and minerals. You sacrifice convenience and it will work out more costly, but you’re offering your dog a healthier alternative.

  268. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 5, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for your feedback Stevo. Any feedback is welcome, but I’d be interested to know why you think the review is rubbish?

  269. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 3, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Laura, they’re all very good foods and we try not to be biased to one food or another. K9 is arguably the most natural diet out of the above but it’s freeze dried meat and not a kibble.

  270. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 2, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Andrew, I probably won’t review it but it’s definitely as good as their other formulas. It makes a great recipe for any dogs suffering allergies that would likely be grain or chicken related, and there aren’t many foods available without chicken. I’d also recommend it as a good food to have in a rotation.

  271. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 27, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    A change in diet can often cause an upset stomach, especially when a dog has been eating the same food for a long period of time. This will usually subside after a week or two, unless it’s an intolerance to something

  272. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 27, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Hi Penny, a decent dog food is suitable at any age. We don’t rate Optimum very highly, and My Dog is one of our worst rated. Ivory Coat is certainly worth a try, and it might be worth supplementing her diet with some fresh meat, chicken wings or meaty lamb bones, all are cheap from the supermarkets.

  273. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 27, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Jaci, itchiness and scratching can often be diet related based on an allergy. Finding out what can take investigation, but it’s often grain related or a meat such as chicken or lamb. Have a look at Meals for Mutts or Canidae, both can be good in this situation, and opt for a grain free recipe. See how it goes.

  274. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 26, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Hi Elena, I’m not a huge fan of either but both companies are very pro-active with the breeder community and they sponsor dog shows and offer breeders incentives. That said there are plenty of worse foods, but also many that are better.

  275. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 26, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Orijen and Acana are both good foods but unfortunately not available in Australia. Orijen was for a while but they had issues with import regulations and radiation.

  276. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 26, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Hi Vanessa, he might be allergic to chicken? When a dog has been fed any food for a long period of time they can develop allergies and intolerances, and it can be hard to figure out what they are. It may be worth trying Meals for Mutts as they offer formulas aimed at resolving these kind of issues.

  277. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 26, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Hi Amy, they’re both good foods. You could always rotate between the two, see how they go.

  278. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 26, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I’ll have to check the recent ingredients but it’s certainly possible the ingredients have changed for the worse. What you can be assured of is for $9 for 8 kilos you’re getting what you pay for.

  279. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 26, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Absolutely right Nat. How can a processed dry food within minimal moisture content and made from waste products help an animal with kidney problems? It just can’t.

  280. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 26, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Hi Les, “deboned chicken” is a way of saying “chicken” which sounds more appealing. It’s just chicken. It contains a lot of water so isn’t as significant as chicken in a protein-dense meal form. But whether it’s chicken or chicken meal, it still doesn’t say anything about the quality of the ingredient.

  281. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 19, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Generally any grain free food can help a dog with a sensitive stomach, although it’s possible an intolerance to a specific meat or other ingredient could be the cause. All Ivory Coat foods are grain free. It’s worth considering supplemental feeding of fresh meats such as chicken necks or raw meaty bones as this will help with joints.

  282. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 19, 2016 at 11:53 am

    It’s worth noting a dog can be enticed into eating an unhealthy food in the same manner a child can be enticed into eating sugary food or junk/fast foods.

  283. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 14, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Hi Tracey, the itching could’ve been an allergic reaction to an ingredient in the previous food. What were you feeding prior to the Hills?

  284. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 13, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Hi Rob, when it comes to flaxseed in foods it’s always a small inclusion to provide omega 3, so not overly concerning. Some people use flaxseed supplements for skin & coat or joint health which is more where issues may occur, and alternatives such as fish oil may be better for this. As with many ingredients it can be an issue if fed in excessive doses, and as flax is plant based proteins your dog won’t digest it as easily as meat or fish.

  285. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 13, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Hi Katrina, I noticed you wrote a comment on the Ivory Coat review about their reduced fat food – that’s definitely a good option. Many manufacturers offer “weight control” foods by reducing animal fat content and meat content, which isn’t ideal. It’s usually fillers, such as cheap grain inclusions, that cause weight gain/bulk. A dog on a decent grain free food high in meat (and fat) will more likely retain a healthy weight.

  286. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 13, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Hi Katrina, any dry food will be affected by the elements so it’s worth keeping it in a cool dry place or a sealed container if possible. Kibble does deteriorate over time so it’s worth using it within 4 weeks after opening if possible. It’s also worth considering how well packaged a food is when you buy it, as some manufacturers use better packaging than others.

    Feeding a dog a diet high in meat content and lower in carbohydrate ingredients (especially “filler grains”) should really help maintain a healthy weight. It’s not always about feeding a food low in fat. Ivory Coat Reduced Fat is a good choice, but once your Schnauzer returns to a better weight it’s worth switching back to a normal diet.

  287. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 13, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Thanks for the feedback Allan 🙂

  288. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 10, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Larissa, thanks for the feedback!

    I’d feed her as much as she needs. Puppies go through growth spurts where they’ll eat more than usual, so it’s easier to feed them as and when they’re hungry.

  289. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 8, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Hi Deb, yes Applaws is a balanced diet. You can certainly mix it with Canidae – I recommend mixing foods.

  290. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 4, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Is it definitely a chicken allergy? If so then you have limited choice. Most foods contain chicken in some form, even if the main meat ingredient is something else. If you look at the ingredients (above) you’ll see this food has turkey but also chicken.

  291. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 4, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Does she get the belly pains on grain-based food? Feeding a grain free like Taste of the Wild is worth trying. As for small kibble foods, out of the foods we rate highly have a look at Applaws, Artemis, and Earthborn as they offer foods for small dogs.

  292. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    You can add fish oil in moderation. As for cans of tuna as an occasional treat you’re better off feeding tuna in spring water as a lower fat option. Just be careful of fish bones.

  293. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 4, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Not at the moment Rosie, sorry. But if I rate a dry food highly then their corresponding wet food should be of similar quality.

  294. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 29, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    That’s a fair point

  295. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 29, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Some manufacturers list salt or sodium percentage. You can calculate sodium from the salt percentage by multiplying by 0.4. i.e. 1g of salt per 100g (or 1% salt) equates to 0.4g (0.4%) sodium.

  296. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 29, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Michelle, Innova isn’t available in Australia. It used to be a really good food but seems to have had a few issues since being bought up by Procter & Gamble. We have a few decent American and Canadian foods imported such as Canidae, Earthborn, Holistic Select, Artemis, and others. We used to have Orijen which is one of the best foods available in the US but it was affected by radiation regulations on import so is no longer available. We also have a number of very good Australian foods too 🙂

  297. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 29, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Sam, the question as to whether a dog is a carnivore or omnivore is open to debate, but science tells us they’ve descended from wolves (carnivores) and have a number of carnivores traits – a short digestive tract, stomach acid to cope with raw and rank meats, and a dental structure and chewing habits of a carnivore. Herbivores and omnivores produce the enzyme amylase in their salivary glands which aids in breaking down starchy carbohydrates. Dogs don’t produce amylase in their saliva but they do further down the digestive tract, which gives them the ability to digest carbohydrates in an omnivorous diet. Therefore by design they are carnivores who’ve adapted to survive off an omnivorous diet.

    Your second question is also a good one. You’ll find in my reviews I often discuss by-products as a bad thing, but we know dogs (and cats) have a natural diet of offal which is fundamental to their health. Many organs are rich in nutrients which aren’t found in muscle meats, so it could be said by-products are fundamental to the diet of a cat or dog. The issue with by-products in the pet food industry is the quality of the ingredient (or lack of quality), as by the time it gets into the bin labelled “For pet food only” most nutritional parts have been removed, including organs which can be sold for human consumption, leaving us with waste. The quality of meat in a pet food is always difficult to quantify, whether it’s listed as “chicken”, “chicken meat”, “chicken by-products”, “poultry by-products”, or the generic “meat by-products”.

  298. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 29, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Caroline, generally I don’t recommend feeding an animal the same food every day. I’m an advocate for mixing or rotating foods which will offer a more balanced diet than feeding a single brand. But to answer your question I wouldn’t be concerned as the amount of probiotics in the food is gauged for daily feeding.

  299. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 29, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Hi Moe, changing from one food to another can often cause temporary digestive issues. It can take a week or two for them to adjust to the new food.

    Feeding a cat normal milk isn’t recommended. Cats don’t really need any form of milk in their diet, but it can be considered a treat.

  300. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    It sounds like a very good diet to me Robyn

  301. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 27, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Cam, yes but notice that doesn’t say what Chicken Digest actually is 😉

  302. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 26, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I’d recommend feeding a kitten or all life stages food, so Applaws isn’t the answer for dry food. They do have a wet kitten food though.

  303. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 21, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Hi Susan,

    The posts are genuine from many different people. Stay Loyal asked their customers to write reviews, which is why there are so many over that period.

    They’re a small company and just being proactive to raise awareness. I see no harm in that.

  304. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 19, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Hi Shirly, you’d need to ask ALDI about that

  305. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 18, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Emma, any of those three would compliment ZiwiPeak. Personally I’d buy whichever of those three happened to be on offer when you need to stock up, or Canidae if it’s in stock. There’s no harm in rotating foods. Sounds to me like you have a lucky Lapphund!

  306. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 17, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Yes, this is certainly something that can be caused by a food allergy. If something in the Black Hawk isn’t agreeing with him then I’d be inclined to stop feeding it immediately until you can figure out what’s wrong.

  307. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 16, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Hi Sue, my thoughts are you’ll have less issues feeding your Cavoodles a high quality food such as this compared to most big name brands packed to the brim with filler grains and cheap ingredients. A dogs natural diet consists of animal meats and fats.

  308. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 16, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Hi David, they’re both good. You could rotate between the two for added variety.

  309. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 8, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Welcome back Curious,

    Again, this is an open forum and constructive comments are welcome. If you have factual information to add from your wealth of experience in the pet food industry then please do so, but make it constructive.

    This post is aimed at those who feed supplemental foods believing they provide a pet with all the nutrition they need. They don’t.

    I can’t comment whether the tuna in this food is any better or worse than John West. That’s not the point of the article.

  310. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 8, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    It’s hard to say. They’re average in size. I think the Canidae Pure kibbles are a bit smaller.

  311. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 8, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Hi Marilyn, the general consensus is to feed a lower fat/lower fibre diet, but you’ll find many diets tailored to this condition are also higher in carbs which is a problem in itself. I’d concentrate on feeding a higher quality food, with Meals for Mutts being a good option. Ivory Coat offer a reduced fat turkey recipe which is still a high end kibble.

  312. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 8, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Hi Eleanore, it’s worth noting Applaws wet products are for supplemental feeding alongside a dry diet. They’re not a balanced diet on their own.

  313. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 8, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Hi Margaret, this can certainly be caused by diet. Pro Plan may be top of the range as far as Purina products go, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good product. Given the severity of this condition I’d stop feeding Pro Plan immediately. Switch to one of the foods on the best rated list, perhaps something like Ziwipeak or K9 Natural for the short term instead of a kibble, or investigate home made diets. If the condition continues make sure you keep your vet involved.

  314. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 8, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Hi Kathy, if a cat has been eating one food for a long period it can take them a couple of weeks to get used to a new food. It’s not so much they don’t like it, more that they get confused by it.

    Try adding something like chicken stock to it.

  315. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 1, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Dwayne, you’ll find in the comments that flatulence seems to be common with Black Hawk. I wouldn’t switch back to Hills, but there’s plenty of foods on our best rated list you could try.

  316. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 1, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Yes, the puppy formulas should be suitable for a Golden Retriever

  317. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 1, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Wow, lucky dogs!!

  318. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 24, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Sue, there are pros and cons whether you feed wet, dry, or raw. Many wet foods are for supplemental feeding only as don’t contain essential vitamins and minerals, yet people fail to realise that. Raw diets take a lot of research and can do more harm than good. A decent quality dry food can make an excellent base diet, and supplementing it with fresh meats is a great way to vary and balance out a diet.

  319. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 24, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Michelle, yes you’ll be fine feeding Applaws cat food to your Chihuahua. The additional protein won’t do any harm, and cat foods are often formulated better with a greater meat content (although tend to cost more accordingly).

  320. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 22, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Carol, there’s no rosemary in this food, but that may or may not be the cause of seizures. What food was your dog being fed when the seizures occurred? You can contact me directly here if you like –

  321. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 21, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    That’s interesting to hear. I currently have an 8kg bag of Turkey & Duck which is dark and flat. All bags I’ve had previously have been the same. In contrast I also have a bag of Canidae All Life Stages with smaller kibble and much paler in colour!

  322. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 20, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Hi Leilani, thanks for the feedback 🙂

    You could feed a light food temporarily but then return to a regular diet when his weight’s started to return to normal.

  323. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 18, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Hi Noelle, according to the Black Hawk website, the wet food is formulated to AAFCO standards for adult dogs, so not for puppies. It’s also worth noting many wet food cans and pouches are not a balanced diet, and will often say so with wording such as “complimentary” or “supplemental feeding”.

    You may find as her teeth develop she’ll turn her nose up at dry food, especially those with a larger kibble size. Also have a look at freeze dried foods like K9 Natural and ZiwiPeak.

  324. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 18, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Hi Anne, it’s difficult to say as it’s not all about composition and calorie content of the food. Ivory Coat is grain free compared to Black Hawk Fish and Potato, so the lack of rice may help your dogs lose weight, and the reduction in fat will certainly help. Feeding guidelines are really just guidelines, and it varies greatly from dog to dog. Weight loss is also about activity levels and lifestyle, especially with dogs such as labradors who benefit from exercise.

    Did the dogs gain the excess weight on Black Hawk Fish and Potato?

  325. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 16, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Hi Rachel, the choice is ultimately up to you. We rate Science Diet at 2 stars, and Black Hawk as 4 to 5 stars. Science Diet Sensitive Stomach is a food with the main ingredient being Brewers Rice, a known waste product – this is what your vet’s recommending you feed your dog. Veterinary courses don’t go into much depth on pet nutrition, and it’s governed by manufacturers such as Hills (Science Diet), Eukanuba, et al. For the price you pay for Science Diet there are many other foods of a similar price or less, and read far better from an ingredients and guaranteed analysis standpoint. Science Diet is very expensive in comparison, especially given the ingredients.

  326. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 13, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Hi Rachel, dogs can develop an intolerance if fed the same food for a long period, which seems to be the case here. I recommend rotating foods, perhaps from our best rated list –

  327. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 10, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Bek, yes you’re right about brewers yeast. Traditionally it’s been thought of as a waste product but does have nutritional merit.

  328. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 10, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Nigel – thanks for the feedback 🙂

    If your dog doesn’t suffer allergies or intolerances to any ingredients then I’d stick to Wellness Complete Health or CORE. Wellness Simple is still well formulated, but generally they’re lower in fats which your dog will use for energy and nutrition.

  329. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 4, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Hi Judy, many manufacturers amend their recipes over time, switch suppliers of certain ingredients, or the ingredients themselves vary in consistency. Batches can vary. Let us know if you hear back from them.

  330. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 4, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Hi Deborah, all the foods we rate highly should have a sufficient amount of oils and omega fats and should offer a balanced diet. That said, I’m pro supplemental feeding and see no harm in adding some fish oil or other nutrients here and there.

  331. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 3, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Hi Mhairie, if your dog isn’t suffering from crystals at the moment then I see no reason to feed Royal Canine Urinary. Did she suffer a urinary tract infection? We have a list of our best rated dog food which would be a good start in finding a nutritious diet, and ensure she has an adequate water intake as well.

  332. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 3, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Hi Rachelle, what are the symptoms? I find most allergies are grain related, lesser so a meat such as chicken or lamb. There are many quality grain free foods available, but finding one without chicken is much harder. Taste of the Wild is a grain free option without chicken, Canidae PURE Sea is a great option without grains and only fish as a meat protein.

  333. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 3, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Hi Jane, is that the High Prairie puppy formula? I believe the puppy is a smaller-sized kibble so would be easier to eat. Puppies go through phases of eating a lot then not eating much at all, and if she’s teething then she’ll be more reluctant to eat as much. Is she otherwise healthy, active, and a good weight?

    You have many options – add something to the food to entice her, like chicken broth, some wet food, or try another brand to see if she eats more of it.

  334. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 2, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    That’s great to hear!

  335. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 28, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Mary, meat protein is just as important for older dogs as it is for younger dogs, perhaps even more so to retain muscle and support wellbeing.

  336. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 25, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Hi Les, they’re both good foods and I see rotating foods as a good thing as well as intermixing with wet. I’ve added a review for Wellness Complete, and here’s a review of Canidae Grain Free. The Canidae Indoor formula for cats is a grain recipe, so significantly more carbs than the grain free PURE range.

  337. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 25, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Hi Daniela, that’s not something I’ve heard, and there are many US brands. Is this something you’ve heard specifically for Taste of the Wild?

  338. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 25, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Hi Jpulih, Diamond foods are imported from America so not made in Australia. Many manufacturers suffered in the 2007 pet food recalls which mostly traced back to ingredients sourced from China. Those affected included Kirkland and Diamond, Purina, Hills, Royal Canin, and Natural Balance among others. Diamond additionally suffered a few years ago at the South Carolina plant with salmonella, I believe the plant was shut down and completely cleared out before they started it again from scratch. You’ll find with any big company you’ll find reams of negative information on the internet, especially with Purina who still have the #1 sales of any pet food in America with their brand Beneful – an abysmal food.

  339. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 25, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Hi “Mike Hunt”, or should I refer to you as “Joshua” which is your real name? Are your opinions representative of yourself or the Government Defense Department which you sent this from?

    The information (or opinion) I put forward is free for those who wish to benefit from it, and those who don’t are entitled to their own opinion. I’m sorry it’s not agreeable to you that superior quality products come with a higher price tag.

    Will you swear at your vet when you can’t afford medical bills after feeding your dog wheat by-products for a number of years?

  340. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Michelle, what food were you feeding?

  341. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 19, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    It sounds like a very good diet to me Danni

  342. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 16, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Hi Carly,

    I believe they had an incident with a faulty part in manufacturing which has now been resolved, but a number of bags were affected. Definitely worth checking.

  343. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 12, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Hi Petra, my thoughts on Purina are very very negative and I’d suggest your vet does a little more investigation into what they’re recommending. Sorry, that probably sounds very radical, but I’m not a big fan of the Purina company and their products.

    I’d say try the Ivory Coat as a base diet and supplement it with the chicken necks.

  344. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 11, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Hi Jan, sounds strange. Have you contacted Nature’s Gift?

  345. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 10, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Hi Beatrice, have you contacted Applaws regarding this?

  346. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 6, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Hi Belinda, weight loss is as much about lifestyle and exercise as it is about diet. Taste of the Wild is a good food so worth feeding to both your dogs, or alternatively Ivory Coat do a great low fat turkey recipe. Be careful with commercial brand or vet recommended low fat diets as they tend to reduce fat by substituting meat with cheap fillers – that’s not the best way for a dog to lose weight.

  347. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 5, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Maree,

    With renal failure your best option is to feed wet food rather than dry as the moisture is vital. Ensure your dog has plenty of water. The common belief is renal diets should be low protein/low phosphorous, but there’s very little evidence protein has a negative effect. Low phosphorous foods aid comfort, and Hills k/d is one of the lowest phosphorous foods available.

    It depends on the severity of your dog’s kidney issues, but definitely look into wet or fresh diets. I’d opt for the advice of your holistic vet over your regular vet. If you choose to feed dry then I recommend a food with a decent amount of meat, such as chicken or turkey.

  348. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 3, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Hi Akane, you could feed both 😉

    White meat is leaner, and generally healthier. Energy wise you’ll be fine with both the turkey or lamb recipes.

  349. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 31, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Hi Chloe,

    Yes, definitely. I rotate foods myself.

  350. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 22, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Hi Sandra,

    Did your dog suffer the same symptoms as Natasha’s dog?

  351. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 19, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Hi Bethany, I’ve been made aware of a bad batch – they had a faulty piece of equipment. Definitely don’t feed the food, notify the store where you bought it (and get a refund), and also contact Applaws. They’ll need to know the store and expiry date so they can recall other stock.

  352. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 17, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I see vets as doctors (but for our pets), which is different to being a nutritionist. Doctors aren’t nutritionists any more than vets are.

    Veterinary courses cover very little on nutrition, and yes it’s influenced by corporations.

    Thankfully there’s so much more awareness these days about pet nutrition – for consumers and veterinary professionals alike.

  353. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 15, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Hi Dr K., your comments are very much appreciated. I find with foods such as this they fail to address the health issues they claim to address. It’s a sorry state of affairs when people buy such a food believing it will help a sick pet whom they love, when the ingredients say otherwise.

    My own cat had renal failure and I fed him Hills k/d for years on my vet’s recommendation. I thought I was feeding the best food, despite the cost, and trusted my vet. Over time his health deteriorated, he lost muscle mass, and became lethargic. He was never the same again. I can attribute all the above to a lack of real meat and protein – the essentials, I was feeding him brewers rice and other wastage, not a suitable diet for a carnivore.

    A reduction in phosphorous aids comfort, but there’s little to no proof a reduction in protein helps renal failure. But still these companies substitute meat content with cheap ingredients, justifying it based on such common beliefs? That screams profit to me?

    It’s interesting reading your experiences, so thank you.

  354. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 15, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Hi Shona, the RC Hairball control isn’t too dissimilar to this formula. It’s worth noting the use of vegetable proteins which aren’t as easily digestible for a cat, as well as corn, corn gluten, corn flour, wheat, rice… these provide little nutrition for carnivorous cats. That said there are certainly far worse foods, and if your 14 year old cat is in good health and this helps with her hairball then it might be worth continuing. Unfortunately other manufacturers can’t account for specific conditions. Something worth considering is supplemental feeding of a decent wet food, an occasional chicken neck, and so forth?

  355. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 15, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Cindy, many foods have small amounts of salt added. Even foods without salt on the label may contain salt through other ingredients. It’s worth noting the inclusion of fruits and veggies in most pet foods (those that include them) are trace amounts, so having salt above the veggies doesn’t mean there’s an excessive amount of salt.

  356. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 15, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Rhaz,

    Do you have reason to believe Ivory Coat is made with feather meal? If you read my other reviews you’ll see I take into account difference in proteins.

    Personally I don’t consider multiple protein formulas better or worse than singular protein formulas. I’m of the opinion a rotation in diet is a better option than feeding a single food, which essentially offers a diet covering multiple protein sources.

    I consider composition as well as ingredients, and accordingly see Ivory Coat being a similarly good food to Orijen and Acana (which aren’t available in Australia).

  357. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 15, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Rhaz, it’s not always about the number of ingredients, it’s about the composition and analysis as a whole.

    For example, in a single cup of food the Orijen formula may contain 10g of each meat/fish ingredient. In comparison another food may contain 100g of a single meat ingredient. The ingredients list appears vastly different, but in reality both foods have the exact same quantity of meat.

  358. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 15, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    How big’s the cup? 🙂

    Feeding guidelines are never exact – it depends on your dog, his activity levels, age… To be honest I never pay much attention to feeding guidelines.

  359. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 15, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Eddie, I avoid recommending specific brands and it depends on a number of factors including your dog, breed, your budget, and so forth. That said I consider both of these foods as good choices.

    Usually when a dog has been on a single food for a while it’s worth transitioning to a new food gradually over a week or two to avoid loose stools/diarrhea, so keep that in mind.

  360. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 10, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    That’s absolutely fine Mike, this is an open forum 🙂

  361. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 10, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Hi Mike, I can’t comment on your correspondence with Ivory Coat, but mould can and has occurred with many brands. Moisture can seep in during manufacturer prior to a bag being sealed, or if a food has been transferred to a container with any moisture in it then this may also be the cause, whether the container is sealed or not.

  362. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 8, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Daniel, we can be assured the protein comes mostly from meat, and chicken meal above grains shows this is a meat-first food. That in itself is a big plus.

    4 grains in the top 7 is irrelevant. You could substitute those 4 grains for 1 single grain in a higher quantity – the food would have the exact same amount of grain, but given your argument lure you into believing it’s a better food.

    The grain inclusions are solid choices, with barley and oatmeal being a good source of nutrition and energy for a canine, and brown rice is far superior than the white rice we find in most foods.

    Which ingredients do you consider fake artificial nutrients?

  363. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 8, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Andrew, wheat is one of the prime causes of allergies in dogs. Not always from the grain itself, but also from mites found in such an inclusion. I’ve known many dogs to have skin irritations that have cleared up when wheat has been removed from the diet, particularly with staffies who are most prone.

  364. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 6, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Hi Emma, it’s hard to say. Perhaps his stools will settle down given time on a new food or perhaps he has a slight intolerance to a grain or meat ingredient. Try changing to a grain free food of a different meat source for a while to see if that helps.

  365. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 6, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Hi Sandra, My Dog is not a food we recommend. It’s worth noting the difference between foods in their range only stems down to flavourings. Otherwise the composition of non-descript meat and cheap grains remains the same.

  366. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 6, 2015 at 6:28 am

    Hi Cat, I think it will be a long time until wet foods are reviewed. That said, the Black Hawk canned food is good and worth feeding. Diarrhoea can be common when introducing a new food, so you may find stools return to normal within two weeks if not a few days.

  367. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 6, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Hi Kate, puppy formulas are often formulated better but can be more expensive accordingly. With Golden Retriever Puppy it’s good to see a decent protein level of 29%. The negatives are the inclusions of the cheaper grains of wheat, corn, and rice. The corn will contribute to the amount of protein so you need to take note not all of that 29% protein comes from meat. Wheat is one of the main allergens with little nutritional value, and (white) rice doesn’t tend to be that much better.

  368. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 6, 2015 at 6:09 am

    Hi J.J, you can read all about myself and my motivations here –

    I’ve been involved with pet foods for many years, dealt with manufactures and consumers alike, veterinary professionals and professors, as well as a great deal of research.

  369. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 6, 2015 at 6:06 am

    Hi Monica, hopefully our best rated list will narrow down your search –

    All those foods are well formulated with oils and omega fats to aid in joint care, although it’s great that you’re using supplements. Stiffness and joint problems can stem from a poor diet as a pup or young dog, but that said there are far worse foods you could’ve fed than Royal Canin. I think you’re on the right track with the supplements and choosing one of our highly rated foods.

  370. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 25, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Hi Vanessa, I’m glad your pets are in perfect health and hope they remain so. The reviews are from an ingredients and analysis stand point, irrespective of the manufacturer or seller. This is one of the cheapest foods available, so ask yourself this – are they making it from quality ingredients and selling it to you for a loss out of the kindness of their hearts? I’m sure Kmart are doing just fine regardless of this review.

  371. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 23, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Hi Francesca, it depends on many factors – is he otherwise healthy, has he always shown a lack of interest in food, will he eat wet food, are his teeth and gums ok? Taste of the Wild is a good food, but whether your dog eats it or not you’ll have to try it and see.

  372. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 19, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Hi Sarah, I don’t know if any of their foods or ingredients are sourced from Thailand. It’s possible, many manufacturers do (inc Purina).

    Some Thai food manufacturing plants are very high quality. I’d be far more concerned about foodstuffs sourced from China.

  373. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 19, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Hi Bree, you’re right that green tripe (or raw green tripe) is excellent for dogs. Treats won’t provide the same quality as feeding it fresh, but it’s definitely a far less smelly alternative. Tripe smells horrible 😉

  374. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 16, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Eric, I think they sell individual bags, but as they’re mostly a wholesaler you pay a fair bit more that way. Could be worth trying a bag?

  375. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 13, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Hi Fiona, thanks for the feedback:)

    I’m not aware of any issues with calcium in Earthborn grain free? I believe it’s minimum 1% and adheres to AAFCO guidelines.

  376. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Hi Karen, this is a common problem when transitioning from one food to another. It can take a couple of weeks, and is no reflection on the food itself.

  377. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 13, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Hi Lathan, have a look at our best rated list –

  378. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 12, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Peter, I’m not aware of any issues within Australia, but as the food is imported it comes from the same factory. It adheres to AAFCO manufacturing and labelling guidelines which are much more stringent than AS5812.

  379. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 12, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Hi Gail, some say otherwise but I’m all for supplemental feeding and rotating diets.

  380. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 12, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Hi Kat, what mince were you feeding? Pet mince or supermarket?

    Both Black Hawk and Ivory Coat are good. Ivory Coat make some excellent treats, great for training. Chicken breast cut into small squares is a great treat. Chicken necks is also a good option for supplemental feeding.

  381. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 12, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Hi Theresa, I try not to recommend specific foods, dry or wet, but any of the foods on the best rated list are a good choice.

  382. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 12, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Hi Rose, some dogs eat grass, or certain grasses, because they like the taste. If they’re eating bouts of grass in an attempt to be sick then that’s an issue. The same with mud, but less common.

    If you’re struggling to keep weight on then perhaps try another food on the best rated list. Are they otherwise healthy?

  383. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 12, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Hi Skye, salt may be present in a food whether it’s listed in the ingredients or not. It may be present from another ingredient. Usually the amount of salt is listed as a %, but if it’s not and we find salt added high in the ingredients then it could be cause for concern. It can be added to entice a dog into eating a food where other flavour is lacking.

  384. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 12, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Hi Louise, a food needs to meet minimum nutrition requirements for a pup, so an all life stages food is fine to feed. That said, the puppy formula will be more geared to the needs of a growing pup.

  385. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 12, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Hi Andrea, I try not to recommend specific brands but all foods you’ve listed are worth trying.

  386. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 30, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Hi Del, when they’re a better weight definitely switch to regular Applaws.

  387. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 30, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Hi Katrina, we only review dry foods, but yes the wet is good too and would be great for your Cavoodle.

  388. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 28, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Simon, we’re not the manufacturer, just an independent reviewer.

  389. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 26, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Hi Isaac, I try not to recommend specific brands, and it depends on the dog, your budget, availability, etc. you could always try both or rotate between the two. It’s also worth reading the comments from other people.

  390. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 19, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Thanks for this info Veronika, I’m glad they finally got around to replying. It’s worth adding the Australian definition of “meat” is “any part of the animal that contains protein”, which could amount to a number of parts of the animal. But I think it’s great they show the percentage of meat in the food, and 79% is actually very high compared to many other foods.

  391. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 12, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Hi Sally, what was she eating previously as that could be the reason she’s currently overweight? It’s great she’s getting a lot of exercise, and kangaroo is a fantastic lean meat. On a decent any decent biscuit she should lean out over time to an “optimal” weight for her. It’s the cheaper supermarket foods that need to be avoided as the filler grains are huge culprits for weight gain, so any foods on the best rated list should help, it doesn’t necessarily need to be grain free.

  392. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 12, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Hi Carol, tricky question. Are you after a grain free food without potato AND sweet potato? Most grain free foods have one, the other, or both.

  393. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 12, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Hi Ben, both are good foods worth trying. Meals for Mutts have a formula specific to pups, called Meals for Pups.

  394. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 12, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Hi Troy, I definitely think Ivory Coat is worth a try. I imagine it’s cheaper than the Royal Canin from the vets, and it’s well formulated so may work well for your Rottweiler – give it a go!

  395. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 9, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Hi Carol, not many manufacturers list ash content which is why I use an average of 8% to obtain an estimated carbohydrate percentage. If it’s 12% then that’s high. I agree with your sentiment that these figures should be listed, but unfortunately they’re not.

  396. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 7, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Hi Bec, Kirkland is imported into Australia so from the same factory, but I haven’t heard any complaints within Australia.

  397. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 7, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Hi Liana, tomato pomace is found in most foods and I wouldn’t be concerned about it as an allergen. Try one of the other foods on the best rated list to see if they help –

  398. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 6, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Hi Dora, there’s a guide to a few puppy foods here –

    Some of those brands offer large breed formulas, so worth investing.

  399. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 6, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Hi Christine, yes it’s suitable for puppies 🙂

  400. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 2, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Hi Anne, I’ve never considered rosemary a bad ingredient and wasn’t aware of it being a trigger for seizures. I’m aware of other people changing the diet of their dogs and finding seizures reduce or cease completely, so that said you may find Ivory Coat works, it’s hard to say.

  401. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 2, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Hi Troy, may I ask what he was fed as a pup?

    The itchy ears could be a food allergy, it’s hard to say. Ivory Coat (or any of the foods on the best-rated list should help –

    Yes, it’s all volunteer work which I do in spare time:)

  402. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) September 29, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Hi Kirstie, yes the Ziwipeak canned food is excellent quality. I feed it to my own pets as part of my rotation (but not exclusively as it’s pricey!).

  403. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) September 23, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Hi Rod, if budget isn’t an issue then it’s definitely worth a go. The Earthborn products are very good but accordingly expensive due to the high meat content (it’s mostly chicken meal).

  404. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) September 23, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Hi Karen, the Whiskas wet foods are mostly meat/meat by-products and cereal/cereal by-products, which makes for a cheaply produced food with far from optimum ingredients. I only review dry foods at the moment, but may review wet foods in the future.

  405. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) September 21, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Ceri, the Royal Canin formulas do vary somewhat, some deserving of 3 stars. In fact Maxi Adult has been slightly reformulated for the better, so compared with Optimum I’d rate it slightly higher as a high 2 star/low 3 star. Both brands are very heavy of fillers which provide little to no nutritional value for your dog.

  406. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) September 16, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Hi Ant, I wouldn’t be overly concerned as this will be in a trace amount and adds calcium. That said, lactose intolerance is common in dogs so could cause a potential problem if that were the case.

  407. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) September 15, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Shay, have a look at the list here –

    Perhaps have a look at Applaws which is good value for money. Most of the other foods on that list are more $ per kilo than Black Hawk.

  408. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) September 15, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Sam, take a look at Canidae, Earthborn, Artemis – all of which offer formulas specific to large/giant breed puppies.

  409. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) September 6, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Yes, definitely. Puppy food is often formulated better to cater for a puppies nutritional requirements.

  410. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 31, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    You’re not the only one Veronika. I fed my first cat a “premium vet-recommended food” for years without any real consideration. Sadly I only realised how bad it was in hindsight.

  411. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks Vicki, that’s great to hear!

  412. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 27, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Yes, definitely

  413. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 27, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Wayne, there’s some info here on puppy foods – All of those foods are well formulated with oils and omega fats included for joint health, so a good starting point for your GSD pup.

  414. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 26, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Hi Bec, I hear this often with Purina foods. Applaws is a definite improvement and pretty good value for money. I’m an advocate for mixing foods to offer variety and a more balanced diet, and any supplemental home-cooked meats and veggies is a bonus. Here’s a list of our best-rated foods –

  415. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 26, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Hi V, I’ve sent you an email. Seizures are emotionally difficult to cope with, so I feel for you and your border collie. I know of similar cases where a change in diet to a decent quality kibble or homemade diet has stopped seizures completely.

  416. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 18, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Monika, the hot spots could well be an allergy, but it would take investigation to find out if it’s caused by grains or other ingredients. A grain free food could be a good start.

    Ivory Coat only offer dry food, but yes you could try moistening it. Other brands on our best food list offer wet formulas.

  417. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Hi Susannah, weight control is more about feeding the right diet (combined with feeding quantity, lifestyle, and activity levels). Your dogs would need less of this food to be healthy compared to a cheaper, filler-based food. TOTW is a decent food so worth a try, and monitor weight as you go.

  418. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 13, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Great to hear Aly!

  419. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 9, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I believe Coles still sell it. Woolworths do too, and I know you can get it from My Pet Warehouse online as I bought a bag last week.

  420. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 30, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Hi Julie, it depends on how quickly your dog eats the food. I have no problems with a 20kg bag and a medium-sized dog.

  421. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 28, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Jenny, here’s a short list of decent puppy foods –

    Diarrhea can occur when transitioning from one food to another. A gradual transition can help, where you mix the new food in over the course of a week or two.

  422. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 21, 2015 at 1:19 am

    I’m so glad he’s on the up Cammeron. I had a similar issue with my pup, he was infested with ticks when I brought him home – dozens and dozens of them. It was a sad and trying start, but he’s super healthy and happy now!

  423. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 20, 2015 at 1:56 am

    Hi Judy, thanks for letting us know – feel free to send photos to [email protected]. Sometimes if a bag isn’t sealed properly it can let moisture in, which can and does happen.

  424. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 20, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Hi Jacqui, it’s a common occurrence for a change in diet to cause such issues. As Bill has said, it might be an intolerance to an ingredient your dog isn’t used to (which could well be the case if you’ve been feeding Science Diet for a long period of time). You’re definitely on the right track switching to a better food.

  425. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 16, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Hi Bill, an oddity in timing, as I just received a post from the exact same Minhyuk on our Facebook page..! Small world.

    I’ll add it here for completeness.

    “Can anyone who had or has a constipated small dog recommend me a food brand? I have a Yorkshire terrier, who always had a bit of constipation/dry stool, recently she has had 48hr constipation and pumpkin purée did the trick this time, but hoping to find dog food that will relieve the symptom gradually? She and my 3 other dogs have been on MfM and they have been great for the last 3 years, still great food, but the yorkie being the fussiest eater, she has stopped taking MfM and ziwipeak. We add bit of Apple, pumpkin, or sweet potato to her diet as well as wet food but hoping to find a dry food that may help as she needs it for her teeth. Anyone’s recommendation would be a greatly appreciated!”

  426. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 14, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Hi Erin, I appreciate you feel differently, but this review is based on ingredients and nutritional merit as a whole. I know of no legitimate reason why a canine would not be fed a meat based diet, other than the owner’s personal beliefs. I don’t see that as correct.

    There are grain mixes available (based on quality grains, vitamins, and minerals) as supplements to a meat/raw based diet, and they would rate higher than this. The ingredients are mainly nondescript, and there are long term health issues with ingredients such as CGM found in this food. It’s possible for a dog to do well on a food such as this, arguably better than common supermarket brands, but my opinion is a dog will more likely suffer health issues in later years if fed a diet such as this.

  427. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 10, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Hi Lynne, the ingredients are as per the Applaws (Australia) website –

    It’s worth being aware of “marketing”. There’s an excellent article here about glucosamine in dry food here –

    This recipe of Applaws has 400 mg/kg, which would mean an average dog would need to eat 2.5kg of the food to reach a recommended 1000mg/day.

    The conclusion being, if your dog requires glucosamine then it’s worth considering a supplement. A dry food may list glucosamine on the label, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it contains more glucosamine than other brands.

  428. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 7, 2015 at 3:08 am

    Hi Georgie, with your bulldog being 4 months old it might be worth feeding a puppy formula for now. Have a read of our recommended puppy foods page –

  429. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 6, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Hi Bianca, you can purchase it direct from OEM PetCare if you live in the eastern states. As a wholesaler it works out much cheaper buying 6 x bags, which is a reason many breeders seem to opt for this food.

  430. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 6, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Hi Lisa, quality meat ingredients contain omega fats for a shiny coat, as will chicken fat. It’s not always necessary for a food to contain additional oils to provide these nutrients, although it’s always a welcome inclusion.

  431. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 6, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Hi Deanne, yes certainly. It’s a high quality high protein food, let her eat as much as she needs.

  432. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 6, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Hi Karen, yes, I see no issue with that.

  433. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 6, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Thanks Karla!

  434. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 6, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Hi Sue, puppy diets are often formulated better than adult diets due to a puppies growth requirements and nutritional needs. They’re higher in protein, fats, and calories. If your Shih Tzu is happy, healthy, and of a good weight then I see no issue.

    An alternative is to start mixing an adult formula into her food bit by bit to help coerce her onto an adult formula.

  435. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 6, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Hi J, many skin issues are caused by food intolerance or allergies, with the most common cause being cheaper grains such as wheat and corn, and sometimes meat ingredients such as chicken. Feeding a grain free food would likely offer good results, or otherwise try switching to a food based on an alternative meat or fish to see if it helps (note: many recipes contain chicken of some kind).

  436. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 6, 2015 at 5:49 am

    Hi Aanand,

    An animal may appear to “thrive” on any food, but it’s scientific fact a dog’s digestive system is geared towards digesting meat more effectively than vegetables. I see no reason why a vegetarian or vegan diet would be imposed on a canine other than a person’s own dietary beliefs. Granted, there are testimonials on your website where dogs have overcome allergies on a vegan diet, but there are many meat-based diets that avoid allergenic grains, and it’s very uncommon for a dog to be allergic to all forms of meat. If a dog has chicken intolerance I don’t see cutting out “meat” as a healthy solution.

  437. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 6, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Especially for you – BIOpet Grain Free.

  438. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 3, 2015 at 3:05 am

    Hi Vida, you’re on the right track being on the Ivory Coat review – it’s a very good food. Also, have a browse of our top rated foods as most would suit.

  439. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 1, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Hi Bill,

    Thanks for taking the time to reply. I’ve been speaking with a number of consumers and read some excellent responses from yourself to a number of queries. I have to say I’m very impressed with the depth of your emails – it’s unusual for a pet food manufacturer to put in such effort.

  440. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 19, 2015 at 3:55 am

    Hi Amanda, this can happen during a transitional stage from one food to another as you’re introducing ingredients the dog has never had before. How long have you been feeding it?

  441. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 4, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Peter, is your comment specific to those feeding or formulating a raw diet? Lorreta is discussing supplemental feeding of raw meat/bones with a base dry diet.

    With a raw diet it’s vital a CA/P ratio is maintained, whereas dry foods are formulated to designated standards.

  442. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 4, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Hi Denise, it’s not compulsory to list salt % on the packaging, although they are governed by AAFCO standards. A number of ingredients can contain salt, so not having salt (or sodium) listed on the ingredients doesn’t mean a product isn’t higher in salt than other foods.

    In respect to Kathy’s comment, it may well be true the salt in the food is causing her cat to drink more, but it’s an observation and there could be other causes – life stages, activity levels, other sources of water, and so forth. If other people have made similar observations then it’s definitely worth hearing about – the comments are as valuable as the review itself.

  443. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) June 4, 2015 at 5:51 am

    Hi Jo, Earthborn is quite rich. The choice is up to you – if Black Hawk works then stick with that, or try one of the other best rated foods.

  444. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 30, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Thanks for sharing Val, that’s interesting to hear. I’d love to know what the other food was…!

  445. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 29, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Hi Pat, puppies have different nutritional requirements to adult dogs. Ivory coat have a puppy formula which I’d recommend feeding until your puppy is 12 months old.

  446. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 29, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Hi Richard, we don’t have Wafcol but have a number of foods that would help depending on your dog. You can get the usual ailment-specific foods in Australia such as Hills and Royal Canin, plus a range of limited ingredient, hypoallergenic, and low fat foods.

    There are a few really good dog forums in Australia as well, with many people willing to help you find a suitable diet.

  447. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 23, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Hi Annene, Staffy’s are prone to allergies so it will be one of the ingredients in his old food and the VIP which causes it.

    My Pet Warehouse sell the big 15kg bags with free shipping – click here.

  448. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 21, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Thanks for your contribution Kathy 🙂

  449. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 11, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Hi Juanita, both are very good foods. Ivory Coat is definitely on par and it’s great to see these Australian pet food companies emerging and offering high quality foods. You shouldn’t have trouble with the kibble size, give it a go!

  450. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 29, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Hi Shanae, here’s some info on puppy foods –

    I need to add Applaws Puppy to that list, which is a decent supermarket option.

  451. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 28, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Hi Narie, have a look at the best-rated list. There should be something suitable on there –

  452. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 26, 2015 at 3:53 am

    Hi Joanna, this sadly does seem to be a common occurrence with Black Hawk foods. Perhaps try one of the puppy foods on this list –

  453. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 22, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Hi Charlotte, Ivory Coat also do a puppy food so I’d recommend that until he’s 12 months old, then transition to their adult formulas.

  454. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 22, 2015 at 1:43 am

    Hi Michael, here are the Puppy vs. Adult nutrition requirements. You can see Stay Loyal is way above the minimum bar for protein (22% min for puppies), and I’m pretty sure caters for everything in that list, so at 10 months you shouldn’t have any problems.

  455. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 20, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Hi Natalie, the current concerns with peas in pet foods are in regard to lectins, which over time *could potentially* build up in the intestines and cause intolerances or other issues. It’s worth noting many ingredients contain lectins – wheat, corn, soy, beans, potatoes – all of which are common in pet foods. Baked beans are rich in lectins, and we all know what happens when people eat baked beans – gas!

    Generally it’s not an issue in kibbles as the cooking process pretty much nullifies any lectins, making it an almost insignificant concern. In any case, unless your dog is having digestive upset/diarrhea, or signs of allergies, then there’s no reason to be concerned about his health. You could vary his food, which effectively moderates most ingredients, such as introducing a quality grain kibble without peas.

  456. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 20, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Hi Vanessa, the hypoallergenic food is formulated as a temporary diet to see if allergy symptoms go away. The problem is the food cuts down on important ingredients, such as meat content. Cats need meat to maintain health and muscle mass, so feeding that food over a long period of time would likely do more harm than good. If your cat has allergies or intolerances then ideally you need to find out what it is. The common culprits are cheap grains such as wheat, corn, and sorghum – trying a grain free food eliminates all of those, so that could be your starting point. Try one of the fish-based Canidae Grain Free foods, as they often work wonders with allergy symptoms.

  457. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 20, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Hi Gary, the list of grain free foods is here –

    The true Australian brands are Ivory Coat and Stay Loyal, but with high LFTs you need to be looking at a lower fat diet. Applaws isn’t an Australian company but the food is made here.

  458. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 20, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Hi Natalie, Black Hawk changed their formulas a few months ago (and their website too).

  459. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 18, 2015 at 5:24 am

    That’s really great to hear Trish 🙂


  460. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 15, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Hi Leoni, a few people have had issues with Black Hawk and wind (see the Black Hawk review comments).

    Yes, you could try Canidae, perhaps even their grain free range which is fairly limited ingredient. See how it goes.

  461. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 10, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Hi Frances, that belief is largely unsubstantiated and some say there are no issues feeding any dog a high protein meat-based diet. Smaller dogs do require more protein, and for larger puppies it’s more important to ensure they get adequate omega fats and animal fats in their diet, which will be the case feeding a food such as Ivory Coat.

  462. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 10, 2015 at 3:59 am

    Hi Allison, if turkey’s an option then have a look at Ivory Coat Reduced Fat. There’s a few other light/lite recipes from different brands, such as Nutro Natural Choice Lite, and the usual Hills, Advance, Royal Canin, Optimum, and so forth (larger companies who can cater for more specific diets). Ivory Coat is a good option from a reputable Aussie company. There are other factors worth considering – feeding a decent food will mean your dogs can get adequate nutrition from eating less food. Adjusting meal times can also help, such as more frequent yet smaller meals, and increasing exercise if possible.

  463. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 10, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Hi Marion, some dogs do seem to react to Black Hawk (see the comments here). Perhaps try one of these grain free foods and see how you go.

  464. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 10, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Hi Nicole, both are good foods. I often recommend mixing a couple of foods to achieve a more balance diet, so yes you could do that too.

  465. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 7, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Is that all you feed them Carol?

  466. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 6, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Hi Amy, Purina’s typical response is denial. Sadly I’ve heard it too many times with this food.

  467. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 1, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Hi Sonny, I see no reason against using this food for a 10 year old Jack Russell – it’s a very high quality food. As with any food it’s worth monitoring weight over time.

  468. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 1, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Hi Chelley, Wellness is generally a very good food and I’d have no concerns feeding it, especially if your dog’s happy with it. Any of the foods on the best rated list would be suitable. Some kibbles are larger than others, which may be the only factor for a small dog.

  469. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 26, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Hi Wendy, larger dogs do have different nutritional requirements, mainly for joint health (so more oils or fats for omega fatty acids). But saying that a high quality food will likely meet these requirements as well. When it comes to daily feeding allowances they can be open to interpretation. With a high quality food a dog will reach his daily nutrition requirements by eating less food, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll get fat by eating more than the suggested guidelines. A dog that eats a large amount of high quality food is far less likely to get fat compared to eating the same large quantity of a cheaper food that contains filler grains and cheap ingredients.

  470. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 26, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Thanks Chelley, I’ll write a review shortly (when I have the ingredients and analysis). It’s also available at My Pet Warehouse.

  471. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 25, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Thanks Matt, recipes do change over time so thanks for letting me know. I’ve updated the review.

  472. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 25, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Hi Dr. Paul,

    Firstly, thanks for your feedback – I accept any feedback on this website, for and against.

    I’ll start with a key point – Brewers Rice is well known to provide next to no nutritional value, it’s a waste product, but constitutes the main bulk of this food. I can’t see how that can be justified given the plethora of superior ingredients and the cost of their product.

    The effects of protein intake is controversial for humans with CKD, even more so for dogs, and even more so for cats who’re strict carnivores. Initial tests on rats back in the 1920s paved the way for assumptions that have largely been found redundant over the years. Even with human kidney problems it is recommended protein is sourced from the likes of eggs, chicken, and fish, which are all HBV (high biological value) and provide the required amino acids. Grains do not provide the same standard of amino acids which will effectively increase waste (such as urea) through the kidneys, and brewers rice certainly doesn’t. A dog’s diet is more in-keeping with a carnivore diet, and cats even more so. They require decent proteins to maintain health and muscle mass. Removing these proteins from a diet, like we find here with Hills k/d can never be healthy over an extended period of time, can it?

    Facts are facts, and a reduced protein diet requires an increase of calories to accommodate (otherwise the body will begin absorbing proteins for energy), and phosphorous levels are key (high phosphorous leads to low calcium). Phosphorous binders and calcium supplements can support this.

    Perhaps you’re right that Hills would not intentionally put harmful ingredients in their products, but they certainly put profitable ingredients in them.

  473. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 24, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Hi Karen, yes I believe the Turkey recipe also contains fish (ocean fish meal). Canidae foods tend to be good for dogs with allergies as they’re limited ingredient –

  474. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 23, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Hi Rea, Pacific Stream is very good. All Taste of the Wild recipes are deserving of 5 stars.

  475. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 19, 2015 at 1:51 am

    Hi Kylie, it really depends on what works for you and your dogs. I’ve known Black Hawk to work well for many, yet not work for others (which you can see by the comments on this review).

  476. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 19, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Hi Judy, if the tumour has been removed and he’s in good health then any good diet should be suitable. I have to recommend you take advice from your vet in a situation like this, but generally to help prevent tumour growth and maintain health you need a diet low in carbohydrates (especially high GI carbohydrates as they fuel tumour growth), decent meat proteins and fats, and fish oils for omega fatty acids. Supplements might be an additional option, for omegas, vitamin D, and anti-carcinogenics like green tea extract.

  477. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 12, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Hi Vivian, perhaps try a grain free food without any chicken such as Canidae Grain Free Pure Sea or Land.

  478. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 11, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Hi Gillian, that looks pretty good to me. My only concern is the amount of potato. It has 2 potato ingredients in the top 5, and potato is relatively high GI.

  479. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 11, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Hi Jasmine, brands like Hill’s and Royal Canin can cater for specific dietary requirements as they’re huge global manufacturers. Unfortunately for us the smaller manufacturers simply don’t have the resources to cater for such diets. When it comes to a low sodium diet you’re very limited, so perhaps feed Royal Canin mixed with a homemade diet or well chosen supplements.

  480. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 11, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Hi K, garlic has a number of nutritional and health benefits, and in a dry formula such as this it’s in a very minor quantity and doesn’t pose a very big risk. If you’re concerned about feeding garlic day in day out then I’d recommend feeding a variety of foods to ensure a well rounded diet. Many ingredients can be toxic if fed in high quantities over a sustained period of time.

  481. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 11, 2015 at 12:30 am

    If your Staffy is suffering a seasonal allergy then I agree it might be a grass allergy – something in your garden perhaps, or local park? Any grain-free food might help if that’s the case, as it’s more likely a grain/grass allergy than meat allergy.

    Canidae are a good brand so I can’t argue with that. I believe Pet Circle sell Ivory Coat which is a relatively new Australian made food, and a manufacturer I’ve been very impressed with.

  482. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 11, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Ha ha, I fully understand Karen. There’s a huge amount of conflicting information and opinions in the world today, especially with the internet. With Great Danes you need to be especially careful as they’re prone to joint problems so need a decent food as a puppy. With Raw you need to be very careful you cater for all nutritional requirements (more info here). I believe the key is variety – us humans have a varied diet, why shouldn’t dogs? There’s some very decent puppy formulas out there, such as Canidae Pure Foundations, Earthborn Holistic Puppy, Ivory Coat Puppy… perhaps try some of those as a base diet, and throw in some human grade meats as and when you can (leftovers from dinner).

  483. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 10, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Hi James, there’s some info here:

    There’s some very decent puppy formulas available, such as Canidae Pure Foundations, Earthborn, Ivory Coat, and so forth. Black Hawk would be the best of the three you mentioned (from an ingredients stand point).

  484. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Deb, you’re welcome to name the “expensive” brands on here that caused issues. We’re not affiliated with any manufacturers, and believe all information can help others.

  485. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Hi John, I’d recommend sticking with a puppy food for now, such as Canidae Pure Foundations.

  486. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 18, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Hi Sandy, you can buy Taste of the Wild Feline on PetCircle, or otherwise the Natural Pet Store in NSW might deliver to Adelaide. There’s two formulas – Venison & Smoked Salmon and Trout & Smoked Salmon.

  487. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 18, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Hi Jeanette, see my comment for the kitten food as this applies to the specialised formulas too. It’s good they consider hereditary health issues in specific breeds (such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in Maine Coons) and adjust their formulas accordingly, but that doesn’t mean to say your cat will have issues on any other brand of food. Royal Canin use a lot of cheaper ingredients/fillers such as white rice, corn/corn gluten, and sometimes wheat – these provide nothing nutritionally for felines. All these ingredients do is increase the profit margin for the company. As I said in the review, it’s a mixed bag. It’s a far better food than the Iams, Purinas, and supermarket brands.

  488. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 18, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Ah sorry, my mistake.

    RC Kitten is pretty much on par to the adult formulas. Again we find rice, maize (corn), and maize gluten (corn gluten) which aren’t the best ingredients. Thankfully there’s no sign of wheat in the kitten food. On the upside we have a decent amount of poultry protein which ensures your cat is getting protein in a digestable source. Vegetable protein isolate should be easier to digest that other vegetable proteins, and it kind of makes me think of Herbal Life or Isagenix “health shakes” you often hear people dieting on.

    It’s a better food than most, and definitely one of the better major brands.

  489. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 15, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Hi Jacqui, ZiwiPeak is expensive because it’s a high quality fresh mix, so more expensive to produce than dry food.

    That being said, TOTW is a great quality kibble and many rave about it in the U.S. and here in Australia.

    Perhaps you could feed a mix of TOTW and ZiwiPeak? There’s no harm in feeding a variety, and this would cut costs.

  490. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 11, 2015 at 3:07 am

    Hi Ian, you can follow the feeding guidelines from Black Hawk, and adjust accordingly depending on whether your dog is underweight or overweight. Feeding morning and evening is generally fine.

  491. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 11, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Hi Lisa, it’s important to ensure your puppy’s diet provides all essential nutrients. These differ from adult dogs. There’s more information here.

    Have you considered buying food online and getting it delivered? Most online retailers offer free delivery if you spend over a certain amount.

  492. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 11, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Hi Sam, unfortunately all the renal diets available to us are from the big manufacturers, and none are that good. You can find some information here. The best option is to feed wet over dry if this is possible, and ensure your pooch always has fresh water available.

  493. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 3, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Hmm, in that case all I can recommend is any of the foods listed here, or the grain free foods listed here.

    It may be a case of trial and error.

    Another option is to contact manufacturers of a few foods you’re interested in and request samples.

  494. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 2, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Hi Chris, I’ve updated the review with further ingredients analysis to put your mind at rest.

  495. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 2, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Hi Matt, we often find ingredients in pet foods that are associated with other substances we find concerning, such as fertilizers, paints/varnishes, plaster of paris, and so forth. Many of these ingredients are toxic in high doses but in trace provided nutritional merit.

    In the case of manganese this aids development of strong bones and enhances the immune system, and manganese sulphate is a good source for this.

    Most of the vitamins and minerals included in this food are good quality sources. I’ll extend the review with a breakdown.

  496. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 2, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Hi Alan,

    You pose a very good point regarding the water content of sweet potatoes. It’s quite possible the lentils are the dominant ingredient but it’s hard to say. We can certainly make the assumption a large percentage of the protein will come from the lentils (which are generally harvested at approx 15% water content (according to Google)).

    Meals for Mutts has a very low ash percentage (5%) and an average moisture content (10%) which would suggest a less aggressive cooking process than most foods. The protein level of 30% is good, so we can also assume there’s a decent amount of meat protein despite there being a mix of meat and vegetable proteins.

    You also pose a very interesting point about how they can produce a firm kibble given the ingredients…

  497. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 2, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Hi Jenny, I try not to be an advocate for specific foods and some dogs take to foods where others don’t. It’s a case of finding what’s right for you and your dog.

    All the grain free foods listed here are pretty good, and mostly range from $7/kg to $10/kg if you opt for larger bags.

  498. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 2, 2015 at 1:59 am

    Hi Gai, I’ve added a page on Puppy vs Adult diets, which shows a puppy’s requirements for additional protein, fat, and other nutrients. As such you should feed a puppy-formulated diet (such as Canidae Pure Foundations, Ivory Coat Puppy, etc) and not an adult formula.

    Many breeders feed and recommend Royal Canin (which is moderately well formulated), but it has to be noted even their “Junior” range contains ingredients such as corn (harder to digest protein source) and wheat (little nutritional value and one of the most common causes of grain allergies). Royal Canin Junior isn’t a bad choice, and at least you’d be feeding a puppy formula.

  499. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 1, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Hi Tony, how long did you try the Black Hawk for? Dogs can be confused by a new food so it can take a bit of time to adjust. I’d give it 2 weeks.

  500. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 29, 2015 at 5:11 am

    Hi Doug – Sorry, I don’t have the current price and unfortunately I live thousands of k’s from Costco over here in WA. If anyone can provide the price that would be great. Thanks.

  501. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 27, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Hi Alan, yes – I made an error in the original review and have now revised it to 5 stars. The auto delivery price is worth considering as a cost-saving option.

  502. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 27, 2015 at 3:29 am

    Hi Alan – sorry for the delay in replying. I’ve now reviewed Applaws It’s All Good –

  503. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 27, 2015 at 3:28 am

    Hi Jacques, I’ve actually revised my rating of Canidae Grain Free from 4 star to 5 star. It’s a food I rate very highly and often recommend. As for Ivory Coat vs Canidae ~ they’re both very good quality foods, so I’ll leave it as personal preference. I’d happily feed either, and I do.

  504. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 27, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Hi Jan,

    Both Earthborn and ZiwiPeak are decent foods (although you’re right that ZiwiPeak could prove costly for 5 cats). Most foods contain preservatives, with most high end foods using natural preservatives.

    Here is a list of our best-rated dry cat foods – perhaps something like Canidae is worth considering as a decent food on a slightly cheaper budget?

  505. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 27, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Hi Freda,

    It looks as if Ivory Coat Reduced Fat is a good option (at 10% fat), or alternatively a decent brands like Canidae, Holistic Select (Grain Free) or Taste of the Wild (Pacific Stream) all offer foods sub 15% fat.

  506. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 27, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Hi Marc,

    Sorry to hear about your loss. Sadly Schnauzers are more prone to pancreatitis than other breeds. I’ve sent you an email.

    It looks as if Ivory Coat Reduced Fat is a good option (at 10% fat), or alternatively a decent brands like Canidae, Holistic Select (Grain Free) or Taste of the Wild (Pacific Stream) all offer foods sub 15% fat.

  507. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 27, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Hi Fiona, we only review dry foods – sorry.

  508. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 17, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Hi Ang,

    It’s worth people realising that “super premium” is a marketing term and may/may not reflect the quality of a food.

    Meat might be listed as the main ingredient, but depending on the source of meat and water content it may not contribute a significant amount of protein in the food as a whole. We often find other cheaper sources of protein to artificially inflate protein levels, such as corn and peas.

    Yes, too much salt can lead to a number of issues. Most foods give a percentage of salt/sodium content which is more accurate than gauging salt content by its position in the ingredients (although it should never be found high in the list).

    I hope this helps. Thanks for your comment.

  509. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 4, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Hi Symone, I wouldn’t want to advocate one brand. There are a number of good foods available.

    I try and feed a mixture of good foods. Of late I’ve fed Canidae and Earthborn Holistic.

  510. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 28, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Hi CJ, this is a list of our top rated dog foods. Hopefully something on there will suit:

  511. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 19, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Hi Elouise, there are food laboratories that will analyse a sample for nutrition analysis, composition, vitamins, minerals, allergens and so forth.

    I’ve sent you an email.

  512. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 18, 2014 at 6:19 am

    I’d like to refer Paul to my other reviews too, as I don’t rate any of those that highly, and I wouldn’t consider Nutro that natural –

  513. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 17, 2014 at 3:02 am

    I’ve also checked the Earthborn Holistic website. I can’t find carbs listed at 17.5% on the Primitive Natural page? Earthborn Primitive Natural Guaranteed Analysis.

  514. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 17, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Hi Maddy.

    Apologies – my information was sourced off the ZiwiPeak website only weeks ago when I wrote the review. They’ve since had a formula change, something that happens without notification with many pet food manufacturers. With this formula the protein and fat levels have increased which in turn reduces the amount of carbs.

    I calculate carbs based on the formula stated under the analysis. It now works out at 12% carbs, based on the percentage of protein, fat, moisture, and ash that they state on the packaging.

    Even 17% carbs is very low in comparison to other “dry” foods.

  515. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 13, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Hi Nicole, if the gas doesn’t settle down in the next two weeks it might be worth trying a different food.

    I’d definitely keep feeding the chicken necks. Variety is a good thing.

  516. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 9, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Hi Sharon & Lilli,

    That’s good to hear! I too have a border collie and she absolutely loves this food. The first time I gave it to her she wolfed it down with a look of glee on her face. It was spectacular to see.

    It’s pricier than some of the supermarket brands but I think it’s very reasonably priced for what it is.

  517. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 9, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Hi Daniel, it can take a dog a couple of weeks to accept a new food. How long did you try it for? The Ivory Coat kibble is moderately large, but not sure if that would be the issue. The moisture content of 10% is average for a dry food so I don’t think that would be the issue either.

  518. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 9, 2014 at 2:09 am

    Hi Paul, the protein level in Black Hawk is average for a dry cat food. Chicken meal isn’t the only source of protein in the food (but it will certainly contribute to the majority of protein). I don’t see an issue with it being a singluar meat source? Do you see that as an issue, and if so what is your reasoning? Thanks.

  519. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 21, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Hi Melinda, I think it’s worth querying Black Hawk directly about this to see what they say (their Facebook page is an easy option – There can be a number of causes for these symptoms, from intollerance to a bad batch of food. I’ve heard this a few times recently with Black Hawk (read the other comments), which is why I recommend contacting them directly with this

  520. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 4, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Hi Shannon,

    There are many reasons why corn is a bad ingredient. Digestibility is increased the more it’s ground, but in turn this increases the glycemic index. It’s linked to allergies, joint swelling, and bloat, and has a low biological value. Undetected contaminants with corn (such as mites) can cause allergies even if the corn itself doesn’t.

    Corn gluten meal is shown to promote corn allergies when fed over a long period of time. It’s a cheap ingredient.

  521. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 30, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Hi David, no we don’t – sorry.

    The preservatives to watch out for include BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin, and Propyl Gallate. They’re not that common in pet foods these days. Any reference to tocopherol or ascorbate is a natural preservative and considered safe.

  522. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 24, 2014 at 6:48 am

    We commonly find canola oil in pet foods as a source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are necessary for joint health as well as protection against heart and kidney disease as well as cancer. Emu oil will contribute more to omega-6, also necessary for joint health. Yes, in Black Hawk we find a number of sources of these oils which is a good thing. Flaxseed is a great inclusion for joint health, immune system, and a healthy skin and coat.

  523. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 20, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Hi Grahame,

    Here’s a list of our best rated dry dog foods. All those are rated 4 or 5 stars, and they aren’t all expensive – it depends on what you’re looking for and what’s available near you.


  524. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 20, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Hi Margaret, I’d certainly recommend Earthborn Holistic Puppy Vantage as a 5 star food – Earthborn Holistic Puppy Vantage.

  525. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 5, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Hi Dean, I don’t believe Black Hawk have changed the formula, and I haven’t heard anyone else having this problem with the food.

    It’s worth reporting to Black Hawk direct.

  526. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) September 17, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Hi Morgan, meat ingredients tend to contain more digestible proteins and are preferable to other protein sources as a general rule. Chickpeas are high in protein (about 22%), as are peas, and therefore affect the protein levels of the food.

    Personally I’d be more concerned if the chickpeas made up the bulk of the protein, which isn’t the case as we have bison and salmon meal higher in the ingredients. Chickpeas are a decent ingredient, with many nutritional benefits.

    It’s certainly a factor worth considering as the protein level in OsoPure is moderate, so it depends on what works for your dog.

  527. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) September 3, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Hi Claudia, cheaper dog foods contain poor quality ingredients and waste products (fillers) that provide little nutritional value, or lead to poor health and illness. That’s why they’re cheap, because the ingredients are cheap.

  528. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 26, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Hi Michelle, the Fish & Potato recipe looks good to me. It’s lower in protein which suggests there’s more meat content in the Lamb recipe, so it depends on what suits your dog. Most dogs will be fine with rye, and it’s not overly prominent in the food.

  529. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 18, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Hi Samantha, it sounds like your Bull-mastiff might have an allergy to something in this food, perhaps with the rye? There are other decent food available (Canidae, Artemis Osopure, etc, which have a moderate protein level and decent ingredients), but if he’s 16 and happy on his original food then perhaps that’s the right choice?

  530. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 12, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Hi Christine, you’d need to contact Black Hawk for that – we just reviewed their food. It may be that your dog’s allergic to something in the food such as rye (it’s similar to wheat). I’d recommend trying other foods, grain free if you can manage it. Keep in mind it may take a dog a week or two to adjust to a new food, so it’s worth making a gradual transition.

  531. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 12, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Hi Loretta, yes, feeding your dog any fresh meat is a good thing if you can afford it.

  532. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 28, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Hi Lisa, it can take a dog a while to adjust to a new food so it might be worth introducing a food gradually. It might not be because he doesn’t like it, more that he’s confused by it. Perhaps try Canidae or Artemis if you can get hold of them, both very good foods.

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