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Warning – Australian treats imported from China
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Below is a list of treats sold in Australia which have been imported from China. For 12 years there have been numerous warnings and concerns about the safety ...

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Fresh Pet Food Co Pet Mince
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WebsiteFresh Pet Food CoAvailable fromColes, Woolworths, IGA Supermarket pet mince has a bad rap. It's often poor quality ambiguous meat preserved with ...

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Performadog
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WebsitePerformadogAvailable fromManufacturer website Before delving into this high protein/high fat/low carb performance dog food, it's worth noting the ...

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Pet Food Australia Grain Free
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The grain-free offering from Aussie company Pet Food Australia boasts the novel ingredient hemp oil. But how does the food stack up, and is it good for your ...

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Delicate Care
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You'll find Delicate Care recommended and sold by a number of vets. It's made by Natural Balance in Freo, WA, which makes it Australian 👍 We've ...

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Cherish
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Cherish is available at :My Pet Warehouse: and :Budget Pet Products:. I haven't seen it anywhere else. The marketing says it nourishes mind, body, and ...

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Providore
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WebsiteProvidore Pet FoodAvailable from:Pet Circle: :My Pet Warehouse: If Petbarn (or City Farmers) is your pet store of choice, then you're probably ...

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Hypro Premium
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Review Details Rating Website Hypro Premium Country of origin Australia Available from Independent retailers Hypro Premium You may not ...

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Woolworths Essentials
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Review Details Rating Website :Woolworths: Country of origin Australia Available from :Woolworths: 80% of cats in their older years ...

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Vetalogica Biologically Appropriate
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Review DetailsRatingWebsiteVetalogica Country of origin Australia Available from:Pet Circle:, :My Pet Warehouse: Vetalogica Biologically Appropriate ...

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  1. 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!

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    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.

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

    Thank you πŸ™‚

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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 – https://stayloyal.com.au/one-free-sample.html

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

    Supercoat?

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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.

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    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.

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

    Thanks for the feedback Karly and lots of love to your healthy pets πŸ™‚

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    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.

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    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.

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    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)

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    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

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    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.

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

    Well you never know πŸ™‚

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 😐

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    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.

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    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 – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/best-dry-dog-food/

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 πŸ˜‰

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

    Thanks for the feedback Allan πŸ™‚

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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

    That’s a fair point

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    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.

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    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 πŸ™‚

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    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”.

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    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.

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    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.

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

    It sounds like a very good diet to me Robyn

  88. 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 πŸ˜‰

  89. 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.

  90. 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.

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

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

  92. 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!

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. 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.

  98. 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.

  99. 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.

  100. 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.

  101. 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.

  102. 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.

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

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

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

    Wow, lucky dogs!!

  105. 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.

  106. 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).

  107. 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 – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/contact/

  108. 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!

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

    Hi Leilani, thanks for the feedback πŸ™‚

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

  110. 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.

  111. 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?

  112. 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.

  113. 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 – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/best-dry-dog-food/

  114. 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.

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

    Hi Nigel – thanks for the feedback πŸ™‚

    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.

  116. 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.

  117. 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.

  118. 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.

  119. 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.

  120. 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.

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

    That’s great to hear!

  122. 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.

  123. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Enzo,

    Given you also feed mince and fresh meat you could have a base diet of any
    of the kibbles on this list:

    https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/best-dry-dog-food/

    All of those foods provide essential nutrients for health and joints.

    When it comes to mince I’d avoid pet mince, especially considering human
    mince (i.e. from Coles) is better as well as cheaper.

  124. 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.

  125. 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?

  126. 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.

  127. 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?

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

    Hi Michelle, what food were you feeding?

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

    It sounds like a very good diet to me Danni

  130. 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.

  131. 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.

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

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

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

    Hi Beatrice, have you contacted Applaws regarding this?

  134. 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.

  135. 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.

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

    Hi Akane, you could feed both πŸ˜‰

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

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

    Hi Chloe,

    Yes, definitely. I rotate foods myself.

  138. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 22, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    If rawhide isn’t bad enough, adding food colourings won’t help!

  139. 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?

  140. 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.

  141. 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.

  142. 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.

  143. 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?

  144. 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.

  145. 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).

  146. 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.

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

    How big’s the cup? πŸ™‚

    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.

  148. 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.

  149. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 10, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    That’s absolutely fine Mike, this is an open forum πŸ™‚

  150. 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.

  151. 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?

  152. 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.

  153. 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.

  154. 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.

  155. 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.

  156. 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.

  157. 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 – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/about/

    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.

  158. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) December 6, 2015 at 6:06 am

    Hi Monica, hopefully our best rated list will narrow down your search – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/best-dry-dog-food/

    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.

  159. 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.

  160. 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.

  161. 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.

  162. 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 πŸ˜‰

  163. 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?

  164. 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.

  165. 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.

  166. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 13, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Hi Lathan, have a look at our best rated list – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/best-dry-dog-food/

  167. 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.

  168. 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.

  169. 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.

  170. 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.

  171. 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?

  172. 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.

  173. 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.

  174. 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.

  175. 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.

  176. 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.

  177. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 28, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Simon, we’re not the manufacturer, just an independent reviewer.

  178. 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.

  179. 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.

  180. 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.

  181. 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.

  182. 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.

  183. 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!

  184. 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.

  185. 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.

  186. 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 – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/best-dry-dog-food/

  187. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 6, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Hi Dora, there’s a guide to a few puppy foods here – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/puppy-foods/

    Some of those brands offer large breed formulas, so worth investing.

  188. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) October 6, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Hi Christine, yes it’s suitable for puppies πŸ™‚

  189. 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.

  190. 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 – http://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/best-dry-dog-food/).

    Yes, it’s all volunteer work which I do in spare time:)

  191. 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!).

  192. 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).

  193. 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.

  194. 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.

  195. 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.

  196. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) September 15, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Shay, have a look at the list here – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/best-dry-dog-food/

    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.

  197. 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.

  198. 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.

  199. 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.

  200. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks Vicki, that’s great to hear!

  201. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 27, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Yes, definitely

  202. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 27, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Hi Wayne, there’s some info here on puppy foods – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/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.

  203. 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 – http://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/best-dry-dog-food/

  204. 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.

  205. 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.

  206. 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.

  207. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 13, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Great to hear Aly!

  208. 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.

  209. 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.

  210. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 28, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Jenny, here’s a short list of decent puppy foods – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/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.

  211. 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!

  212. 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 admin@petfoodreviews.com.au. Sometimes if a bag isn’t sealed properly it can let moisture in, which can and does happen.

  213. 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.

  214. 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 purΓ©e 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!”

  215. 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.

  216. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 10, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Hi Lynne, the ingredients are as per the Applaws (Australia) website – http://applawspetfood.com.au/product/dry-dog-small-medium-breed-adult-chicken/

    It’s worth being aware of “marketing”. There’s an excellent article here about glucosamine in dry food here – http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/glucosamine-does-your-joint-support-kibble-stand-up/

    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.

  217. 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 – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/puppy-foods/

  218. 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.

    http://www.oempetcare.com/

  219. 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.

  220. 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.

  221. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 6, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Hi Karen, yes, I see no issue with that.

  222. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 6, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Thanks Karla!

  223. 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.

  224. 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).

  225. 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.

  226. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 6, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Especially for you – BIOpet Grain Free.

  227. 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.

  228. 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.

  229. 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?

  230. 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.

  231. 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.

  232. 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.

  233. 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…!

  234. 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.

  235. 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.

  236. 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.

  237. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 21, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Thanks for your contribution Kathy πŸ™‚

  238. 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!

  239. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 29, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Hi Shanae, here’s some info on puppy foods – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/puppy-foods/

    I need to add Applaws Puppy to that list, which is a decent supermarket option.

  240. 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 – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/best-dry-dog-food/

  241. 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 – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/puppy-foods/

  242. 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.

  243. 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.

  244. 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.

  245. 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.

  246. 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.

  247. 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).

  248. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 18, 2015 at 5:24 am

    That’s really great to hear Trish πŸ™‚

    Thanks

  249. 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.

  250. 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.

  251. 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.

  252. 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.

  253. 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.

  254. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 7, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Is that all you feed them Carol?

  255. 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.

  256. 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.

  257. 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.

  258. 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.

  259. 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.

  260. 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.

  261. 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.

  262. 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 – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/canidae-grain-free/

  263. 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.

  264. 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).

  265. 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.

  266. 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.

  267. 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.

  268. 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.

  269. 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.

  270. 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.

  271. 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).

  272. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) March 10, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Hi James, there’s some info here:

    https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/analysing-ingredients/puppy-diet-compared-to-adult-diet/

    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).

  273. 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.

  274. 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.

  275. 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.

  276. 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.

  277. 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.

  278. 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.

  279. 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.

  280. 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.

  281. 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.

  282. 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.

  283. 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.

  284. 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.

  285. 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…

  286. 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.

  287. 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.

  288. 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.

  289. 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.

  290. 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.

  291. 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 – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/applaws-its-all-good/

  292. 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.

  293. 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?

    https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-cat-food/best-dry-cat-food/

  294. 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.

  295. 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.

  296. Reply
    Pet Food Reviews (Australia) January 27, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Hi Fiona, we only review dry foods – sorry.

  297. 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.

  298. 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.

  299. 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:

    https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/best-dry-dog-food/

  300. 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.

  301. 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 – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/nutro-natural-choice/

  302. 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.

  303. 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.

  304. 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.

  305. 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.

  306. 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.

  307. 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.

  308. 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 – https://www.facebook.com/BlackHawkPetCare). 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

  309. 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.

  310. 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.

  311. 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.

  312. 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.

    Thanks

  313. 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.

  314. 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.

  315. 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.

  316. 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.

  317. 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.

  318. 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?

  319. 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.

  320. Hi Loretta, yes, feeding your dog any fresh meat is a good thing if you can afford it.

  321. 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.