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Delicate Care

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Website Delicate Care
Country of origin Australia
Available from Veterinary clinics
Delicate Care
Delicate Care

You’ll find Delicate Care recommended and sold by a number of vets. It’s marketed as “veterinary endorsed”, but in a world where Woolworth’s can pay a respected vet to endorse their budget (and seemingly harmful) home brand it’s a questionable claim.

To be positive, Delicate Care seems to stack up better than offerings from Hill’s and Royal Canin, and that’s important. But (and there’s always a but) the numero uno ingredient in all formulas is the starchy carbohydrate grain sorghum. Yep, that comes before meat, and that’s not good.

Sorghum has a few benefits. It’s shown to be more digestible than the problematic wheat (common cause of allergies). It doesn’t cause the insulin spike that corn does, and it’s gluten free to boot. It also firms up stools, which is great for those who judge the health of their dogs based on stool firmness…

There are other benefits of sorghum which are great for the manufacturer. It’s cheaper than rice, and readily available in Australia.

Let’s talk positives…

There are no artificial chemicals, preservatives, or antioxidants. Minerals are chelated, which means they are of a better quality and should be more readily absorbed. They claim 70% of protein comes from meat (I’m looking at the Adult formula), which in this case is duck meal (Note, that’s 70% of the protein, not 70% of the product – so 70% of the 24% protein would be approx 17%). The meat selections in all products are chosen as they’re not common causes of intolerances or allergies.

As a whole, the carbs sit pretty high (estimated 46%). Protein is moderate, with protein from sorghum and chick peas included in that. Fat sits relatively low.

But it’s not bad. It’s made to human-grade food standards, and that’s a big plus when you know how poor other pet food standards are. It’s a viable alternative to Hill’s and Royal Canin, and worthy of adding to a rotation (well, you wouldn’t want to stuff your dog with sorghum every day, would you?).

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Ingredients

Sorghum, Duck Meal, Chick Peas, Tallow, Sugar Beet Pulp, Natural Flavours, Omega Magic™ Essential Oil Blend, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Blueberries, Turmeric, FOS (Fructo-Oligo-Saccharides), Bacillus subtilis, L-Lysine, MOS (Manno-Oligo-Saccharides), DL-Methionine, Yucca schidigera Extract, Vitamins A D3 E K3 B1 B2 B3 B5 B6 B12, Folic Acid, Biotin, Copper (from Sulphate), Copper Chelate, Zinc (from Sulphate), Zinc Chelate, Manganese (from Oxide), Manganese Chelate, Iron (from Sulphate), Iron Chelate, Selenium, and Iodine. Product protected by natural mixed tocopherols and rosemary extract.

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Cherish

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Website Cherish
Country of origin Australia
Available from My Pet Warehouse, Budget Pet Products
Cherish Amazing Adult Dry Dog Food
Cherish

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 spirit (!!), for playful puppies, amazing adults, and super 7 years +. But we know that’s just marketing, and nothing about the product itself, so is it really any good?

Well yes, it’s actually pretty good…

Starting at the bottom of the ingredients list we see a good sign of quality – chelated minerals. Chelated minerals are said to be more bioavailable (more readily absorbed) than cheaper mineral inclusions. That means your dog should benefit more from the minerals in this food than the many cheaper brands which simply list “vitamins and minerals” (so a powder premix sourced from some foreign country or other).

COCO MCT (in laymans terms coconut oil extract) will support immune system and digestion, and combined with omega fatty acids from fish (and vegetable) sources should really give your dog a boost. There’s a selection of “superfoods” such as blueberries, chia seeds, and anti-carcinogenic spice turmeric.

Let’s take a step back though, and look at the bulk of the food. The first ingredient (read first, not main), is hormone free chicken and salmon meal. It’s good to see meat as the first ingredient, but it’s likely the next three ingredients are in relatively equal proportions – sorghum, chick peas, and field peas. When combined, it’s possible the meat amounts to just over 25% of those four ingredients, so not as prominent as you may think. In reality the two combined pea ingredients may amount to almost half the food, being a prime constituent of protein and carbs.

With close investigation, the vitamins and minerals further down the list are there to substitute anything lacking from the lower meat content. This is nothing surprising though, and is the case for almost all pet foods – reduce meat (save cost), then re-add necessities (as defined by AAFCO).

It’s definitely a good formula. Keep in mind, like many foods, it’s more legume-based than meat based, but your dog should benefit much more from this than what you’ll find at the supermarket.

Well worthy of adding to a rotation (yes, we recommend rotating foods), or perhaps feed alongside some raw patties or fresh ingredients.

If My Pet Warehouse is your store of choice, then this is a good option which won’t break the bank. Recommended.

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Ingredients

Hormone Free Chicken & Salmon Meal, Sorghum, Chick Peas, Field Peas, Chicken Fat, Chicken Gravy, COCO MCT™, Beet Pulp, Omega 3 & 6 Essential Fatty Acids (balanced blend derived from Fish Oil, Vegetable Oils and Oilseeds), Superfoods (Blueberries, Chia Seeds, Cranberries, Apple, Tomato & Turmeric), Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, L-Lysine, Chicory Root, Yucca schidigera, Mannan-Oligo-Saccharides (MOS), Bacillus subtilis, DL-Methionine, Vitamins A, D3, E, K3, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Folic Acid, Biotin, Copper Sulphate, Copper Chelate, Zinc Sulphate, Zinc Chelate, Manganese Oxide, Manganese Chelate, Iron Sulphate, Iron Chelate, Selenium, Iodine and Calcium.

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Providore

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Website Providore
Country of origin New Zealand
Available from Petbarn
Providore Dog Food
Providore

If Petbarn (or City Farmers) is your pet store of choice, then you’re probably wondering how good Providore is (especially given the price tag $$$).

The good news is it’s up there in the realms of ZiwiPeak, boasting a whopping 93% meat, with absolutely no fillers (no grains, pulse crops, or potatoes). Also keeping in trend with Ziwi and other NZ pet foods it also contains the wonderful green-lipped mussels, a fantastic source of omegas, chondroitin, and glucosamine for joint health and overall well being (plus a glossy coat).

Being air dried, the food will retain much more nutrients than any kibble baked at high temperatures. This makes for a very species-appropriate diet.

It’s complete with organs and bones, all rich in the right nutrients. Even the ingredients lower down the list are good – parsley, chicory, kelp, flaxseed, and fish oil. It’s all very very good, and would likely lead to a very healthy pet.

So is it expensive? Well, yes, especially if you have big hungry dogs. I know if I fed this consistently to my two Border Collies I’d be bankrupt by Christmas. This is the reason why these foods are often advertised as a complete diet or a topper. Simply adding this to a diet, or rotation, or even as a treat, will certainly boost the health of your dog. If you have a small dog, or a ferret for that matter, then this may well be a viable option!

Another way of looking at it – is this food really expensive, or are other brands really cheap because they’re made with stuff your dog doesn’t need?

Highly recommended (especially if you’re rich).

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Ingredients

Currently not listed on the Providore website.

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Hypro Premium

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Website Hypro Premium
Country of origin Australia
Available from Independent retailers
Hypro Premium Dry Dog Food
Hypro Premium

You may not have heard of Hypro Premium, but you’ve probably heard of Meals for Mutts – an Australian brand with a very loyal following. Hypro Petfoods have been the manufacturers behind Meals for Mutts for a couple of years now, and this is their straight-from-the-manufacturer offering.

We’ll take a look at the Chicken & Duck formula for the purpose of this review. The other formulas use the same base ingredients so are comparable, just with a different meat.

The main ingredient is what we would hope to see – meat. In this case it’s chicken and duck meat. The Aussie regs definition of meat is, in summary, “any part of the animal other than the feathers which contains protein” and ordinarily “used as a food by dogs or cats”. That means inclusive of offal (which is a good thing), but also offers the manufacturer leniency as to what the ingredient is comprised of.

We can expect the 2nd and 3rd ingredients to be prominent, a combination of faba beans (broad beans) and chickpeas. These legume constituents will likely outweigh the meat ingredient in the top spot and signifcantly contribute to the protein and carbs (chickpeas and high in legume protein and carbs). Almost all kibbles use similar ingredients (grain or grain free) to bulk up the food. The 4th ingredient is a combination of vegetables, inclusive of potato, carrot, and spinach, with no real indication of which of those ingredients is the most prominent.

The protein is 26%, which puts the food above many household brands. The 15% fat is reasonable. They list the carbs as 30% which is a definite positive considering many brands (including scientific/premium brands) are much higher in carbs.

It’s nice to see no use of artificial colours, preservatives, or antioxidants in the product. It’s very similar to Meals for Mutts, so if that’s worked for you then this would too.

Overall it’s a decent food. Better than many.

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Ingredients

Chicken & Duck meat; Faba beans, Chickpeas, Vegetables (including potato, carrot, spinach), Tallow (beef &/or poultry), Chicken gravy, Oils (sunflower, flaxseed, fish & emu), Beet pulp, Salt, Essential vitamins & minerals (including calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, copper, iodine, selenium, Vitamins A, D3, E, K, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine, panothenic acid, folic acid, B12), Chicory extract, Choline chloride, Egg, Yucca schidegera extract, Natural antioxidants (including rosemary), Fruits (apple, blueberry, cranberry, tomato), Alfalfa, Kelp.

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Woolworths Essentials

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Website Woolworths
Country of origin Australia
Available from Woolworths
Woolworths Essentials

80% of cats in their older years get diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD). It’s not surprising when most cats are fed a diet of cereal grains and cereal grain by-products baked into rock hard kibble. That’s pretty insane when cats are factually known to be obligate carnivores. When you feed them kibble like this one (or Woolworths Smitten for that matter), it is very likely your cat will suffer.

All “flavours” in the range are formulated the same, so don’t be fooled into believing you’re feeding your cat a variety if you offer him different flavours. They’re all made from cereals and/or cereal by-products, very likely problematic wheat and rice. Your poor cat.

26% protein is low, especially when we’re looking at protein from cereal grains rather than meat. 8% fat is very low, and ensures the kibble is high in carbohydrates/sugars. We estimate carbohydrates to be around half of the product.

The ambiguous ingredient “flavours” will likely be artificial flavours or a nasty animal digest broth, and we can pretty much assume “preservatives” and “antioxidants” are chemical/synthetic as otherwise they’d be listed as natural. In layman’s terms, they’re not using ingredients which are good for your cat, they’re using ingredients which are good for their profits.

There really isn’t anything decent to say about this product. It’s definitely not species appropriate. Yes, it may be cheap, but you’ll pay the price down the track if your cat’s organs start giving up.

Please don’t feed this to your cat.

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* Carbohydrates aren’t listed on pet food labels. This value is calculated based on levels of protein, fat, moisture, and ash. Estimated values for moisture and ash have been used where these values haven’t been given (moisture of 10%, and ash of 8%).

Ingredients

Wholegrain cereals and/or cereal by-products, Meat and meat by products (derived from poultry and/or beef, and/or fish), Tallow (derived from beef and/or poultry and/or lamb), Flavours, Salt, Potassium Chloride, DL Methionine, Choline Chloride, Vitamins & Minerals, Taurine, Preservatives, and Antioxidants.

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Vetalogica Biologically Appropriate

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WebsiteVetalogica
Country of origin Australia
Available fromPet Circle, My Pet Warehouse
Vetalogica Biologically Appropriate Hunter Valley Harvest Dry Dog Food
Vetalogica Biologically Appropriate

Vetalogica have shown to be one of the better Australian brands. They formulate their foods with one important consideration in mind – dogs are essentially carnivores. That’s against the grain (sorry for the pun) of most “popular” and “scientific” pet foods which seem to be designed more for herbivores or corn-munchers.

For this review we’ll take a look at the Hunter Valley Harvest formula, but the other two formulas and puppy formula are pretty much equal.

The food boasts 38% protein which is great, especially as most of it comes from meat. That’s almost double the protein of most supermarket brands (which tend to be grain proteins). It’s nice to see the amount of carbs sit relatively low at 34% (estimated), but I find the 10% fat slightly on the low side.

Meat should always be the most significant ingredient in a dog food. In this food the first FOUR are meat – chicken, duck, tuna, and mackerel. They’re all decent ingredients in their own right, and it’s nice to see a mixture. They claim on the packaging meat and fish ingredients amount to 65% of the product (inclusive of chicken fat further down the ingredients list) – that’s good.

The next chunk of ingredients is a combination of sweet potato, chickpeas, green and red lentils. These will amount to most of the remaining 35%. None are bad choices, and again it’s nice to see a mixture of ingredients instead of just meat and rice or meat and potatoes. It shows consideration, and provides a more rounded nutrient base.

Even the ingredients lower down the list show how well considered the food is. It’s nice to see the inclusion of eggs, flaxseed, quality fruits and vegetables, and coconut oil. It’s clear they haven’t skimped on any ingredients with cheaper substitutes.

The food has no grains, no nasty fillers, no chemical antioxidants or preservatives, and no pointless food colourings. It’s a really good well-rounded food.

Recommended.

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Ingredients

Chicken Meal, Duck Meal, Tuna Meal, Mackerel Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas, Green Lentils, Red Lentils, Chicken Fat (Naturally preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Ground Flaxseed, Eggs, Coconut Oil, Dried Blueberries, Kale, Dried Spinach, Tomato Pomace, Dried Pumpkin, Kelp, Chicory Root, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Sea Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Magnesium Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Oxide, Iodine, Sodium Selenite, Zinc Propionate), Turmeric Root, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Mixed Tocopherols (a Natural preservative), Rosemary Extract.

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Orijen

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WebsiteOrijen
Available fromPet Circle, My Pet Warehouse, Lucky Pet
Orijen Original
Orijen Original

Orijen has a very loyal following. It’s easy to understand why – the ingredients are fantastic. It boasts one of the highest protein and lowest carb percentages of any dry pet food. The Canadian manufacturer Champion Petfoods boldly claim to make “The World’s Best Petfood”, and in our opinion they’re definitely up there with the best.

Orijen hit our shores this year (2019) but some will remember it being on our shelves just over 10 years ago. Unfortunately the brand ran afoul of stringent Australian quarantine regulations and harmful irradiation, which is thankfully not the case today. Orijen is imported by the same company who import Taste of the Wild, and the products are not irradiated on import.

Let’s take a look at the ingredients of Orijen Original, focusing on meat and fish being what a dog, essentially a carnivore, should be eating:

Deboned chicken, deboned turkey, yellowtail flounder, whole eggs, whole atlantic mackerel, chicken liver, turkey liver, chicken heart, turkey heart, whole atlantic herring, dehydrated chicken, dehydrated turkey, dehydrated mackerel, dehydrated chicken liver, dehydrated turkey liver…

Drool!

What’s great about this food is they use whole prey. Deboned chicken is the whole chicken, inclusive of organs, just without the bones. This is so much better than many pet foods in which the chicken content is whatever can’t be sold for human consumption (so mostly carcass).

I task you to find another dry dog food in Australia which boasts such an incredible ingredients list. Meat, fish, and eggs amounts to 85% of the product, 15% vegetables, fruits, and botanicals, and 0% grains, potato, tapioca, or any other fillers. That’s very impressive, and if all dog foods had ingredients like that we’d likely have a wonderfully healthy dog population.

The range of lentils, beans, peas, and chickpeas would make a vegan salivate, and the plethora of fruits and vegetables would put a farmers market to shame.

There are no artificial substances, antioxidants, or preservatives in the product. It’s simply all good. Brilliant – if you can afford it.

Highly recommended.

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Ingredients


Deboned chicken, deboned turkey, yellowtail flounder, whole eggs, whole atlantic mackerel, chicken liver, turkey liver, chicken heart, turkey heart, whole atlantic herring, dehydrated chicken, dehydrated turkey, dehydrated mackerel, dehydrated chicken liver, dehydrated turkey liver, whole green peas, whole navy beans, red lentils, chicken necks, chicken kidney, pinto beans, chickpeas, green lentils, lentil fiber, chicken fat, natural chicken flavor, herring oil, ground chicken bone, chicken cartilage, turkey cartilage, dried kelp, freeze-dried chicken liver, freeze-dried turkey liver, whole pumpkin, whole butternut squash, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, turnip greens, whole carrots, apples, pears, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, zinc proteinate, mixed tocopherols (preservative), chicory root, turmeric, sarsaparilla root, althea root, rosehips, juniper berries, dried lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried lactobacillus casei fermentation product.  

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Instinctive Bite

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WebsiteInstinctive Bite
Country of originAustralia
Available fromPet Circle
Instinctive Bite Original
Instinctive Bite Original

Instinctive Bite is Pet Circle’s answer to a decent home brand. Don’t let the words “home brand” put you off, it’s pretty good.

We’ll take a look at the Original Chicken formula for this review, but they also offer grain free formulas if that’s your preference.

The first ingredient is chicken meal, so we’re off to a good start. The packaging claims 60% meat, so we can be pretty sure the chicken is a significant ingredient. We also find poultry oil and poultry digest further down the ingredients.

The grain inclusion is the favourable brown rice. It’s one of the better choices of grain, especially compared to wheat or ambiguous “cereals” which many foods are made from. The carbs sits around 36% which is on the positive side.

The next two ingredients are in smaller proportions to the first two. These are peas and besan. Peas add protein and fibre and are considered okay to feed in smaller proportions. Besan (chickpea flour) is higher in protein, and combined with peas offers a decent mix of vitamins and minerals.

As we get to the lower half of the ingredients we find a decent mix of oils, vitamins, minerals, veggies (in small doses), and it’s really nice to see a DHA blend (excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids). Another nice plus point is they haven’t used any unnatural antioxidants or preservatives. Great stuff.

Instinctive Bite has the hallmarks of a decent food. Recommended.

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Ingredients

Australian Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Peas, Besan, Poultry Oil, Poultry Digest, Coconut Oil, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Choline Chloride, Carrots, Pumpkin Powder, Chicory Root Inulin, DHA Blend, Natural Antioxidants, Yucca Extract,Vitamins (C, E Supplement, B3, B5, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, B6, A, Folic Acid, B7, B12 Supplement,D3), Minerals ( Zinc Sulphate, Iron Sulfate Monohydrate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Selenium).

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Balanced Life Enhanced

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WebsiteBalanced Life Enhanced
Country of originAustralia
Available from Pet Circle My Pet Warehouse Lucky Pet
Balanced Life Enhanced
Balanced Life Enhanced

Balanced Life Enhanced is an Australian first – kibble + air dried.

If you’ve read the reviews of the air dried Balanced Life range you’ll already know the nutritional benefits compared to kibble. Yup, air-dried is the better option. So why mix with kibble?

The reason is simple: Air drying is a more costly production process, which leads to a pricier product. As Glen Richards stated on the Frontier Pets episode of Shark Tank, *most* consumers buy the cheapest possible product. Balanced Life needed a way of reducing their price tag to target a wider range of consumers, which I’m assuming is the reason this new range came into existence.

The ingredients list doesn’t seem to differentiate between the kibble and the air dried raw meat pieces. The first ingredient is chicken, and the second ground chicken bones. I’m assuming the raw meat pieces are the chicken, or perhaps both. Both are great ingredients for your dog – an essentially carnivorous beast.

But hold up… If the air dried pieces are the meat, then the kibble is mostly faba beans (or fava beans), chickpeas, and pea protein. Virtually a vegan kibble..!

Some clever boffins in the pet food industry figured out faba beans are a “promising” dog food ingredient, but with more digging you’ll find the research was focused primarily on how much could be fed to a dog without being problematic. That’s nothing to do with whether it’s good for your dog or not. The same is applicable for chickpeas and peas. Legumes should be kept to a minimum in a canine diet. Unfortunately ingredients such as this are used in pet foods to keep production costs down.

The kibble includes all necessary vitamins and minerals to make the food complete and balanced, alongside vegetables, fruits, and oils to further round off the food. There aren’t any of the nasties you’ll find in most supermarket dog foods, and the preservatives in this food are natural.

It’s a conundrum. The kibble on it’s own wouldn’t be rated highly, but as a whole the product holds up. It’s kinda clever, but will offer your dog a reasonably good diet with the benefit of air dried meats rather than kibblefied at high temps. Bonus.

If you can stomach the cost of the original Balanced Life then do that, otherwise this is a reasonable option. Why not feed a mixture of both?

If my sources are correct this food is manufactured by Hypro Pet Care. They are the manufacturers who took over Meals for Mutts production circa 2017 as well as producing their own brand of kibble.

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Ingredients

Chicken, Ground Chicken Bones, Faba Beans, Chickpeas, Pea Protein, Chicken Fat stabilised with mixed tocopherols (source of vitamin E), Chicken Liver Flavour, Molasses, Beet Pulp, Sea Salt, Alfalfa, Caramel, Flax Seed, Red Lentils, Vitamins (Vitamin E, C, B3, B5, B2, A, B12, B1, B6, D3, B9) and Minerals (calcium carbonate, zinc sulphate, ferrous sulphate, copper sulphate, manganese oxide, potassium oxide, selenium), Dicalcium Phosphate , Guar Gum, Yellow Peas, Green Peas, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Salmon Oil, Chia Seed, Desiccated Coconut, Cranberries, Diced Carrot, Beetroot Powder, Chicory Root (prebiotic), Antioxidant Natural (mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract), Yucca Extract, Flax Seed Oil, Taurine, Kelp Powder, Green Tea.

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Scratch

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Website Scratch
Country of origin Australia

Scratch

Scratch

Scratch offer a home delivery service tailored to your dog. The first thing I noticed was how cool their website is. It’s really cool.

You can create a profile for your dog by giving them some information (name, sex, life stage, breed, weight, activity level), and they recommend an appropriate delivery schedule. Shipping is free to Melbourne and Sydney, and I believe they’re looking at options for wider distribution as the company grows.

Their business philosophy is to offer transparency which is something very welcome in a rather nubilous industry. You’ll see from the ingredients they list percentages – this is something all manufacturers should be required to do as it really shows the truth. Not many do.

The bulk of the food is made up of three ingredients – KangarooBroad Beans, and Chick Peas. These are all in fairly equal proportions. To put this into perspective, many of the big supermarket brands have less meat, and instead of legumes use excessive (filler) grains. There are also more expensive brands which have a greater meat percentage, so this food sits somewhere in the middle. It’s comparable, and slightly cheaper than Black Hawk Grain Free.

There’s a concern with feeding broad beans in excess, but some clever pet food industry boffins tested they could be fed in moderation and they hold up relatively well when cooked into a kibble. The main reason they’re used in kibble is because they’re a cheaper alternative to meat, and they bulk up protein percentages. It’s nothing to do with whether the ingredient is good for your dog. Given almost a third of this food is broad beans (and almost two thirds legumes) the real issue may stem from constant feeding. This is one of the reasons we recommend a mixed diet.

Further down the ingredients list we find some nice inclusions. There are four types of oil (sunflower, salmon, flaxseed, and coconut), which will all boost well being, skin, and coat health. DHA is included to support brain and body. There’s a few other well chosen ingredients as well, and the wonderful turmeric which has no end of health benefits. It’s also really nice to see no use of chemical/sulphite preservatives or nasty additives.

The only real downside of this food is the amount of legumes, but otherwise Scratch could be worthy of adding to a rotation of foods.

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Ingredients

Kangaroo (Roo Meal 28%, Meat & Liver Digest 5%), Broad Beans 27%, Chick Peas 27%, Beet Pulp, Chicory, Alfalfa, Yucca Extract, Carrots, Chia, Spinach, Pumpkin, Kelp, Turmeric, Beef Fat 7%, Sunflower Oil 2.7%, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Coconut Oil, DHA from Algae, Monosodium Phosphate, Salt, Zinc Sulphate Monohydrate, Essential Vitamins & Minerals, Mixed Tocopherols and Rosemary Extract.

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