Chum Dog Food Review

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Salt – something we know to be bad for our health. Chum Crunchy has salt as the 3rd ingredient, listed by significance, which really isn’t a good sign. It comes before vegetables, vitamins, and minerals.

On the salt prominence alone I’d avoid this food. It’s not healthy.

Chum Dog Food Review

To give an overview of the other ingredients it’s a typical low quality cheap filler food, mostly allergenic cheap grains, with meat by-products thrown in. It’s labelled as beef, bone, and vegetable flavour, which means relatively little as far as marketing guidelines go – it doesn’t need to contain a significant amount of beef, only a trace.

There’s nothing positive I can say about this food.



Cereal and cereal by-products (wheat, sorghum &/or barley), meat and meat by-products (beef, chicken &/or lamb), salt, vegetables, minerals (including potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, and phosphorous), vitamins (including A, B6, B12, D3, E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid and choline), methionine and antioxidants.

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2 Total Score
Big vet bills? Probably.

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  1. It is very difficult finding the right dog food for your/our pet, a Bicheon Frise particularly the dry food. Of course he loves Ziwi and Providore air dried food but over $40 a kilo and more we just cannot justify paying that much. He was bought up on Eukanuba pupply kibbles, which he tolerated but I wanted to try some different varieties, Bill+ Margot, Royan Canin and Wellness Core are a few I have tried as well as adult Eukanuba. He doesn’t really like any of them and believe me he is not a fussy eater, will eat almost anything, so no problem there. The only ones he would happily scoff down are Ziwi and Providore – not going down that direction. We fed our neighbors dog and tried him on the kibbles that he uses. He loved them and scoffed them down! Found out that they were Chum. Hence the search for reviews on Chum, which are not glowing.. So it is back to the drawing board for me and taste testing for our dog..

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

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

  2. Ran out of normal dog food and grabbed some Chum. First dog violently ill. Vomiting and the runs so had to rush him to the vet. Was away from home for a week. Second dog ate some of the Chum and the same thing happened vomiting and the runs. Rang Chum as obviously something wrong with the food. They asked for the food back (all of it) I kept some. I asked to see a copy of the test they ran on the food, they refused to give it to me, saying no one else had complained. Then they ignored me and didn’t even compensate me for the food I had to send back.

    • Omg that’s awful.

      Are you going to send a sample of the food you kept off for testing?

      • Have tried.. Local Council won’t do it because it’s not human food, only option is the local testing place and apparently it is really expensive to have it tested because they don’t know what they are testing for? Did go to Choice because I thought they might be able to help. They didn’t reply. Obviously our fur babies are not worthy of being fed food that is fit for their consuption.

        • Unfortunately I don’t think you’ll get far, as people in the US are finding with the latest round of Taste Of The Wild complaints. Testing for an unknown factor appears to be an expensive and lengthy process that very few people are willing to commit to once they see the numbers, even after the death of a pet. Obviously the company will want to retrieve every scrap of evidence material possible while offering only the most bland useless feedback as approved by the good folks in the legal dept. so I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for any revelations there. Prior to the Chum episode, would you say the dogs were on a varied or a monotonous diet?

          Hopefully it was just a transition thing, and considering the Chum ingredients, that’s not hard to imagine for any dog who didn’t come from a prior diet of Pringles potato chips.

        • Hello Allan, with the first dog, I thought change in diet as I had fed the other dog the rest of their normal dog food and she wasn’t sick. When we came home from being away and she tucked into the bag that was sitting on the floor and got ill… I quickly realised bad batch of food. I did keep some when they asked me to send the ‘WHOLE BAG BACK’….. The cost to get it tested as you say is huge and the local council won’t do a think about it. Cost me a fortune in vet bills. People still need to know what they are feeding their beloved family members… and CHUM should be off the menu

  3. How can Australia allow this rubbish on the market is beyond me

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