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 – Kangaroo, Broad 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.
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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- Well considered ingredients
- A bias on legumes over meat