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niamhx
22nd April 2007, 09:51 PM
Is pedigree chum puppy food ok the dried one I put boiling water on it first to soften it. Finn likes it. I fed my last dog on pedigree chum she lived happily for 12 yrs she was a cocker spaniel. Im learning king charles lol.

Karlin
22nd April 2007, 10:09 PM
Any food sold as a pet food will meet minimum nutritional standards but from that point on, quality varies enormously. Pedigree Chum is not a great food -- anything that can be bought at a supermarket tends to be very mediocre quality (eg you get what you pay for -- to keep foods that cheap, the dry foods use mediocre ingredients. Instead of meat, you'll see by products and various kinds of 'meal', for example), plus lots of fillers like rice hulls. Most supermarket brands also have artificial colours (to make it look nice for you) and artificial preservatives.

You will find better quality at a good petshop. Many breeders and vets feel puppies do not need puppy food, either -- that the extra nutrients just accelerate growth whoich some feel causes bones to grow too quickly and dogs to get too lanky with poor bone structure. I fed mine on adult food.

You can see the difference with a good quality food -- dogs have smaller, firmer, less stinky stools and often stop having gas.

In Ireland, I'd be looking to feed either Burns, James Wellbeloved or Royal Canin 27 for small breeds. The only tinned food I'd go near is Butchers tripe. I've had kennels feed my three Pedigree Chum and I could not believe the size of their stools and how smelly and runny they were. There is definitely a difference between foods with a lot of filler and a quality food. :thmbsup:

Justine
22nd April 2007, 10:22 PM
i agree with karlin,we found that dogs love the stuff,but it does make there poos very smell and runny.dogs i have seen on it dont seem to do or look so healthy,we feed alfs on r/c and he loves it,his coat is lovely and of course his pooos are good.

coconut
23rd April 2007, 10:34 AM
i tried freddie on this and it is not the best of foods for our babies!

yvonne
23rd April 2007, 10:59 AM
Hi Niamh, I've just PM'd you.
Yvonne

niamhx
23rd April 2007, 03:33 PM
Thank you everyone will try to find those brands I think the vet may sell them. Will ring later when they open.