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Next best to Burns

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by corrine3, May 30, 2010.


  1. corrine3

    corrine3 PetForums VIP

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    We feed Glen and Milly Burns at the moment but really looking for something a wee bit cheaper but dont want to do them out of a good food. Is these anything we could get that is still a good quality food at a better price? Just now we pay £23 for 7.5kg.
     
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    Some alternatives to look into:
    CSJ
    Skinners
    Wainwrights
    Autarky

    There are others, I'm sure other people will suggest some more.
     
  3. JimJamz

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    You can get Arden Grange - Lamb & Rice for around £28 for 15kg if you shop around. I feed 1 of my 3 this and it's great :)
     
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    corrine3 PetForums VIP

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    already looked into skinners and was impressed with prices, is it a good one then? Dont want the guilt of feeding them a rubbish food :eek:
     
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    A lot of people seem to rate it. 'Rubbish' food is a bit subjective really - the longer you own dogs and the more you are around people that do, you realise there's a lot of brands which you may not think of as 'premium' that really do suit individual dogs. There are some real rubbish ones though, mostly what the supermarkets sell!

    Some of the very best are made by small specialist companies that are not owned by the multinationals.... CSJ suits an awful lot of dogs and because it's so cheap, people sometimes view it with unwarranted suspicion. It is classed as a 'working dog food' so there is no VAT on it - that's something to bear in mind if you are looking to save a few pennies.

    Arden Grange is highly recommended by many - I'd forgotten that one!
     
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    corrine3 PetForums VIP

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    CSJ is a front runner just now, will check out arden grange, thanks :)
     
  7. JimJamz

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    corrine3 PetForums VIP

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    thanks jimjamz :D love the name :thumbup:
     
  9. JimJamz

    JimJamz PetForums Member

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    Was my nickname at school :lol: & it stuck.
     
  10. We used Arden Grange for years, but when production moved the dogs just went off it, then we changed to the premium brand produced by mymaddog, not looked back since.
     
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    corrine3 PetForums VIP

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    It does look good, its in the running :D
     
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    Skinners is one of the few complete foods I'd use, as you probably know, I raw feed, but plan to breed, and if new owners weren't keen on carrying on with raw, my first choice would be skinners (adult variety, none of this puppy food malarky).
     
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    i like the look of skinners and i think a local supplier may have it so will look into it, if they dont then i think it'll be CSJ. Thanks folks :)
     
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    I tried loads of varieties of food, Henrick isnt a fussy eater but he is active and can be a bit on the thin side, since putting him on Skinners hes put on weight to the point that he is healthy and not overweight, and hes got a lovely shiny healthy feeling coat, I cant belive what I used to pay for his food and now I pay half that amount and he looks lovely on it.
     
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    I personally don't rate burns, at 60% rice it seems very expensive to me for a big bag of uncle bens. But I know a lot of people swear by it.

    Personally I prefer Arden Grange (The lamb and rice gets a 4* rating, as has already been posted) and Skinners (either duck and rice, lamb and rice or salmon and rice- I believe these are the only hypo-allergenic foods they do so I stuck to those).

    Arden Grange Adult Dog (Lamb & Rice) 15Kg Dry - £25.52

    Skinners Field & Trial Salmon Rice Dog Food 15Kg - £22.63

    Both of these seem to have a much more balanced ratio of rice to meat than burns.

    Arden Grange have fantastic customer services too. Can't rate them highly enough.
     
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    I was shocked by the results of skinners too. My little pup used to have hair like a brillo pad and occasionally itchy too. Now she is a lovely weight with a really soft silky coat.

    Only downside is the low meat content but I top that up with raw chicken wings and beef bones.

    When deciding on a food, check the quantity recommended to feed. I found Skinners to be really competitive when you compare them that way.

    May be worth getting a few samples and let your dog make the final choice? I persevered for months trying to get mine to eat her puppy food but I think she just didnt like it. She chose Skinners adult and we havent looked back.
     
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    With the Burns, there is still around 20% meat, which is about the same as the Skinners I think. Some foods split ingredients so it doesn't look as though there is as much, say, rice in it. They may put rice, wholegrain maize, etc, but there is still as much combined rice and other cereals in the food. When I asked Burns about this, they said this is known as "ingredient splitting". Apart from Orijen, etc, you are still only going to usually get around 20-25% meat in a dry food - that is why I feed it with Naturediet to up the meat content.
     
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    We've just moved 3 of our dogs onto wainwrights from Burns. They are doing really well on it. We've kept the wolfie on Burns for now - she's had a few allergy issues and Burns works for her, so I don't want to mess around with her diet.

    Mine do have raw too though.
     
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    Personally I think if you're giving some extra meat in the form of raw or Naturediet, etc, you can't go wrong with a top-up of quality, "no-additive" dry food like Burns, etc. It's like getting the "best of both worlds".:)
     
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