Have had my dog on this for several weeks now. We have previously fed him burns dried dog food, which we have always got on very well with, so this food had a lot to live up to. It smells very fishy, so i was a bit worried it might have a detrimental affect on my dog’s breath, but he smells no sweeter or fouler than previously. His coat has remained in great condition, his weight has maintained, and he has bags of energy. He is perhaps a little windy – but i couldn’t swear that is anything to do with the food, as he’s quite often like thatit is supposed to prevent them from woolfing, but i’ve not really noticed much of that (he eats everything in seconds), but if he is happy with it then it gets a thumbs up from us. The only thing i would say is that the kibble is quite large, and i doubt this would be suitable for small dogs with small jaws – the dog needs to be able to chomp a fair bit to eat this.
My golden retriever has expensive tastes in dog food. She is currently on the eukanuba sensitive digestion with dentaguard, and is managing quite happily on that. She has been known to get a poorly tummy from eating certain brands of dog food, so i have to be careful what she eats. Recently we tried her on the essential foods estate living dog food, with great success. She loves the food, and i love the quality of the ingredients used. I feel like i am providing the best for my gorgeous dog. Having seen the quality of the ingredients listed for the nautical living dog food, i decided to let her have a try of this, in the hopes that we might be able to give her even more variety in her diet. Listed in the ingredients are scottish salmon, salisbury rainbow trout, dried herring, and a whole variety of berries and vegetables to mimic the diet a predatory dog would gain from eating an animal, including the contents of its herbivorous stomach. The theory behind this, is that the food is as close as possible to nature and is optimized for your dogs health.
A big bag of quality dog food. The bottom line with all dog or cat foods has to be whether your pet will eat it or not. It can be the most lovingly crafted food available but if a picky pet won’t eat it, you have a problem and the neighbours will end up giving it to their less fussy animal. This food, developed by essential living, comes in a sack. If you just own a jack russell or other single animal you may want to reconsider the size you are buying as this is quite a hefty bag of food. It ideally needs a lidded container to pour it into as it’s quite a lot of food and does have a slightly fishy aroma. I would suggest it’s going to be suited to someone who owns a larger dog or a few animals. I ended up splitting the bag between a couple of animals, and so far both have found it palatable. So that’s the biggest problem overcome. She’s taken to it, having it at first mixed with a little wet food then trying it on its own. The other one is the typical bolt-your-food-quick staffie and he’s obviously not the problem animal of the two. Both eat the stuff, and neither seem the worse for wear. No change in their bowel habits so certainly no irritated or upset digestion. When buying this kind of food, which is obviously more expensive than your typical dog kibble or cans of labelled fat masquerading as value pet food, there has to be a unique selling point or two.
Key specs for Essential Foods Dog Food Nautical Living 12.5 kg:
Comments from buyers
“Our rescue dog went from shelter food to this without , It’s a great fishy food for dogs :), A good choice if you can afford it – high quality ingredients”
A five paw score in our house. . It is difficult to know how to review this kind of thing. The dogs aren’t able to give me their thoughts in detail. :)there are two of them and one of them can be fussy when presented with new food. They both went about this with enthusiasm though and always finish the lot. It looks to have all the right nutrients and they are thriving on it. From my point of view, the only thing i can say is that it smells quite fishy, but i don’t expect dog chow to be fragrant. Very nutritious, convenient to store food that the dogs love to eat.
My dog is very active and we walk over 1000 miles a year so the idea of having a food that sustains his blood sugar is quite appealing as some walks he is dragging behind and on other times we get home and he is tearing around the garden like we haven’t been out for a walk in a month. I can’t say i have seen a difference in this behaviour, but i put some of this down to his unusual eating habits and that our walks are not consistent (different time of day and lengths). Regardless of the food i use, he will have days of grazing and nibbling and then days of wolfing the food down and asking for more. I am sure that this is not what the makers of this food anticipated. My dogs unusual peaks and troughs of energy aside. He has taken quite well to this food, i have been trying different ones this year with varying results, but this one seems to have been a hit from the start. His eating habits haven’t changed and neither has his appetite, so that was pleasing for me. The pieces are a good button size so he has to crunch them up which is supposed to be good for his teeth. The smell is very fishy, but not unpleasant and the ingredients are a good mix of fish and vegetables.
A good choice if you can afford it – high quality ingredients. Essential foods base their recipes on their principle of behavioural optimising foods – bof. The idea is to avoid the peak of blood glucose an hour after feeding and instead keep levels more even. This should result in a more stable level of energy throughout the day which is particularly helpful for a working dog. The food has a high level of fresh meat – in this case seafood – eggs – and a list of healthy ingredients as long as your arm. On their website they say there is nothing remotely comparable to the quality of essential food at the same price, which is a little hard to measure. It looks unremarkable and has a shelf life of one year. The smell is palatable, but i’m not the one who’s eating it. What you can say is that there are cheaper ways of feeding your dog. If your dog is used to 33p tins of dog food from aldi then you’ll know what i mean.