JamesWellbeloved in my case - cat was doing fantasically on the cat version (well, there ARE hours and hours of maintenance goes into her coat on a daily basis anyway), so when we got the dog we went for the dog-version as well.
After him being incredibly squitty when we got him (had been fed on whatever was in the donation bin at the rescue) he's also now got lovely solid ones (only a dog owner of a persistently squitty dog can appreciate the sheer beauty of a lovely solid poo).
Thanks guys. I actually feed the 2 cats we have Science Plan which I order online so as to save the massive bags having to be carried to and from car etc. So I am happy to buy it online - I just thought that perhaps if I also fed the puppy that I could always nip out and pick some up just in case I forgot to order it / we ran out earlier than I realised etc. Whereas with the others I would be a bit stuck - that's the reasoning behind asking re Science plan...
Science plan is overpriced shite, full of maize and other fillers.
Fish4Dogs is great, reliable delivery if you buy online. Orijen, TOTW or Acana good, JWB, Arden Grange and Wainwrights a bit further down the list, Skinners (duck/fish/lamb 'n rice varieties) the best of the budget options.
Thanks everyone! Yes every vet I have been registered with has always recommended science plan - I have even questioned them as to why etc. Interesting - perhaps I will rethink my cat food. They were on Almo which is really only meat, cooking liquid and rice. BUT the boy cat started to suffer from what looked like stud tail - greasy and flaky. And the vet said almo doesn't have any added nutrients so he was probably lacking in some (they are indoor cats) and that was causing the fur/oils imbalance. Sure enough, we switched to science plan (wet food) and it cleared up. I realise that this doesn't really belong in the doghouse though...
Anyone got any experience of Burns while we're at it?
I use Fish4dogs and it is one of the very few foods on which my dogs don't get skin problems, presumably as it is cereal free. It is a complete food and is designed as such. Dogs do not need cereal in their diets but do need a high meat/fish content, which fish4dogs provides. It's also very reasonably priced compared to Orijen etc, but is a similar food.
I have used JWB and Burns and IME you are likely to need to use much more of these foods compared to a cereal free food as they contain rice and other 'fillers', so they will work out more expensive in the long run.
Vets get comission on food they sell and most aren't specialists in nutrition. My vet recommends some right old crap.
Thanks a lot Midori. Right - am going to try one of the ones above with high meat content. It stands to reason that dogs will need more of a food which contains fillers or high levels of fillers as they are carnivores and require meat/fish to feel satisfied!
Can I please hijack this thread slightly to ask whether anyone prepares home-made food for their dog? I've been reading about it lately and it makes a lot of sense to prepare your own dog food in order to know exactly what they are getting and there is of course the quality/health aspect too. If so, how long does it take you to prepare a few days worth of food (would be thinking of preparing a few days at a time and freezing for convenience) and what types of stuff do you prepare?