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Millie's Wolfheart vs Lily's Kitchen

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DogsMightFly Wed 11-May-16 15:48:12

I currently feed my dog Lily's Kitchen. She's never been bowled over with joy at it and quite often has turned her nose up at it and just left it - both wet and dry. She'd rather go hungry. (I've assumed this is because it doesn't have sugars/fats added to make it more appealing.)

She loves home cooked food though, which I make from the Lily's Kitchen cookery book. So what I give her now is a little home cooked food mixed with Lily's Kitchen dry food.

I'm happy to cook for her because I love her a ridiculous amount and I love seeing her enjoy her food grin She's my PFB. But it's not very convenient when we go on holiday with her, as I have to batch cook beforehand and then I need to try and keep it cool for the car journey, plus it all needs refrigerating/freezing when we get there, and there is often not enough room in holiday cabins/cottages.

So really, I could do with finding her a dog food that she enjoys. I've been looking at Millie's Wolfheart, particularly the salmon one as she loves fish, because from the picture the dry food looks quite moist and I'm wondering if this moistiness will tempt her more. Does anyone have any similar "dog not interested in dog food then I switched to Millie's Wolfheart and have never looked back" experiences please?

tabulahrasa Wed 11-May-16 15:53:08

Do they not do sample packs? You could just see whether she likes it or not then...

BabyGanoush Wed 11-May-16 15:56:40

My dog mainly likes variety, so I chop and change between brands. She likes Wolfheart but also Skinners.

One the best tinned foods is Tripe Mix, it contains a lot more animal (tripe) and less filler than other canned food. She loves it.

MissBeaHaving Wed 11-May-16 16:22:10

Mine are both on Millie's (Turkey & veg at the moment ) but also have Raw,both have had issues with other brands of foods but not with Millies.

I had advice from the customer help line in the beginning as one of mine was being rested & it was very important he didn't put on weight,it was clear they have a lot of knowledge about dog nutrition & health,they kept in touch via email & gave me loads of information.

I'm very suspicious of dog food companies &manufacturing but I'm happy with Millies & the ingredients they use,I saw a massive improvement in my boys very quickly.

You can buy sample bags for £2,I bought a few varieties,none were wasted!

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Wed 11-May-16 17:14:29

The dry kibble is pretty hard and crunchy, I don't think it's moist. They do do a wet food though and as pp said you can buy small sample packs. They are only online though and everything has to be ordered in plenty of time before you run out! They're very good at keeping you informed of your exact delivery day and time though.

Floralnomad Wed 11-May-16 17:46:32

I use Millies tracker mix , we fed Lily's kitchen trays for a while but they were too much for my dogs sensitive stomach . I have always found that if I do an order with Millies it is always with me within 48 hrs .

DogsMightFly Wed 11-May-16 19:26:21

Thanks everyone. That's good news about the sample packs - I'll try her with some of those.

Dieu Wed 11-May-16 19:28:12

My Shih Tzu boy is on Millie's. I love it from the point of view that it keeps his stools nice and firm, which is a huge plus with a long haired breed.
He likes it enough, but will tend to guzzle it only when mixed with something more exciting, such as tuna or grated cheese. Although I add very little, it keeps it tasting and smelling more interesting. Adding hot water can also help.
My guess is that ANY kibble at all becomes boring for them after a while, including Millie's. I would suggest buying a few of the Millie's kibbles and varying them once in a while.

Dieu Wed 11-May-16 19:30:02

Yes, the sample packs are great. Only £1.50 I think, and free delivery too. Just don't go mad and buy loads at first, as the novelty does and will wear off grin

SistersOfPercy Wed 11-May-16 23:24:54

Have you considered canagan? Mine chops and changes between lilys and canagan, he especially loves the salmon.
You can get samples from local stockists usually and if you can catch one on a promotion day they give you £5 off vouchers 😀

Allyouneedisloveandadog Thu 12-May-16 06:32:31

My dog is on Millie's with a bit of Lily's kitchen wet mixed in with it and she's in great condition and loves it.

1frenchfoodie Thu 12-May-16 07:42:34

My dogs (lab and lab cross) are borh on millies and in great condition. They have both the fish one and, currently, coutryside mix (70% lamb, duck, rabbit) As others have said, it is dry kibble. Hope you get on well with it.

DogsMightFly Thu 12-May-16 09:01:43

Thanks everyone, really appreciate your replies. I like the idea of rotating a few brands as this might keep her a bit more interested.

Do you do the introducing new foods a bit at a time every time you rotate? Or just do that the once and then the dog is ok next time they come to have that brand again, even of it's a couple of months later?

Dieu Thu 12-May-16 09:15:50

You don't have to worry about gradually introducing Millie's. It's such good quality that their tummy doesn't really need time to adjust. It says as much on the Millie's literature. 50/50 Millie's/current food for the first 24 hours, then 100% Millie's the following day if no issues. The only exceptions (have just checked my leaflet for you!) are the Salmon and Hunter mix, which need more of a gradual introduction.
Certainly when already established on Millie's, the sudden chopping and changing of the different varieties shouldn't be a problem.
Hope this helps!

SistersOfPercy Thu 12-May-16 09:42:18

Never rotated canagan, it's also incredibly high quality stuff. They also do a wet food so occasionally he'll have a tin mixed with a little kibble for a treat.

MissRainbowBrite Thu 12-May-16 09:55:03

Our 2 yr old Springer is on Millie's, we rotate between the Riverside and Farmers mix. She loves it and it seems to suit her very well. Sometimes with her evening meal she gets leftover veg from our dinner mixed in and a little bit of weak, low salt gravy just to keep things interesting for her.
Millies is great value for money, lasts us about 8-9 weeks for a 12kg bag, they need less as it's such good quality food.

babyblackbird Thu 12-May-16 11:22:14

I have literally just swapped my dog from Millie's Utility on to their Salmon and Veg as from 5 days ago. I have done it gradually as he can be a bit sensitive. The first couple of days I thought I had made a big mistake as he was very loose and I had ordered 5kg (cos he a lab and won't turn his nose up at anything), but he has obviously begun to adjust to the extra protein as he is firming up nicely !!

Too early to tell how he will fair on it but so far so good.

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Thu 12-May-16 13:03:05

I found Millie's turkey & veg upset my dogs tummy a bit, but apparently some dogs do react to turkey. Otherwise he has salmon & veg, countryside, tracker, just about any of them. Some bags are a bit more expensive.

DogsMightFly Fri 13-May-16 06:18:21

Thanks everyone. I think the idea of rotating a couple of brands is a good one. I also like the idea of adding a little tuna or grated cheese as these are easier to take on holiday than several tubs of home cooked food! She also loves veg, so that might tempt her a bit more.

Dieu, thank you for checking your leaflet for me smile My dog loves salmon and can eat it with no stomach problems, so maybe she'll be ok with the switchover to a salmon-based dog food.

babyblackbird Fri 13-May-16 11:15:35

Just to update dog now fully on salmon and veg and has today produced one very small fairly firm poo - this is a revelation to me as I normally have to deal with at least 3 pretty large and increasingly loose specimens ! I am disproportionately happy about this grin

DogsMightFly Fri 13-May-16 11:38:57

I don't think joy over dog poo can ever be disproportionate. Husband and I discuss our dog's poo pretty much every day grin Solid poos mean less cleaning of poo stuck in fur, and that can only be a good thing!

In fact, solid firm poos from our dog after a bout of diarrhoea elicited loud cheering on the street and even a non-ironic high five blush

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