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My dog, Dexter, has been unwell lately. A problem that has arisen from his liking of rich, gravy based dog foods, which really, his digestive system cannot handle.
After much variation in trying to find the right dog food, wet or dry, our vet suggested that we should try Chappie, if we could stand the smell. He recommended this due to the fact that Chappie was easily digestible and contained everything Dexter would need for a healthy, balanced diet and hopefully, Chappie would put a stop to the digestive problems Dexter was experiencing.
Always one to give something new a try, we went to Sainsbury's and bought a 6 pack of Chappie. The 6 pack had two flavours, Chicken & Rice (x4) and Original (x2). The cost was £2.29 for the pack, which we felt was cheap for 6 cans of dog food. The cans were typical 412g cans, the standard for most cans of pet food.
The packaging isn't amazing, it is simple, red and white with a white and ginger terrier on the front, so you obviously know this is dog food and you know the brand is Chappie from the bold white letters on the cans and plastic wrapper holding the 6 pack.
As my doggy has been quite sensitive, I examined the Chappie original closely. It states on the can, it is trust by vets, well I can agree with his, our vet trusts it. It also claims to be a trust recipe.
I'm not sure what I had in mind when I read that this was an 'original' recipe, I had in mind, maybe something like beef but Chappie Original actually contains white fish, chicken and wholegrain cereals. It certainly sounds like something that is easily digestible. It is also low in fat and has added vitamins for your dog's nutrition. All in all, I was impressed with the blurb and recommendation, so we waited until tea time when Dexter was hungry and then it would be the moment of truth.
Opening the can, I was most aware of the absolute stench that reeked from the can, Dexter looked at me as if to say 'you are not feeding me that, are you?', but I persevered. Opening the can was easy, with the normal ring pull and looking at the dog food meat itself wasn't the nicest of images. The meat is in a loaf variety, meaning no jelly or gravy, just compressed meat. There was a thin amount of what appeared to be fat on the top, but certainly, this was not a presence through the rest of the dog food. The meat looked unappetising and graining, the colour being a slight pinky-brown colour, almost like sausage meat, but nowhere near as nice.
The consistency of the meat was quite thick but it was easy to mash up for Dexter. On the vet's advice, we didn't add any mixer to the food. Mashing up the food, I could clearly see that there was no fat in the meat, like there was at the top of the food.
Feeding amounts vary from dog to dog, Dexter is 8kg and for this weight, Chappie recommends that he has about 1 full can a day, which meant giving him half the can twice a day. The feeding instructions are on the can and easy to understand.
Half a can was in his bowl and I popped it on the floor for him to munch away on.
Within minutes the bowl was being licked clean and pushed around the floor, so I took that as a sign of Dexter's approval.
We continued with Chappie for the rest of the pack and we began to notice a vast improvement, very quickly, in Dexter's behaviour, he was no longer listless, he wasn't being sick or having the runs all the time, which made a difference to his behaviour and temperament.
Despite my review being of the 'original' variety, Dexter seemed to prefer the Chicken & Rice variety; however, he has eaten all of those cans out of the pack, that I only have the original to review. The Chicken & Rice variety was a lot smellier than the original but the consistency was smoother and no fat was evident throughout the meat.
The pack lasted just short of a week and we immediately bought another 6 pack and decided to keep him on Chappie, for the foreseeable future. The vet has said there is no reason why he can't have Chappie for the rest of his life, he is doesn't decide to go off it, like he does with most of his other foods.
Chappie can be bought in a 6 pack or in 825g tins in Sainsbury's for about 66p.
I have found Chappie to be an almost lifesaver, Dexter had very little quality of life with digestive trouble and Chappie has eased that considerably for him, making him like a normal dog again. I cannot believe that this cheap dog food could do so much good and without my vet's recommendation, I doubt I would have ever considered Chappie, possibly because of being a pet food snob, surely if you pay more, its better. I couldn't have been more wrong.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Chappie to other dog owners, for price and for quality and I will continue to feed this to Dexter, if it continues to have the same effect on his digestion. My only slight concern is that Dexter will get fed up of the lack of variety, but probably by not having fussy flavours, he will stay a healthy and well dog.
Thanks for reading.
Original Ingredients: Fish & Fish Derivatives (including 4% fish) Cereals (min 4%) Meat & Animal Derivatives (including min 4% chicken) Oils & Fats Herbs Minerals