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Milburnís Premium Large Breed Puppy Food is a complete dry puppy food in petsupermarket.co.ukís own line of dog food. All Milburnís foods are designed to be high quality, low priced pet food with ingredients sourced from right here in the UK. The Large Breed Puppy is a Salmon and Potato blend ideal for food allergy avoidance.
I have an absolutely beautiful 8 month old Alaskan Malamute puppy. Any of you familiar with the breed will know they are notoriously prone to food allergies and intolerances. I had just switched my boy onto Arden Grange fish and potato food when petsupermarket.co.uk released their Milburnís line. The Large Breed Puppy Salmon and Potato was a considerably cheaper option that looked promising. I had to give it a try.
Analysis Protein 27% Oil 15% Fibre 3.5% Ash 7% Vitamin A 9000 iu/Kg Vitamin D3 1400 iu/Kg Vitamin E 65 iu/Kg (as alpha tocopherol) Copper 20 mg/kg (as cupric sulphate)
From the ingredients, this food looks amazing. The first ingredient is a high quality fish, whatís more, the website says it is human grade Scottish Salmon. In fact, all the ingredients are sourced from the UK. Iím not obsessive about watching my carbon footprint, but I did feel good about buying this product. Next on the list is potato, the most digestible carbohydrate for dogs (much, much better than grains such as wheat). Third we have yet more high quality fish, this time in meal form. So far so good. I was a bit uncertain about barley as it is a grain, but it isnít among the top allergens for dogs so I wasnít too concerned. Oats are a good source of fiber and protein. I wasnít thrilled with the poultry fat simply because it made this food unusable for use when avoiding chicken allergies (a common reason why people switch to the more ďexoticĒ flavours of dog food), but itís not an issue with my dog so Iím not too bothered. Peas are fine. Beet pulp is a slightly controversial filler as there is some evidence that it might (stress might) cause kidney and liver problems, but it is quite common in many high quality dog foods. Salmon Oil is good. I would prefer it if the Minerals and Vitamins were listed, but most dog foods do not.
My only concern with the analysis is that it doesnít list the calcium content, an extremely important figure when looking at large breed puppy food (as too much calcium can cause the bones to grow too quickly for the body which can lead to or increase the chances of developing severe medical conditions). But all in all, this food looked like a real winner. I would be lying to say that the price tag didnít add to the appeal. At £7 for a 2.5 kg bag and £35 for a 15 kg bag it is considerably cheaper than similar products (Arden Grange Fish and Potato is typically around £43 per 15kg bag). Plus petsupermarket.co.uk frequently has offers and discount voucher codes, so I only paid around £31 per 15kg bag.
Milburnís Premium Large Breed Puppy Food comes in a heavy duty clear plastic bag with a simple yet attractive green and white label with picture of a cute yellow Labrador puppy. The back label contains the ingredient list, analysis, and feeding guidelines. The pieces of kibble are oval in shape and quite large (roughly 2cm by 1.5cm and .5cm thick). They are firm but can be broken into pieces with your hands fairly easily. They smell of dog food but not of anything in particular. The scent is not strong or offensive.
My puppy took to this food right away. He seemed to like the taste and texture (although I must warn you, he isnít a particularly picky eater. The only two things he has ever turned his nose up at are Burns High Energy Lamb dog food and raw ginger).
There is only one problem with this food. It didnít suit my puppy. Iím sorry to say he had consistently soft (and often runny) poo. He has always struggled to put on weight and after just two weeks of this food he was starting to look a touch thin again. I quickly decided to order a bag of Arden Grange Sensitive Fish (the food he was on previously). I started mixing the two foods together (to gradually switch him back). However, he started doing better right away. Even at a concentration of about 5 parts Milburnís and 1 part Arden Grange his poo firmed up. It was nice because by mixing the two together I could use up the nearly full bag of Milburnís. Glad it didnít have to go to waste. Iím not sure if the protein levels where just a touch too high or if there was some other issue, but the balance of the Milburnís just wasnít right for my boy. One other problem: I found this food when my puppy was 7 months old, so he wasnít going to be on puppy food that much longer. The Milburnís adult salmon and potato blend contains maize, a common food allergen in dogs (in particular, Iíve narrowed my puppyís allergy down to two possibilities and one of them is maize). So I wouldnít have been able to stick with Milburnís anyway.
All in all, I believe Milburnís Large Breed Puppy Food (Salmon and Potato blend) is an excellent option, but it just didnít work for my dog. I will probably give this food a second chance if I ever get another large breed puppy.
This review is also on petsupermarket.co.uk (or will be once they put it up).