Canagan Dog FoodGiven the fact that Mum’s the Word is a family blog and Chuck, our 9-year-old dog, is very much a part of our family, it seems only fair that he should get in on the reviewing goodness, so when the people at Canagan got in touch and asked if we wanted to review their dog food for my English Bull Terrier Cross, I was pleased to be able to cater for my fur-baby too.

(Yes, okay, I’m one of those people who counts her pets as her children. Deal with it. )

Chuck has suffered with some gastric issues in the past and as a result is on a very specific diet of dog food to prevent gas to avoid his intolerances causing a flare-up of colitis, which can be painful and tricky to deal with. For the past few years, he’s been having the same dry food which contains ingredients which are kind to his stomach, and we avoid giving scraps or low-quality food which can upset his system, so I was ever so slightly reluctant at first to make the switch.

However, when I read the ingredients on the Canagan food, I realised that it actually contained more meat than his usual food, as well as being grain free. The Canagan food even contains added glucosamine and chondroitin, which is essential for a dog of Chuck’s age to help him maintain healthy joints into old age.

Their blurb regarding the thinking behind the ingredients in their food really spoke to me, too:

Throughout the ages, man and dog have evolved side by side, living and hunting together, protecting each other in a unique alliance. Canagan – from the ancient Celtic word for wolf – was created to honour this bond. All dogs are the direct descendants of grey wolves domesticated by our ancient forefathers, and their dietary needs have remained virtually unchanged to this day.Traditionally dog and cat foods have sacrificed nutritional value by using cheaper, less nutritionally accessible ingredients. Our nutritionists have looked carefully at the dietary needs of cats and dogs to produce a food which more closely mimics your pet’s ancestral diet with the correct ratio of meat protein and fat to carbohydrate and a much higher meat content than most.

For a couple of days after giving Chuck the Canagan, we watched him closely for signs that the food might be upsetting him, but aside from a slight increase in…erm…gaseous expulsions (!), which any Bully owner will tell you is a regular occurrence with the breed, he seemed to take to the food really well. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that he actually seems to enjoy the food more than his old brand and his coat is looking shinier than usual.

Given the fact that we have to be so careful with Chuck’s diet, we didn’t make the decision to try Canagan’s food lightly, but I’m so glad that we did. The quality of the food is clearly higher than his previous brand and seeing him enjoy his food is a real bonus for us. When you buy food for your pets in 15kg bags, watching them get gradually more bored with their daily offering can be soul destroying, espceially when you’ve spent close to £50 on it, but his interest in the Canagan food doesn’t seem to have waned at all.

All in all, I’d say that Canagan food has Chuck’s seal of approval!

We were sent a 12kg bag of Canagan Free-Run Chicken food, worth £57.99. All opinions are our own and are in no way influenced by being given a freebie.