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Feeding a Senior – Growling Tums Dog Food review

If you’ve read any of my older posts about our dog, Chuck, you’ll know that he didn’t have the best start in life. He came to us covered in scars from untold abuse, riddled with worms and a haunted look in his eye. We vowed that we’d always do our best to give him the best life we could, and his nutrition has always been a big part of that. He’s a bull terrier cross, with heavy musculature and a short coat, so he needs plenty of protein and exercise, as well as the right nutrients to keep him shiny and bright-eyed. 

He’s also a complicated beast, suffering with bouts of colitis and bloating, as well as having joint issues, so his food has to be both hypoallergenic and contain some sort of joint care, which is why when Growling Tums got in touch as asked if we’d like to try some of their dog food we were more than happy to give it a go. You see, their Golden Oldies senior dog food is both gentle on the tummies of older dogs and contains high-quality protein and the best Glucosamine , MSM and Chondroitin, all of which are essential for keeping Chuck’s joints well-cared for. 

Growling Tums Golden Oldies Senior Dog Food

The other thing we like about this food is that it’s calorie-controlled – when Chuck was a younger pooch Husband would take him on a five mile walk every day. As his joints gave him more issues, it became every other day and now, we’re only really able to take him a mile or so at a time, but once or twice a day. This means that he’s more prone to weight gain because he’s not exercising as much, but the Growling Tums Senior food helps us to control this – let’s face it, a fat dog is not good and more weight will ultimately put more strain on his joints.

Chuck’s been having the Growling Tums for a couple of weeks now and he’s absolutely loving it! He wolfs his dinner down when its put down for him (with other brands of dry food, he turns his nose up until he’s so hungry that he forces himself to eat!) and his coat is looking fantastic. Best of all, we’ve not had to give him any of his anti-inflammatories since he’s been on the new food either; occasionally, after a walk, he’ll develop a limp and his vet had given us some medicine to give him when he’s in pain, but we’ve been medicine-free for ages now!

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Another great benefit of Growling Tums is the price – we were sent a 12kg bag for the purposes of review, which would ordinarily cost £34.99, which works out at £2.91 per kilo. The food we were giving Chuck previously (which matches up in terms of nutrition) would cost £3.57 per kilo, giving us a saving of around 66p per kilo. That might not seem like much but over the course of the year we’ll save over £70 by switching to Growling Tums.

Which, I think I can safely say, is something we’ll definitely be doing!

It’s a Dog’s Life

This post was kindly contributed by my dog, Chuck.

I don’t remember much about my life before I was 2. I know it wasn’t very nice as I have scars on my feet to prove it, but then I went to the kennels where my ‘people’ came and found me. When they talk to me, they call themselves Mum and Dad, but I don’t think they’re my real parents – they poop indoors into a giant water bowl and I’ve never seen them lick their own butts…

Sometimes, Mum and Dad have to take me to the big shiny white house – I don’t like it there. It smells like other animals and fear and whenever I go there I end up having to have sharp things stuck in me. My humans hug me and tell me it’ll all be okay, but I still hate it, even if they do feed me nice things when I get home. I’ve heard them talking about ‘dog insurance‘ to the person with no legs (at least, I don’t think she has any legs, I can only see her from the waist up) at the shiny white place about it and everyone says things like “thank goodness we have it” – especially when I do things like pulling my claws out by jumping up the back fence because the dog in the garden behind us keeps calling me stupid.

The day that they came to find me, I knew I had to make sure that they took me home with them, away from the draughty kennel where I’d got worms and fleas, so I pee’d up Dad’s leg – that let him know that he belonged to me. That night, Mum and Dad tried to get me to sleep in the spare room, but I didn’t want to be away from them, so I made as much noise as I could to get them to let me into where they were sleeping and I’ve slept with them ever since.

I’d been with Mum and Dad for a few years when Mum’s belly started to get big and one day they came home with a new, tiny pink Human. I think she’s my favourite person in the whole world. She sneaks me treats, gives me hugs and smells fantastic – plus, she leaves her toys all over the place and when no-one is looking, I sneak onto the couch to snuggle with them!

Mum’s belly has been getting bigger again recently, so I know there will probably be another small pink thing coming to live with us again soon. I might be getting old now and my knees sometimes give me jip, but if this new human is anywhere near as awesome as my sister, I’ll be one seriously lucky old pooch.

Argos is linked here as just one example of pet insurance providers I highly recommended that you shop around for a quote from different providers and choose the one best for you and your family.

Canagan Dog Food Review

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 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. 

Essential Tips on Taking Care of your Cat

As pets, cats can offer us companionship, fun and a warm bundle of fur to come home to in the evening. They make fantastic play-mates for your kids and are generally low-maintenance to have around, so it’s no wonder they’re so popular as a family pet. This said, getting a cat is still a big commitment and it’s worth investigating what kind of care they will need before you bring home that wicker basket. Here’s a handy overview of the basics of cat careHairless Cat.

Choosing a cat

Before deciding to adopt a cat, it’s important to make sure that your lifestyle will allow you to care for it properly. Cats are independent and often work well as pets for people with hectic lives, but different breeds have different requirements and can cause varying levels of allergy problems. Then there are choices to be made on whether to buy a kitten over an older, rescue animal. Do some research on all the options and talk to the local pet store or animal shelter before you make the final commitment.

Feeding time

Providing your pet with proper cat food is the most basic of needs. Some people choose to feed their cats a homemade diet and there are things like chopped-up fruit which are safe to give them but you will need to put in time and effort to make sure they all get the nutrients they need. Most people find it easier to do this by buying products specially formulated for a cat’s diet, such as Whiskas cat food. Cats also need a plentiful supply of fresh water every day.

Grooming

Most people find cat’s ability to take care of themselves a major plus as a pet, but they will need help now and again, even with grooming. You shouldn’t normally need to inflict the dreaded bath on your cat, unless it’s had a problem with fleas or illness. But cats do benefit from regular brushing; once a week is a good idea for short-haired varieties and long-hairs may need grooming every day. You can buy fine metal-tooth combs especially for this.

Litter care

Keeping a clean litter tray is essential for both pet and owner. You can buy loose cat litter granules or ‘clumping’ litter, which is often easier to scoop out as it stick together when wet. Dirty litter should be scooped out every day and loose litter needs changing completely once a week so you can scrub the box as well. Clumping litter only needs to be changed every 2 -3 weeks.

Veterinary exams

New cats should all be examined by a vet, regardless of age. The vet will need to give your cat standard immunisations and you will probably want to have them neutered or spayed if they are old enough and haven’t been already. Try to take them for a check-up every year afterwards, as this will help catch any problems early on: better for the cat and easier on your wallet, as well!