Wellbeing for Dogs Turkey Dinner
- AUD$6.50 from Wellbeing for Dogs
- Dog Size:
From the Experts
“Nom Nom Nom”— Cresswell
“Mum says it is rude to speak with my mouth full!”— Eddie
I always like to have something drool worthy for the dogs to enjoy on Christmas Day. This year Cress and Eddie found their own Wellbeing For Dogs Christmas Turkey & Roast Vegetables with Greens and Gravy dinner under the tree. They were happy (as their empty bowls attested) and I was happy as it is handmade from all natural ingredients.
I ordered the two turkey meals online from the Wellbeing for Dogs online store and they arrived the same day in an esky. Each meal is sealed in a little plastic tub with a tag listing all the ingredients plus a little Christmas label for me to write to and from in keeping with the Christmas giving spirit. The tubs hold 225g of the turkey mix which is a full day’s calories for an 8 – 10kg dog.
Breakdown of ingredients
The Christmas Turkey & Roast Vegetables with Greens and Gravy Dinner is 40% Turkey thigh fillet, 29% baked potatoes and sweet potato, 16% broccoli and zucchini, water sufficient for cooking, beef liver, chicken stock, (chicken, water) flaxseed oil, flaxseed, sunflower kernels, almonds, extra virgin olive oil, minerals (calcium hydroxyapatite, calcium carbonate, zinc sulphate), brewer’s yeast, wheat germ oil, cod liver oil, inulin, soy lecithin, dried kelp, wheat germ, Celtic sea salt, natural tocopherols (Vitamin E), L. Acidophilus.
The core ingredients are hand-cooked and then the seeds, oils, nuts, minerals and other ingredients are stirred in before the portion is packaged and snap frozen.
Wellbeing recommend their Turkey Meal is served warm, so once it has defrosted in the refrigerator empty the contents into a microwave safe container and give it a quick 30 second blast in the microwave. Then empty the meal into your dog’s bowl and give it a good stir to remove any hotspots microwaving can cause.
Like humans the amount of food a dog needs depends on their size and lifestyle. The Wellbeing website suggests that one dinner could feed two small dogs (approx 4-5 kg) if they have also had breakfast. For this Christmas Turkey meal I gave Cress (12kg) his whole container and a couple of spoonfuls of Eddie’s (8kg) meal. If you were to feed these meals everyday you would, over time, figure out how much they need from monitoring their weights and general health in conjunction with any other meals or food you provide. For much larger dogs Wellbeing recommend you add a meal to the dog’s current diet, for example, adding it to a few meaty bones for a complete dinner.
Wellbeing for Dogs have taken the time to research the core principles of a sound diet for dogs and how meat, fats, vegetables and grains play a role in dog digestion. They have worked at length with Vet Dr Barbara Fougere and a senior food analyst to create what they believe are complete, balanced, fresh and wholesome natural food for dogs. However, as with humans there are many different diets out there so if you plan to change what your dog eats always do it slowly and consult with your vet if possible, especially if your dog suffers from allergies.
Range of meals
There are a number of different meals on the current Wellbeing for Dogs menu:
- Christmas Turkey Dinner
- Lamb Hotpot & Vegetables with Pearl Barley
- Sauté Beef & Vegetables with Quinoa CousCous
- Steak & Kidney Casserole & Vegetables with Pasta
- Stir fry Chicken & Vegetables with Basmati Rice
Each 225g portion is $6.50 (AUD) which compared to your regular can of dog food from the supermarket is not cheap. But considering these meals are handmade with natural and fresh ingredients they are definitely in a different class of pet nutrition and worth the more expensive price. If the costs are too high for your budget Wellbeing for Dogs do offer a Wellbeing Mix that can be added to your current dog’s food.
- The verdict on taste – YUMMY!
- I ordered the meals online (I love the convenience) and they arrived the same day.
- The meals themselves have not been processed in a factory. They are handmade with all natural and fresh ingredients.
- As the meals include all the fats, proteins and calories dogs need, they have been shown to get great results with those dogs who have needed to lose some weight.
- The meals are only currently delivered to the East Coast of Australia.
- It is relatively costly to feed your dog(s) these meals on a full-time basis.
- The 225g portion size is not a complete meal for a large dogs and so must be doubled or combined with other food.
Just like me, my dogs love to eat. It is their favourite time of the day and always makes for an interesting celebration that involves jumping, running in circles, tail wagging and — for a brief moment — sitting perfectly still. It is all the more enjoyable for me if I know what I am feeding Cress and Eddie is good for them. While the price tag is more than the average supermarket dog food you need to be prepared to pay for quality.
We have not fed our dogs the meals on a consistent basis as yet but we will be ordering more to see if it improves Cresswell’s allergies and sheds a little of Eddie’s weight
Please note: Puppy Tales provides these articles for information purposes and we are not trained veterinarians. Therefore, for any health problems with your pet always seek immediate veterinary advice.
Published on January 17, 2012