≡ Menu

Wikipooch Dog Food Reviews Summary

Please send all comments to petfoodreviews@wikipooch.co.za

Please click on link for full review 

Please note the exact amount to feed a dog depends on many factors. Body condition, temperament, age, activity and underlying disease to mention a few – please discuss the appropriate feeding amount with your vet.

5star

Orijen

Rating                 Approximate cost per kg            Approximate daily cost to feed 20kg dog

5+/5                            R96/kg                                      R15.36

Earthborne Holistic Primitave Natural (Grain Free)

4.9/5                           R65.75/kg                                 R11.50/day

 

 

 

4 star

Acana Singles

4.8/5                            R76/kg                                              R15.20/day

Versele Laga Mini Medium Lamb and Rice

4.2/5                             R23.30/kg                 R4.20/day

Eukanuba Adult Medium

4/5                               R48.70/kg                    R10.50/day

 

Fish4Dogs

4.4/5                             n/a                                      n/a

 Meradog

4/5                                n/a                                        n/a

Omega Premium

4/5                                 R23.75/kg                                R7.12/day

 

 

 

3 star

 Hills Ideal balance adult

3.7/5                        R58.75/kg                       R17.00/day

Supervet Adult

3.7/5                          R20.65/kg                          R4.34/day

Hills Science Plan – Medium Adult

3.6/5                            R50/kg                         R12.50/day

Maxhealth Diet

3/5                               R29.60/kg                    n/a

Montego Karoo Adult

3.5/5                            R15/kg                         R4.50/day

Ostripet

3/5                               R18.75/kg                    R4.70/day

 

 

Wuma Plus Adult

3.1/5                            R26.25/kg                     R7.87/day

 Ultradog Premium Medium

3/5                                R36.50/kg                   R10.95/day

 

 

two star

 

Lionel’s choice adult

2.7/5                      R15.62/kg                  R5.62

 

Lifestyle

2/5                               R13.20/kg                    n/a

Vets Choice

2/5                               R26.25/kg                   R8.13/day

TLC

2/5                             R14.50/kg                     R4.35/day

Montego Classic

2/5                             R12.80/kg                      R3.96/day

 

One-star-rating (1)

Optimizor Adult

1.7/5                     R15.75/kg                     R3.78/day

Bobtail adult

1.6/5                         R11/kg                           R2.75/day

Lek a Lik

1/5                               R11.50/KG                   R4.10/day

Pedigree

1.6/5                               R21.75/kg                     n/a

Dr Hanhnz

1.6/5                              n/a

Cat food review

Product: Montego Classic adult cat

montego cat

Recommended feeding amount for 4 kg cat: 75 grams per day

Approximate cost per kg R39/kg ( R195/5kg bag)

Approximate daily cost to feed 4 kg adult cat R2.92

Approximate carbohydrate content: 43.5%

Overall rating 2.6/5

For more information visit the Montego Website

Summary

Montego adult cat is a cereal based food. With obligate carnivores we prefer an animal protein based food. It is highly cost effective only costing R 3 per day to feed a 4 kg cat. Montego cat has an excellent omega3:omega 6 ratio, contains joint supplements and the essential nutrients like taurine which cats can not synthetize.  Cats can be discerned eaters. The food contains three ingredients which act as taste enhancers: vegetable protein extract, natural attractant and yeast to increase palatability.

Introduction to cat nutrition:

Cats are obligate carnivores. Obligate means “by necessity:”. Cats must eat meat to survive. Eating a diet high in meat provides some vitamins and fatty acids in their preformed state. Obligate carnivores can not make some amino acids and vitamins like omnivores and herbivores can. Some of the nutrients cats need in the preformed state:

  • Vitamin A – they can not make it from beta-carotene in the way humans or dogs can
  • They have little to no ability to make niacin from tryptophan
  • They have a high requirement for taurine which is found in animal flesh
  • They also need arginine from their diets.
  • Omega 3 type need to be EPA and DHA for optimal usage, fish sourced omega 3 is best for cats.

In short: cats need to eat meat to live

Ingredients list

Cereals (min 5% rice), meat and animal derivatives (min 15% chicken), cereal by-products, vegetable protein extract, fish and fish derivatives, oils and fat, natural attractant, yeast, minerals, amino acids, vitamins, glucosamine, chondroitin, and approved anti-oxidants

Animal protein quantity and source (3/5)

The main animal protein source in Montego is meat and animal derivatives containing a minimum of 15% chicken. It also contains some fish and fish derivatives. We would prefer to see more specifics on type of protein and source used. Meat and animal derivatives are usually not pure meat but the slaughterhouse by-products like organs, undeveloped eggs, chicken heads and feet and carcasses.

Carbohydrate percentage and type ( 2/5)

This is a cereal based food which is not optimal for an obligate carnivore. Most common cereals used in pet food is corn, wheat and rice. There is also splitting of cereal ingredients- when ingredients are split it may appear that a formula contain less of a specific ingredient. This food contains approximately 43.5% carbohydrates.

Omega 3 source and ratio (4/5)

Excellent omega3:6 ratio of 1:6. Cats utilize DHA and EPA best. DHA and EPA are present in fish based omega 3 whereas plant based omega 3 is mainly ALA which cats can not use properly. Unfortunately the oils and fats are not described therefore we can not conclude what the exact source of the omega 3 in this food is. This food contains some fish derived omega 3.The minimum crude fat content of 10% is relatively low compared to premium brand cat foods – we prefer to see the fat percentage of cat food at minimum of 15%.

Transparency of ingredients list (1/5)

The ingredient list is not transparent with most ingredients generic and non- descript – this makes it difficult for the pet owner to make an informed decision.

Added benefits (3/5)

Montego adult cat contains added glucosamine and chondroitin (410 mg/kg) for joint support. The do ensure sufficient taurine levels for cardiac health and eyesight. They also focus on maintaining an optimal urine pH to decrease the risk for crystaluria. Added yeast usually improves the taste of food but also contains nutrients.

Other ingredients

They use approved anti-oxidants to ensure shelve life. It is not clear if these are the synthetic on natural type. The food contains natural attractants – this term was unfamiliar to Wikipooch but after a literature search we concluded that it is a natural most likely  botanical used to make food attractive to cat like catnip – we have mixed feelings about the inclusion of a natural attractant especially if taking in to consideration some cats obsession with catnip. Obesity is a major problem and health risk in pet cats and our concern is that adding an attractant may have the potential of causing a food obsession.

Dog Food Review

Product: Vets Choice Golden Years

golden years

Other reviews:None found

Cost per bag: Approximately R540/20 kg (R27/kg)

Approximate daily cost to feed a 20 kg (recommended 255 g/day) senior dog of ideal weight and moderate activity: R6.88 per day

Approximate carbohydrate content: 57.4%

Overall rating: 1.2 out of 5 or 24 %

Summary:

Vets Choice Golden years  is a cereal based food which contain approximately 57.4 % carbohydrates. The food contains more vegetable by-products then animal derived protein. The animal protein source is mainly by-products and inferior quality meat compared to pure meat. The ingredient list is generic making this an open formula which can change from one batch to the next dependant on availability of ingredients. In a senior diet Wikipooch prefers to see higher quality animal protein, higher level of fat, probiotics for intestinal health and joint supplements to aid mobility in senior dogs – none of these qualities could be identified in this formula

vets choice logo

 

Ingredient list

Cereals, vegetable derivatives, vegetable protein extract, meat and animal by-products, oils and fats, minerals and vitamins

 

Animal protein quality and content (Rating 1 out of 5)

The main source of protein in this food is derived from a vegetable protein extract (VPE).  Common sources of VPEs  are soya, maize and wheat. Unfortunately it is not stated what VPE was used.  The process of extraction is usually a chemical process. VPEs will also enhance taste. The true meat content of this formula is very low with the only animal protein low down the ingredient list.

Although it is not listed in the ingredient list, the website states that liver digest is added to enhance flavour. Digest is considered to be an acceptable ingredient but when it is made from organ tissue it is usually of inferior quality compared to a meat digest.  It is produced by enzymatic breakdown of liver tissue.

Carbohydrate type and level (rating 1 out of 5)

The approximate carbohydrate level of this food is above average set at  57.4%. Cereals  make up the bulk of this food. The source of carbohydrates in this food is not specified, making it impossible to the pet owner to make an informed decision. The most common carbohydrates used in dog food are maize and wheat. Both with modest nutritional value to the dog, with cost the decisive factor. We prefer to see low glycaemic carbohydrates like oats. It is stated on the website that barley is added to lower the glycaemic index.

Omega 3 source and ratio (rating 1 out of 5)

This product contains a very low fat  set at a  minimum of 7% fat. Fat and protein are the preferred source of energy for a meat eater.  It is not clear whether this is from animal or plant origin. It is important to know the source of the oil to be able to evaluate how bio-available it is to the dog. Canola oil is a good source of omega 3 but the ALA type- dogs cannot use this efficiently. Fish oil is a better option because of  its DHA and EPA content – the type of omega 3 dogs can use best.

The optimal ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 is less than 10:1. In this food it is 19.4:1. This is undesirable.

Added benefits (rating 2 out of 5)

  • It is not stated on the bag what types of anti-oxidants were used. On the website they mention the use of natural anti-oxidants: Vitamins A, C, E and selenium.
  • Increased biotin and organic zinc for skin health.
  • Added Vit B1 to aid immunity in ageing dog
  • Routine minerals and vitamins
  • No artificial flavorants or colorants.

No probiotics or joint supplements mentioned.

Transparency of ingredient list (rating 1 out of 5)

Only generic terms used