I never would have thought that my first positive review on this blog would be for a Pets at Home product. We normally avoid pet shops, especially the big chains, partly due to our aversion to consumerism and commercial monopoly and partly because we don’t need to go to such shops. As you already know, we feed George a natural diet, so all his meat and bones are sourced from the local butchers or online shops, whilst most of the vegetables come from our own garden.
However, since we are out and about a lot in the good weather and that time is nearing, we’ve been on the hunt for a quality, no-compromise alternative to his raw meat, especially the tripe. As those of you who have been near the green stuff will know, this is not exactly the best thing to take with you when you go camping and have no fridge to keep it in.
For this reason, we decided to give the pet shop a chance and see what we can find there. Well, we were surprised to find on their shelves a quality complete food that contains the much desired tripe. Not only is it good, but it is also sold under their brand name, as part of their own range.
Many commercial dog foods – either in tins or pouches – do not contain more than 45% meat and are packed with artificial additives and flavourings. I personally don’t think these are good for any dog, since the meat content is too low and the artificial add-ons are likely to cause more damage than good. The Pets at Home Tantalising Tripe and Rice Pate, however, contains approximately 70% meat overall, plus a few other natural ingredients and vitamins:
The packaging itself is designed in a minimalist style and looks like is made of recycled paper. The image it tries to promote is, obviously, that of a simple, quality and ‘ethical’ product. As for the brand name, it does not jump out at you and it took me a while to find out whose product this is. It is only when you read the small print on the back that you find out this food is produced – in the UK! – for Pets at Home.
Compared to what I’ve seen so far, this product is so ethical and atypical for big pet shop chains that it makes me wonder. Have they actually learned anything then? Are they finally starting to listen to the public? Are they changing with the times? I don’t know, but for once it’s thumbs up to one of their products.