Eden Holistic Pet Food



We feed our dogs Eden Holistic Food 
Launched in September 2012 it is the first pet food with an 80% Meat content. 
The remaining 20% is made up from Fruit, Herbs, Vitamins and Minerals. 
Basically it is all the foods a dogs ancestors would have had access to and therefore what a dogs digestive system is designed to cope with.

Note Eden Food contains NO grain or Gluten which is cheap and often used to bulk out commercial food, but has no food value to a dog.

The following is from the Eden Home Page

"Based on the Ancestral diet of your pet with a diversity of meat, fish and eggs
Biologically Aligned with 80-20-0 profile
Nutritionally Aligned complete food with a high content of quality animal protein
Formulated without Grain or Gluten
Freshly prepared meats are prepared to an equivalent human food grade standard
Salmon and Herring packed with Omega 3
Low Carbohydrate content with fruit and vegetables
Prebiotics to support digestion
Health supporting Herbs, Vitamins and Minerals
Additional Joint Supplements
Made in Britain and very proud of it!"

Our decision to use this food was based on considerable research into dog foods and nutrition and we have found both of our hounds are thriving on it

We would strongly recommend that you visit  www.whichdogfood.co.uk
which is an independently run site aimed at advising owners about the content of the food they use. 
Check out what you are giving your dog !
Interestingly Eden is the only Kibble to gain a 5 star rating.

A Typical Meal

Both our dogs eat the same food, Eden is not breed or age specific. It is highly nutritious and you don't need to feed large quantities. The only problem we have found, is that having changed from a high grain content food, the dogs think they need more food than they do. For that reason we add a little additional raw chicken, to add some volume. The Chicken is minced and includes meat and bone to further enhancing the dogs Biologically Appropriate diet.   


The pink bowl is Jessies and contains 70g of Eden 
which is one of two meals she gets each day as a 9.5Kg dog.
The blue bowl is for max the puppy and has a little less. Note he has an anti gulp bowl... 
He likes his food so we need to slow down his eating !
The white bowl is some chicken mince to add in. 
Both bowls of Eden Kibble also contain boiling water, to soften it and release the smell.


Above, the meals are ready to go with the chicken mince added


Jessie use to pick and choose at her old food, 
she is now really keen and so we slow her eating down, by making her 
eat around a large pebble


As you can see above, the smell is captivating ! 


The picture above is not out of order, its not the before but the after, 
you can see they don't leave anything


Above is the bag of frozen chicken mince we use. Many Eden users add extra chicken in the form of a couple of raw whole chicken wings per week, we are honest and say we are a bit squeamish at that thought.

Out of interest, at the same time as switching to Eden we bought a set of scales to weigh the dogs. We wanted to be able to adjust the feeding to keep weights as they should be.


We found that switching from a feed with a high grain content resulted in a dip in Jessie's weight. This was only brief and as she replaced a bit of lost flab with muscle, the weight came back. She is now more toned and lean. Max being younger hadn't had a chance put on any excess, as his graph shows he is growing at a very steady rate.

We did experience a period of detox during change over (A few days of loose poops) Several articles we have read point out that many commercial feeds contain twice as many preservatives as a BigMac ! So its not surprising really ! Plus if the feed they are having contains grains and fillers they cant digest, at some point they will come out ! 

Conclusion

Eden sounds like a luxury food, it actually works out cheaper than the Royal Canin the dogs were on. 
Cheaper per Kg to buy and as the portions are smaller its lasts longer too.

It is considerably dearer than a food such as Wagg, but when you read that foods contents, you may as well feed them the bag it came in. The hidden saving is in vet bills. More and more people are realising the cost in health that feeding inappropriate foods brings. Allergies in dogs is rising along with skin complaints and all manner of other ailments. Hardly surprising if we continue to feed inappropriate foods.

Our dogs eat a healthier diet than we do, but that's because we can choose what we eat, they don't have that luxury so its our responsibility to make wise choices for them.  

Since changing to EDEN we have seen the following health improvements
Complete elimination of red and itchy paws.
Improved coat condition.
Reduced waxy ears

Further info about our change over ..

Second post - Progress



Update 03/02/14 Still monitoring weights and seeing consistent growth

Update 01/02/14 we have now stopped adding the frozen mince as we have started giving them a raw chicken wing a couple of times each week. The bone content adds excellent roughage.

Update 2014

Update Jan 2015...For the last few months we have stopped adding the Chicken Mince. They had got used to the smaller portions and no longer require it. They now have 80g of Eden each, twice a day. We still add the hot water just to slow down their eating.




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2 comments:

David P. said...

Thanks for taking the time and trouble to compile your very interesting and informative blog. After researching dog foods myself we too decided on Eden kibble for our 12 week old wee-chon (Buster). He seems to be thriving on it and the info about the addition of the raw chicken is welcome,as the thought of him having nothing else for the rest of his days was quite off putting and we wondered what to add to it without upsetting the balance. We had planned to contact Eden about this, but you have covered this nicely. Will probably check with Eden anyway but many thanks.

Anonymous said...

Very interested in your comments, having behaviour problems with my 14 mths. Spoodle, Mum a tri Springer, Dad an Aprocit Poodle, very much an accidental meeting, but beautiful pups. I've thought for some time that the poor behaviour is down to feeding, checked the dog food ratings, Bakers which she is on ,came out poorly. Intend to give Eden a try,many thanks,

Marjorie Mclay.

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