With so many different dog food brands out there on the market, it can be a mind boggling experience trying to decide on the right food for your pup. We were recently approached by Cobbydog to see if Pops would like to try their new range of Optimum Chicken Cold Pressed Complete Dog Food with TurmerAid, naturally I was happy to oblige and not surprisingly, so was my very willing furry companion!
Dog nutrition is big business! Just like with humans, how you choose to fuel your body can have a massive impact on your performance, health and well-being. It stands to reason that if you feed your dog a healthy, well balanced diet they’ll receive the nutrients and vitamins they require to hopefully live a long and happy life.
When Poppy partially ruptured her cruciate ligament last year, I was told that turmeric can reduce inflammation and promote healing, so I started to add it into her diet, just in powder form, the type you use in cooking. However, more recently I’ve been doing a bit of research into a formula called Golden Paste (also known as Turmeric paste), a turmeric based blend of coconut oil, and ground black pepper. You can make this concoction at home yourself, but all the recipes I found online seemed to differ slightly, leaving me somewhat confused as to what the ingredients and ratios should actually be. Therefore, when I came across Cobbydog’s new Cold Pressed Dog Food with TurmerAid I was delighted that all the mixing and measuring had been done for me!
Unlike most herbal remedies turmeric has been clinically proven in scientific tests to have incredible anti-inflammatory properties. So it comes as no surprise that it can have a multitude of health benefits for our canine companions. Not only is it good for those in their more senior years, as it helps support normal joint function, but it also helps to maintain a healthy, glossy coat, helps the joints to recover after exercise and reduces inflammation.
I changed Poppy onto a cold pressed diet earlier this year after having read the nutritional benefits. I’ve never fed her a raw diet to date, but I was keen for her to have as natural a diet as possible, and cold pressed food is reported to be the next best thing to raw feeding. Unlike dry extruded kibble type food, cold pressed food releases nutrients more slowly and doesn’t swell in your dog’s stomach – this is because it dissolves from the outside in, meaning it doesn’t expand and cause potential bloating.
Cobbydog Optimum Chicken Cold Pressed dog food is made in the UK using 100% natural ingredients, all of which are listed on the packaging, along with the nutritional additives – I really like this transparency, so that you know exactly what your dog’s eating. Chicken makes up 42% of the ingredients, and unlike in many dog foods, only human grade meat is used. The process of cold pressing ensures that all the ingredients maintain as much nutritional value and goodness as possible by mixing them together with cold water and then pressing them under a low heat for a very short amount of time.
Although I have been feeding Pops a Cold Pressed diet for a while, I introduced Cobbydog into her diet gradually, as is recommended, and as I feed her two different types of food anyway it was easy to make the transition. The dog food does smell quite strong in my opinion, but that certainly didn’t put Poppy off, in fact quite the opposite – she loves it and my girl can be quite fussy when it comes to food! It took us several brands of cold pressed food previously to find one that she would eat – ironically she always loved the free taster-sized packs, but when I invested in a whole bag she went off it!! [She’s not known as princess Poppy for no reason!]
I guess us dog owners always know ultimately whether a dog food is agreeing with our pupsters by what comes out the other end!! Since feeding Cobbydog, which has only been for one week so far, I’ve seen an improvement in the consistency and size of Poppy’s poo already! Not that she’s ever had issues in this area (thank goodness!) but her stools are definitely firmer and slightly smaller than previously. [Honestly, she’d die with embarrassment if she knew I was disclosing this information to you!] I guess this could be down to the Yucca in the food that aids digestion, but also the fact that the food consists of quality ingredients and no grain, so the body absorbs more goodness and has less to get rid of.
If you’re thinking of changing your dog’s food, or contemplating a cold pressed diet, I would certainly recommend considering Cobbydog – it seems to tick all the boxes in terms of nutrition, taste and health benefits too. For me it’s the TurmerAid which definitely gives it the edge on similar products.
You can buy Cobbydog food direct from their website in 3kg, 5kg or 10kg bags, or from a local stockists. Their website is incredibly informative so it’s worth checking out to see what food is most suited to your dog. If you’re worried about whether TurmerAid would be suitable to feed your dog they even have a dedicated Tumeric Advice Line (01423 503319) ready to answer any questions.
A huge thank you to Cobbydog for gifting Poppy this food in exchange for our review.
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Kate and Pops