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What You Thought
Lesley Short and "Rudi" the German Shepherd
"In June 2013 my much loved German Shepherd was very suddenly and unexpectedly diagnosed with an inoperable sarcoma and given a time of worse scenario 2/3 months, best 6 months. Needless to say I was devastated. There had been no signs of any illness up to this point. Rudi competes at grade 6 in agility - a high level for a German Shepherd - and he gets placed, having achieved two firsts!
After a long discussion with my vet I decided to let him have chemotherapy, although originally I was against this as I have never met anyone who has said they would go down this route again.
I also did a lot of research on the internet. One of the things that kept coming up was food. More specifically, grain free diets or natural food diets. I am not particular a great fan of a natural diet as I do not feel that I have the experience to determine whether my dogs would be getting everything that they require, I also worked full time and did not think that I had the time to do it justice.
I have fed my dogs on Arden Grange for years and always been very pleased with it's performance both for puppies and adult working dogs, having had two German Shepherds that lived to 14 years, it made sense to me to ring Arden Grange and talk to their nutritionist
Arden Grange could not have been more helpful; they were also very knowledgeable about the recent research that I had seen, and advised me accordingly.
After a long discussion I decided to try the 'Performance' diet, not exactly grain free but more suitable for Rudi as he can not tolerate fish very well. I was also given advice relating to antioxidants, free radicals, vitamin E, protein and fat content, plus supplements. On top of this I was given information on fresh/wet diet, quantities to feed and also what not to feed - such excellent customer service, I can not thank Arden Grange enough.
Only 4 months on and I am pleased to say that Rudi is still doing well. Apart from his shaved legs and side you would not know that there was anything wrong with him.
He is still competing in agility and getting placed, his eyes are bright and his coat is good. His energy levels haven't altered all through his treatment. The main things I have had to watch for have been his appetite and what he passes as the chemotherapy drugs can cause problems. Only once has he not eaten his food and that was when we found out he had developed an abscess on his biopsy scar. This was sorted out with antibiotics and he was back wolfing his Performance diet down with gusto again - much to my relief!
I am so pleased with the Arden Grange Performance diet that I have changed my 3 year old lurcher onto it and will also change my lurcher puppy onto it as soon as he is old enough although currently he is doing very well on the Arden Grange Puppy Junior Large Breed.
I do not know how much longer I have with Rudi but I do know that he is happy and well fed and that I have done the best I can for him - with the help of Arden Grange"
Many thanks to Lesley for her testimonial. We are glad Rudi is doing so well on his Performance diet and that the Lurchers are Arden Grange doggies too.
Performance: with fresh chicken & rice
- Working adult dogs with a high level of activity
Can also be used for:
- Agility dogs
- Dogs with a higher requirement for taurine and L-carnitine
- Dogs needing to stay alert
- Dogs with a higher requirement for joint protection
- Dogs who at more at risk from free radical damage as a result of metabolic stress; e.g. those suffering from anxiety, certain types of illness or a very busy lifestyle
- Higher level of chicken oil as the primary fat source – perfect for promoting optimal skin and coat condition as well as ensuring sustained energy levels
- Superior quality chicken meal plus added fresh chicken – providing meat protein of a very high biological value
- Boosted levels of glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM – to help to protect the joints of working dogs
- Added taurine – included for its benefits to the heart muscle
- Added quercitin, green tea and grape seed extract – powerful natural antioxidants that may help to protect the body from the destructive effects of free radicals released during stress, illness or strenuous exercise
- L-Carnitine – may help to improve endurance and stamina by increasing the conversion of fat to energy
Contains either fresh chicken
Contains either fresh chicken grade A chicken meal.
Benefits: Maximises digestibility.
Omega 6 & 3
Omega 6 & 3 fatty acids in correct ratios.
Benefits: Promotes good skin and coat condition.
Antioxidants & Vitamins
Added antioxidants and vitamins.
Benefits: Helps maintain a healthy immune system.
Powerful natural antioxidants
To help support dental hygiene.
Added Glucosamine, Chondroitin & MSM to promote and maintain joint health.
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Analytical Constituents: Crude Protein 25%, Fat Content 18%, Crude Ash 6.5%, Crude Fibres 2.4%, Calcium 1.4%, Phosphorous 1%, Omega-3 0.91%, Omega-6 3.1%, Taurine 1000 mg/kg, L-carnitine (50mg/kg).
Composition: Chicken meat meal (26%), rice (26%), maize, chicken oil, beet pulp, fresh chicken (5%), chicken digest, whole dried egg, yeast, fish meal, linseed, fish oil, prebiotic FOS, prebiotic MOS, cranberries, glucosamine (370mg/kg), MSM (370mg/kg), chondroitin 260mg/kg), yucca extract, nucleotides, green tea extract (100mg/kg), quercetin 100mg/kg), grape seed extract (100mg/kg).
Additives (per kg)
Vitamins: Vitamin A 24,000 IU, Vitamin D3 1,733 IU, Vitamin E 750 IU.
Trace Elements: Zinc chelate of amino acid hydrate 333mg, Zinc sulphate monohydrate 278mg, Ferrous sulphate monohydrate 167mg, Manganese sulphate monohydrate 116mg, Cupric sulphate pentahydrate 40mg, Copper chelate of amino acid hydrate 33mg, Ferrous chelate of amino acid hydrate 21mg, Calcium iodate anhydrous 2.4mg, Sodium selenite 0.7mg. Antioxidants (rosemary and tocopherol-rich extracts).
The breed, age, activity level and temperament of your dog will influence the amount of food required. The quantities shown in the chart below are for guidance only. Always ensure fresh, clean drinking water is available.
Recomended Feeding Chart
Grams / Day
|1 - 3
||36 - 73
|3 - 5
||73 - 103
|5 - 10
||103 - 165
|10 - 15
||165 - 217
|15 - 20
||217 - 263
|20 - 25
||263 - 309
|25 - 30
||309 - 345
|30 - 35
||345 - 382
|35 - 40
||382 - 417
|40 - 45
||417 - 453
|45 - 50
||453 - 490
|50 - 55
||490 - 520
|55 - 60
||520 - 551
|60 - 65
||551 - 582
|65 - 70
||582 - 607
|70 - 75
||607 - 639
|75 - 80
||639 - 669
Using the Feeding Charts
The Arden Grange feeding charts will give an estimation of the daily feeding quantity based on your cat or dog’s weight.
It is important to remember however that these figures are guidelines only, and there are several factors to be taken into account when assessing your pet’s nutritional requirements : -
Temperament (stressed animals burn off more calories than relaxed ones)
Metabolism (every animal is an individual with his or her own speed of metabolism; this means that 2 dogs of the same age, breed and weight could have different daily calorie requirements)
In order to provide the correct portions, it is also helpful to assess your pet’s appetite, visual appearance and stools. Whilst poo watching does not sound particular pleasant, it is one of the best indicators of health. Increased frequency of passing faeces, production of large quantities of stools of loose motions are often frequent signs that an animal is receiving more food than he or she requires.
It is important to obtain an accurate weight for your cat or dog, and also to weigh out the food. Guessing on both accounts gives a large margin of error.
If you require any assistance in calculating the correct feeding quantities for your cat or dog, please contact our nutrition adviser who will be happy to help.