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Not what it's cracked up to be long term
on 8 February 2013
Unfortunately, after my initial excitement over this food, I have had to start looking for something different. I have two springer spaniels, and whilst the puppy seems to be doing OK at the moment, my two year old is not a happy dog at all. For about a year she was fine on both the lamb and rice and the turkey and veg Harringtons complete mixes. Since November (2012) however, she's had numerous bouts of diarrhea, she's constantly itchy, sometimes licking areas until they bleed, and now it appears she has what I think is a yeast infection in her ears.
Because we also got the new puppy in November, I have given the older dog some time, thinking that the symptoms might be stress related, but three months down the line they get on fantastic which makes me think it just can't be stress. Having done some research online (just type in Harringtons dog food into google and you can see for yourself) quite a number of dogs fed on Harringtons have skin problems caused, they say, by allergies to the maize content. How much they use is not listed, however it's one of the first things listed under 'Composition' (on the reverse of the bag) which usually identifies a main ingredient.
Don't get me wrong, the older dog seemed to thrive on the food at first. Her coat was shiny, she had plenty of energy, she always ate it and was happy and lively with it, but I do think that long term exposure to the maize content finally caught up with her.
Ultimately, I am sure certain dogs would be probably be fine with this food, but if you already know that your dog has a sensitive tummy, I'd stay clear.