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While our nutritionists are always on hand to advise you on our recipes, if you have any dietary concerns about your four-legged friend or are worried that they may have an allergy or sensitivity/intolerance, we recommend that you talk to your vet in the first instance.
Wheat is just one of a number of different cereals. The most common cereals include maize, barley, oats and wheat. Wheat free dog food means that it may contain other cereals, but does not contain any added wheat (or wheat gluten).
Barley and oats, both sourced from our family farm in Lincolnshire, have low GI (glycaemic index) values which mean they can help to stabilise blood sugar levels and as a result give that fuller for longer feeling. Importantly, neither barley nor oats contain any wheat gluten, which can often be the common cause of allergies in dogs.
Grain free dog food means that the product contains no added grains (also known as cereals) – therefore it does not contain any cereals such as barley, wheat, maize, rice or oats. Our Grain Free dog foods and our Naturally Complete dog foods use potato and/or sweet potato as a base, which is an easily digestible source of slow release energy and contains no gluten. It is perfect for dogs with sensitive tummies, dogs that have adverse reactions to cereals and a specific need to avoid grains, or simply if you would just prefer to feed your dog a grain free diet.
Our range Naturally Complete grain free dog foods, our oven-baked Gloriously Grain Free dry completes, grain free dog treats and our Gloriously Grain Free wet complete range of dog foods are enjoyed by all dogs looking for naturally wholesome and delicious foods – not just those with a specific need for a grain free diet.
Gluten is a family of proteins found in grains. Gluten can be found in grains like wheat, oats, barley, rye, spelt and products of these grains, for example, malt. Our Gloriously Grain Free dog food, our Naturally Complete grain free dog food, grain free treats, grain free mixers and grain free wet food are therefore naturally free of gluten.
We understand that the differences between wheat free, grain free and gluten free dog food can be a complex area – if you would like any advice or further information, our nutritionists are on hand to help. Simply call us on our freephone number 0800 0988057 and we would be happy to help!
While our entire range of wheat free and grain free complete dog foods are hypoallergenic and therefore suitable for dogs that have adverse reactions to these ingredients, our dog food can also be fed as a nutritious and delicious diet for those dogs with no specific dietary complaints or requirements.
All of our dog foods are complete and balanced meals.
All our recipes are created with the greatest of care – nothing unnecessary is added to the mixing bowl; just simple ingredients for delicious and wholesome nourishment.
Here at Laughing Dog we pride ourselves on ensuring that all of our ingredients are carefully sourced right here on our family farm. If we cannot use our own ingredients (for example, our own farm-grown oats and barley go into our wheat free dog foods and dog treats), we source the ingredients ourselves from approved suppliers only; we meet the British Retail Consortium standards (BRC for short; this is a global standard of food safety and quality).
Not all of our ingredients are free range (the supply of free range ingredients in the UK does not meet the demand for it in the pet food industry) but we use only the highest quality of ingredients. As much as possible we try to use British; however, if this is not possible we source our high quality chicken, duck, beef, lamb, salmon and white fish from Europe. All fresh ingredients e.g. fresh chicken/lamb/salmon and meals that we use are produced from animals, birds and fish that have been passed as fit for human consumption and meet our ethical sourcing guidelines.
Laughing Dog adheres to FEDIAF (The European Pet Food Industry) guidelines.
Unlike many dog food brands in the UK, we make all our dry food ourselves. All our food, treats and mixers are made here on the family farm.
Absolutely – everything is GM free.
Many of our recipes use a delicious combination of both. For example, our Gloriously Grain Free Chicken Complete includes freshly prepared chicken (chicken which has been deeply chilled) and chicken meal.
Our new Naturally Complete dog food range is made from fresh chicken, salmon and lamb as well as chicken meal, salmon meal and lamb meal.
We do not use any mixed meat meal – meat meal is mixed meats e.g. pork, beef, lamb, chicken – and this dry ‘mixed’ combination is not used in our recipes. Instead we use single species meals e.g. in our Naturally Complete Chicken dog food, we use fresh chicken and chicken meal. The only animal protein you will find in this recipe is from our tasty free-run chickens!
All meals that we use are produced from animals, birds and fish that have been passed as fit for human consumption and meet our ethical sourcing guidelines.
At Laughing Dog many of our dog food recipes are single species, e.g. our Naturally 5 chicken dog food complete is just chicken meal and chicken oil; you wouldn’t therefore find any lamb or beef in the mixing bowl. We only use meals which are made of one species so we and our customers know exactly what is going into the mixing bowl.
The meals we use are single species and are produced from animals, birds and fish that have been passed as fit for human consumption and meet our ethical sourcing guidelines. They include meat, ligaments, bone – only the tasty (and safe) parts a dog would naturally eat. Meals are a very important source of protein, calcium and phosphorous.
We do not use any dry mixed meat meal which is meat and bones made from mixed species e.g. pork, beef, lamb, chicken.
Either way – whether you use fresh meat and/or a meal, combined in the right quantities with other key essential ingredients, it will provide a complete and balanced meal.
The dry meals we use are naturally preserved which we believe is best. It is a convenient and safe way for these materials to be used in pet foods and naturally in the wild dogs crunch bones and eat the innards as these are the tastiest parts. We believe that our recipes should reflect this. But it is true to say we are using parts of the animal we wouldn’t necessarily eat as humans – this is also really important for the planet – we know there’s only a limited amount of land that’s available for agriculture and finding sustainable protein sources is becoming more of a hot topic in the dog food industry.
The chilled chicken used in our Gloriously Grain Free Dog Food recipes is fresh chicken which is chilled with a small proportion of frozen added to keep it deeply chilled.
Yes, the fish are wild caught and from MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) stock to ensure for sustainability.
Absolutely not! There is no added sugar in our complete dog foods or mixer meals.
The only salt you will find in our dog food is what is naturally contained within our raw ingredients. We do not add any salt to our recipes.
Our dog treats are also formulated free from salt.
Just like when you come to the bottom of a cereal packet where you often find a layer of dust like crumbs covering the bottom of the bag, it is normal to find crumbs at the bottom of the bags of our natually oven-baked completes (our Wonderfully Wheat Free and Gloriously Grain Free foods) and mixer meals. Why is this you might ask? Our range of oven-baked biscuits have a uniquely crisp and crunchy texture because of the oven baking process (just like when you bake biscuits at home), which means that when they get jiffled around the wibbly wobbly edges knock about and little crumbs fall off and end up of the bottom of the bag. Don’t worry though, you can still use these up. Just pop a little warm water on them and mix into a gravy to pour over your dog’s food.
If you are not wising to purchase an oven-baked product, our Naturally 5 range of limited ingredient dog food and our Naturally Complete range are not oven-baked and therefore has a more conventional shape which is dust free.
This means that all of our animal protein sources e.g. lamb in our Naturally 5 Lamb Dog Food is from that one species i.e. lamb. Therefore in our single species recipes you will never find that it has meat from one animal e.g. lamb, and an oil from another e.g. chicken. It would only ever be from the same protein source from that species. That is why Laughing Dog food can be beneficial for dogs with specific adverse reactions as by introducing what is known as an ‘elimination diet’, you can isolate protein sources and can help to eliminate any foods which may cause a reaction in your dog.
Our Naturally 5 range of completes can be even more beneficial to elimination diets as these special completes are only made with 5 simple ingredients.
When purchasing a complete dog food, not only is it convenient but you can be sure that your dog is getting all of the nutritional requirements it needs in terms of protein, fat, carbohydrate and fibre levels as well as essential vitamins and minerals (just like us when we eat; we need a balanced diet). Sometimes, unless you know you have all of the additional components, just feeding meat and biscuit mixer can lead to an unbalanced diet for your dog. On our mixer meals, you will find our nutritionist’s feed guidelines which provide advice for quantities of mixer to be fed with Laughing Dog’s wet food (please keep in mind though that the feeding guidelines on the mixers are only approximate guidelines – requirements can vary according to the age, breed and size of your dog). Depending on what type of wet food you are feeding (e.g. if you are feeding your dog raw meat, tripe, cooked meat) your vet or veterinary approved nutritionist will be able to advise further as to the correct quantities of mixer for your dog’s diet.
We advise mixer with meat because it is a complementary food rather than a complete kibble. This is to give additional texture to the food and also additional carbohydrate especially if a dog is active.
Please be advised that we can only provide a guideline on how much wet food and mixer to feed when you are feeding Laughing Dog (wet and dry) recipes only. This is because we know what the exact composition of these recipes.
Our mixers are a complementary pet food only.
Hypo-allergenic food is food that is formulated for one of three reasons: to include a limited number of ingredients, to include new and novel ingredients which dogs may be less sensitive to, or as part of a prescription or veterinary diet. Dogs can suffer from adverse reactions to certain foods such as wheat, maize, dairy, soya. It is uncommon for dogs to naturally be allergic to these ingredients and is more often the result of their common use within many dog foods which dogs then become more frequently exposed to which causes these reactions. These allergies can not only cause problems internally, but also externally in the form of itchy skin and ears.
All of the Laughing Dog food wet and dry complete ranges are hypo-allergenic, with each ingredient being carefully selected by our nutritionists for its specific benefit. Our range of complete dog foods contain no added wheat, dairy or soya and the full range is made with GM free ingredients. This is the same for our slowly oven-baked treats and mixer meals apart from our Traditional Mixer Meal in the Adult and Puppy & Small dog variations which does contain wheat.
Laughing Dog complete dog foods avoids corn and wheat, and alternative meat proteins are used in our products; for example duck and lamb, which are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. By using single source meat proteins in our Wonderfully Wheat Free dog food recipes it helps reduce the number of variables being added into the diet.
Our limited ingredient range of dog food, Naturally 5, is made with just 5 simple and nourishing ingredients and is naturally free of wheat, wheat gluten, soya and dairy.
Our new Naturally Complete range of dog foods is made with carefully selected ingredients to ensure for a complete and balanced meal with a clean label. This range of dog food is formulated free from grains, wheat, gluten, soya and dairy.
Laughing Dog complete dog food is easily digestible, has no added artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, contains low allergy proteins and is wheat gluten free. It also contains essential antioxidants such as vitamin C and E to help maintain the health of the dog along as well as many more goodies to help your dog stay full of vitality (please see our ingredients list on each product page).
Here at Laughing Dog we recommend gradually moving your dog over from what you currently feed to one of our complete dog foods. Some dogs are more tolerant to change than others but as a guideline we would recommend that you start to mix in a small amount of Laughing Dog with your dog’s current food, then gradually increase it over the course of a week until you are feeding it 100% Laughing Dog.
At Laughing Dog we pride ourselves on ensuring that our packaging is of the very best quality to keep your four-legged friend’s food as fresh and tasty as the day it was made in the bakery. The bags that contain our Naturally 5 dog food completes, our Naturally Complete dog food range, our cardboard sleeves from our wet dog foods , our treats and our mixer meals bags are all 100% recyclable. However, we are passionately committed to doing more for the environment and are currently looking at new types of recyclable dog food packaging.