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    Product Review: Scrumbles

    Nothing catches our attention more than independent, family-run businesses just like ourselves, looking to bring something new and exciting to the pet food market.

    Scrumbles is one of those businesses, having recently launched an exciting dry food for dogs and cats, and even more recently a revolutionary new wet food and a delicious range of treats. Scrumbles also has a keen focus on being as environmentally friendly as possible. Their dry food and treats all come in plastic-free, compostable packaging, and their wet food trays, although plastic, are manufactured in the UK in a way that requires fewer emissions and fewer miles to travel.

    Dry Food For Dogs & Cats

    Currently, Scrumbles has two varieties of dry food for both puppies and adults, small/medium breed kibble and large breed kibble (recommended for dogs with an adult weight of over 20kg). All of these foods contain minimal ingredients, and that is one of the features that help to make Scrumbles stand out from its competitors. Let’s have a quick look at the ingredients list for their Daring Dogs dry food for small and medium breeds:

    “57% Chicken (35.5% Freshly Prepared Chicken, 18% Dried Chicken, 2% Chicken Fat, 1.5% Chicken Liver), Brown Rice (20%), Oats (16%), Alfalfa, Salmon Oil 1.8%, Linseed, Minerals, Vitamins, Dried Carrot, Glucosamine (445mg/kg), MSM (445mg/kg), Chondroitin Sulphate (313mg/kg).”

    This brief list of ingredients demonstrates the sort of food Scrumbles have set out to create; a simple food that is suited to pets with sensitive digestions or allergies to many other ingredients found in pet foods. We also particularly like the fact that even their small/medium breed food contains joint care in the form of glucosamine, MSM, and chondroitin sulphate. It isn’t only large breed dogs that benefit from added joint care, and we believe that all sizes of dogs should be offered joint supplements in one form or another.

    For comparison, here is the ingredients list for Scrumbles Cool Cats dry food:

    “74.5% Chicken (50% Freshly Prepared Chicken, 22.5% Dried Chicken, 2% Chicken Liver), Rice (21%), Salmon Oil 1.5%, Alfalfa, Minerals, Vitamins, Dried Cranberry 0.5%, Dried Carrot.”

    Their cat recipe follows a similar formula to their dog food; a minimal ingredients list that is well suited to cats with digestive issues or other related disorders.

    Yes, Scrumbles does contain grains and if you have a dog or cat with rice or storage mite allergies, then this may not be the food for you. However, if you have a pet with a naturally delicate digestion or one who reacts to commercial foods containing non-hypoallergenic grains such as wheat, then this is certainly a brand worth considering.

    Another interesting point worth noting about Scrumbles’ dry food is that none of their foods contain pea protein. Pea protein in a carbohydrate more commonly seen in grain-free dry foods and is used as a source of fibre or as a replacement for other carbohydrates such as potato. We have noticed a trend with our customers, where some have reported that their pet is allergic to pea protein, so this may be a welcome feature!

    Wet Food

    One of Scrumbles’ more recent products is their wet food for dogs (we hope to see a cat version released in the future). Much like their dry food, these wet foods contain very few ingredients and each flavour is composed of a single-source protein, including chicken, turkey and salmon.

    What makes these wet foods truly unique, and something we are incredibly excited about here at The Thoughtful Pet Food Store is the inclusion of slippery elm in all of their wet foods.

    Slippery elm, when used as a natural remedy, is derived from the bark of the Slippery elm tree (Ulmus rubra). It is known to have several health benefits but is most commonly known for being a remedy for upset stomachs. By including this natural ingredient in their wet foods, Scrumbles has created a product which can provide benefits in different scenarios:

    • – When switching to a new food, some dogs can have stomach upsets. Switching to Scrumbles wet food may be an easier transition as the slippery elm will help calm the symptoms.
    • – If fed as the main component of your dog’s diet, this food could work in a similar way to Scrumbles dry food, in that it will help prevent digestive upsets especially if your dog has delicate digestion.
    • – Alternatively, if your dog is healthy and doing well on their current food, but is prone to the odd mishap (eats something they shouldn’t, or just general random stomach upsets), we recommend keeping a tray of this food available and you can feed it whenever your dog needs it.

    We have trialled this third method with our own Yorkshire Terrier, Titch. Like many dogs, he is particularly greedy when it comes to food and this has resulted in him stealing food on occasions. One particular attempt involved him digging up an old potato and eating it, resulting in a bit of a bloated and uncomfortable stomach. After feeding him some Scrumbles wet food, his discomfort appeared to dissipate quickly and he was back to his usual cheeky self within a couple of hours.*

    *In this instance it was obvious that he did not require any veterinary attention but please always be cautious if your dog eats something unexpected. If in doubt always contact your vet.

    Treats & Chews

    The final range of Scrumbles products we are looking at today is their dog treats. Currently, there are two varieties; Gnashers: Dental Chews and Turkey Nibbles: Calming Training Treats.

    The Gnashers Dental Chews are crunchy bone-shaped biscuits designed to scrape plaque off of your dog’s teeth, as well as containing ingredients such as peppermint that help to promote overall dental health. These treats at completely meat-free and grain-free so can still be suitable if your dog has any protein allergies. This is especially helpful as most dental chews appear to contain chicken as standard, making them unsuitable for dogs with poultry allergies.

    Scrumbles Turkey Nibbles: Calming Training Treats are a clever grain-free treat which contains chamomile and lemon balm. The concept behind these treats is that the calming properties will allow your dog to focus more easily, thus making your training more effective. The treats themselves are quite large, so we would recommend breaking them up when training puppies and smaller dogs.

    What Do We Think?

    We think Scrumbles is a great addition to our Thoughtful Family, with their dry food sitting comfortably between our various grain-free and rice-based foods while providing health benefits for dogs with more delicate digestive systems. Their wet foods and treats bring exciting new health benefits to complement our existing range of products, and we can’t wait to hear what you and your pets have to say about them.

    Remember, if you’re not sure which type of product will be suitable for your cat or dog, then drop us an email and we’ll be happy to offer our advice!

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