We began the challenge with trepidation, knowing CindyLu's preferences for wanting whatever is not hers, including what's in the food bowls. It wasn't likely she would last long eating only a food intended specifically for dogs. Eukanuba has changed that, and it's quite an accomplishment in itself. The taste of this food gets a big paws-up from CindyLu!
Visually, the condition of her teeth improved. Eukanuba claims its "DentaDefense", or special coating of the kibble, can "reduce tartar build-up by up to 55% in 28 days". I have no way of measuring such a statistic, but believe the potential. Within the first weeks, CindyLu had much cleaner-looking teeth, with much of the previously observable tartar simply gone. Quite a nice bonus!
There were visible changes as well in her coat and eyes. I mentioned last week about how she'd always had a tendancy for goopy mucus draining around her eyes and down her cheeks. No more sticky whiskers here! Her eyes are clearer, healthier-looking. Her coat has improved. CindyLu has combination-fur; some is beautifully silky, some tends to be fuzzy. The latter seems more moisturized, less dry.
Finally, I think she may have lost some weight. Doing the ol' "pinch an inch" test gave me quite a bit four weeks ago. Now, not much; in fact, it feels more like loose skin. Losing weight/fat wasn't on my list of priorities, but knowing how much better it is for the health of our pets if we keep them lean and strong - this is a great and unexpected result.
I have to admit, I've been one of those who advocate for only the best of foods for our pets. Eukanuba, while not a truly premium pet food, has certainly shown its value. We began this challenge hesitantly, unsure of the quality and nutritional soundness, based on Eukanuba's spotty history (and Iams, both owned by P&G). The company has shown that it has made significant changes and is responding to the concerns of pet owners.
Will we continue to use Eukanuba? Yes. I plan to try out some of the other formulas, like the Naturally Wild and the Pure Formula. We might even find one that Chester, with all his allergies, can tolerate well. I don't believe in using one food exclusively, but Eukanuba will now be included in those we choose.
I would recommend Eukanuba for anyone who cannot afford the time or expense to feed raw, home-cooked or other currently recommended top diets. I myself have not been in a position to feed my own children the best-of-the-best foods, let alone our pets, and I know many others are in the same position. You might say this is a premium pet food for the 99%. :)
Now that I've completed the Eukanuba 28-Day Challenge, I'd like to give my readers an opportunity to try any formula of Eukanuba - for free!
I'm giving away one voucher, good for one FREE bag of any Eukanuba Dog Food (up to 40 lbs) to one of my readers interested in trying their food.
You can enter up to three ways:
1.) Leave a comment below this post that tells us why you should win this voucher (Mandatory entry)
2.) Tweet about this post (daily if you wish)
3.) Blog about this post
You can qualify by one or up to all three of these methods. I will choose from all entries using Random.org, and will announce the winner on January 3rd. Giveaway ends 12:01am EST 1/6/2012.
Disclaimer: Eukanuba provided us with two free bags of food for this challenge; the opinions expressed about the product are my own observations.
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