Tilly the Westie discovers the benefits of a diet comprising high-quality ingredients in the shape of Naturo Pet Food’s chicken, rice and vegetable meals
You may recognise Tilly the Westie from her travel column, ‘Tilly’s Travel’ in Dog Friendly magazine or, perhaps you follow her on Twitter (@Tillythewestie). She also has a chapter all about her in Janetta Harvey’s latest book, Saving One More. Like Janetta’s dogs, Twinkle and the late Suzie-Belle, Tilly is a puppy farm survivor. She was found as a stray in London with another Westie in an equally poor condition. Their coats were matted and their teeth were green.
We do not know how long Tilly lived as a stray before being taken to the pound, but we do know that she has a voracious appetite and is always on the look out for food.
Tilly cares not a jot for cuddly toys and has only a passing interest in balls (unless you squeak them): for her, it is all about the food. Unsurprisingly, as a result, she has always been a bit overweight. She was quite heavy when she came to live with us and, through exercise and managing her diet, we got her weight down a bit. But then her weight plateaued and she did not lose any more. The vet said she still needed to lose some more.
Knowing how much Tilly loved Naturo wet food, particularly the one with salmon and rice, when I saw that Naturo did a wet food with 40% less fat, I decided to make the switch. I was hopeful that it might help Tilly lose that bit more weight.
Thankfully, Tilly enjoyed the Naturo Light Chicken, Rice and Vegetables meals just as much as the other Naturo flavours she had tried. I realised we could be onto a winner in terms of an easy way to help her lose weight.
My husband and I do not like to eat highly processed food, and we cook most of our own meals from scratch. So, naturally, we do not want to give Tilly food that is full of salt, sugar and preservatives either. We know that Naturo natural dog food is made with high quality ‘real’ ingredients and that is what we want for Tilly.
You can see the wet food is made with proper ingredients: the grains of brown rice and vegetables are clearly visible in the meaty terrine. And Tilly loves it. As soon as I go to the cupboard where the food is kept, Tilly starts to get excited and when she sees the packaging, she knows it is dinner time and dances on her hind legs until I serve her dinner.
I am delighted to say that, in the first four weeks on her new diet, Tilly lost 500g. The vet said that was a good amount to lose over that time period – not too dramatic a loss and not done too quickly. She is managing to keep the weight off too, which is great.
Tilly had such an appalling start in life; I think she now deserves the best that I can give her. She is happy when I give her Naturo Light and I am happy too, because I know it is helping to keep her healthy.
Tilly’s now a slender 9.7kg, down from 11kg.
See how Tilly made the Naturo change on Youtube.