Type: Dog Food

ESSENTIAL BALANCE is a single source protein food in which turkey, rice and oats are the main ingredients. BALANCE is significantly different from our other meals, so please read the following carefully before choosing BALANCE.

Key features
  1. The ingredients at a glance: Turkey, rice and oats. So only one source of protein.
  2. Perfect when a single source protein complete feed is the order of the day. It’s also the meal we recommend if your dog suffers from bouts of upset stomach. Ideal for mixing with the other meals.
  3. We love it ourselves because, as the lowest priced of our meals, it opens the door for even more people to share our mission to prolong and improve the lives of dogs.
  4. The croquette in this bag is for dogs that weigh 10+ kg. If you need a smaller croquette, simply choose a 2.5kg bag.
  5. BOF: Here, for once, the answer is actually: No. BALANCE offers several benefits, but due to its lower price, it’s neither 100% grain-free, BOF-approved nor made from a long list of ingredients.
  6. Choose it if an upset stomach is a recurring problem with the other ESSENTIAL meals, or a single protein and a reasonable price is on your wish list.
Product Information

The Recipe

Freshly prepared and dried turkey, white rice, brown rice, oats, whole linseed, turkey gravy, turkey fat, beet pulp, alfalfa, minerals, vitamins, ESSENTIAL the OMEGA 3 OIL, natural seaweed, Fructooligosaccharides (FOS, 960 mg/kg), Chicory Extract (0.05%), Yucca Extract (190 mg/kg), Dandelion.

Product Guides





FREE delivery in Charlbury on all orders (OX7 3 postcode area).

FREE delivery within an 8 mile radius of Charlbury on orders of £40 or more.

Parcels are usually sent via Royal Mail Tracked but larger orders will be via Courier.

At this time, we do not deliver outside of the UK.

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The BOF Principle (Behavioural Optimizing Food)

Behavioural Optimizing Food (BOF) is the principle of restoring the dog's natural diet. In practice, it keeps the dog's blood sugar stable, the high content of fresh meat stimulates the instincts, the low cooking temperature preserves nutritional value, berries, seeds and herbs are similar to the contents of the prey's stomach, and the size of the pieces ensures that the meal is always chewed and not swallowed whole.

First Bag of ESSENTIALS?

Welcome! With the first bag, a lifestyle change begins regarding diet. You can start to gradually introduce ESSENTIAL over 4-7 days or completely from day one. The most important thing is to adjust the daily feed amount to suit your dog. The common mistake is not reducing the total feed amount enough.

The first week you can expect that the dog has a little extra air in the intestines. This is because dogs, like humans, react to dietary changes. Defecation is in the same amounts, but may be a bit softer. Overfeeding will result in softer stools.

TIP!! Start by feeding your dog 10% less than usual and simply adjust the amount if needed.

Use the first 2-3 weeks to find the right feed amount. When the stools are firm and your dog has a satisfactory level of satiety, you've found the right feed amount.

After that you will enjoy all the benefits of choosing ESSENTIAL FOODS in both the short and long term. You are always welcome to contact us for advice and guidance.

Preparation Temperature

90 degrees (°C).

Best Before

Date, time and unique production number can be found at the top of the bag.

Storage Recommendations

We recommend using the ESSENTIAL the FOOD BOX. The food should be stored in a cool, dry place (5-18 °C); away from direct sunlight and in an air tight container. This will ensure the last meal tastes as good as the first.

A few words and advice for particularly picky dogs

Most dogs can not withstand the taste of ESSENTIALS. However, it can happen that they do not eat up. This is not because they are picky eaters, but because ESSENTIALS gives a different feeling of satiety. The dog is naturally saturated. If your dog is very picky, try pouring some warm water over the feed or stirring one to two tablespoons ESSENTIAL OMEGA 3 OIL in the feed.

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