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Our tasty, healthy recipes inspired by nature are made with simple ingredients which makes them the perfect choice for every dog. The foods are naturally hypoallergenic, so that means that James Wellbeloved recipes are ideal if your dog has a sensitive digestion or food intolerance. With James Wellbeloved, you can be sure of a balanced diet that not only tastes good, but does them a world of good too.

Inspired by nature, our wholesome, tasty recipes will keep your dog full of energy and loving life for years to come. And while you can feel good about giving them nature’s best, they’ll enjoy:

• Feeling fuelled and energised
•A gorgeous, glossy coat
•Healthy, nourished skin
•Support for the immune system
•Settled tummies and firmer poos
•Being at their best by being a healthy weight

We put a lot of love into creating recipes we hope your dog will love. Using only simple ingredients, and recipes inspired by nature our food has everything your dog needs. Best of all, you can be sure they’re enjoying a naturally balanced diet. But don’t just take our word for it why not have a look at our lovely reviews and testimonials from many of our four-legged friends?

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Exclusion diets don’t work unless you know for certain that you’ve excluded ingredients you want your pet to avoid. Single source protein recipes are a good way to make sure.

‘Single source’ protein means that there’s only one animal protein in our dog food or cat food. If it says turkey, you’ll only ever get turkey and it’s the same for lamb or duck. Even the gravy and fat comes from the same animal.

You can be reassured that we don’t use palm oil in any of our products.

An exclusion diet is one that excludes certain ingredients that are thought to commonly cause adverse food reactions.

At James Wellbeloved we also exclude every other animal protein except for the one named on the bag and in our recipes the gravy and fat we use come from the same animal too.

Although there is only one animal protein in each of our foods we give you a choice of duck, fish, turkey or lamb so there is sure to be one to suit your pet.

Yes, our naturally inspired pet food recipes have absolutely no wheat, dairy, beef, pork, eggs or soya, the most common causes of food intolerances, and have a single source of animal protein. Our fat and gravy comes from the same animal too.

Yes, our naturally hypoallergenic recipes are not only great for your dog’s everyday health and wellbeing but are less likely to cause an adverse reaction, such as upset tummies and itchy skin. We have even had feedback from consumers that our food has had a positive impact on behaviour.

James Wellbeloved food is naturally hypoallergenic which is not only great for everyday health and wellbeing but is less likely to cause an adverse food reaction in your dog. To make our naturally hypoallergenic food, we exclude those ingredients which surveys suggest are more likely to cause food intolerances, such as: wheat, dairy, beef, pork, eggs, soya.

We also only use a single source of animal protein in our recipes, and that includes the gravy and fat, which means in our turkey recipes for example, turkey is the only animal protein you will find.

Compared to our standard adult foods our light dog food has more fibre to help your dog feel fuller for longer. It also has increased levels of protein so they maintain muscle, whilst losing fat. Added taurine supports the heart, while JW+ is added to support the joints that are under more strain with overweight dogs.

A lot of our dogs simply enjoy a grain free diet but some dogs that have sensitivities to cereals may actually need to eat a grain free diet to avoid the unpleasant symptoms of food intolerance. We have carefully crafted a range of meals that do not include cereals such as rice and barley but use peas and potatoes instead. They are also naturally hypoallergenic and wholesome too.

We choose the finest quality ingredients nature has to offer. Each one has its own health benefits, as you’ll discover. What you won’t see, however, is any added artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Not now, not ever.

Each of our dog food recipes are appealingly delicious in their own way and we hope your dog will love them all. Many dogs can change their food without experiencing any form of tummy upset. However we would recommend you introduce new foods gradually over 3-5 days. If your dog suffers from food intolerance it may be best to stick with your dog’s favourite James Wellbeloved recipe!

Our dry dog food is complete and balanced, so there is no need to add wet, however your dog may prefer the addition of our wet food. So feel free to mix them together to add to their enjoyment. For advice on what quantities to feed them, see our feeding guides.

We believe your small dog deserves the very best from nature, and from life. That’s why our small breed range has everything they need to eat well and live well. From cranberry extract, which we believe may help urinary issues more common in a small dog to green tea with its anti-bacterial properties that may help improve dental health in smaller mouths.

Big dogs need even more love. That’s why our range for large dogs gives them all of nature’s love. There’s more concentrated nutritional goodness packed into each of our kibbles, and as large dogs often eat too fast, our large breed kibble has a special shape which slows down the rate of eating! We add Taurine to support their harder-working hearts, while joints are cared for with glucosamine, chondroitin and herbs.

Feeding FAQs

No. Our food is 100% complete and balanced, with everything they need. From delicious dry and wet meals to tasty treats we hope they’ll love.

The James Wellbeloved range helps to keep your four legged friends happy, healthy and full of life.

James Wellbeloved food is complete and balanced and contains all the nutrients your pet needs to thrive. It has been carefully prepared and cooked in our own factory and then tested to ensure it is safe for your pet. Many owners feed table scraps but these shouldn’t exceed 5% of the pet’s daily calorie intake.

Our Large Breed food is tailored to dogs weighing 25kg and over. If your dog weighs less than this, then our Adult food is better tailored to them, and we’d advise for them to stay on this if possible!

If you do decide to keep your dog on the Large Breed Adult food, please be aware of the calorific difference between the two foods:

Depending on which flavour you feed, the regular Adult food is between 348-359kcal per 100g, and the Large Breed Adult food is between 364-376kcal per 100g.

We would advise you to work out how many calories you were feeding your dog on their previous feed, and then adjust the amount you feed them of the Large Breed formula to ensure not to overfeed!

Your dog’s digestive system isn’t as quick as yours at adapting when switching diets. So, to avoid them getting an upset tummy we recommend gradually introducing James Wellbeloved or any new food slowly over the course of 5-7 days.

We suggest:
25% new diet with 75% of the previous diet for 2 – 3 days
50% new diet with 50% of the previous diet for 2 – 3 days
75% new diet with 25% of the previous diet for 2 – 3 days
100% new diet

Don’t forget you can still give them our wet dog food as well to add to their enjoyment.

Allergies & Intolerences FAQs

Both dogs and cats can react badly to ingredients in their food, but only some are allergic reactions. In an allergic reaction the food triggers the body’s immune response system sometimes resulting in symptoms such as itchy skin and upset tummies. But some dogs and cats can have adverse food reactions not caused by an immune response that can also lead to the same symptoms.

If your dog is showing one or all of the following signs and you have ruled out any other possible triggers such as fleas for example, they might be reacting to something in their food.


• Itchy and irritated skin
• An upset tummy
• Behavioural changes

Our naturally hypoallergenic dog food excludes ingredients that are known to cause food intolerance and will help them feel happy, healthy and full of life.

No. While we might love it, chocolate in all forms is poisonous to our dogs. In small amounts it can cause them to experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and restlessness but in larger amounts can cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizure and even death. Find out more here.

Just like we can be lactose intolerant, so can our dogs. After weaning, their ability to digest lactose (the sugar in milk) greatly reduces. Therefore it is quite possible they are lactose intolerant, particularly if they experience an upset tummy or sickness after drinking milk. We do not recommend giving milk.

Lifestage & Pregnancy FAQs

Of course – we believe a naturally healthy diet should start as early as possible. Our puppy food is nutritionally balanced and is gentle on their developing digestion. And we have both grain-free and rice-based recipes so you can chose the best food to suit your puppy.

Everything. We want the very best for your puppy. That’s why our puppy food contains higher levels of protein and fat to support growth and the right amounts of calcium and phosphorus for their growing bones. The kibbles are smaller too, to suit smaller mouths.

Our puppy foods are suitable for feeding from 6-8 weeks.

From around 2-3 weeks puppies can be offered small amounts of kibble moistened in warm water several times a day. Gradually reduce the liquid until the puppies are fully weaned. All moist food should be replaced on a regular basis.

Puppy and junior food are both formulated for growing dogs. All puppies once weaned at around 6-7 weeks should be fed on James Wellbeloved puppy food.

Depending on the adult size of the dog your puppy may benefit from being fed a junior food designed as a follow on food for medium and large breed dogs. It’s all to do with the age at which dogs mature For example small dogs will be mature at 6 months and can gradually move onto their own small breed adult food then; whilst large dogs will continue to grow well into their second year and will benefit from being fed a large breed junior food.

Check out our feeding guides for more details.

The age of maturity for dogs is related to their adult size. So your small terrier will be a grown up at around 6 months whilst a Great Dane will not mature until it is over 18 months old. It’s important to provide the puppy and junior foods your dog needs to ensure the correct rate of growth and a healthy adult life. Check out our feeding guides for more details.

From around 7 years of age some dogs can be considered as seniors! Older dogs have different nutritional needs. Our senior dog food has been created specifically for this phase in life with more Vitamin C and E to help support their immune system and fewer calories, for the less active.

Gestation (pregnancy) in the dog lasts for around 9 weeks.

Growing multiple puppies inside her then producing enough milk to feed them all for 5 to 8 weeks takes an enormous amount of energy. For the first 6 weeks of pregnancy, she will be OK with her normal food allowance but, in the last 3 weeks, she will need up to 30% more food than before she became pregnant and, when her milk production is at its peak in weeks 3 to 4, she will need up to 3.5 times her normal food supply. It is simply not possible for her to eat enough food to supply all the energy she needs to produce that milk so she also converts some of her body fat into extra energy and one would expect her to have lost up to 10% of her normal weight by the time the pups are weaned.

Because of this, she needs to be in peak condition at mating. If she is underweight, the unborn puppies can be smaller and there will be a higher risk of mortality when they are born. If she is overweight, the unborn puppies can be too big which can make for difficult births.

Because she needs so much energy but has a limited appetite, she needs a food with higher levels of energy than normal. Our Puppy and Large breed Junior foods are both designed to also meet the requirements of the lactating bitch and should be fed instead of the normal adult food from the 6th week of pregnancy. Using the puppy food also gives the puppies an introduction to their first solid food. Multiple meal-times allow the bitch to eat more and, in weeks 2 to 4 of lactation, it is a good idea to give her constant free access to food.

Other FAQs

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