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Which Dogs Shed The Least?

If you have an allergy to pet hair, or know someone who does. You will know how frustrating it can be for them/yourself to be around a moulting Dog. Not only are Dogs one of the most irresistible animals on the planet but to be near one and not be able to pet it... well that is a whole new pain!

But wait.. before you resound yourself to a life of goldfish pet keeping, there is an answer. Did you know that there are a wide range of Dogs that moult / shed very little to not at all? Well if you didn't listen up because I am about to shed (Excuse the pun) some light on the matter.

Hypoallergenic Dogs that shed the least:

That's only a small selection of the wide variety of hypoallergenic / least pet hair shedding doggies. Remember to do a lot of research on any breed before committing to adding them to your family. It's a big commitment but if done correctly, it will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

Here are some of our favourite products that we think you would like:

Can Cats eat Dog food? Will Dog food hurt my Cat?

This may seem like a slightly silly question to a lot of people, but you may be very surprised to learn exactly how many people are routinely feeding their Cats Dog food.

Over the past few decades, the quality of pet food has increased dramatically. When once, our beloved pets only food options at the pet store were tins of whale meat or what could only at best be described as derivative based mush is now a vast range of natural, wholesome, organic & hypoallergenic foods. Which quite simply would put most of our dinners to shame. So you could be forgiven for thinking that their is no harm in feeding your Cat a dog food diet. There are, however, many potential health problems associated with feeding a cat a lifetime diet of dog food.

Here are a couple of the key points:

1. Taurine - Taurine is an amino acid that is vitally essential to the health and well being of your cat. A lack of/deficiency in taurine can have major health repercussions and can result in heart failure, tooth decay and sight loss.
Dog food may be deficient in taurine (as dogs can synthesize their own) which means feeding your Cat a dog food low in taurine for a long period of time can cause major health problems for your cat.

2. Vitamin A - Vitamin A is essential in a Cats diet as it helps with their night vision, skin and also helps support the cats immune system! Although this is essential for a Cats diet, it isn't always available in a Dogs food as they can create Vitamin A from Beta Carotene (which a Cat cannot do.). Even if there is Vitamin A in the Dog food, a lot of the time it isn't a high enough/ optimum level for a Cat.

These are just a few of the reasons why a Cat cannot be fed on a Dog food diet. If you would like to find out more or learn about the different Cat foods available please contact us on (01273) 738016 where a member of our happy team will happily point you in the direction of a healthy, nutritious and delicious (for your cat anyways) Cat food.


What are good dog food brands?

The quality of dog food has increased dramatically over the past 3 decades. Gone are the days of feeding table scraps to your pet, the dog food available today is quite often better than some of the food available to us. Dogs are no longer seen as just a pet but as part of our family, hence the saying 'A mans best friend'. So whether you are looking for a grain free, gluten free, hypoallergenic or organic dog food, there is something available for you.

To list what dog food brands are good for your dog, we need to think about what qualifies a a dog food, as a good dog food. To help analyse all the dog foods on the market in the UK at the moment and list them as a quality dog food, we have made a list of what we feel justifys a good dog food.

A Good Dog Food Should:

1. Contain no artificial colouring agents.
2. Have a substantial meat based protein.
3. Contain low to no grains.
4. Contain no controversial chemical preservatives.
5. Have a clear and transparent ingredient list.

So after hours and hours of reading and researching into all the different dog food companies and brands we have picked a selection of our personal  favourite Dry Dog Food Wet Dog Foods and RAW Dog Food to share with you.

Our Favourite Dry Dog Foods Brands:

Our Favourite Wet Dog Foods Brands:

Our Favourite Raw Dog Foods Brands:

We hope that this has given you a clearer idea as to which dog food brands to consider for your dog. Please remember we are here to help, if you have any further questions or queries regarding which dog food brands are good for your dog, then please feel free to call us on (01273) 738016 and we will be happy to talk you through some of the options available and suitable for your dog.




Piccolo kibble is the perfect size and shape for small mouths providing just the right satisfying crunch.

100% natural, wholesome ingredients for a healthier, happier dog

Piccolo kibble is the perfect size and shape for small mouths providing just the right satisfying crunch.

High meat content for a strong muscle growth

Piccolo contains up to 75% meat providing the protein and energy that a small dog needs for a healthy body and strong muscles.

A great taste

The Piccolo range is both delicious and nutritious to satisfy even the fussiest eater. Using a combination of high meat content and wholesome natural ingredients, Piccolo has the taste your dog will absolutely love, without the use of artificial flavourings.

Grain Free

Piccolo’s grain free recipes provide a more nutritionally appropriate diet than grain filled varieties. Grain free plus significantly reduced carbohydrates

Highly digestible ingredients for less stool volume - less clean up!

Piccolo’s high quality ingredients are chosen for their easy digestibility resulting in less to clear up which is good news for dog owners Piccolo is nutritionally denser than lesser quality feeds. With lower feeding amounts required and high digestibility, compared to inferior brands, you will notice less dog's "poop" volume.

Preserved naturally

Piccolo products are preserved with mixed tocopherols, a blend of vitamin E which gives Piccolo Dog food its long shelf life. Piccolo does not contain artificial preservatives.

Easier on the stomach so fewer stomach upsets

When feeding Piccolo you can be assured of the highest quality ingredients which are gentle on the stomach and easily digested. This lowers the chances of digestive upsets. Highly digestible ingredients increases your dog’s ability to absorb goodness from the food

New in this month


Pet Munchies Dog Stix!

After the amazing success of Pet Munchies Natural Range of Dog Treats! The lovely people at Pet Munchies have now released another scrummy Dog Treat.

Pet Munchies Dog Stix contain 5 chewy, delicious meaty dog chews that your Dogs will love. In 4 tasty new flavours: Chicken, Lamb, Venison and Duck!

Not only are they NEW! Not only are they HEALTHY! Not only are they TASTY!

Lily’s Kitchen Cat Dry Food!

Lily’s Kitchen Dog Food has been flying off our shelves for a few years now and so when Lily’s Kitchen told us they were revamping their Cat Dry Food we got very excited. After a long wait we are pleased to announce the launch of their NEW dry Cat Food.

Available in 4 varieties: Kitten, Chicken, Fish and Senior! We know that all the kitty cats out their will love this purrfect new food.

Easter Eggs For Dogs!

Easter is getting Egg-stremely close (See what we did there?!) So make sure your Doggy doesn’t miss out on this egg-citing (Ok I’ll stop now) holiday!

With prices starting from as little as 99p there is not reason your favourite four-legged friend can’t have a little taste of Easter too!

Meowing Heads New Cat Food Range

The Happy Chappies at Pet Food UK have added to their purr-fect range of Cat Food which is great news for all our feline friends.

Check out their new flavours here:

Keep your eye peeled too! We have a lot of exciting new products coming soon!

Does your Dog or Cat suffer from an ailment?

Pet Tag Engraving


Did you know?

In the UK, the Control of Dogs Order 1992 states that any dog in a public place must wear a collar with the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on a tag?  Your telephone number is optional (but we would recommend this).

You can be fined up to £5,000 if your dog does not wear an identification tag.

New Instore and Online Anco Natural Dog Treats

Here at A Coombs Pet Centre we know that we have a responsibility to our customers to make sure that we sell the very best in Pet Treats, Food and Toys. This is a responsibility that we do not take lightly and as such we are always vetting, researching and testing new products.

With that said we are excited to announce the launch of a tasty & healthy new range of Dog treats that meet with our high standards. What is this new range of Pet Treats we hear you ask? It’s Anco Natural Dog Treats!

Anco Natural Dog Treats come in a variety of packs from Goose Necks to Deer Hide and Wild Boar Trotters. They are 100% Natural and Tasty and carry the following promises from Anco:

  • NO Artificial Colourings
  • NO Artificial Fragrances
  • NO Artificial Flavours
  • NO Preservatives
  • NO Additives
  • Gluten Free Treats

With so many pet treats available in discount stores containing hidden nasties, E numbers and a variety of cereals it is so refreshing to see this range of natural and nutritious treats with simple and transparent ingredients.

You can rest at ease when you feed your Dog one of these yummy new snacks. It’s a range that takes dog treats back to basics, back to nature. The way pet treats should be.

Have a look through this new range today, be bold and treat your Dog to something new, something tasty, something healthy - Anco Natural Dog Treats!

Brand NEW in our Store - The Cheshire Cat's Garden

Discover our new range of simple & honest recipes, all packed full of protein, expertly combined with select natural ingredients, specially formulated to keep all kittens, adults and senior cats happy and healthy everyday.

Available in 7 different varieties that we're sure your Cat will love! Pop in store or shop online for this purrrrrrfect new Cat Food.


Canagan Dog Food is a grain free complete dog  food that mimics our dogs ancestral diet. Dogs are carnivores, they get the majority of their nutritional needs from meat sources. with the remainder coming from fruits and vegetables. Canagan matches this ratio perfectly, so it is much more nutritionally accessible. Gram for gram, your dog will receive more nutrition from each mouthful of Canagan than from grain packed pet foods.


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