Bella & Duke Review

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helloBARK! staff
By helloBARK! staff
Updated on September 03, 2020

If you’re looking to transition your dog onto a balanced and complete diet, you may have considered making the switch to raw.

There’s been a shift in the UK with more British pet parents feeding their dogs a raw food diet.

Just like any type of pet nutrition, there are some pros and cons to raw dog food that you’ll need to consider in order to make an informed decision.

Indeed, raw dog food does come with some risks so it’s a good idea to speak to your vet to learn more about the potential drawbacks.

Website: www.bellaandduke.com

Bella & Duke are one of the leading raw dog food companies in the UK that provide British canines with the opportunity to enjoy a 100% natural raw diet.

In this article, we’re going to take a close look at Bella & Duke, the ingredients in their recipes, what customers are saying about the raw food, and our verdict.

Editor's note: The content on this website is meant to be informative in nature, but it should not be taken as veterinary, medical or professional advice. The content of our articles does not constitute veterinary advice. It’s always best to speak with your vet or a certified pet nutritionist before making any changes to your pet's diet or feeding routine.

Bella & Duke – The Basics

Copper with his Bella and Duke delivery (Photo: lifewithkleekai)

Copper with his Bella and Duke delivery (Photo: lifewithkleekai)

Bella & Duke state on their website that their aim is to make British dogs as happy and healthy as possible thanks to to their natural raw food.

The company was created by founders Mark and Tony who were spurred into action after losing their dogs to cancer. They set about looking to create a fresh and natural approach to pet nutrition due to their concerns about the role processed dog food may have played in illnesses of their dogs.

Bella & Duke promise on their website to stay at the “cutting edge of nutrition” to ensure their raw food can promote a healthy lifestyle for your canine companion.

In an attempt to provide peace of mind to British pet parents, Bella & Duke won’t use any ingredients in their recipes unless there’s a clear benefit to your pooch.

Bella & Duke’s raw meals are comprised of high quality cuts of meat and bones, as well as oils, antioxidants, herbs, season vegetables, fruits and berries. They source their ingredients from British and Irish farms so dog owners can support local business.

Their website adds that everything in their meals are Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) approved.

What Service Do Bella & Duke Provide?

Bella & Duke offer 100% natural raw dog food that is customised to meet your dog’s needs and shipped direct to your door.

To allow Bella & Duke to tailor their recipes to your canine companion, you’ll need to enter some key details about your furry friend in their online questionnaire.

They ask basic questions such as age, breed, weight and activity level, before thoughtfully enquiring about health and behavioral issues, whether you’ve fed raw previously as well as your freezer space.

Once they’ve got all the key information required, they can formulate a meal plan for your dog. If you would like more or less food trays, you can still customise your order at checkout.

Your Bella & Duke food will be delivered frozen so you can immediately store in the freezer apart from a couple of trays that you’ll need to defrost in the fridge.

Their website adds that their recipes are created with help from a team of vet to ensure they remain ahead of the curve in terms of pet nutrition and wellness.

What Raw Dog Food Options Do Bella & Duke Offer?

Copper with his Bella and Duke delivery (Photo: lifewithkleekai)

Copper with his Bella and Duke delivery (Photo: lifewithkleekai)

Bella & Duke offer a variety of different options for pet parents in the raw dog food range. Their website explains that all meat is sourced from BRC Accredited human grade factories in the UK, and all of their fruit and vegetables is sourced locally.

At the time of writing, Bella & Duke can offer British dog owners a number of different formulas and recipes.

Their adult premium range is designed to give UK dogs everything they need to stay fit and active.

• Beef Raw Dog Food Complete
• Tripe Raw Dog Food Complete
• Duck Raw Dog Food Complete
• Turkey Raw Dog Food Complete
• White Fish Raw Dog Food Complete
• Chicken Raw Dog Food Complete
• Lamb Raw Dog Food Complete
• Salmon Raw Dog Food Complete

They’ve also got a Superfood Enriched range, Pure Meat & Bone range and Working Dog Adult range.

Bella & Duke write on their website that they believe in offering dog a varied diet of different protein sources to help with potential food intolerances.

Price And Delivery

If you want to place an order of Bella & Duke’s raw food, you’ll need to visit their website and fill out their questionnaire to get a customised meal plan. You can’t buy Bella & Duke at your local supermarket or pet stores.

The cost of feeding your dogs their Bella & Duke raw food will vary depending on the age, breed, size and activity level of your dog. For instance, feeding my three-year old Alaskan Klee Kai their meals for 36 days would cost me £45.99. Their website explains that I’m effectively paying £1.28 a day to feed Skye her Bella & Duke meals.

Bella & Duke will deliver your meals direct to your door with the meals kept frozen by dry ice. They use 100% recyclable boxes that can be stacked in your freezer.

Our Verdict

Skye and Copper with their Bella and Duke delivery (Photo: lifewithkleekai)

Skye and Copper with their Bella and Duke delivery (Photo: lifewithkleekai)

My Alaskan Klee Kai were big fans of Bella & Duke’s raw food recipes.

I really liked the recyclable boxes that are used to store their meals. They were easy to stack in my freezer draw, with just the right amount dispatched.

Once I defrosted a meal tray, I was able to reseal and store in the fridge rather than messing about with tupperware. There was no possibility of spillages or wastage.

Bella & Duke’s customer service team were great in providing lots of information about their food so I could understand the potential benefits of feeding raw.

What Are Customers Saying?

Bella & Duke get 4.6 stars out of 5 based upon 180 reviews on Google Reviews.

Fallon shed light on the positive impact of these meals on her two dogs.

My dogs love this food. I have a fussy Jackapoo and she’s finally eating. They’re doing really well on it and she isn’t as hyper as she was when on kibble. My other dog came to me having eaten very cheap quality food along with chicken and rice. I moved him straight on to this food and he went from looking like and old dog (the neighbours thought he looked about 9!) to his actual age of 14 months.

Louise explained that she was pleasantly surpised by the ease of switching to Bella & Duke.

Wilma loves Bella & Duke raw food. We have noticed benefits within days to the smell of her breath, her coat is more shiny and she has more energy since starting the new food. Her toilet business is much smaller and has less odor. The website is so easy to use, and it is simple to amend or adjust your requirements. The size of the food trays are really good and slimline, even a 8kg delivery fits nicely into the our freezer.

Chrissie provided an insight into how her fussy Collie is now obsessed with mealtime.

My Bob, the fussy OCD Collie, now sits and waits for his meals and then scoffs like mad. Feeding time used to be so stressful, it’s now so easy and such a joy. He pines for more ( feel mean not giving him extra ) ….. that’s never EVER been the case with Bob.

Any Negatives?

Bella & Duke provide British pet parents with a premium raw food option. Therefore you can expect to pay more than you would for traditional types of pet nutrition.

While researching Bella & Duke’s Google reviews, I noted some recent reviews citing some issues with deliveries. However, their customer service team were quick to respond to the reviews.

Is This The Best Raw Dog Food?

Bella and Duke (Photo: lifewithkleekai)

Bella and Duke (Photo: lifewithkleekai)

Bella & Duke are one of the premium raw dog food options in the UK.

They use the best British ingredients in their food that are all natural and nutritious.

Bella & Duke have a team of vets that have helped to formulate their meals to ensure they remain at the cutting edge of dog nutrition.

You can check out our updated guide on the best raw dog food UK via the link below.

RELATED: The three best raw dog food companies in the UK

Anything Else To Consider?

UKGov offer extensive guidance where handling raw pet food is concerned.

They write that raw meat can be contaminated with harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria and E. coli. They go on to explain that humans can become unwell after handling raw pet food and treats.

You can read their extensive guidance where raw pet food is concerned by clicking here.

We urge British dog owners to consult with their vet before deciding to make the switch to raw dog food. They can educate you about the pros and cons of feeding raw as well as offering help with the transition process.

In our experience, raw dog food companies are more than happy to speak to pet owners about any potential concerns or answer any questions you may have.

Bella & Duke Conclusion – Our Final Thoughts

Skye and Copper with their Bella and Duke delivery (Photo: lifewithkleekai)

Skye and Copper with their Bella and Duke delivery (Photo: lifewithkleekai)

We’ve reached the end of our review of Bella & Duke’s raw food.

They’re one of the leading raw dog food companies in the UK, providing a variety of recipes for British dogs.

Bella & Duke responsibly source their meat and ingredients from British and Irish farmers, helping to support local businesses.

They can customise their recipes to meet your dog’s specific requirements, shipping your order direct to your door.

Bella & Duke use recyclable trays that are easy to store in the freezer, proving economical with space.

You can only order Bella & Duke on their website as their food isn’t stocked in supermarkets or pet stores.