It can be hard to determine what food is best to give your dog. There are a number of different diets for dogs depending on age, health etc. We’re here to help make the decision that bit easier by giving you some factors to consider.
It’s important to remember all dogs are individuals. One diet may be fine for your neighbours dog but not ok for yours. When it comes to your dogs daily diet, its important to check with your vet what will be best suited for it. Domestic dogs are mostly carnivores but this doesn’t stop them having a few veggie meals here and there. What’s important is that your dogs food is both complete and balanced for their stage of life.
The majority of dog food recipes are made up of:
- 50% cooked protein
- 25% produce
- 25% cooled complex carbs
When it comes to food it doesn’t have to be the same every single meal. You can mix up their diet with some cooked or raw meat fish, vegetables and rice. Avoid cooked bones or sauces such as onion gravy, that may be present on the meat. Also, don’t be afraid to bulk out your dogs meals with cooked pumpkin, raw grated carrot. These add nutrients and can help improve your dogs bowel health. In terms of bones, generally 1 to 2 bones a week is sufficient to help with plaque removal. The bone should be raw and large enough that your dog can’t fit it in its whole mouth.
How much food does your dog need?
The amount of food your dog needs depends mostly on size, breed and age, as well as regularity of exercise. The key is to ensure they’re not overfed or underfed. Check with your vet your dogs overall health so you can assess how much food they need. Make sure to always ensure your dog is hydrated. This is very important for their health.
When determining your dogs size and weight, it is important to look at their body shape rather than their weight. You want your dog to be lean but not under weight. You should be able to feel their ribs but with a slight fat covering.
Food vs Age
With a young puppy, it’s important not to make big changes to their diet early on, as this may cause stomach upset. It needs to be a gradual process. The best food to feed them is food designed specifically for puppies as this will provide all the nutrients your puppy needs for growth and development. Puppies can’t go long without food, so be sure to feed them small regular meals.
Adult dogs should be fed once or twice a day. Be sure to check with your vet when it’s suitable to change from puppy to adult food. Changing their food too early can cause health issues. Make sure the diet you choose is complete and balanced. Most importantly, don’t overfeed!
With senior dogs, keeping an eye on their health is mandatory. As dogs gets older, they may begin to acquire health issues which can be either affected or improved by their diet. Some older dogs may need more fibre or protein etc compared to before. Again, speak to your vet about your dogs specific needs and health.
Certain foods to stay clear of
When it comes to dogs, not all food is safe for them even though we as humans can eat it. These are common household supplies, so it’s important to keep them out of reach from your four legged friend. Here is a list of just a few of the items unsafe for your dog.
- Onions and garlic
- Citrus acid
- Milk and lactose
Your dog may love the smell or want to try your delicious home cooked meal but don’t give in to their puppy dog eyes.
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If you have any questions or need help with anything please don’t hesitate to contact us or chat to your vet. Our email is email@example.com or you can call a member of our team on 01932 304364. We stock a variety of treats and food for both dogs and puppies. They’re all made of natural ingredients and are super tasty.