How to choose the right food for your dog

When choosing a food for your dog, you need to consider a few practical, common sense questions:

  • What type of food are you thinking of – dry or moist
  • What is your dog’s stage in life (puppies should obviously eat puppy food, which has been specially formulated for them)?
  • How active is your dog, so what amount of energy will it need through its feeding bowl?
  • Any situation requiring particular attention, e.g. sensitive skin?
  • What size is your dog – small breed vs. large breed?

It’s vital that you remember that your dog’s digestive system is different to your own, so dogs need to be fed on a diet that’s been specially formulated for their needs.

A good dog food should include the following:

  • High quality ingredients.
  • Nutritionally balanced formulation.
  • High meat content (check the % meat content on the bag, this varies between foods).
  • Omega 3 and 6 to encourage a healthy, shiny coat.
  • Prebiotics to promote a healthy gut and aid the immune system.
  • Antioxidants to help with sustained health and vitality.
  • No added colourings, flavourings or preservatives.

You should aim to feed your dog at the same time every day, and don’t forget to make sure that they have fresh water available to them at all times.

Don’t worry about feeding your dog the same food all the time. Dogs are not like humans. They should be perfectly happy to eat the same food for a lifetime.

Often, when we decide to change our dog’s diet, we are using human values, thinking it may be a treat for them to have some variety. The problem about this is that if your dog is a tad picky to begin with, this process of changing feed will make them even pickier.

Also, if you constantly change feed and your dog becomes unwell, it can be hard to decide which of the recent feeds is the culprit.

If you need further help or advice, speak to our nutritional experts.

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