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Your dog’s diet can have a great impact on their health and happiness. The right diet keeps them slim, healthy, and in good condition. The wrong diet can lead to obesity and life-long health issues. Feed your dog high-quality, complete dog food readily available. These complete diets contain all the nutrients your dog needs in… Continue reading Your Dog’s Diet

Your dog’s diet can have a great impact on their health and happiness. The right diet keeps them slim, healthy, and in good condition. The wrong diet can lead to obesity and life-long health issues. Feed your dog high-quality, complete dog food readily available. These complete diets contain all the nutrients your dog needs in the right amounts. Follow the feeding guidelines on the back of the packet. Always weigh out your dog’s food to make sure they’re eating the right amount.

Based on your dog’s body condition, your vet or vet nurse will advise on an appropriate diet for your pet. They can also help you work out how much to feed and whether your pet needs to lose weight. 

Along with the right exercise, diet can go a long way to help your dog stay in the best shape.

Diet Steps

  • Buy a commercially available dog food rather than making one at home. It’s really difficult to give your pet everything they need in a homemade diet.
  • Look for a food that is labelled ‘complete’, which means it has all the recommended nutrients that your dog will need.
  • Make sure the food is designed for your pet’s life stage – for example a puppy food, adult food or senior food. If your pet has any extra requirements for example, they’re a large or giant breed, very active, overweight, or pregnant make sure the food is suitable for this, too.
  • Veterinary staff will have a good idea of which brands are well established, high-quality and do the right checks, so ask your vet or vet nurse for a recommendation if you’re not sure about your dog’s diet.

Ingredients in a Doggy Diet

Some things can just come down to personal choice when it comes to pet diet. Some dog foods specifically advertise that they have human-grade ingredients or list out their ingredients in full. It’s nice to know what’s in your pet’s food, but all ingredients used in pet foods legally need to pass a vet inspection as fit for consumption. You can use ingredients or categories listed on pet food labels like meat and meat derivatives (a legal term for proteins from animal sources) or oils and fats rather than listing them all out. This is a labeling choice by the manufacturer and doesn’t always reflect the quality of the food or how much nutritional value your pet will get from it, so unless your pet has a food allergy, it doesn’t help you select your dog’s diet.

Flavor

Some dogs seem to prefer (or dislike) certain pet food flavors, so you might want to stick with ones they like for their diet. The best flavor is one your dog will eat! Some dogs aren’t picky and will eat whatever is going.

Texture

Different dog foods might be in different forms, for example, meat chunks versus pate or different shaped kibble. Again, which you pick doesn’t matter as long as your dog is happy eating it in their diet.