Right now around half of the pets are overweight - that’s around 5 million dogs just here in the UK. And since obesity dramatically increases a dog’s chances of developing a whole range of associated health problems and has been proven to reduce a dog’s life expectancy by an average of two whole years, it’s no wonder vets are calling the obesity crisis the biggest health concern our four-legged friends have ever faced.
Getting old is no joke - for us and for our dogs it means dealing with reduced energy levels coupled with a slower metabolism and, of course, fending off all of the many age-related illnesses for as long as possible. With all of these challenges, diet can either help to remedy the problem or exacerbate it so it’s important to make sure your senior dog is on the right food for his or her specific needs.
The idea behind complete pet foods is that they provide everything our furry friends need. This means we could, in theory, just feed one complete food forever and, in fact, this was exactly the recommendation being made by much the pet food and veterinary industries for many years.
Getting the amount of food right for your dog is just as important as finding the right food but it is a question that is often overlooked. Too much or too little of even the very best food available can quickly lead to problems so it’s important to spend some time finding the right amount for your individual dog.
Christmas is a time of sharing but when it comes to our dogs, sharing the wrong types of tidbits and leftovers can do an awful lot more harm than good so make sure you and your family know which foods can and cannot be fed to your furry friends this festive season.
As we saw in our last article, dry kibbles are well and truly the top dog when it comes to global pet food sales but over the last decade or so, the alternatives have been gaining ground fast. Where once the convenience was king, more and more pet owners are now willing to put a bit more work into their pets’ diets and raw foods, high end wet foods and now fresh foods are reaping the rewards.
With so many different dog foods out there it can be hard to know where to start when trying to find the one that’s best for your dog. In this article and the next we’ll take a look at the various categories of foods currently available. First up, complete vs complementary nutrition.