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.
Telling the difference between a good pet food and a bad one is not easy. Every producer wants you to think that their products are the best and many lower-end manufacturers have worked long and hard to find ways within the law to make their foods appear better than they really are.
Let’s face it, choosing the best food for your pooch can be a real nightmare. With hundreds of different dog food brands on the market and every one insisting that it is the best thing since sliced bread, even working out where to start can seem like an impossible task.
We all need to change our dog's diet from time to time. Whether it's because of a problem with the current food, because you're going on holiday and need a more convenient option, because your dog is moving from one life-stage to the next or simply because you think your dog would like something new, food changes are part and parcel of owning a dog. The problem is, for many of our dogs, changing foods is the first step on the road to the vet with digestive upsets.