The nutritional needs of your dog will vary depending on age, breed and activity level. It’s vitally important that you feed your dog a balanced and complete diet which is specific to their needs, to ensure a healthy and happy life.
You should try to stick to one type of diet for your dog to avoid digestive issues and complications. Even if you have a ‘fussy’ pet, it really is better to stick to a single type of food that your pet can easily digest, and that does not cause digestive issues.
A suitable diet should:
- Be easily digested.
- Produce dark brown, formed and firm stools.
- Not cause severe wind, diarrhoea or soft, pale stools.
If you are looking to change your pet’s diet, we recommend that you do this gradually over the course of a week to avoid any upset tummy’s.
- Dry food – There is a wide range of complete dry dog foods on offer but we generally recommend that you buy the best quality food that you can afford. Dry foods may seem more costly than wet or tinned alternatives, but dogs do not require as much dry food and so the costs often work out the same.
- Wet or tinned – Again we recommend that you choose the highest quality diet that you can afford. You should also try to find a complete diet, that does not require additional or supplementary food to be added.
If you are struggling to choose the most suitable diet for your dog, we suggest that you have a chat to your vet, who will be able to make more specific recommendations based on your pets breed, age and lifestyle.
Advice for Puppies
When you first collect your puppy, the breeder will advise you of their current diet, and give tips on moving forward. Puppies grow at a rapid rate and require a tailored diet to aid healthy growth and development.
We recommend that you feed your puppy 3-4 meals per day from 12 weeks – 6 months of age. This may seem like a lot, but remember your puppy is developing rapidly – not to mention their constant high energy levels!
After 6 months, the number of meals should gradually be reduced down to 2 meals per day.
If you have questions about when or how to transition your puppy on to adult food, give us a phone or make an appointment to chat with a member of our team.
Advice for Senior Dogs
Senior dogs are more susceptible to illness, developing age-related conditions and serious weight changes. It is important to keep an eye on your older dog as changes can come on so gradually that it is sometimes difficult to notice when something is wrong.
The senior diets on the market are typically low in calories to help weight control. Many diets also may target specific age-related conditions. For this reason, we strongly recommend that when considering a senior diet, you consult a member of our team first.
We will soon be rolling out Senior Clinics, run by our Vet Nurses, aimed at caring specifically for our pets as they grow into their senior years.
More information to come soon.