“What diet should I feed my dog?”
A common query from pet owners is “what diet should I feed my dog?”. With so many dog food brands available to choose from, a decision can be hard to make. It is important to know about the ingredients required in a dog’s food for optimal health and wellbeing. This not only has an impact on their digestive system but also on how shiny their coats are, as well as their energy levels.
It’s crucial to remember that a dog’s diet will vary by individual. Pet dogs are predominantly carnivores that also eat omnivorous foods. However, a dog’s food should be both complete and balanced to ensure it meets its daily nutritional requirements.
Dry Dog Food
Recent research suggests this is the most common diet fed to dogs by their owners. Dry dog food makes up 71% of the market. A dried diet has a low moisture content of around 8%. The food is extruded into pellets, biscuits or kibbles and often packed in bags or boxes. Meat is usually added in a fresh or dried format. A major advantage of dry food is it can be kept for significantly longer than wet food, which often goes off quicker.
Wet Dog Food
This equates to roughly 33% of the market. This type of food contains a high moisture content, usually cooked at high temperatures to sterilise the food. It is then sealed under pressure and packed into cans, foil trays or pouches. A benefit of wet dog food is it can help to provide a dog with fluid requirements.
Commercially prepared raw meat diets make up 5% of the market. This format of food is muscle meat that is often still on the bone and stored frozen. Many owners also use this method to create their own homemade diets. This diet may result in a dog drinking less as the food is given to the dog wet.
How much food does a dog require?
The amount of food in a dog’s diet primarily comes down to its size, breed and age. A vital factor in a dog’s diet is to ensure that they are fed the correct portion of food. If a dog is underweight or overweight, it can lead to health issues throughout its life.
When determining a dog’s size and weight, it is essential to look at its body shape more than weight. You should be able to feel a dog’s ribs when you run your fingers over their side and see a defined waist.
Grain-Free Dog Food
Grain-Free diets continue to be a major trend in the pet food industry. This form of dog food is produced without any grains in it and is particularly popular for dogs with specific food allergies.
Benefits of a Grain-Free Dog Food can include:
- Less and smaller stools
- Reduction in shedding
- Improved skin & coat condition
- Fewer digestive upsets
- Reduced itching and scratching
Our most popular grain-free diet for puppies is the gently cooked Puppy Chicken, Sweet Potato, Carrots & Peas with 60 % fresh meat the top-selling adult diet is our gently cooked Salmon, Trout, Sweet Potato & Asparagus with 50 % fresh meat both diets are available with zero-rated VAT
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