We live in a very commercialised world and even things like what we feed ourselves and our pets have also become widely focused on profit and financial gain over what is beneficial to us and our pets. Everywhere you look you'll see fancy names, bright bold labels and big lettering telling you all the wonderful things this food can do for your dog!
In a world with so many differing opinions and research out there, how are dog owners able to make the most informed decision on behalf of their dogs?!
Did you know that 80% of your dogs immunity comes straight from their gut? That means that what we feed our dogs directly impacts their overall health and immunity to diseases! The better the food, the better the gut health and therefore the better the dogs overall health and immunity.
What we feed our dogs also has an impact on them physically, mentally and behaviourally but we’ll talk more on those as we go along.
So here are some top tips to help you make the most informed decision on nutrition for your pet!
1.Make sure you read the ingredients! It may sound dull and time consuming but it is so important to read the ingredients of your dog food before buying it. Dog food isn’t regulated like human food is and so it is important for us to read the ingredients and not just rely on what the front of the package says it has or doesn’t have. The first ingredient in a good dog food should always be some kind of meat (and proper meat not meat meal or animal derivatives!) and then the second should be either another meat or vegetables. Anything that you don’t know what it is or what it means is probably a no go. Think about it in terms of you eating it. Would you eat a food it you didn’t know what the ingredients were in it?
2. Steer clear of meat meal and animal derivatives Meat meal and animal derivatives is basically all the ground up meat and bone we don’t eat as humans. This is then ground up all together and made into dog food for our pets. Now there isn’t anything wrong with giving your dog these scraps that we wouldn’t normally eat but ask yourself this question: do you know what the meat is, what the cut is and where it came from? We want to be feeding our pets the best food that is going to be the most beneficial from them nutritionally. Knowing what meat is going into their foods and that it is high quality meat and not scraps is really important and can really tell us whether a food is going to be nutritionally beneficial for our dog or not.
3. Stay away from salts and sugars A lot of processed dog foods contain lots of salt and sugar. Now we know how harmful lots of salt and sugar can be to humans and it works in the same way for our dogs. Too much salt can cause your dog to get dehydrated and all other kinds of issues like humans get. Too much sugar rots teeth and causes dogs to be come hyperactive as it would children who eat too many sweets! Too much slat and sugar in your dogs food can have a big impact on their energy levels, over