What should I feed my pet dog?

Dog food comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and textures: dry, wet and raw. Dry dog food usually consists of kibbles, biscuits or pellets and has some advantages over the other types of dog food. With a longer shelf life and offering convenience of storage and serving, dry dog food is a popular option. Wet dog food is a more appetising options, as its sauces and gravies appeal more tantalisingly to our four-legged friends. Compared to dry food, it has less of a shelf life. Raw dog food is probably the premium option. Constituting the best serving-to-protein ratio, raw dog food requires freezing and is not as simply served as dry dog food.

Which dog food should I give to my pet?

When it comes to the various forms of dog food, it doesn’t really matter which one you choose. Since the key to a good diet for your dog is to be fed nutritionally balanced meals, this is what you need to look out for. The second most important consideration, when it comes to dog food, is that it must be protein rich. Plant-based proteins are generally advised against, as are vegan diets. Both may result in deficiencies and health complications for your beloved pet. The third most important thing to look out for when purchasing dog food is whether it is a “complementary” meal or a “complete” meal. While the former is designed to be eaten alongside a main meal, the latter represents a standalone meal in itself.

 

How important is my dog’s diet to its health?

A proper balance of nutrients, including protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals, will enable your dog to function normally. These nutrients are vital for your dog to maintain, build and repair muscles, support good teeth and grow properly. Fats and carbohydrates provide your dog with energy to function and exercise and maintain strong cardiovascular health. A healthy digestion is also very important, which is why any changes to your dog’s diet must be made gradually and incrementally.