You Are What You Eat! ... and so is your dog.
We recommend: Naturavetal for everything!!
Also Butternut box (cooked complete diet), Natures Diet (cooked complete diet), Forthglade (cooked complete diet), Nutriment (complete raw), Poppy's Picnic (complete raw), Honeys (raw).
Food is as important for your dogs as it is for us as humans. There is a huge amount of food available for every stage of your dogs life and to help with joint problems or allergies and so on. Consider what you feed your dog in the same way as you think about what you eat.
Most importantly the amount of calories your dog is having versus the energy they are using up. All dog foods in this country are "good" and a less quality food fed responsibly is often better than a high quality food over fed. Look for less additives, colours and preservatives and look for a good level of good protein and fat. These two ingredients are the most important to your dog.
If you buy a small bag, check the ingredients on the corresponding large bag - small bag labels don't have to be as detailed by law. Ingredients are labelled with the largest ingredient first.
Make sure that the meat or fish content is listed first and is specific and avoid products that simply say cereal or just "meat" and meat derivatives. Cereal is a term used to describe any grains used. Grains are not very digestible for dogs. Look for specifics eg "brown rice". Low digestibility grain (cheap grain) will not be used well by your dog and will be passed as large, soft, smelly poo. Your dog will be hungrier and need more food.
Check that the type of fat is specifically referred to rather than just animal fat.
Avoid food with EC permitted additives.
Beef and Chicken are common allergens in dogs. Beef is less digestible than chicken, lamb and turkey resulting in more waste. However dogs do benefit from a range of proteins.
The following preservatives : E320, BHA, E321. BHT. E324, have been shown to cause cancer in people and dogs. Look for natural preservatives usually "tocopherols" which are a blend of vitamin E and C.
Ash isn't an ingredient. Digest is a flavour enhancer that can be natural or not. Products of vegetable origin and soy products are bulking agents and of no nutritional benefit to dogs. Dogs are often intolerant of Soy. Egg is an excellent source of protein. Potato is a good alternative to rice/grain for allergic dogs. Sugar beet pulp is a good source of fibre.
Be aware of high levels of sugar, leading to tooth decay, higher levels of activity and potentially cancers. Avoid products containing sugar.
If feeding dry food, soak it. Make sure your dog has plenty of water available.
If you have a deep chested dog, don't exercise them until 2 hours have passed since feeding them. When returning from a walk, make sure they are relaxed and not panting before giving them any food.
Think about how you feed your dog. Make it fun for them to earn their food, find their food rather than all their meals coming from a bowl.. Using food for training helps development and bonding. Brain work is hugely beneficial to dogs. Try using Kongs and other intereactive feeding toys suitable to the size and personality of your dog.
Try the cruelty cutter app.
Scan the bar code and the app will tell you if the product has been tested on animals.