What Do Dogs Eat?
Just like us, our dogs are what they eat. Their happiness relies on them being healthy; the easiest way to achieve this is to ensure they’re being fed a nutritionally balanced diet.
Whether it’s wet food, dry food or homemade food, our pets require the same benefits from their diet as what we require as humans, including:
- A good quality source of food to function
- Vitamins & Minerals
There are many different varieties of food available that cater to your pet’s needs depending on their breed, age and condition. Consider the different types when deciding what you should feed your dog.
Scientifically formulated dog food
Breed specific dog food
Natural dog food (and holistic/grain free varieties)
Mature dog food
Special needs dog food
Supermarket dog food and premium dog food
What is supermarket dog food?
What is premium dog food?
What is the cost difference between supermarket and premium food?
What’s the difference between dry dog food and wet dog food?
As long as you’re feeding your dog a super premium food diet, the nutritional value of dry and wet food is quite similar. However pets who eat a wet-food-only diet may experience dental disease, as wet food tends to cause plaque and tartar build up. The manual action of chewing dry kibble can help reduce this. A good solution is to feed your pet a dry food diet with wet food mixed in; your pet will love the combination of textures and it’ll help keep their gums and teeth healthy!
Homemade Dog Food
If you choose to cook for your dog, it’s important to ensure that they’re getting their daily nutritional needs in the right portions to stay healthy.
Pet food manufacturers put a lot of time, money and research into your pet’s food. They also ensure that your buddy will receive the nutrients and minerals they require daily. If you are considering a home diet, please ensure you research your pet’s needs and consult your vet first.
Things to think of if you’re going to make your dog’s food:
- Must be balanced between protein, plant based foods, grains and ‘good’ fats.
- Only use good-quality, human grade foods and avoid fatty cuts of meat.
- Avoid scraps and left overs. These should be given in moderation to your dog, as a treat only.
Bad and toxic food for dogs
There are certain foods that can be fatal to dogs and should be avoided completely. These include:
- Cooked bones
- Grapes and sultanas
- Lily plants
- High energy human food, including barbecued or cured meats
Also avoid feeding fatty marrow bones and only feed raw eggs in moderation.
Bones should be raw and twice as big as your dog’s head. Remember, you want your dog to chew on the bone not chew it up, so remove it after a few hours. This will also avoid attracting flies.