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General feeding guidelines
Why dog food matters
Make no mistake, food is the most important factor in your dog’s life. Through diet, he has to get everything his body needs: from the energy needed to keep chasing those balls to the incredible array of nutrients that form every tissue and keep every cellular process going, it must all be delivered through his diet. Too much or too little of any one nutrient can quickly cause upsets and if something gets into your dog’s diet that shouldn’t be there, you can be sure that problems won’t be far away. From weaning right through to old age, it is diet more than any other factor that will determine the quality and the length of your dog’s life.
What to feed your dog Back to top
The eternal question… what should I feed my dog?
Unfortunately, there is no one answer. We can help you pick out the foods with the best ingredients but no food suits every dog. Different dogs do better on different diets, so choosing a food will always entail a certain amount of trial and error.
Having said that, by reading pet food labels and knowing what to look for, finding the right food can be made a lot easier, and this is where we can help.
Firstly, you will need to choose which types of foods best suit you and your dog and there are plenty to chose from! For a comprehensive guide on all of the types of food available from dry to raw, complementary to complete, take a look at our guide here.
Once you have decided which categories of food you would prefer to feed, we can help you find the very best varieties from the hundreds that are available – just enter your dogs details and select the types of foods your interested in on our dog food search page to get started.
Even with our help though, all we can do is make an educated guess as to what food is likely to benefit your dog most. All dogs are different and while some dogs will flourish on apparently low grade foods, others might have difficulties on even the highest quality diets. Your dog’s health should, therefore, always be the final indicator of a food’s suitability.
When to feed
For the majority of healthy adult dogs, the feeding schedule can be very flexible. Once you have established a daily feeding amount, you can basically divide it up into as many meals as you want and feed them at times to suit you. Most dog owners opt for 1-3 meals per day but due to the potential link between bloat (a potentially life-threatening illness also known as Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus or Gastric Torsion) and single, large meals, an increasing number of veterinarians are now recommending dividing the daily food allowance into two or more smaller meals spaced across the day. Although any breed can be affected by bloat, there is a higher incidence in deep-chested breeds and for Great Danes, Weimaraners, St. Bernards, Irish setters, and Gordon setters who are particularly at risk, multiple, smaller meals are certainly recommended.
Mixing different foods
As long as you can get the amounts right, mixing different foods can be an excellent and easy way of increasing the variety and balance of your dog’s diet. Although the philosophies can differ between brands, as well as the protein/fat/fibre percentages, the quantities of micronutrients in complete foods generally conform to very similar recommended levels (provided by the PMFA in the UK, AAFCO in America, FEDIAF in Europe etc.), so replacing a percentage of the recommended amount of one complete with the same percentage of another will generally work out more or less the same.
The key is to work with percentages. This is because the nutrient densities of different foods can vary widely, and this is reflected in the manufacturers’ recommended feeding amounts. So, stick with percentages: 50% of the recommended amount of food 1 with 50% of the recommended amount of food 2, or 60:40, 70:30, 80:20 etc.
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