A healthy pet starts with a healthy diet and we appreciate that the choice these days can be overwhelming. There are a lot of opinions and lots of evidence in support of the different types of diet available. We haven’t performed any research ourselves but do have the benefit of seeing a large number of pets on various diets.
We believe that there is no magic formula that suits all dogs and want to work with you and the decisions you make to ensure they are getting all the nutrients they need, reducing the chance of any associated health problems.
There is an endless selection of complete meals for your dog in both tinned and dried (kibble) form. They are a convenient and practical way to feed your dog, however, as is the case with many things, you get what you pay for. In general the more expensive foods have a higher percentage of better quality protein which your dog is more suited to process and in addition have all the nutrients your dog needs to avoid deficiencies. The cheaper diets often have a higher percentage of lower quality ‘fillers’ which they will struggle to digest often resulting in a large quantity of poo and potentially issues like weight gain.
If your dog is unlucky enough to develop a particular condition there are prescription diets available which have been clinically proven to control and treat certain conditions which we are more than happy to supply.
Raw diets, also referred to as species specific diets, have been around for a while and can have many benefits to the health of your dog. There are some additional considerations involved with preparation and storage but in general, if sourced from a reputable supplier (DEFRA approved), they can be a safe option for feeding your dog.
It is not as simple as going to the supermarket and picking up a few packs of beef mince with your weekly shop we would always advise speaking with ourselves or visiting one of our local recommended suppliers:
Nurturing by nature
One of the difficulties with a raw diet is making sure your dog is getting all the vitamins and minerals it needs to avoid deficiencies and associated disease. This can be achieved by seeking reliable advice and creating a well planned and formulated feeding regime. When done well raw feeding can have many health benefits to your pet and in certain cases resolve some health issues.