Feeding My Dog

The dog food aisle can be a confusing place for an owner. There’s so much choice but what’s the best for your pooch, wet, dry or mixed dog food?

Wet v dry v mixed dog feeding

There are three ways of dog feeding. Wet dog food only, dry dog food only or mixed dog feeding where you combine the two.

Apart of the health benefits of a dog feeding programme, you may need to think about price and storage.

 Benefits of wet dog feeding 

* Dogs are carnivores, natural meat eaters and their digestive systems are designed for eating meat

* We believe meat is best and a great source of balanced and complete protein to meets your dog’s needs

* Easier to eat. Don’t be shocked when your dog wolfs it down. They can’t get enough of the meaty goodness

* Different exciting, meaty textures

* Great taste that dogs love

* Easier to digest

See Meat is Best for more information on why feeding meat is an essential part of a dog’s diet

Benefits of dry dog feeding 

* Low odour

* Convenient. It’s easy to serve and you can manage portion control with your measuring scoop.

* Promotes good dental health

* A complete meal

The benefits of mixed dog feeding

If you can’t decide, why not feed wet and dry dog food? You are giving them the best of both worlds. A mix of textures, meaty goodness with an extra crunch.

Complete v complementary dog feeding

You often see the words “complete “or “complementary” on dog food labels and they mean very different things.

Complete dog food provides your pooch with everything it needs and nothing it doesn’t. It’s providing a nutritionally balanced complete meal and can be fed on its own. You are giving your dog all the right levels of nutrients and goodness it needs to be “Fit as a Butcher’s dog”™. Complete dog food can be wet or dry.

Complementary dog food is not a complete, balanced meal.  It may be a dry mixer product, a treat or even some types of wet dog food. Complementary dog food provides some of the goodness but it’s not the total package, it’s missing some of the essential nutrients your dog needs to be fit and healthy.

Dog food treats

We all like to give our dog a treat every now and then. Treats are great for dog training and for rewards. They shouldn’t be given too often as they are often high in calories and will add extra pounds to your pooch if you’re not careful.

Like us dogs have an optimum daily calorie intake. There should be around a 10% reduction in their food at mealtimes if you are feeding treats throughout the day.

Dog feeding routine – when and how often should I feed my dog? 

It is recommended that you only feed your dog after it has been for your morning or evening walk. Dog feeding before exercise can cause twisted gut or bloating. Establish a permanent routine for meals so your dog knows when it is dinner time.

Feeding in the morning after exercise is an ideal time because it acts as a reward for when they return and the exercise encourages them to sleep while you’re out at work during the day.

How much and often to feed your dog depends on age, breed and how active they are. Dog feeding guidelines on packaging are a guide only. Adjust this accordingly.

To help you monitor daily feeding and manage your dog’s diet, download our Dog Feeding Guide.