I think it fair to say that dog nutrition in the UK has never been a hotter topic than it is today. Heart disease, diabetes, ear infections, irritable bowel disease, pancreatitis, arthritis and cancer. They’ve all become commonplace canine health problems. But it doesn’t need to be that way. The key to sharing your life with a healthy dog is good dog nutrition. Feeding your dog a well-balanced diet. Meeting your dog’s nutritional needs with good, healthy, fresh food. Feeding your dog the kind of food he or she deserves!
The nutritional requirements of dogs
Forget what some may tell you. Dogs are omnivores. They may have started out as carnivores, but following 15,000 years of domestication, they are now able to benefit from an omnivorous diet. Dogs always had need of some plant material anyway. Now, through gene adaptation, they have a digestive tract able to benefit from both animal and plant material. Just like you and I. Ironically, a dog can happily thrive on a vegetarian diet. But an all-meat, purely carnivorous diet would not meet all its nutritional requirements.
Dogs need six basic nutrients. Water, proteins (for amino acids), fats (for essential fatty acids), carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. The required quantity of each of these may vary according to a dog’s life stage. Importantly though, the source of these is less important than their quality and digestibility.
The way to a healthy dog diet
Commercial dog food was invented as recently as the 1860s. That said, it only became mainstream after the Second World War. Prior to that, dogs would have been fed raw and cooked food provided by their human companions, supplemented with whatever they could scavenge. Virtually every well-established dog breed today was created, developed and improved on proper food. Human food if you like. Those dogs were healthier than they are today and they lived longer than they do today. All because they ate proper food!
So the way to a happier, healthier, longer life for your best friend is a nutrient-rich diet. Homemade cooked food or raw dog food. And if you want your dog to become a vegetarian or vegan, a plant-based diet. In much the same way that eating a highly-processed diet is not healthy for humans, it is not healthy for dogs either!
Good dog nutrition
As a dog nutritionist based in the UK, I can help you with dog nutrition for your canine companion. Proper nutrition for a dog doesn’t come in a bag or a tin. It comes from fresh wholefoods either cooked or raw. It’s not complicated, it doesn’t have to be expensive, but it does need to be well balanced for good dog health.
My healthy dog diet plans are designed to take into account your dog’s unique requirements based on his or her breed, life stage, current health condition and spayed or neutered status. They all include email support to ensure your best friend is happy and benefiting from his or her new diet.
If your dog has a health problem, please don’t accept that ‘that is the way it is when you have a dog’. It is not. Most modern dog health problems are food related. They are caused by a poor diet. As such, most can be improved by diet.
Please give your best friend the chance to be the best that he or she can be!