WHICH FOOD - IT’S ENOUGH TO GIVE YOU A HEADACHE!!
Wet, dry (to soak or not), semi moist, homecooked, raw (maybe a combination), grains, allergies, intolerances, additives, supplements, protein levels, scientific research, different advice, it’s so complicated & can be pretty stressful when all you want to do is give your dog the best!
What your dog eats impacts their health & behaviour, so feeding a good quality food is really important.
So, what is the best food for your dog?
Sadly, I cannot tell you as what works for one dog may not for another, but there are some things you can check. For example, look at your dog’s food ingredients, the first should be meat/fish (or meat/fish meal), if it says derivatives then you may want to consider changing as this means it contains parts of nail, hair & teeth etc.
Is their food coloured, such as green pieces for peas? This means the food contains colourings, not good!
Feeding raw is gaining popularity but it isn’t as easy as feeding just meat, dogs need the correct proportions of meat, offal & bone, & possibly some vegetables & supplements.
Home cooking is great as you know exactly what your dog is eating, but probably the most complicated, as it is crucial you provide the correct nutritional needs, such as carbohydrates, protein, fats.
If you are struggling I would suggest doing some research & check sites like www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk
To be honest at the end of a day it is a food which your dog enjoys eating, it fits your budget & they are happy, fit & healthy.
PS. Before exercising your dog (this also includes vigorous play/jumping around), please leave approximately 1 hour before & after feeding to minimise the risks of bloat.