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Feeding principles

Whether you feed your dog a super premium quality commercial food or prepare homemade meals, it is important to understand the fundamentals of canine nutrition. 

 

 

 

Basics about canine nutrition

Nutrients are normally divided into six major groups: protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water. Meat is the most common source of protein but some manufacturers use also vegetable protein to increase the protein level of the food. You should keep in mind that the digestibility for dogs in vegetable proteins is far less than in protein from animal origin.

There are many carbohydrates used in the pet food industry. Some of the ingredients, such as wheat and soya, can often cause allergies in sensitive dogs. Instead, we use easily digestible potato, maize and dried apples in order to help to maintain dog's healthy digestion. Fat sources in dog food are normally animal based. In our recipes fat comes from chicken and salmon. Main ingredients of the food already contains certain amount of vitamins and minerals but in many cases there is a need to add them in later stage of production.

 

Top tips

  • Protein. Some manufacturers use vegetable proteins in their dog food—which are hard for dogs to digest. Prefer a dog food that contains mostly animal protein. Be sure that meat is the first used ingredient.
  • Fat. Fats keep your dog's coat healthy and provide energy. Adult dogs need generally a minimum of 5% fat in their diet. Prefer a food which contains added salmon oil for omega-3 and -6.
  • Water. The amount of water your dog needs depends on his activity level, seasonal temperature and the dog's general health. In addition, consuming dry food will make your dog thirsty. A good rule of thumb to follow: give your pet at least one quarter of water for every pound of dry food.
  • Carbohydrates. Try to avoid wheat and soya as they can cause allergies in some dogs.
  • Energy. Always use the manufacturer's feeding guide of the specific food as the base of the feeding. The optimal weight of a dog is when you are able to feel dog’s ribs when touching its side lightly. Overweight is a severe problem with dogs, as it creates unnecessary stress on the dog's joints and heart as well as cause multiple other health problems.

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