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    • 09 APR 14

    What’s the best diet for your dog?

    Wild dogs eat prey animals, composed of raw meat, bone, organs, tissue and vegetable matter from the stomach and intestines of their prey. The modern domesticated dog is subtly different, being largely carnivorous, but accepting some omnivorous foods.

    We would recommend feeding your dog a high quality, balanced, premium diet – consisting of human grade meat, bones and vegetables (in the form of an easy-to-feed kibble), containing all the minerals, vitamins and nutrients required to maintain a healthy pet.

    The nutritional needs of your pet change as they grow, age and their physical demands change, so the vast range of diets available are usually categorised into ‘Life Stages’. 

    Puppies need more protein, for the rapid growth of tissue, bones, muscle and organs and more calories. Some puppy foods contain probiotics or other formulas to help protect the immune system.

    Adult canine diets have all the nutrients required to maintain good body condition. If your pet has been neutered, a ‘light’ version of their normal diet can prevent weight gain, which can lead to complications such as diabetes, joint, heart and skin problems, as well as an increased risk if they require surgery.

    Senior dogs require less energy in their diet and some diets contain extra calcium for bone and joint health and antioxidants to help their immune and renal system.

    The behaviour and teeth of dogs of any age benefit from chewing toys and large ‘knuckle’ bones, but NEVER cooked bones, chocolate, dried fruit, nuts, coffee, corn cobs and seeds.

    Dogs should be fed at least twice a day to avoid bloating; puppies, up to 4 times daily, then gradually reducing as they grow into adulthood.

    At Clockhouse Vets, we stock Premium Life Stage Diets. We’re happy to advise on which diet would be best suited to your pet’s needs and Paws and Claws scheme members receive a 20% discount!