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September 29, 2020
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A guide to doggy delights: what should you feed your pup?

A guide to doggy delights: what should you feed your pup?

When it comes to feeding your pup, it can be difficult to know what they need. Should you use wet or dry food? Or a combination? Should you home cook their meals? Do they need extra vitamins?

Here’s the thing - there’s no right or wrong answer. Different dogs have different nutritional needs based on things like age, breed and health. The right food can help your puppy pal to thrive, while keeping their tummy and digestive system happy. Do your research to find the right type of food and feeding schedule that works for you, your family and your pet.

Puppies

Speak to the person you got your puppy from, whether it is a trusted breeder or a shelter, and find out what they have been eating so far. It’s often a good idea to stick to the same food to avoid upsetting their stomach. If their current food isn’t working for them, you can try something new.

When your furry friend is just a puppy, you should look for food that is specially formulated for that age. Puppies need more nutrients and calorie-dense food than an adult dog – as you’ve probably noticed, your fur baby is growing fast!

Puppies usually start solid food around four weeks old. The age they transition to adult dog food will vary depending on their size and breed but can be anywhere from 9 - 24 months. It is a good idea to speak to your vet, so you don’t move them onto adult food too early.

Seniors

Senior dogs may also need special food to help provide them with extra nutrients, maintain a healthy body weight and slow or prevent diseases. This can be discussed with your vet, particularly if they have any illnesses.

Overweight dogs are more vulnerable to certain health problems, so although we all want to spoil our precious pooch, be sure to do so through cuddles, playtime and affection rather than food.

Important nutrients

Your puppy’s diet should be made up of six essential nutrients for a healthy life - water, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. The amount of food your dog needs will depend on their size, activity level, age and health. Take some time to figure out the ideal feeding schedule for them. Dogs are creatures of habit, so sticking to a schedule is the best way to ensure they are getting the right amount of food a day. Don’t just keep the food bowl full at all times as your dog may overeat, which can lead to unhealthy weight gain.

We all want a happy and healthy hound, but don’t give your dog vitamin supplements unless instructed to by a qualified vet. Excess vitamins can be detrimental to their health - they should be getting everything they need from a healthy and balanced diet.

5 Foods to avoid

Certain foods are toxic to your pup. It is important you know which foods to avoid giving them, as it can be very dangerous or even fatal for them to ingest particular things. These include:

  • Chocolate: As much as us humans love a chocolatey treat, our dog friends do not. Chocolate contains a stimulant that is toxic to them and can cause kidney failure, so keep the Cadbury’s to yourself.
  • Avocado: This popular breakfast food shouldn’t be shared with your dog. Avocado plants contain a substance that is poisonous for dogs and can cause vomiting and diarrhoea.
  • Alcohol: This should go without saying, but never let your dog try alcohol as it is very dangerous for them even in small amounts and can damage their central nervous system.
  • Grapes and raisins: This small fruit contains an unknown toxic substance for dogs. It can cause severe liver damage and kidney failure, and effects could well be fatal. If you drop some on the floor, make sure you pick them all up before your furry pal gets to them.
  • Artificial sweetener (Xylitol): While you probably don’t plan on feeding your dog sugar-free chewing gum, Xylitol can be found in some peanut butters – a doggy favourite. So if you are planning on using peanut butter as a treat, choose unsweetened and make sure you check the ingredients.

These are just a handful of foods that your dog should never eat. If you are ever unsure whether a food item is safe for your dog, research it first. Never give them anything you aren’t confident about. If your dog does accidentally ingest something they shouldn’t have, call your vet and have them checked out immediately - you could save their life.

Treats

Treats are a great way to help train and reward your dog. However, as with humans, you don’t want to overdo it. We know it may be hard to resist those puppy dog eyes, but treats should make up less than 10% of your dog’s diet.

One or two treats a day, in-between usual meal times and as a reward for good behaviour is ideal. Use treats to teach your dog good manners so they will sit and take it gently from you, rather than jumping up or snatching it. This reinforces good behaviour.

And treats don’t all have to be cheese and ham – some dogs love carrot sticks or apple slices. You can even use their regular dry food as treats during training.

Houndville doggy delights

At Houndville, we sell a gorgeous selection of mouth-watering treats baked specially for your dogs. These include healthy birthday cakes, doggy doughnuts, cookies and biscuits, cupcakes, treat bags and more.

We use 100% natural ingredients in all our bakes, so they can be enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced diet.

Check out our tempting treats and place your order today – just remember they are for your furry friend, not you!

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