Your dog’s diet has a huge impact on their health and happiness. The wrong diet can lead to obesity and life-long health issues. The right diet keeps them slim, healthy and in good condition.
Our vet’s recommend feeding your dog a high-quality commercial dog food, available from pet shops or the PDSA Pet Store. These contain all the nutrients your dog needs, in the right amounts. Follow the feeding guidelines on the back of the packet and weight out your dog’s food to make sure they’re eating the right amount.
If you are worried about your pet’s diet, speak to your local vet or vet nurse who will be happy to give advice on an appropriate diet for your pet. They can also help you work out how much to feed and whether your pet needs to lose or gain weight.
How to recognise a high-quality commercial diet
Look carefully at the ingredients list. They are listed in order from the greatest to the smallest amounts. The first ingredient should be a named animal protein like chicken, beef, lamb etc. Try to avoid foods where the listed first ingredient is labelled as ‘animal derivative’ or ‘meal’ as these products are much lower in quality. Many products these days are very clearly labelled and there is plenty of choice for dog owners.
How much should I feed my dog?
The type and amount of food a dog needs depends on their breed, type, age, health and lifestyle. For example, a working sheepdog needs much more energy than a small dog who spends most of the day indoors.
If your dog changes their eating habits over a period of time or suddenly, call your vet for advice as it could be a sign of disease.