Check Out Our 3 Top Tips on Feeding Your Dog – By The Team Here At Lawn Vets Swindon
Feed your dog the right food
The right food and diet is vital to keep your dog fit and healthy.
Poor nutrition is responsible for a remarkably high percentage of the health problems we see in dogs – in fact in most pets.
They include vomiting, diarrhoea, flatulence, obesity, dental problems, growth deformities, and heart, kidney and skin problems.
The list goes on and on!
Tip 1 – Commercial brand dog food – or home made?
To start with, it’s always best to choose a good commercial brand. Commercial pet food is generally very good and well balanced, with all the right minerals and vitamins.
It’s far healthier than the equivalent for us humans!
By comparison, home-made diets for pets are rarely nutritionally balanced or complete. They’re also more difficult and time-consuming to prepare – and they are usually expensive (if they are well balanced).
Tip 2 – Dry dog food or tins?
Dry food is more cost effective and also helps to keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy. Tinned food has much higher water content, which means that your dog will need to eat more to feel full.
However some dogs find tinned food easier to digest – or simply prefer it. If your dog is a fussy feeder, or has digestive problems, tinned or a mix of the two may be the best option. We will discuss exactly what’s best for your dog, at your next review.
Tip 3 – Which brand of dog food?
There are several good brand pet foods available. If your dog has no specific requirements, all the main brands available in your supermarket will be fine, although specialist brands are even better.
We will always recommend the one we think is best for your individual pet.
The key point is to choose a high quality dog or puppy food which is tailored to meet the nutritional needs of your dog’s particular stage in life. Growth stage for puppies, Adult stage for adult dogs – and Senior stage once your dog reaches 8 years old.
Of course, this is just a general guide and every dog is different –so please do book an appointment to discuss your dog’s special requirements with us – Just Call Us On 01793 644422.
Our team of vets and nurses here at Lawn Vets in Swindon is always available to give great healthcare advice for you and your pet.
To find out more about us, please do check out our Meet The Team page.