When choosing the best dry dog food for your pet to eat, there are many thing to consider and lots of brands on the market claiming to be the 'best'. Whether you will use dry dog food on its own or combine it with wet food there are many things to consider when choosing what to feed your dog.
A high quality dry dog food will reflect in your dogs coat condition, skin, digestive system and energy levels. Poor quality dry dog food can lead to a dull coat, flaky skin, large amounts of smelly poo and wind.
Puppy - balanced nutrition is key to a healthy dog and this is vital for puppies. Puppy dry food should have a high meat content, small kibble size and mix different flavour options (we recommend a meat based option and a fish based option). Puppy dry food can be fed from around the age of 4-6 weeks and should continue until they are 10-12 months old. Puppies require a higher level of calcium, vitamins and minerals to help support growing joints, ligaments and bones which the best dry dog food will provide.
Adult - older dogs move onto a larger dry dog food biscuit and the extra nutrients needed for growing puppies can be reduced. Offering a range of flavours help to keep them interested in their food.
Senior - dogs that are entering old age, need a little extra support so feeding a 'senior' dog food will help support them into their older years with extra nutrients to keep them in good health and energy.
Small Breed - specifically designed for smaller breeds, most small breed dry dog food doesn't have a particularly different nutritional value but kibble size is smaller and easier for small mouths to manage.
Large Breed - specially designed to satisfy large dogs, kibble size is larger to reduce the risk of your dog gulping their dry dog food and choking.
When the first mass-produced dog kibble became available (around the time of World War II), inexpensive fillers like corn, wheat and barley were added to dog food to create bulk and keep costs down.
Sadly many commercial dog foods still list wheat, rice, grain and cereals as one of the main ingredients. Grain free dry dog food removes all of these heavy grains and replaces with higher meat content and complex carbohydrates with lower glycemic index like sweet potato.
Many dogs struggle to digest grain (especially rice which can cause inflammation) which leads to issues in the digestive system, coat condition, allergies and large amounts of poo as the body struggles to process the grain!
A contentious debate, we believe there is no right or wrong food to feed your dog. Choose what suits your lifestyle and budget. Raw food is a great way to feed your dog but so is dry dog food as long as you are choosing the best you can afford.
Dry dog food takes longer for the stomach to digest so can keep your dog satisfied for longer whereas raw food digests at a quicker rate but produces less waste after digestion. Quality is key for whatever dog food you feed your pets.
A young puppy needs their food 3-4 times per day to start with, reducing to 3 times, then 2 times per day.
An adult dog should be fed their dry dog food 2 times per day.
Follow the feeding guidelines on your dry dog food pack to start with and adjust for your dog as you see fit. Some dogs require more dry food than the recommended amount, some need less.
If your dog eats their dry food too quickly, try using a slow feeder bowl which will stop them gulping their dry food which can lead to discomfort in the digestive system.
Don't keep switching between brands of dry dog food. If you make a switch, do it gradually by mixing the old dry dog food with the new dry food over the course of a few days and choose brands that have a range of flavours.