There is evidence that proves that giving children too many sugary foods and soft drinks can have a detrimental effect on their health and teeth. I myself remember becoming incredibly hyper as a child after drinking a can of sugary drink and unfortunately this can also have a similar effect on our dogs.
Also foods laden with sub-standard meat, colourants and sugars could bring on undesirable behaviour in your dog so it is important to be aware of what you’re feeding them. A healthier diet could mean fewer trips to the vet, a longer life for your dog and less strain on your pocket.
There are many different types of dog foods on offer and it is becoming increasingly difficult to know which to choose. There are the big brand names that are advertised kaneles on TV, some unusual ones that you only hear about through friends and family, those on sale in your local pet store and recommendations from your dog’s vet.
As dogs go through many stages in their life, it is important you buy food suitable to their growth (puppies), adult maintenance, gestation/lactation and senior (older dogs). Certain foods can be used for the duration of your dog’s life but please read all labels with care. And last but not least, do take into account your pet’s lifestyle, any medical conditions they may have and their environment.
Another question that is often asked is ‘Should I be feeding dry or wet food?’ The simple answer is whatever works for you and your dog but there are some basic principles that we should all be aware of when choosing the food for our best friend, as they too can have a direct impact on health and behaviour.