In the last few decades, owners have developed more of an interest than ever in what they are putting into their dog’s bowls. There has been a surge in new pet food and supplement companies and this reflects the consumer demand for good quality nutrition.
We know, unequivocally, that feeding our dog the right diet can help ensure good health, stave off disease and improve their quality of life. Conversely, a diet that is lacking in certain nutrients or that is of poor quality can lead to disease and ongoing medical issues. We want to support our pets as they grow and mature, giving them the best chance at life.
What a balanced and quality diet consists of
All dogs need a fine balance of protein, carbohydrates, fats and micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Which specific ingredients they need and in what amounts will depend on factors such as:
- Their breed
- Their age
- Their size
- Their activity levels
- Any underlying medical issues such as kidney disease, joint disease or skin problems.
The right diet for a 4 month old Pomeranian will not be the right diet for a 10 year old Great Dane. Choosing ‘tailor made’ food, the best dog vitamins and the best dog supplements for your individual pet is important.
While a lactating doggo may require calcium supplements, they could cause disease in another dog. Similarly, fiber supplements will be the right choice for a middle-aged Labrador with chronic constipation but may cause trouble in a young Spaniel who has regular bowel movements. The key is in catering to the individual, rather than treating all dogs the same.
Repercussions of a bad diet
Offering an inappropriate diet, or one that lacks in micronutrients such as Vitamin C, E or B12, can cause medical issues down the line. Ensure the pet food offered is approved by the local board and is sold as a ‘complete’ dog food rather than a mixer.
A ‘bad’ diet can lead to runny stools, a dry coat, a lack of energy and may even leave your dog open to contracting infections. If not well supported, your dog’s immune system and gut microbiome will not be as robust as they could be. Kenn & Kitt's Digestive Probiotic Supplements contain prebiotics, probiotics and healthy gut flora with enzymes to support a healthy digestive tract for your dog.
Surviving vs Thriving
While 'hoomans' could subsist on a diet of fast food, we know we would not be the healthiest versions of ourselves. The same is true when it comes to our pets and their ‘fuel’. Giving our dog the right diet in the right amount is one of the most important things we can do as an owner.
As well as a premium diet, consider adding in some dog supplements and vitamins so your dog too can be the best version of themselves.