There is a huge amount of conflicting advice available about how to best look after your pet dog, and it can be difficult to know what’s true. One of the best ways to keep your dog healthy and happy is to make sure it has a balanced and nutritious diet.
In this guide, we take a look at the different types of diets for dogs, and the pros and cons of each.
Different diets for dogs
There are a range of different diets for dogs, but it’s best to choose something that best fits your lifestyle and budget, while still keeping your dog healthy.
Raw diet for dogs
Raw diets for dogs have boomed in popularity over recent years, but what actually is a raw diet?
A raw diet involves feeding your dog solely raw, uncooked meat, offal and bone products. Advocates of the raw diet say it is a more natural diet for dogs, and that it results in a healthier, happier dog with fewer health complaints. There’s currently no research to back up these claims, however.
A raw diet can be expensive, particularly for larger dog breeds, and requires plenty of freezer space to store their food. Food must be prepped and thawed daily, and can be smelly and unpleasant to look at.
Wet food diet for dogs
Wet food diets for dogs have been around for a long time, and can range from budget options to high-quality, luxury meals.
A wet diet is comparable in nutrition to a biscuit diet, and wet foods are specifically designed to meet your pooch’s nutritional needs.
These foods do not need to be refrigerated prior to opening the sachet or can, and do not require any special preparation (aside from taking it out of the packet).
Wet food for dogs can be a great option to entice fussy eaters, or older dogs who have difficulty chewing.
Biscuit diet for dogs
A biscuit or kibble diet is the most common dog food. Different brands and formulations of biscuits are available for puppies and dogs, and can cater for specific health problems. These formulations have been developed over a number of years to ensure that they properly support dogs’ nutritional needs.
Biscuits are easy to feed, but can cause difficulties for older dogs who may not be able to chew. Mixing wet and dry dog food is great to add variation to your dog’s diet, and keep them interested in their food.
As with any diet, but especially if you’re feeding your dog a dry biscuit diet, make sure plenty of fresh water is available throughout the day.
What should you feed a puppy?
A puppy’s diet and nutrition needs differ from those of an adult dog. As they are growing rapidly, it’s important to feed a puppy specialist food that will provide your pooch with everything they need to grow up happy and healthy.
Your puppy will need to be fed more often than an adult dog. It’s recommended that:
- Puppies aged 6-12 weeks should be fed four times per day
- Puppies aged 3-6 months should receive three meals per day
- Dogs aged 6-12 months should be fed twice per day
Feeding this way will help to ensure your dog’s nutritional needs are met, which will help to aid proper growth.
Supplementing your dog’s diet with extra vitamins and minerals
No matter which diet you choose for your dog, it’s important to supplement their daily routine with treats, fruits and vegetables to keep their diet varied and interesting, and expand their nutrition.
What human food can dogs eat?
Plenty of dog and puppy treats are available from your local pet store or supermarket, but if you’d prefer to give them more natural and unprocessed treats, your dog can snack on certain foods that you may already have in your home. These include:
- Plain, cooked meats e.g. chicken breast pieces
- Vegetables such as carrots, broccoli and cauliflower
- Cooked eggs
It’s worth noting that some ‘human foods’ are toxic to dogs, so please make sure to check with your vet before feeding anything new to your dog.
On top of their regular diet and treats, adult dogs over 12 months old can benefit from a daily vitamin supplement, just like us humans!
Vitamins can help to keep your dog healthy, while supporting their coat and joints too. Check out our range of SuperDog vitamins here to find the best dog vitamins for your furry friend!