With more and more owners becoming aware of the importance of giving our dogs good nutrition, StyleTails asks Alison Daniel, Pet Nutritionist and Co-Founder of Din Dins, for her top feeding tips.
Doggy diet is a topic that’s really come under fire lately, and if you’ve seen much of the information out there, you’ll be well and truly up to speed on how vital it is we feed our pets the best possible food we can.
We know that convenience foods are bad for our health and the same is true for dogs. As a nation, we have never been so sick with diabetes, cancer, obesity and cardiovascular disease, and food choice is a known factor for this.
Many convenience foods lack the enzymes, antioxidants and other nutrients dogs need and are instead made of poor ingredients that offer little benefit for healthy diets.
Whilst our pets may be able to survive on these kinds of foods, the sub-standard nutritional value in them means that they certainly aren’t thriving on it and we owe it to them to find a better way to keep them fed and happy! Although physiology and genetics obviously play a part in health, nutrition is the absolute foundation of health and we shouldn’t ignore it.
ALISON’S RECOMMENDED APPROACH
A varied diet is best and changing protein sources is key as the immune system becomes reactive to any one protein or food if fed day in / day out.
We should select sources we trust with ingredients we’re familiar with. Duck, venison, vegetables and natural preservatives are great whilst if treating dogs, select natural options such as carrot, apple or venison strips. A raw food diet is not for everyone but the results can be amazing.
Providing your dog with a BARF (Bones and Raw Food) diet, packed with raw, organic and natural ingredients will help many of the symptoms that can lead to an eventual demise dog health.
A BARF diet is based on raw meat, bones, a little offal, pulped vegetables and fruit matter and certain supplements to address any nutritional pitfalls. There are tons of enzymes and antioxidants packed in uncooked (raw) food that are essential for health and wellbeing, and twinned with a varied diet and changing protein source, the immune system ever strengthens. As I always say, it’s not just to do with longevity it’s about the quality of life.
Also, look out for the Organic Growers and Farmers certification on packaging – this means the content is good quality produce – whilst locally-sourced and organic food is always desirable. Ideally, meat should be about 60% content in a meal.
HOW A BARF PET DIET CAN HELP
The steady rise in pet obesity isn’t a coincidence – it’s because of all the pet ‘junk’ food readily available.
Our pets will feel sluggish, digest food slower, have an imbalanced immune system and a heightened risk of disease with the consumption of harmful ingredients such as meat digest, animal derivatives, wheat gluten, corn, vegetable oil, animal fat and artificial flavourings present in these foods. One simple rule of thumb is that if food is cheaper or smells bad, the ingredients are usually poor.
HOW DIN DINS CAN HELP
Din Dins is a great way to alleviate wind, bad breath and other unpleasant odours whilst containing the essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed to help stay fit, healthy and active.
Our Wickedly Raw Superfoods is a smart blend of herbs, seagreens and probiotics, loaded with raw healing elements like antioxidants, phytonutrients, fatty acids and enzymes. These are lost in many convenience pet foods, and are necessary for the health of your pet, so give it a try.
Have you tried feeding your pet raw? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below…..