It can be tempting to become the next canine-friendly chef and there are many benefits to feeding your dog either raw or home-cooked meals. The problem, however, is getting the right balance of nutrients and an imbalance of nutrients can negatively impact your dog’s health. Dogs use protein and fat as their primary energy source but they also use carbohydrates for energy and then an array of vitamins and minerals that are essential for their bodily function and health. Most dog foods are perfectly balanced; they have been formulated by scientists and nutritionists who have years of experience in the field and are a really good choice for most owners looking to feed their pets without too much to worry about!

Unsafe Foods

You may not realise it but there is a long list of items that could make your dog very unwell and are best avoided. A few of note are Chocolate,Caffeine, Avocado, Grapes, Raisins, Alcohol, Xylitol, Onions and large amounts of Garlic. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that can be in a lot of health food products or low-sugar processed foods. In short, never leave your dog alone with the shopping bags and keep food stored out of their reach. The last thing you want is your canine friend grabbing the last chocolate brownie!

Picky eaters

Some dogs can naturally be picky eaters but it can also be a behaviour that is learned. If you feed your dog leftover snacks at the dinner table you are going to encourage picky eating! It is, of course, good to give your dog a treat and it’s best if you use a carefully formulated treat or some cubes of freshly boiled chicken. Likewise, if you change dry dog food every time your puppy gets picky they will eventually develop nutritional issues!

Dogs with allergies and intolerances

If your dog has allergies it is important to consult your Vet and get advice on the type of food you should be buying. Food allergies can cause itchy skin and dermatitis in dogs, as well as stomach issues. These symptoms are caused when the dog’s immune system reacts to a food. Beef, dairy, wheat, eggs and even chicken can cause allergy symptoms in dogs. We have a huge range of low ingredient hypoallergenic feeds that are safe for your pet and are designed specifically for dogs with allergies or specific ingredient intolerance. Do some research before you buy and choose the one that’s right for your pet.

Tips for picking the best dog food

Today’s dog foods are nutritionally balanced and made from high-quality ingredients and are filled with good quality protein. A rule of thumb should be to buy the best quality dog food that you know can afford over a long period of time. In any case, our staff are always available to answer any questions you may have.

We hope you, your family and your pets stay safe and well during this time. Our stores will remain open (weekdays 10 am to 6 pm and Sundays 12 pm to 6 pm) with social distancing in operation. We encourage you to use our online order system and if you have any queries or problems please email us at sales@equipet.ie.

Stay tuned for more pet-friendly news and activities over the coming weeks!