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Dietary Protein for Dogs and Cats - The Importance of Digestible Proteins

Protein is an important part of your pet’s diet. It is, however, important to understand why your pet requires...

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Storage Mites, A Common Cause of Skin Allergies in Dogs

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Top 12 Tips

Here are some of our Top Tips to help you keep your very best friend in optimum health.

  1. If you are thinking of changing your pet’s food remember to do it slowly over about 3-4 days. Add the new food to your dog’s old food gradually, increasing the amount of the new food each time you feed your dog. If you change your dog’s food too quickly it’s likely to upset your dog’s tummy.
  2. When looking for a quality food for your dog, look for a food that contains digestible proteins rather than simply looking at the crude protein level on the pet food label. Protein is important to your dog because it contains the essential amino acids that your dog must obtain from its food to stay in optimum health. To ensure your dog obtains sufficient quantities of these essential amino acids ensure you feed digestible forms of proteins such as meat and fish from identified meat types. 
  3. Some pet foods contain “meat and animal derivatives”, or, “animal by-products”. By law meat and animal derivatives and animal by-products may contain connective tissue, feather, hooves, hides, wool and tails. Whilst these parts of animals may be 100% protein, they are highly indigestible forms of protein and accordingly, your dog may not be able to absorb the required level of amino acids from food containing these ingredients. 
  4. If your pet has itchy skin then it may be worth trying a grain and cereal free diet. Many pets are allergic to storage mites. Storage mites are attracted to products that contain cereal and grain.
  5. High quality turmeric supplements can have extensive health benefits for your dog. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcuma, which contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds. Studies of curcuma have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms (James A. Duke. Alternative and Complementary Therapies. October 2007).  Turmeric can promote healthy joints, skin and eyes and support a healthy immune system and liver function among other health benefits for your dog. 
  6. If your dog has a sensitive tummy try feeding him a cereal free single meat source diet (see our single source protein foods). It will be easier on your dog’s digestion.
  1. If you want to keep your dogs teeth and gums healthy then ensure that your pet has plenty of natural chews, which create saliva, which help to clean its teeth. Remember that nothing beats cleaning your pet’s teeth with a tooth brush. 
  2. If you want to feed your pet rawhide chews then ensure you are feeding it natural rawhide. Remember rawhide is a by-product of the tanning industry not the meat industry. Some rawhide has been treated with chemicals at the tanning factory before it is sent to the Raw Hide manufacturer. Only purchase rawhide that identifies on the packet where it is from, which animal it is from and how it has been treated.
  3. Stay away from pet foods that contain propylene glycol. It’s the cousin of ethanol glycol (antifreeze). Remember always read the ingredients list on a pet food or treat before purchasing it for your pet to ensure that you are feeding a good quality pet food or treat (link to article).
  4. Don’t feed you dog cooked or roasted bones. Cooked and roasted bones can splinter in your dog’s stomach. If you want to feed your dog bones try a raw, or, natural air dried bones, or antlers. Never leave your dog unsupervised with bones.
  5. If your pet food has a high ash content it may suggest that there is a lot of bone contained in your pet food. Whilst ground bone can be digestible, it is 83% collagen and can be very low in the essential amino acids your dog needs to obtain from the protein in its food.
  6. Never feed you dog chocolate it is toxic to dogs and can kill them. Chocolate contains a chemical compound called Theobromine. Whilst this is harmless to humans dogs metabolize Theobromine much more slowly than humans causing it to create a toxic response. Even small amounts of chocolate can cause diarrhoea and vomiting but larger quantities can cause seizures, respiratory failure and cardiac arrest.