• Donnington Grove

It doesn’t matter what you feed me. . .

It doesn't matter what you feed me. . . I’m only a dog…RIGHT?

We’ve all heard the saying ‘you are what you eat’ and, believe it or not, this also applies to our pets. Their nutritional needs are very complex; the results of a poor diet that is not nutritionally balanced are not always obvious straightway, however you will notice over time. The danger is that we are inadvertently exposing our pets to a whole host of illnesses and diseases which leads to a very expensive vet’s bill in the long run. As dog owners, we want the best for our pets as they are part of our family. But sadly, in many cases, the choice of dog food is sometimes down to cost. However, in many cases it is false economy. A bag of food may seem cheap, but if the feeding rate is high, the cost per day could be comparable or indeed dearer than the more expensive bags. Be aware that not all food uses top quality ingredients and not all food is nutritionally balanced for the breed, age, activity level and environment of the animal.

So, what can you do?

Take time to understand your dog’s nutritional requirements, these will change as they grow from puppy to junior, adult and senior; carefully check the food label and ask yourself:

Do I really know what is in the food? Do I know where it's sourced from and made?

If we use chicken as an example, ingredients that could be part of your dog’s food could be feathers, feet and heads or lovely white meat. What is important is the quality of protein and how digestible it is. If it can’t be easily digested and absorbed by the animal, then they are not getting the protein they need and you must feed a lot more, which means you have more to clear up, not to mention the strain on your poor dog’s digestive system and how much you must be paying out. Talk to us as we take pet nutrition very seriously and we are trained animal nutritionists. We do recommend Oscar food as we know exactly what’s in the food and most importantly where the ingredients are sourced from. Our food is made in the UK using only human grade standard ingredients (i.e only the white meat of a chicken) with no antimoulding agents, preservatives or artificial colours. For more information or help to kick start a healthy eating regime why not give us a call. Give us a call on 07914 015 719 or 01235 759 237 www.oscars.co.uk