Nutrition plays an extremely important role in your working dogs and pet’s lives. Get it wrong and you are not only facing obesity or weight loss, but a sub-optimal diet can have long term and damaging effects on the body.
In our clinic common problems we see associated with poor diet include chronic itchy skin causing a dry rash to more severe secondary skin infections; to runny stools or increased numbers of stools throughout the day and increased wind. Of course working dogs that are underweight and poorly performing often improve drastically with an increase in the quality of their diet.
For working dogs the ideal feeding combo is 50:50 high quality dry food (such as eukanuba premium performance) with frozen raw animal carcass. Any farm-kill must be frozen for a minimum of 14 days before feeding to dogs. If you are feeding mostly mutton/beef/rabbit etc it is essential to feed not just the muscle and bone, but cooked offal including heart, liver, kidneys and rumen/stomach contents. In combination these raw foods are a complete diet but feeding just beef/lamb brisket is certainly not and will lead to deficiencies. Any dogs needing a pick-me-up would benefit from a high vitamin/mineral supplement such as “MyBeau” which we have at the clinic. If you would like advice on how you can optimise your feeding regime for your working dogs please call in and see us.
For pets we have a new and “All Natural” food range in stock called Orijen and Acana. This food, for cats and dogs is a complete diet made of human-grade animal products and contains little or no grains and fillers that are often the main ingredient in cheaper foods. Dogs and cats were made to eat whole prey and we believe this food offers the best alternative to a diet they would eat “in the wild”.
So pop in this September for our special nutrition advice, free weigh-ins and some free food samples!!
Dr Julia Henken BVMedSci BVM BVS.