Dog Food & Diet


Dog Food

What Dog Food Do we Buy?

Like most people we wanted the best for our two little puppies but had not got a clue what dog food to buy.  Where do we start? Well rather than look at dog food reviews we had a read on what a puppy diet should consist of.  Reading 100’s or articles and comments we concluded that we needed a puppy food with a minimum of 28% protein and 17% fats.  Protein is the building block for puppy nutrition, required for growth and development.  At the age of 1 year, the level of protein drops to 18% and fat to 10% – 15%.

Dry or Wet Food?

It sounded like dry food is better than wet as wet food has a high water content. Also, dry is a lot less smelly when confined in a motorhome and much more portable in large quantities.

On the face of it, the dry foods appear more expensive, but it means you do not need to feed the large amounts like you would with a lower grade food, so many of them actually work out to cost the same, if not less!

Some dogs are not accustomed to complete dry foods but training our two from the beginning is not an issue. However, If your dog does not seem to like eating dry complete and this is what you wish to feed you can try soaking the food in a little warm water to soften.

Which Brand?

We knew we wanted dry food and we knew the composition but which brand?  Only one thing for it…a visit to the pet shop and supermarket. Slowly but surely we read the back of all the dog food labels and worked out the best quality and the best price.  Our conclusion…wow…they really do vary!  What also surprised us most of all is the size of the daily feeding guide, it varied hugely.  Some products looked really expensive but when you worked out the cost per serving against the cheaper brand it really wasn’t the most expensive.  These are just a few examples of our conclusion (prices based on high street pet store)

Royal Canin Junior Iams Puppy Pedigree Junior Bakers Complete
Quantity 16kg 24kg 15kg 12.5kg
RRP

£50.98

£49.98

£19.99

£28.69

Protein / Fat 31% / 20% 28% / 20% 28% / 16% 28% / 12%
3 months old, 3kg pup. Daily food guide 110g 210g 240g 270g
Cost per day

£0.35

£0.44

£0.32

£0.63

Based on the above we decided to feed our pups on 75% Royal Canin Junior and 25% Iams Puppy.  Why split the food?  Well we know we can get both foods in Europe but if for what ever reason we struggle to get one of the brands then at least the dogs will not be depndant on just one of them, as it is never a good idea to change your dog’s diet abruptly.

Feeding Times

Your vet can calculate the exact amount to food or you can do it yourself. You can feed your dog one, two or three times a day. It’s best to do it at least twice daily 12 hour intervals, but we opted for three times a day to fall in line with our meal times. It works well for us and the dogs. If you’re doing it this way, split the sugested amount found on the bag by 3 or you’ll feed it triple what it needs.

Dog Treats

Treats…we don’t give our dudes special treats, so as not to upset their tummy but we use their food at treats. Every day we place 5 grams of food to one side. This food becomes their little treat or reward for good behaviour. As a puppy they just love food, so any treat is great and if you make it fun they enjoy it even more.

12 Months Down the line…

Mac n Tosh are now on the ‘grown up’ stuff and still enjoying their dry food. As we travelled around Europe we constantly checked out food options and decided Royal Canin is the best option for Mac n Tosh. It is not only something they really enjoy but it is sold across the majority of the Europe.