When it comes to feeding, dogs are creatures of habit …

[06 mars 2013 - 15h49] [mis à jour le 19 décembre 2013 à 14h55]

Changing your dog’s food suddenly can cause digestive problems. ©Phovoir

Do you  ever wonder if your dog is tired of eating the same food every day? To avoid nutritional deficiencies and indeed allergies (such as dermatoses), make sure you choose your dog’s food carefully from what’s on offer. And a useful piece of advice: don’t set too much store in variety… his digestive system could suffer as a result.

There are different types of foods available for dogs. First, there are “dry” foods which come in the form of small, crunchy biscuits in packets or cartons. These are simple to store and usually economical as they are produced in large packs. Most importantly, they allow you to give your dog meals that satisfy his specific needs, both in terms of quality (vitamins, minerals, etc) and quantity. Today, there is a very wide range to meet different requirements: the dog’s size, age, pre-existing illness (allergies), working dogs (hunting) or pets, dogs with a tendency to put on weight, etc. And, thanks to its crunchy nature, dry food will often help keep your dog’s teeth nice and white.

Moist dog foods which are most similar to human food in appearance. But remember that certain brands do not skimp on additives such as sugar and colouring, which are of no nutritional value. If you choose this type of food, put dry, crunchy food in the bowl regularly too. They will help your dog to keep his ravaging “smile”…

The same holds true too for dogs fed on canned foods. This may be tasty but it also contains a lot of water and this can make your dog urinate more frequently. You must also make sure that his food doesn’t stay in the bowl too long, as unwelcome bacteria are likely to start breeding.

If you feel that your dog’s food is a little “sad”, brighten it up from time to time with a treat. Generally speaking, dogs enjoy brewer’s yeast and this is also excellent for their coat. If in doubt, don’t hesitate to talk to your vet.  He or she will be able to tell you which foods to avoid, such as chocolate, poultry carcasses, onions and garlic.

Written by: David Picot – Edited by: Emmanuel Ducreuzet

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