Travelling up the motorway yesterday afternoon to pet sit my parent’s dog for the weekend, the queues of RVs and camper vans coming off junction 6 on the M42 could only mean one thing – Crufts at the NEC!
It started me thinking about how much time and effort show dog owners will no doubt have spent on grooming and pruning their dogs, in the hope of scooping up the top prize. That takes dedication.
Of course Din Dins business is nutrition, so we know that being healthy on the inside could also be contributing to those Crufts contenders looking the dog’s business.
You may not have thought about it but feeding your pet the right stuff and of course exercise is so important for a healthy coat, sparkly eyes and perky disposition.
If you feed a packaged pet food looking out for certain things on the nutritional panel will help you choose the best food on the market, as to be quite frank there’s a lot of junk food cat and dog pet food out there.
If the pet food is cheap it’s most likely reflecting the contents which mean ingredients like corn, maize and wheat which can cause dogs allergies and even bring on illness. Also when you are looking at the nutritional panels avoid anything that list carbohydrates as the first ingredient as you want a food with high meat content.
Meat component less than 10% and foods containing meat digest, meat by-products, fish by-products and meat derivatives should really be avoided.
If the food you’re buying smells really foul it is probably an indication of the poor ingredients, so put that back on the shelf too.
Don’t buy food containing BHA or BHT as they are artificial preservatives and are often considered be carcinogenic.
Stick to moist food in cans or pouches if possible as they are not as highly cooked and processed as dry (kibble) food. Foods that have added wholefoods and super food like Kelp, Alfalfa and Dandelion for example boost nutritional value. Pet food which are approved by BAHNM approved (British Association Holistic Nutrition Medicine) or have an Organic Growers and Farmers certification is a sign of quality. Natural Preservatives such as tocopherol (vitamin E) or ascorbic acid (vitamin C) are also a thumbs up.
So that’s a good packaged food picked out and if you want to follow a good homemade diet look up the BARF method.
Signs of a fit and healthy dog are a wet nose, wagging tail, smooth skin, shiny, glossy coat, no whiffs and perfectly formed stools with regular bowel movements and not only choosing a good food but adding in fresh ingredients and possible supplements can help.
Throw in raw veggies such as alfalfa sprouts, grated carrots, grated courgette and peppers in to your dog’s food. Or cooked or pulped ones such as corn, peas, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, squash or sweet potato. Pumpkin and carrots are particularly good in warding off internal pests and regulates blood sugar levels.
Like us, adding a food supplement to your dog’s diet can really help boost immunity, general health and wellbeing and lead to that all important glossy coat. They also aid organ systems, detoxification and help breakdown a processed diet that is void of vital forces and enzymes essential to life.
Omega oils such as fish oil borage and flaxseed are important for immunity, smooth skin, glossy coats, joints, heart health and vitality. Look out for Din Dins Outstanding Omegas coming out in the summer.
You can help digestion by adding a drop of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water. Look out for our Phyto Nutra blend of probiotic, naturally occurring enzymes, super greens and phytonutrients launching soon.
Herbs, super greens and wholefoods add in trace vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, enzymes and phytonutrients whilst supporting the body on a cellular level and aiding the kidneys, liver and lymphatic. So why not feed your dog sea greens, burdock, dandelion root, parsley, watercress, alfalfa, pre sprouted barley or pumpkin seeds a go and let us know the wonderful results.