Part of advertising spin about why we need to feed our dogs commercially made pet food is because it is 'balanced and complete' and most vets will say (rightly) that dogs have different needs to humans and you can't be sure that food you make will be 'balanced and complete'.
Congratulations, you’re already thinking like us here at Wellbeing for Dogs – you want to feed your dogbetter food. This journey started with the same determination for us; to make a nutritionally complete meal for dogs using human food and keeping its very nature of looking and being like a meal.
A meal exactly like you would make yourself, for yourself – only we wanted it to be everything that a dog needs.
I cook my dogs meals and as she is a fussy eater I am concerned that if I sprinkle Wellbeing Essentials on her food she wont eat her meal - so can I actually cook the Wellbeing Essentials product without ruining the vital nutrients & also can I coat her meat/chicken with it & grill it?
I nearly lost my special little Moo. It was a terrible moment, a piece of chicken cartilage was caught in his throat. He couldn’t move it, couldn’t breathe. I vaguely knew the Heimlich manoeuvre for humans. How to apply this to a little 5 kilo poodle?
When will I ever learn? How much is too much fat? Recently we had roast chicken for dinner, with roast carrots, sweet potato, broccoli and potato. The next day, both poodles had upset tums. Beanie didn’t want breakfast and just wanted to eat grass, Sparky had the runs, more poo, and more poo!
My question to you is I recently cooked salmon, cheese and bacon filo parcels with veges for dinner and I made a separate serve for Ruby (with less bacon, cheese and only small puff of canola on the filo) with Wellbeing Essentials on top.
I hear cries of “he’s not fat, he’s fluffy! “. In fact, I have used it myself. Overweight dogs and obesity in our beloved companions are one of the most heartbreaking things because only we are to blame.
The primary and most significant dietary difference between humans and dogs is the need for calcium. In a nutshell, humans need more phosphorus in their diet relative to calcium and dogs need more calcium than phosphorus. So feeding a dog just human food is not going to meet your dog’s dietary need for calcium. This is especially important with puppies. They require a calcium-rich diet to grow and can suffer greatly if that is not provided.
Kibble, as commercial dry dog food is called, has almost all the water removed, it is dehydrated so that it keeps, it’s cheaper to transport (less volume) and easier for you to store at home. Nothing in that system is about the end consumer, your dog. The dog’s internal system has to re-hydrate the kibble in order to break it down and utilise it, the kidneys work the most, and the moisture must be taken from somewhere in the body.
My question for you would be around fruit. I know blueberries and strawberries are good for dogs, but my boy loves mandarin and banana too (I only give him very small portions)…. are these ok for dogs? Which other fruits are suitable/bad, and also recommended portions?