What are the benefits of feeding Eukanuba Puppy Food?

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What are the benefits of feeding Eukanuba Puppy Food?

May 22, 2018

The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their development into adulthood. When it comes to feeding your puppy, there are so many options available and it can be difficult trying to pick the right one for them. The best food for your puppy should of course include all the essential nutrients they need but it should also help them grow up to be healthy adult dogs. This is why the Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made to help puppy’s look and feel their best for years to come, providing complete and balanced nutrition using over 30 of the same nutrients as their mother’s milk.

The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their development into adulthood. When it comes to feeding your puppy, there are so many options available and it can be difficult trying to pick the right one for them. The best food for your puppy should of course include all the essential nutrients they need but it should also help them grow up to be healthy adult dogs. This is why the Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made to help puppy’s look and feel their best for years to come, providing complete and balanced nutrition using over 30 of the same nutrients as their mother’s milk.

Benefits

Brain Development

DHA is a fatty acid that naturally occurs in a nursing dog’s milk and is essential to the growth and cognitive development of your puppy’s brain. It’s no secret puppies can be a handful to train and is why the Eukanuba Puppy range is specifically formulated with clinically proved DHA levels to support learning, for smarter, more trainable puppies.

Strong Immunity

Puppies have a developing immune system that need extra support to prevent them running the risk of illness. To provide immune protection while their system is still developing, the Eukanuba Puppy range includes antioxidants to give your puppy a solid foundation into a long, healthy life. Antioxidants help neutralise and disable free radicals, which are produced during a dog’s metabolism. Along with the essential antioxidants, the Eukanuba™ Puppy diets include added vitamin E, which particularly helps to improve immune function.

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Bone Growth

Every puppy grows at their own pace depending on their breed and genetic makeup. A larger breed, such as a Golden Retriever will grow much faster than a Chihuahua, so it’s important certain puppy diets cater for this rapid growth rate. A puppy’s bone and joint development needs optimal calcium levels suited to their size, and this is why the Eukanuba Puppy range is tailor-made for both small, medium and large breeds.

Gentle Digestion

While they are growing, puppies need to get a lot more energy from their diet than adult dogs do. However, because their mouths are much smaller with fewer teeth, they can find it hard to chew their food which, in turn, makes it harder for them to digest. This is why at Eukanuba™ we make our puppy diets highly digestible by using beet pulp as part of the formulation. This highly fermentable fibre source is an excellent way to promote proper digestion, gut health and improve stool quality.

Make them extraordinary by feeding them the best

Puppies have different nutritional needs than adult dogs. Therefore, it’s important that they are fed a high-quality diet so they can get the best start in life. One of the best ways to do this is to consider feeding your puppy a Eukanuba Puppy diet. It not only contains all the essential nutrients their bodies need as they grow, but also gives them the best foundation for a long, healthy life as an adult dog.

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How a high-performance dog food can make your dog more athletic

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How a high-performance dog food can make your dog more athletic

May 22, 2018

For a lot of dogs, 'working' is chasing a ball, giving you a cuddle or barking when strangers come to the door, but some dogs take work to a whole new level. For dogs that spend most of the day on their feet in one form of work or another, a typical dog food won't give them enough nutritional support to let them do their job properly. Working dogs, and dogs that take part in other athletic activities need a diet with a high protein and fat content to help them sustain their energy levels for peak performance. If you have an athletic dog or a dog that needs to constantly be working at their best, a high-performance dog food can help them reach their full potential.

For a lot of dogs, 'working' is chasing a ball, giving you a cuddle or barking when strangers come to the door, but some dogs take work to a whole new level. For dogs that spend most of the day on their feet in one form of work or another, a typical dog food won't give them enough nutritional support to let them do their job properly. Working dogs, and dogs that take part in other athletic activities need a diet with a high protein and fat content to help them sustain their energy levels for peak performance. If you have an athletic dog or a dog that needs to constantly be working at their best, a high-performance dog food can help them reach their full potential.

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Protein

Athletic dogs need more than everyday nutrition and protein is essential to help them build and maintain muscle mass. When your dog exercises, their muscles break down protein much faster, so they need a diet that has a much higher protein content than regular dog food. The amino acids in protein also help to encourage muscle growth and recovery, which is why a high-performance diet can be incredibly beneficial for the wellbeing of athletic dogs. Eukanuba™ offer two Performance diets, our Premium Performance diet and Premium Sport diet. These diets are made of high levels of animal protein to help nourish exercising muscles and ensure that endurance levels rarely falter.

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Fat

Fat isn’t always bad and is one of the key components to keeping your athletic dog in top condition. High-quality animal fats are excellent sources of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids which help maintain the healthy function of muscle organs and promote strong joint tissues. Fat is also a very efficient energy source. If you want your dog to perform at their best, a diet high in fat, as well as protein, helps them sustain energy over long periods of time.

How else does a high-performance diet help?

A high-performance diet should also include plenty of carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins to support their hardworking muscles and joints. The Eukanuba Premium Sports diet contains glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate to help maintain the health of their joints and also includes antioxidants to help promote strong natural defences. On top of this, the diet also features highly digestible carbohydrates that help support recovery time after strenuous activity.

A diet to help them perform their best

Dogs that need to perform at their best for work, sporting competitions or just to maintain their athleticism need an extra boost from their diet, which both the Eukanuba Premium Performance and Premium Sports diet can do. Containing the highest levels of protein and fat, feeding your dog a Eukanuba performance diet makes sure they reach their potential and are able to accomplish anything they set out to do.

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What's the difference between high-performance dog food and normal dog food?

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What's the difference between high-performance dog food and normal dog food?

May 22, 2018

Understanding whether your dog needs to be fed a high-performance diet can be confusing at times. Working dogs need the added support and energy boost a performance diet can offer, however very active dogs can benefit from this too. The main differences between high-performance dog food and normal dog foods are the protein and fat levels, however, they also differ in how they benefit your dog.

Understanding whether your dog needs to be fed a high-performance diet can be confusing at times. Working dogs need the added support and energy boost a performance diet can offer, however very active dogs can benefit from this too. The main differences between high-performance dog food and normal dog foods are the protein and fat levels, however, they also differ in how they benefit your dog.

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What’s high-performance dog food?

A high-performance dog food is specially tailored for athletic and working dogs that need to be alert and active for long periods of time. These types of diets help build and maintain muscle mass, sustain energy and speed up recovery time after a hardworking day. These diets have a much higher protein and fat content than regular dog food in order to help working dogs get the best out of their nutrition. The Eukanuba™ Performance diets have been tailor-made by a team of vets, scientists and nutritionists to help keep dogs performing at their best. The Premium Sport and Premium Performance diets both contain optimal levels of protein and fat, and also include omega oils and calcium to maintain the health of their joints.

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How is normal dog food different?

Normal dog food provides optimal nutrition for regular dogs; dogs that spend their days running around the backyard and napping throughout the day. Of course, every dog is an individual and some dogs will require different things from a diet, but typically a normal dog food will help dogs look after common needs such as digestion, skin and dental health, rather than focusing mostly on energy levels and muscle repair.

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What’s best for your dog?

If you have a dog that exercises regularly, whether that’s for sport or as a working dog, it might be worth considering a high-performance dog food such as Eukanuba™'s Premium Performance or Premium Sport diet. Either of these diets will provide your dog with all the nutrients they need to perform at their best. A dog that isn’t exercising regularly or leads a more sedentary lifestyle doesn’t need the amount of calories found in a high-performance diet, so they should be kept on a diet that suits their individual needs to avoid the risk of weight gain. If you are uncertain about whether a high-performance dog food might be right for your dog, consider the number of hours they spend exercising each day and be sure to ask your vet for their recommendation before you switch their diet over.

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Tips for helping your dog’s dental health

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Tips for helping your dog’s dental health

March 20, 2018

Brushing our teeth is part of our daily routine and it should also be part of your dog’s. What many dog owners don’t know is that on average, eight in ten dogs end up developing tartar issues by the age of three.

Brushing our teeth is part of our daily routine and it should also be part of your dog’s. What many dog owners don’t know is that on average, eight in ten dogs end up developing tartar issues by the age of three. Unsurprisingly, this could be because tartar and plaque is hard for pet owners to notice, so many don’t understand the possible damage it can cause. The good news is that it’s never too late to start prioritising your dog’s dental health by introducing preventative measures to their routine.

What is plaque and tartar?

Plaque is caused when salvia, food particles and bacteria bind together in your dog’s mouth. If this plaque is left untreated, it can turn into hard tartar that will start causing decay, gum disease and other nasty dental issues. Tartar that has built-up over time can only be removed by a vet, which is why it’s so important to take your dog’s oral hygiene seriously.

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Cleaning is best

The best way an owner can look after their dog’s teeth is to regularly brush them. If it isn’t already part of your dog’s regular routine, it is worth introducing a weekly brushing to their schedule to ensure their teeth are kept well-polished. You can either use your fingers or a toothbrush that is made especially for dogs, to do this. It is also very important to never use human toothpaste as it is toxic to dogs. Giving your dog’s teeth a good go-over at least twice a week can make a world of difference and it’s always good to make sure their gums also get some attention too as this is where plaque generally builds.

Diet that focuses on dental

Along with a balanced brushing routine, the other great way to make sure your dog’s dental health is well looked after is to feed them a diet that targets dental hygiene. Our newly improved Eukanuba™ recipe takes this into account with a new milling process that gives our S-shaped kibble a smoother, more premium finish. Our S-shaped kibble works as its own brushing technique while your dog chews to scrape away any plaque stuck on your their teeth. Eukanuba™ knows a dog’s dental health can impact their overall wellbeing and that’s why all our adult dry food diets contain our unique 3D DentaDefense. The 3D DentaDefense contains specialised minerals that work to stop tartar build up and help prevent plaque formation during and in between meals.

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Chat with your vet

If you’re finding it difficult to get your dog’s dental health under control or are at all concerned they may be having an issue with plaque or tartar build-up, it’s always a good idea to head to your vet for advice or you can give our pet nutrition advice team a call on 1300 657 021.

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How to manage fussy dogs at mealtime

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How to manage fussy dogs at mealtime

March 20, 2018

Most dogs have a very hearty appetite and aren’t usually known for shying away from food. However, in some cases you may find your dog has suddenly become disinterested in their usual food or has started picking at their meals.

Most dogs have a very hearty appetite and aren’t usually known for shying away from food. However, in some cases you may find your dog has suddenly become disinterested in their usual food or has started picking at their meals. Some dogs are simply born fussy eaters, but other times you may notice your once greedy dog has all of a sudden decided they’ve had enough of what you’re feeding them. Typically, this behaviour is nothing to stress over but it is good to familiarise yourself with some tips to try to snap them out of their picky eating habits.

Why are they suddenly off their food?

Palatability is one of the deciding factors in whether or not your dog will eat the food you provide. Smell, texture and taste can all influence your dog’s palate. When looking for the right food for your pet, it is important that they enjoy the product, but it is even more important that they are getting the best possible nutrition from a complete and balanced diet. We’ve reformulated our recipe to make sure more dogs enjoy the taste of our dry food by using high quality ingredients and a precise manufacturing process. We’ve also made improvements to the overall appearance of our kibble by using a new milling process that now gives our kibble a much smoother, premium finish.

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Some dogs are fussier than others

If you have a dog that seems a bit precious about what they eat, it may be to do with their breed. While Labradors are one of the few breeds that have a reputation for eating anything they can fit in their mouths, some smaller breeds have a much more refined palette. Generally, a dry food that many dogs are happy to eat won’t entice other dogs. To give these fussy eaters the nutrition they need, a mix of textures and aromas may help.

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Try a mixed feeding approach

Wet and dry food both have their benefits. If your fussy dog is fed an exclusively dry diet, you may want to give mixed feeding a go. Some new aromas and a variety of textures can be just what it takes to kick-start their appetite, so switching between wet and dry can be something to try. Wet food gives off an increased aroma, so this can help lure pickier dogs to their food bowls. On top of that, if you’re at all concerned about their water intake, wet food can also give your dog an added hydration boost thanks to its higher moisture levels.

When to take it seriously

If you’ve always known your dog to be fussy, it may not be cause for concern. On the other hand, if your once greedy dog has suddenly stopped eating and can’t be tempted by any type of food, it’s best to head straight to the vet to rule out anything serious. Remember that while dogs can be fussy, they will very rarely choose to go hungry. Some more serious health issues can first show up as a loss of appetite or weight loss, so while it may just be your dog being picky, it’s best to be on the safe side.

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How omega oils help improve a dog's coat

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How omega oils help improve a dog's coat

March 20, 2018

We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s not always the case when it comes to the health and appearance of your pet’s coat.

We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s not always the case when it comes to the health and appearance of your pet’s coat. If you’re finding the quality of your dog’s coat is looking a little worse for wear, it could be an indication of their overall health and might be time to look a little closer into their diet.

They are what they eat

Generally, a poor-quality coat and dry, flaky skin could mean a lack of the right kind of nutrition. Fats play an essential role in a dog’s diet, to not only support their overall coat and skin health, but to also keep them healthy on the inside. Oils that are rich in essential fatty acids help give your dog’s coat a glossy finish, whereas a healthy intake of amino acids, vitamins and minerals help to nourish their skin. It’s important to know that these fatty acids work together in your dog’s diet to help control inflammation and the combined intake of these nutrients help create a healthier regeneration of skin and hair cells. While it’s true a lack of these fatty acids can affect the overall quality of your dog’s coat, there are super-premium dog foods that can help get these into your dog’s diet.

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The benefits of omega 3 and 6

Omega 6 fatty acids work to replace the oils in your dog’s skin for a glossy sheen to their fur. Therefore, a lack of omega 6 in their diet could be the reason you may be noticing dullness in your dog’s coat. Omega 3 also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness and flaking of skin issues. This means that to get the shiniest results in your dog’s coat, you’ll want to choose a diet that includes the right amounts of omega 6 and omega 3, to help promote a lush coat and support your dog’s overall skin health.

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How Eukanuba™ can help

If you want your dog’s skin and coat to shine, it's good to remember that the quality of their coat starts from the inside out. The right diet will not only keep your dog feeling great, it can help balance their natural oil levels to keep their fur looking its best. Eukanuba™ knows a healthy coat is a sign of a healthy dog, which is why our range is made using high quality animal protein that is packed with these essential fatty acids. If you’re ever unsure about what food is best for your dog, always consult your vet or you can chat with our pet nutrition advice team on 1300 657 021.

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What is the best food for my puppy?

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What is the best food for my puppy?

November 30, 2017

The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their growth and development. 

The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their growth and development. A big factor in helping support your puppy during these early years is making sure they are being fed a high-quality diet. The best diet for a puppy will be able to provide them with all the energy they need and will also help support the growth of healthy bones and joints.

What should you feed your puppy?

When it comes to deciding what to feed your puppy, you should ideally choose a high-quality diet formulated for their specific needs - which are different to those of an adult dog. It’s especially important that your puppy is getting the best nutrition in their younger years to pave their way into adulthood, so a complete and balanced diet is key. Ideally, their diet will have high-quality animal based proteins, fats, carbohydrates and dietary fibres as well as important vitamins and minerals necessary to help them achieve their mental and physical best. The best puppy food contains good protein levels to help build and maintain your puppy’s muscle mass. For larger breeds, the best puppy diets are also customised to support a longer growth phase, healthy joints and strong bones. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made with high quality animal proteins and enhanced levels of DHA, necessary for the healthy growth of developing puppies so that they can reach their full potential.

How much should your puppy eat?

Puppies have high energy requirements while they are growing, which means they need to eat a lot. However, this doesn’t mean they should eat too much. Ideally, a growing puppy should have their recommended daily intake of food divided into smaller meals throughout the day - the standard recommendation is three. Puppies respond best to routine, so these meals should be served at the same times and place each day. Different size dogs will reach adulthood at different stages of their life and so their diet will need to be tailored accordingly. A gradual transition from a puppy diet tailored for growth to an adult diet tailored for maintenance will allow your puppy to become accustomed to their new diet and minimise any digestive upsets.

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Things you should keep in mind

When it comes to feeding your puppy, you should keep in mind the size they will grow to. Different size dogs will have different nutritional needs and so their diets should be tailored accordingly. Small breed puppies will require higher amounts of energy from fats and protein in a diet to match their higher metabolic rate. Large breed puppies need controlled levels of calcium and phosphorus for strong bone development over their longer growth period. Kibble size also plays an important role in how palatable a diet is. A smaller breed puppy will need a kibble they can easily chew and enjoy. These varying needs is why the Eukanuba™ Puppy range makes a number of different puppy diets for different sized dogs, making sure your new puppy gets everything they need to help them grow into a healthy adult dog. All Eukanuba™ puppy diets are complete and balanced and work best as a sole diet or as a combination of our Eukanuba™ Puppy dry and canned products.

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Best senior dog food for large breeds

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Best senior dog food for large breeds

August 24, 2017

When your dog ages, their eating habits and dietary needs are also likely to change.

When your dog ages, their eating habits and dietary needs are also likely to change. Larger breed dogs can be classified as senior from five years of age and onwards, compared to smaller breeds which can be classified as senior from seven years. Looking into a diet that fits the specific needs of a larger dog can help play an important role in managing some of the health problems that bigger, ageing dogs are more prone to.

It should have fewer calories

Larger dogs usually have a big appetite, but as they age they develop a slower metabolic rate. This means it’s important that their diet has fewer calories but still manages to satisfy their appetite. Ageing dogs can have lower energy levels, so they no longer need a diet that puts this as a priority. This decreased activity means that ageing dogs are prone to weight gain and a diet such as our Senior Large Diet is ideal as it has a lower calorie content.

 

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It should support their joints

Ageing dogs can be prone to developing joint issues, but bigger breeds are much more likely to suffer from joint pain. Large dogs have a big build that is supported by their joints, but if your dog is gaining weight in its older years, this can put extra strain on their already weakening joints. Many larger breeds develop arthritis as they get older, so a diet high in omega fatty acids can help promote good joint health. As bigger breeds need support for their larger frames and hardworking joints, a diet enriched with minerals such as glucosamine can help ease inflammation.

 

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It should maintain their muscle mass

Even though you’ll want to feed your senior large dog a diet lower in calories, you still want to make sure their diet contains enough protein and fat. These are both essential in maintaining healthy muscle mass and energy requirements. However, as dogs age they can often have some trouble metabolising food as efficiently as they once did. That’s why our Senior Large diet includes highly digestible proteins that are easier for them to absorb and utilise in their body.  

As your dog gets older, it’s important to consider switching them over to a diet that better meets their changing needs. Eukanuba™ Senior Large Diet helps with these new needs and can assist with joint health and prevent weight gain to make sure your senior dog is getting everything they need from their diet.

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Caring for a senior dog

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Caring for a senior dog

August 24, 2017

Thanks to better dietary options and veterinary care, dogs are now living longer and more fulfilling lives.  However, dogs are now facing some age-related health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and gastrointestinal issues.

Thanks to better dietary options and veterinary care, dogs are now living longer and more fulfilling lives.  However, dogs are now facing some age-related health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and gastrointestinal issues. Therefore, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with how best to look after your dog in its older years.

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Choose the right diet  

A diet that supports the needs of your ageing dog is essential to keeping them healthy and feeling good. Older dogs won’t require the same amount of calories in their meal as a younger dog that needs to maintain high energy levels. If an older dog is fed a high calorie diet it may lead to weight gain, as many older dogs are less active and have a much slower metabolic rate. Our Senior Large Diets also contain optimal levels of fibre and prebiotics to help assist their digestion. Many older dogs may suffer from constipation and other gastrointestinal issues, so feeding them a diet with added fibre and prebiotics can help keep them regular.

Lots of senior dogs may also lose their appetite. This can be due to their fading sense of smell and taste. If this seems to be the case, mixing in some wet food to their usual meal can help tempt them due to the enticing aromas that wet food gives off. If they are still not eating, another issue may be to blame, so a trip to the vet is a good idea to rule out anything of concern.  

 

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Support their dental health

Dogs of all ages can suffer from dental problems but dental issues are even more common in older dogs. Plaque and tartar buildup can lead to gum infections, and it can be painful for your dog to eat at mealtimes. All Eukanuba™ Senior Diets use an S-shaped kibble that helps scrape away plaque deposits on your dog’s teeth as they chew. Our kibble is also coated in sodium polyphosphates that binds calcium in your dog’s saliva to stop tartar formation. Dental issues can also have the potential to lead to bigger problems, as many more serious concerns such as kidney disease can first present themselves as dental infections. If you’re finding your dog is struggling to chew or their breath is foul smelling, a trip to the vet should be your first point of call to rule out anything serious.

 

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Don’t skimp on the exercise

Even though older dogs may lack energy, exercising is important to keep them in shape. Exercise also helps maintain your dog’s muscle tone and joint health. As arthritis is a common issue for older dogs, making sure they’re getting a solid workout is a good way to help stop their joints from further deteriorating. But it’s important to not overdo exercise, as your older dog doesn’t have the same energy levels as it once did. Be sure to choose a comfortable walking pace for your dog and take them for gentle walks that aren’t too strenuous.

The day will come when your dog starts to show signs of ageing. Making sure you give your dog that little extra support to prevent any age-related health issues is important. Maintaining regular exercise and introducing a diet best suited to their life stage can keep your dog living well in their late teens.

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Is wet or dry food better for dogs?

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Is wet or dry food better for dogs?

July 20, 2017

There are many different pet food options out there for dog owners to choose from but perhaps the most common consideration is whether to feed your pet a wet or dry diet.

When trying to decide what to choose for your dog, you should firstly, find a pet food that gives them excellent nutrition to fulfill their health needs, but it should also be something they find appetising.

Wet food is a great way to give your dog a hydration boost, while dry food is excellent for keeping their dental health in check. As wet and dry dog foods have many differing benefits, another option to consider is to feed a mixture of both, to give your dog a well-rounded diet that targets all kinds of needs.

What’s good about dry food?

Dry dog food is generally what most owners favour as it is usually more convenient, but there are also many health benefits to dry food that do wonders for your dog. A big plus to feeding your dog a dry diet is that it helps their dental health and can help to avoid bad breath. The texture of dry kibble encourages your dog to chew before they swallow, which improves their digestion and also helps to clean their teeth. All Eukanuba™ adult and senior diets use an S-shaped kibble that helps scrape away plaque deposits on your dog’s teeth. Our kibble is also coated in sodium polyphosphates that helps bind calcium in your dog’s saliva to stop tartar formation between meals.

 

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What’s good about wet food?

Although dry food might be a more popular choice, some owners will choose to feed their dog a wet diet to better please fussy eaters and give their dog an added hydration boost. As wet food has a rich, meaty aroma, picky dogs can be more enticed to eat (and hopefully finish) their meals. In the case of those pets that may not be getting enough water throughout the day, wet food can provide them with an additional dose of hydration because of its high moisture content. To find out more about the many benefits of wet food, head over to our the benefits of wet dog food blog to see if a wet diet better suits your dog.

 

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Giving your dog the best mix

There is no right or wrong when it comes to feeding your dog. What is important is making sure the pet food you choose provides your dog with the right amount of nutrients to meet their needs. At Eukanuba™, both our super premium dry and wet formulas work as a complete and balanced diet for all dogs at any life stage. As wet and dry diets have various individual benefits, a combination diet can be the solution to both satisfy your dog’s needs and also their taste buds. If you are unsure about what food is best for your dog, speak to your vet or get in contact with our pet nutrition advice team on 1300 657 021. 

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