Choosing the best food for your small dog can give every owner a headache when they are standing in front of all the options available in the supermarket. Giving your small dog the best care is at the heart of every owners actions, and choosing the right food can pose a tricky question. Your small dog only eats a small amount of food, so the type and brand of food that you feed them is vital to ensure they receive the best nutrients for their needs. We should consider their dental needs, coat care, digestive needs, and all of this before we even look at their age. So how do you choose which one is right?

We have taken some time to speak with a friend of ours who is a vet in our local area. She has spent years looking after all sorts of animals, and has a special interest in small dogs (working in an inner suburb of a busy metropolitan city, she doesn’t see too many farm animals!) Her insight into the types of health issues that can arise in small dogs was invaluable, (more to come on these in another post) but as always, prevention is always better than a cure.

Some things to consider are the level of chemical preservatives, artificial colouring or flavouring. Food should be food, not chemicals. There should be a majority of meat-based protein, as this is most like what they would have eaten in the wild. In general terms (without there being special diet types of foods), there should be a reasonable protein to fat ratio. Dogs do needs grains as well, so there should be a moderate amount of carbohydrates. In the wild, the dog would have hunted an animal, most likely a herbivore like a rabbit. In eating this animal, they would have eaten the stomach contents of the rabbit too, thereby getting good intake of grains and grasses. This is important to their nutritional needs as well as the meat. She recommended that you mix some oats or other left-overs in with your dogs wet food.

The next question to think about is the balance of dry and wet food. Dogs need a combination of both, as the kibble is fantastic for their teeth, among other things, and the wet food ensures they are getting a good amount of moisture into their diet. When buying wet food, it is best bought fresh from your local market, not the tinned type with an ingredients list that includes all sorts of preservatives and additives. Look for fresh mince that your butcher might have already made up, or ask for any off-cuts that might be scrapped otherwise. Small pieces like chicken necks make an ideal dinner or snack for your small dog.

So, with all of this in mind, when choosing the next type of food for our best friend, we can feel a little bit more armed to make a good decision. We want to offer the best quality food to our pet, as after all, they are part of the family. It is important they not only eat nutritiously but with a variety as well.


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Orijen Adult Dog FoodMore Info

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Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free Dry Adult Dog FoodMore info

Acana Ranchlands Dry Dog Food (New Formula)More Info

Wellness CORE Grain Free Small Breed Turkey & Chicken Natural Dry Dog FoodMore Info

Petcurean Go! Fit + Free Grain Free Adult DogMore Info

Natural Balance Small Breed Bites L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Sweet Potato & Chicken Formula Dry Dog FoodMore Infp

Hill's Science Diet Adult Small and Toy Breed Dry Dog FoodMore Infp

ULTRA Small Breed Adult Dry Dog FoodMore Infp