Posted 13th September
When you're thinking of buying dog food, you want to ensure your pet has the best diet possible
This helpful guide offers five tips of exactly what you should be keeping your eyes peeled for, if you're unsure what to buy
1 High 'named' meat content and quality. Wet dog food should contain a minimum of 75 per cent meat, while dry food should be at least 30 per cent. You should avoid 'meat and animal derivatives' - instead, always search for named species, and don't forget to use your nose. If it smells to bad for you to eat yourself, you shouldn't give it to your dog.
2 Avoid foods which are not specific enough. 'Animal fat' begs the question 'which animal?'. Packaging can be misleading, with a 'beef' recipe on closer inspection actually being made up primarily of chicken or another hidden meat source. Keep your eyes peeled for named sources in the ingredients list, such as lamb, turkey or beef.
3 A little grain will be okay, but you should look out for whole grains, such as brown rice.
4 Avoid artificial colours, sugars, flavours and preservatives.
5 Nutritional balance will be essential. Look out for meals that contain vitamins, minerals and beneficial botanicals.
You should also ensure the treats you give your dog are health-boosting, if possible. Forthglade's hypo-allergenic range of treats are completely free from junk, and come in a variety of flavours which will all help our four-legged friends.
The range includes:
Packed with chicken and beneficial botanicals, this includes camomile, lemon balm and skullcap, a great way or reducing stress and anxiety.
Turkey is combined with peppermint, parsley and rosemary, to aid bad breath and improve poor digestion.
Joints and bones
This salmon treat supports strong, healthy bones and supple joints.
Packed with cheese, apples and blueberries, these irresistible treats will keep your pet motivated during training.