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How Much Should I Feed My Puppy (Updated 2020)

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How Much Should I Feed My Puppy (Updated 2020)

July 30, 2020

Bringing a puppy home for the first time can be very exciting, but it also brings a lot of responsibility.

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New puppies and their owners have a lot to take in (nutrition and information!) so a little bit of research goes a long way in giving your puppy the best start. We’ve put together some feeding tips to help your puppy get used to their new diet and some key ingredients you should be looking for in their food.

In their first year, puppies go through a massive growth spurt so it’s important they are getting the right nutrition to fuel their development into adulthood. A strong nutritional foundation in their first fifteen months will help them reach their full potential which means feeding the right food in the right amount.

How much you need to feed your puppy depends on their age, breed, and individual needs. To figure out how much they will need to eat, you should take a look at the feeding guide on your dog’s food label. You should keep in mind the size they will grow to; different size dogs will have different nutritional needs so their diets should be tailored accordingly. Small-breed puppies have a higher metabolic growth rate and require higher amounts of energy from fats and protein. Large-breed puppies have a longer growth period and need specific levels (and ratios!) of calcium and phosphorus for strong bone development.

 

WHAT SHOULD I FEED MY PUPPY?

When it comes to feeding your puppy, there are so many options it can be confusing to pick the right one. A high-quality puppy diet should be formulated to their specific needs and include the essential nutrients they need to grow up to be healthy adult dogs. When you’re looking at a puppy diet, make sure the following nutritional needs are included:

Proteins

Every puppy’s diet should include high-quality proteins to help build their muscle mass. Proteins are the essential building blocks for muscle development and also help develop a healthy skin and coat.

Fats

Fats are especially important in a puppy’s diet. Puppies need a balance of fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6, to help absorb certain vitamins. Omegas help contribute to the glossy sheen you see in healthy fur!

Carbohydrates

One of the three main nutrients a dog needs, carbohydrates, along with proteins and fats play a key role as an important source of energy. Being such bundles of energy, Puppies are incredibly active and need sources of energy that can be quickly accessed like carbohydrates.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and minerals are key to a puppy’s overall health and well-being. Minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron help with bodily functions and prevent dietary deficiencies. Vitamin E helps support your puppy’s developing immune system and Vitamin A promotes healthy skin and a shiny coat. Puppies have a developing immune system that needs a helping hand to prevent sickness. Good puppy diets should include antioxidants and Vitamin-E to provide immune protection while they’re still developing.

DHA

DHA (docosahexanoic acid) is an omega-3 fatty acid which plays an important role in puppies reaching their full mental potential. DHA naturally occurs in a nursing dog’s milk and is essential for the growth and cognitive development of your puppy’s brain. It’s no secret puppies can be a handful to train which is why your puppy-diet should include DHA to support learning for training.

Calcium

It’s very easy for a puppy to not get enough calcium or too much calcium, which can cause problems down the track. Too much calcium can cause joint problems and not enough calcium can slow development. Getting the right balance of calcium and other minerals can be difficult so it’s important to find a science diet that has put in the research to find the right calcium phosphorus ratio.

Fibre

While they are growing, puppies need more energy from their diet than adult dogs but, like human babies, puppies’ mouths are much smaller with fewer teeth so they can find it hard to chew their food. Food which hasn’t been chewed properly is harder to digest and can make it difficult for their bodies to absorb nutrients. You should look for a diet with fermentable fibre sources to promote proper digestion, gut health and better stools!

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HOW MANY TIMES SHOULD I FEED MY PUPPY?

It’s generally recommended to feed puppies three smaller meals a day if they are under five months of age, and twice a day as they get older. Puppies respond best to routine, so these meals should be served at the same time and place each day. It’s also important to monitor their weight, low amounts of physical activity or a slower metabolic rate might mean your puppy needs less food than is recommended. It’s best to go for regular check-ups with your local vet to make sure your puppy is tracking in the right direction (not just sideways)! Treats can also be a bit tricky. They are an important part of raising a puppy, especially when it comes to training but need to be factored into your puppy’s daily calorie intake and, ideally, shouldn’t make up more than 10% of their daily intake.

 

ADULT FOOD

When your puppy becomes an adult, you should start planning to transition them from puppy-food to adult-food. Puppy-food is usually much higher in calories to satisfy their higher energy requirements and often have added nutritional supplements to help them during their growth stage. It’s a good idea to talk to your vet about the best time to move to adult food which will depend on your puppy’s breed, size and individual needs. When your puppy is ready to switch, gradually transition to their new diet by slowly adding the adult-food to their puppy-food. Do this slowly over 7 days by mixing their new food in and slowly increasing the amount of adult-food while decreasing the amount of puppy-food. This will give them time to get used to their new food and minimise the chance of upset stomachs and the runs.

We hope this helps demystify what you should be looking for in a puppy-diet! With so many ingredients and claims the most important things to look for in a diet are high quality ingredients that provide the nutrients your puppy needs. Science diets are also important to make sure everything is in the right proportion and at the right ratios to give you the peace of mind that your puppy has everything they need for a healthy transition into adulthood.

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8 STEPS TO PREPARE FOR A PUPPY (Updated 2020)

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8 STEPS TO PREPARE FOR A PUPPY (Updated 2020)

July 29, 2020

Bringing a puppy home for the first time can be very exciting, but it also brings a lot of responsibility.

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Congratulations on your new puppy! Bringing a puppy home for the first time can be very exciting, but it also brings a lot of responsibility. Basic pre-puppy planning will help minimise stress in your household and make sure your home has everything in place to meet your new puppy's needs.

 

Step 1: Making Your Home Puppy-Safe

There are lots of puppy supplies you’ll need to start shopping for so your puppy is comfortable and happy in their new home. Before you go shopping, have a look around your home to make sure it’s a safe environment for a puppy to run around in.

  • Start by making sure all chemicals and detergents are stored away
  • Cover any electrical cords
  • Put breakable items out of reach.
  • If you have a pool, you should make sure this area is completely covered and fenced off.
  • Stock up on cleaning supplies, especially when your puppy isn’t toilet trained. Stain remover, paper towels and deodorising sprays will be your best friend for the first couple of weeks.

 

Step 2: Getting Your Puppy Home

Once your home environment is puppy-safe, the next step is figuring out how to get your puppy home. If you are driving them in a car, consider investing in a travel crate or harness that’s suitable for your puppy’s age and size. This will provide a secure environment to travel in, now and in the future.

  • Before setting off, spend some time with your puppy in the car so they can get used to their new surroundings.
  • Encourage your puppy by using praise and rewards for calm behaviour. Your puppy’s first journey home with you is likely to be a stressful time for them as they are leaving their mother and littermates and may never have been in a car before.
  • Take a towel when you collect your puppy and rub it on mum and littermates so you can bring some of their scent home on the towel, this will help familiarise your puppy with their new environment.
  • Take some paper towels and a plastic bag too – just in case your puppy gets car-sick

 

Step 3: Where Will Your Puppy Sleep?

Before your puppy arrives, you should decide where your puppy’s area will be in the home and where they’ll be sleeping at night. Using a puppy-pen is a good way to manage their behaviour at bedtime and will keep them safely confined when they can’t be supervised. The play pen should be big enough for your puppy to stand up and walk around in and should have plenty of fresh water and warm bedding.

 

Step 4: What Else Will Your Puppy Need

It’s important to organise a collar and ID tag for your puppy in case they ever get lost. We know it’s difficult to take your eyes off a cute puppy but there’s always the risk they can run off or escape. Your puppy can quickly outgrow their collar, so make sure you have another for when they start getting bigger. Also, check with your local council to see if there are policies that require you to microchip and register your puppy.

 

Step 5: Accessorise!

It is no secret that puppies love to chew, so buy a couple of chew toys to occupy your puppy and prevent them from chewing on furniture and your belongings.

  • Make sure toys aren’t too hard on your puppy’s teeth.
  • You should also avoid giving your puppy toys that can break and cause choking hazards.
  • Avoid giving large pieces of rawhide which can break off and cause blockages in your puppy’s intestines.
  • Don’t give your puppy soft toys with foam stuffing that can be easily ripped apart. Your puppy might swallow parts of the soft toy or stuffing which can be a choking hazard.

If your puppy has a long coat, you may also need to invest in some grooming tools such as combs and dog-friendly shampoos. Long-haired breeds should be groomed regularly in adulthood so it’s good to get your puppy used to this process early on so it doesn’t become a stressful experience later.

 

Step 6: Your Puppy's Health

Before your puppy steps in the door, it’s a good idea to start researching the best vets in your local area and look into puppy training schools, groomers and boarding kennels. Once you’ve found your vet of choice, you should have a chat to them about some of the appointments you’ll need to make.

Besides a check-up, your puppy will also need to be taken to the vet for worming, vaccinations, microchipping and potentially neutering. It’s also important to remember that new puppies should be kept away from other dogs until they’ve had all their vaccinations to avoid getting an infection.

 

Step 7: Feeding Your Puppy

When it comes to feeding your puppy, it’s worth doing some research on the nutritional support your puppy will need from their diet. Ensuring your puppy is getting the best nutrition from a complete and balanced diet will mean they are getting the support they need while they grow. A high-quality diet, such as our Eukanuba puppy range, is a complete and balanced diet to support the growth and development of your growing puppy into adulthood. Read our guide to find out the essential nutrients a puppy-diet should have.

Food can also help you to train your puppy. Many dogs are highly motivated by food, so using treats as a reward when they are learning to sit or go to the toilet can reinforce good behaviour. Treats will need to be factored into your puppy’s daily food intake, so your puppy doesn’t put on too much weight.

 

Step 8: Routine is Best

Establishing a set of rules and routine for your puppy as soon as they arrive is a good idea, especially if you live in a multi-pet household. When your puppy arrives, they’ll most likely want to test boundaries by experimenting with various behaviours (good and bad) to figure out what they can get away with. It’s important these rules and routines continue to be enforced to help keep your puppy’s training consistent. Don’t get angry in front of your puppy. Positive rewards and encouraging good behaviour, rather than punishment, will be better for fostering a strong bond, mutual respect and a rewarding relationship with your puppy. Remember, if you’re frustrated, your puppy is most likely VERY frustrated.

We hope the guide helped and that you will have a wonderful time with your new puppy. Have a look at the rest of our blog for more puppy resources!

 

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4 reasons why your dog could be your greatest personal trainer

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4 reasons why your dog could be your greatest personal trainer

August 01, 2018

Are you keen to increase your fitness but finding it hard to get motivated? Dogs can be great training partners, not only because they are always eager to get out of the house for a walk, but they’ll also keep you company and make exercise feel less like a chore.

Are you keen to increase your fitness but finding it hard to get motivated? Dogs can be great training partners, not only because they are always eager to get out of the house for a walk, but they’ll also keep you company and make exercise feel less like a chore.

Your dog needs exercise too

Not only do we need regular physical exercise to keep our body and mind healthy, but our dogs do too. Getting active outdoors with your dog allows them to experience new sights and sounds but is also a great way for them to socialise with other dogs to build up their confidence. A brisk walk around the block is usually enough to get the job done but there’s plenty more you can do together if you want to up the ante. Walking, running or even joining you alongside a bike ride are great ways for both of you to stretch out your muscles and keep you both in great shape. Plus, a dog that burns loads of energy will be much better behaved inside the home.

Your best motivator

Every dog loves a good walk and likes to stick to a routine. So, when you're toying with the idea of flopping down on the couch at the end of the day, your personal trainer will be there to remind you that there's no couch-time until you've done a lap of the park. Setting up some exercise stations at the park or in your backyard is also a great way for you both to meet your daily exercise quota and exercises like burpees can be a lot more fun when you can incorporate a game of fetch in between. Even though your dog may not come with a whistle and a clipboard, they'll definitely help get you up and out there, even when you'd rather sink into the cushions and have a little nap

Make your workouts more enjoyable

Dogs build a special connection with their owners and love nothing more than being together and having a play. By including your dog in your fitness routine, you can not only build that special bond, but you can also take your workout to a whole new level - especially if your dog likes to run. It’s important to remember though to choose an activity that suits your dog’s age, fitness level and health. Some dogs may be more suited to a leisurely stroll while others may be full of energy and keen to join you on a 5km run. Check out your local dog friendly fun runs such as Parkrun or look into agility training – which can be a great work out for both you and your dog. No matter what kind of dog you have, there are plenty of different dog-friendly exercises that incorporate chasing, running and agility work that are not only fun, but can really help you to push yourself physically.

Workout buddy at home or away

Another big plus for training with your dog is that even on holidays they can be by your side. If you’re planning on heading away for a short trip, bring them along so you can spend some quality time together while out and about. Dogs give you plenty of activity options and are great hiking companions, so next time you’re off on an adventure and still want to enjoy your daily run, bring your best mate along too. Before you head off, have a read through our “Planning an adventure with your dog? 5 key things to prepare and pack” blog for some tips.

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Planning an adventure with your dog? 5 key things to prepare and pack

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Planning an adventure with your dog? 5 key things to prepare and pack

August 01, 2018

Holidays usually mean leaving your dog behind at a boarding kennel or with a close friend to look after, but there’s no reason you can’t bring them along the next time you’re planning a short weekend away.

Holidays usually mean leaving your dog behind at a boarding kennel or with a close friend to look after, but there’s no reason you can’t bring them along the next time you’re planning a short weekend away. Getting out of the house for the weekend is a great way to spend some quality time with your dog and lets you experience plenty of new activities together.

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Check the rules

If you love the great outdoors, there’s really nothing better than bringing your dog along with you to explore all that nature has to offer. While there are plenty of beaches and camping spots that are dog-friendly, it’s important you check all the rules and do your research before you head out. You’ll be able to find this essential information on most local council websites or dog related forums. Some places may need you to keep your dog on a leash, while others may be a bit more relaxed. Hiking trails may also have restrictions on whether dogs are allowed in an effort to help protect the local fauna and flora, so make sure you do plenty of research before arriving to avoid disappointment.

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Be prepared and plan ahead

If your dog isn’t used to long hikes, it’s a good idea to start preparing them before you tackle it together for the first time. Even the most athletic dogs have their limits so mild training in the weeks leading up to your trip is important to help avoid any injuries. It’s also a good idea to check in with your vet before you take off to make sure your dog is up to date with all their vaccinations, has the appropriate parasite prevention and for any extra advice.

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Pack the essentials

It’s important you’re well prepared and pack all the essentials you’ll need if you’re planning a longer trip or overnight stay. Packing your own doggy travel kit means you’ll have everything you might need on hand and ready to go. Some essentials you should always make sure you have are: • Familiar bedding to keep them comfortable at night • Toys to keep them entertained • Extra treats • Towels • Plenty of food and water • Bags for toilet trips • Portable water bowl • Safe travel items (seatbelt, crate, harness) • Spare leash and collar • First aid kid

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Plenty of food and water

Long hikes can take it out of you and your dog, so it’s important you fuel their body with a high-quality diet to ensure they have sustained energy to last. Some feeding guides will cater for higher performance dogs, so it is good to check these when planning an adventure with your dog. Additionally, having plenty of fresh water is a must so it's worth adding a second reminder here to bring along a portable water bowl, so your dog can easily quench their thirst.

Stay safe

Whenever you take your dog on a hiking trip, remember to always keep an eye out for wildlife. Depending on the season, snakes and other dangerous animals can be out, so a small first aid kit is a must in case of emergencies. As an extra precaution before you go away, you could research veterinary clinics and emergency centres nearby. Remember that even a rough terrain or a burning, hot ground on a sunny day are enough to harm your dog, so be mindful of all potential hazards.

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5 benefits of bringing your dog to work

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5 benefits of bringing your dog to work

August 01, 2018

A lot of us find it hard to establish a healthy balance between our work life and our home life. There are lots of businesses now looking for new ways to improve employee wellbeing and this has led to many offices and worksites becoming pet-friendly.

A lot of us find it hard to establish a healthy balance between our work life and our home life. There are lots of businesses now looking for new ways to improve employee wellbeing and this has led to many offices and worksites becoming pet-friendly. Dogs can help make almost any situation less stressful and help the workplace feel much more relaxed by boosting staff morale and creating a more positive work environment.

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Improve work relationships

As every dog owner knows, having a dog with you is a great conversation starter. People are always coming up to have a chat and give your dog a pat. This helps break the ice and brings people together, which is great way to help create a positive work environment. A healthy social atmosphere in the workplace leads to better teamwork and also encourages people to talk to others they wouldn’t usually thanks to your dog’s ice-breaking abilities.

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Reduce stress

Stress can contribute to employees getting sick, feeling overwhelmed and burning out. Having a dog by your side always makes you feel better, so it’s no surprise bringing them to work can help make a positive difference to your day. Dogs are great at providing comfort and can sense when they need to be there for you in difficult times. By making people feel more at ease, heavy workloads, deadlines and stressful work situations can start to feel less daunting and you start feeling more positive after getting a quick cuddle in with a dog.

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Boost morale

Having dogs in the workplace boosts morale, especially for those who are not lucky enough to have their own. Having a furry friend by your side encourages engagement between coworkers and can help people get to know each other much better, especially when you start sharing dog stories. Your workmates will be much more excited to spend their days at work knowing they can also enjoy the company of your dog at the same time and get in a few cuddles in between tasks. Work suddenly becomes a much more positive and enjoyable place to be when there’s a dog or two playing around and bringing people together.

Gets you outside

Long work hours mean finding the time to fit in a workout can sometimes seem impossible. It can even be a challenge to simply stand up and walk away from your desk. By bringing your dog to work, you will naturally get more steps and fresh air into your day when you take them for toilet trips. Getting outside, enjoying the sunshine and taking your dog for a quick walk around the block can do wonders for your working day.

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Your dog won’t get lonely

Bringing your dog with you to work doesn’t just benefit you and your coworkers, it also means your dog gets to spend more time with you, without having to be left at home. Dogs would much rather be in your company than stuck at home alone, plus it means if you have to stay later, you won’t have to worry about rushing home to feed them.

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5 reasons why your dog is your best friend

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5 reasons why your dog is your best friend

August 01, 2018

There are many reasons why dogs have earned the title of “man’s best friend”. Not only are they always on call for cuddles, but they have a special way of turning bad days into good ones.

There are many reasons why dogs have earned the title of “man’s best friend”. Not only are they always on call for cuddles, but they have a special way of turning bad days into good ones. As dog owners, we can sometimes take their friendliness and loyalty for granted, so make sure you give as much love to your best friend as they do to you.

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They don’t judge you

No matter what you do in life, your dog won’t judge you for it. They’ll still love you unconditionally no matter what mood you’re in or even how much takeaway you order. If you enjoy spending all day on the couch or having some big nights out, your life decisions won’t stop your dog loving you any less.

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They’re always by your side

On top of keeping your secrets safe, your dog is one of the most loyal friends you’ll ever have. No matter how bad your day, your dog will always make an effort to lift your spirits to see you smile. Day or night, you can always count on your dog to comfort you and make you feel better.

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They’re great workout partners

Part of being a good pet owner includes making sure your dog is getting their daily dose of exercise. Walking your dog is one of the best ways to stay active, and better yet, running around and playing fetch with them means you’re both having fun while keeping fit. There are many other ways too that you and your dog can enjoy your time together and build a stronger bond. Take a trip to a dog-friendly beach, explore nature on a weekend hike or give an agility session a go and meet up with other dog owners. Before you work up a sweat, have a read through our “5 reasons why your dog could be your greatest personal trainer” blog for some tips on how your dog can help you get motivated.

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They’re always happy to see you

There’s nothing like coming home to see your dog wagging their tail and jumping up in excitement to see you. It’s a good feeling coming home and knowing you have been missed; it can be enough to turn a bad day into a good one.

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They’re happy to do what you want to do

We all have those friends who cancel on us last minute or aren’t interested in hanging out. Luckily, your dog is a live-in best friend who is always up for an adventure. If you just want to chill on the couch and watch movies, your dog will be more than happy to cuddle up next to you. If you fancy a long walk, your dog will be delighted to join you. No matter how you want to spend your day, you’ll never be alone with a dog by your side.

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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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Pet Insurance

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Pet Insurance

January 15, 2018

Getting a new puppy is an exciting time for both you and your pup, however it’s also a time to be prepared for the unexpected. Sometimes things happen that you just aren’t expecting. Maybe your new pup decided the rubber ducky in the bath tub would make a delicious snack or you’re playing at the park and your pup trips, hurting their leg. The list of situations is endless with these young adventurers.

 

Getting a new puppy is an exciting time for both you and your pup, however it’s also a time to be prepared for the unexpected. Sometimes things happen that you just aren’t expecting. Maybe your new pup decided the rubber ducky in the bath tub would make a delicious snack or you’re playing at the park and your pup trips, hurting their leg. The list of situations is endless with these young adventurers.

It’s all fun and games until someone ends up at the vet! Insuring your pet ensures that there’s no need to panic about the cost of a trip to the vet.

Pet insurance is not just for accidents though. There are various plans available which include cover for illness and some even cover annual fees for checkups and vaccinations. It’s all about deciding which plan works for you.

As the number of pets being insured increases every year, better and better options are becoming available for owner convenience. There are many different types of cover and some offer discounts for multiple pets.

The best time to insure is while your pet is young and healthy. Most companies won’t cover a preexisting issue so it’s important to have insurance before something happens. Other things that will be taken into consideration is the breed and age of your dog. These things can contribute to the cost and the type of plan you may be eligible for.

As much as it pains us pet owners to think about, sometimes our financial situation can be the deciding factor between lifesaving surgery at the specialist and having to say good bye to our furry friend. Unfortunately there is no public health care for pets. Having pet insurance can take away some of that stress by giving you the peace of mind to know if it came to it, you have it covered.

Why not take the time to explore options for your pet’s insurance and see if it’s right for you.

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