feeding working dogs

As a working dog owner, you understand the importance of keeping your four-legged friends healthy and energised. Feeding them a balanced diet is crucial to maintaining their physical and mental well-being, as well as ensuring their peak performance on the job. At Meirion Davies, we understand the unique nutritional needs of working dogs and offer a range of premium-quality dog food brands that cater to their specific requirements. In this blog post, we'll guide you on how to feed your working dogs to ensure that they remain in tip-top condition.

Understand Your Dog's Nutritional Needs
Before you can start feeding your working dogs, you need to understand their nutritional requirements. Working dogs have higher energy requirements than sedentary dogs and need a balanced diet that delivers sufficient calories, protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, and minerals. Protein is essential for building and repairing muscle tissue, while carbohydrates provide the fuel that powers their physical activity. Fat is an excellent source of energy and helps to improve coat and skin health. Your dog's daily calorie intake depends on their size, weight, age, and activity level. At Meirion Davies, we can help advise which food is best for your dog and how much they need. 

Choose the Right Type of Dog Food
There are several types of dog food available in the market, including kibble, wet food, semi-moist, and raw diets. Kibble is the most common type of dog food and is convenient to store, serve and transport, which is why most of the dog food we stock at Meirion Davies is dry complete food. Wet food has a higher water content, making it a great option for dogs that don't drink enough water. For those who prefer feeding wet food, or a mixture of dry and wet food, we stock Downland Country Chunks for Working Dogs.

Consider Special Dietary Requirements
Some working dogs have unique dietary needs due to medical conditions, allergies, intolerances or their age. For instance, dogs with sensitive stomachs require diets that are easy to digest and free of common allergens such as wheat, soy, and corn. We stock a range of free-from dog foods such as CSJ Lamb with Rich which is wheat and grain free. We also stock a range of feed designed specifically for puppies, young working dogs, and senior dogs, all with their own specific ingredients to cater to the dog’s nutritional requirements. 

Provide Fresh Water and Treats
In addition to providing a balanced diet, you must ensure that your working dog has access to fresh and clean water at all times. Water regulates your dog's body temperature, helps to digest food, and eliminates waste. You can also provide your working dog with occasional treats as a reward for good behaviour. Treats can be a source of additional nutrition, but they should not make up a significant portion of your dog's diet. Choose nutritious and low-calorie treats such as carrots, apples, and lean meats.

Monitor Your Dog's Weight and Health
Finally, it's essential to monitor your working dog's weight and health regularly. Overweight dogs are at risk of developing various health issues such as diabetes, joint problems, and heart disease, while underweight dogs may lack the energy and stamina required for physical activity. Regular check-ups with your vet can help to detect health problems early and prevent them from becoming more severe.

Feeding your working dogs a balanced and nutritious diet is essential for their physical and mental well-being and their job performance. Understanding your dog's nutritional needs, choosing the right type of dog food, considering special dietary requirements, providing fresh water and treats, and monitoring their weight and health are crucial steps in feeding your working dog. At Meirion Davies, we stock a range of premium-quality dog food brands that cater to your working dog's unique needs. Speak to our team of experts for guidance on the best diet for your working dogs.

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