Find the best food for your dog from Bob Martin’s dog food to suit your dogs needs and necessities.
When it comes to feeding your dog, you need food that is formulated according to your dogs nutritional needs. Most dog food consists of meat, meat byproducts, cereals, grain, vitamins, and minerals and comes in many variations including the dry, canned, and semi-moist types.
Dog are classified as Binge eaters (bloat), they are not good at regulating their food intake and will often eat long after they are full. Dogs are also Taste sensitive to acids, amino acids and sweets.
Dog food and the scientific challenges for nutritionists:
As you are well aware, different breeds and sizes of dogs have differing energy requirements. For instance the food intake and activity level of a very small breed of dog with the body weights of 1 Kilogram (Chihuahua) is worlds apart from the food intake of a 100 Kg Wolfhound. Your dogs energy requirements may range from 110kcal per day for a very small and inactive breed to over 4000 kcal per day for a very active breed such as a border collie working as a sheep dog.
Many factors affect energy levels and nutritional requirements some of these factors are listed below:
- The dogs age
- The current reproductive state (not something owners often take into account)
- Current activity level
- The dogs breed plays a big role
- The dogs growth rate
- Knowing your dogs expected life span affects nutrition
Did you know that over 40% of dogs and cats in South Africa are overweight or obese? It is also documented that unlike humans the average pet owner does not know how to identify that their animal is obese. In many cases this is due to not being educated and the portion sizes and needs of the breed.
The best way to know if your dog is obese is to use the body condition scoring method.
If you want to manage your dogs weight more effectively, an increase of fiber into their diet will increase their stool volume and keep them more regular.
We all love the feeling of watching our dog enjoy their food. However portion control is still very important. At Bob Martin our emphasis in producing high quality dog nutrition is base in 2 main areas, how tasty or palatable the food is for your dog and how how nutritious the food is to meet their needs.