Dog Nutrition

Picture this - your dog looks up at you with those begging eyes, rests his head on your knee and lets out a little whine. It’s just so hard to resist giving into your pup’s demands and treating him to his favourite food! Read more

Dog Nutrition

Cold-pressed dog food: pros and cons

Most people know the term “cold-pressed” from olive oil, but have you ever wondered what is behind the term “cold-pressed dog food”? We will explain the difference to conventional dog food and give tips on searching for the right dry dog food.

BARF or Conventional Dog Food?

Dry, wet or fresh and raw? The range of opinions on the right way to feed our four-legged friends are as diverse as the choice of foods commercially available. But is BARF really healthier? Does wet food taste better and is dry food cheaper? We'll show you the most important advantages and disadvantages of the different feeding methods. In a nutshell, there isn't any one feeding method that is the best for all dogs to the same extent. Be it raw dog food, dry or wet food, every dog food has its advantages and disadvantages. In principle, you can give your dog a healthy diet with ideal energy and nutrient provision with all three varieties.

Breed-Appropriate Nutrition for Labrador Retrievers

Giving a Labrador Retriever the right nutrition wouldn't be an issue at all if the Labrador were left to decide – the most important thing is there being a large quantity of food. This is one of the breeds that isn't exactly choosy regarding its diet. What's more, it's very difficult for us humans to resist its loyal and hungry-looking puppy dog eyes. These circumstances make it even harder not to overfeed a Labrador. The Labrador Retriever was originally deployed as a retrieval dog during hunts. It is now classed as an ideal family dog due to its good-natured, friendly character and how it enjoys being in close proximity to humans. A Labrador's diet should be based on its activity level.

Breed-Specific Food for Dogs

The selection of dog food is huge and some owners are at a loss as to which product they should choose. Uncertainty persists particularly concerning the subject of food for different breeds: do dogs really need breed-specific food? Read now why food adapted to the special needs of individual dog breeds can be extremely advantageous.

Can I give cat food to my dog?

When both cats and dogs form part of your household, you may ask yourself if it would be harmful for them to eat from the other animal's bowl. There is a clear answer to this: dogs and cats need their own specific food. However, it's no cause for great concern if your canine companion occasionally has a nibble at the contents of your cat's bowl or vice versa. Be aware though that 90% of illnesses that cats and dogs suffer from can be traced back to inappropriate food.

Diet of a Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is an even-tempered and adaptable dog breed. It was bred to be a hunting companion deployed together with other dogs, which can explain its extraordinary tolerance of fellow dogs, animals and humans too. The Golden Retriever is characterised by its will to please with a high level of attention and easiness to train. This tendency makes the breed a perfect family dog, very affectionate, gentle and happiest participating in all family activities. It easily fits in with its intended role. Along with its even temper, the Golden Retriever is a cheerful and lively dog with a high urge for activity, remaining playful into old age. All Retriever breeds are proven to come from Newfoundland. In the 19th century, there was lively fish trading between Britain and Newfoundland. When staying in Newfoundland, British sailors were able to observe the island's robust and weather-resistant dogs at work. They were enthused by how these water-loving dogs retrieved mooring ropes from the water and fish that had fallen from fishing nets even in tempestuous weather. The sailors brought a few of these dogs known as little Newfoundlands or St John's dogs with them to Britain, where they were crossed with British hunting dogs, resulting in the Wavy-Coated Retriever. In 1864, Lord Tweedmouth purchased a striking yellow-coloured Wavy-Coated Retriever called Nous. He paired this male with a female Tweed Water Spaniel called Belle. This breed was also famous for good, tenacious retriever dogs. During the next 20 years, the Golden Retriever came into existence following further pairings of the offspring of Nous and Belle with Wavy-Coated Retrievers and Tweed-Water Spaniels, as well as Irish Setters. Golden Retrievers were then deployed for hunting, particularly of ducks, in order to retrieve dead birds from the water too. Their intelligence and adaptability also make them excellent guide, rescue, explosive or sniffer dogs.

Dogs with Diabetes – The Right Food

All dog owners are initially shocked when “diabetes mellitus” is diagnosed. However, the good news is that your dog can nevertheless lead a long, healthy and happy life with an adapted diet and the right care and rearing.

The Diet of a Pug

Check out Royal Canin dry dog food especially for pugs in our shop. “A life without Pugs is possible, but pointless.” This saying comes from Loriot, one of the most famous Pug devotees. Loriot wasn't the only fan of this breed though; stars like Jessica Alba or Mesut Özil are also Pug lovers. Pugs can become famous themselves too, such as in the case of Sir Henry, the Pug belonging to society lady Uschi Ackerman with its own Facebook page and Pug collection. Uschi Ackermann's maxim is: “You don't own a Pug, you fall for it.”

The Right Dog Food for Joint Disorders

Dogs love exercise, be it going for walks with their owner or even dog sport. But what's the score when exercise suddenly causes pain? Joint disorders are nowadays one of the most regular ailments suffered by dogs. Read here how to prevent joint disorders and what you can do with your dog's diet to counteract them.

The Right Food for Overweight Dogs

Who could resist those begging eyes? A few treats or leftover food from the table won't be too bad, right? Although many dog owners know that obesity harms their pets, they often only take action much too late. Perhaps because a few rolls of fat don't bother them or because they simply can't recognise the onset of obesity. However, obesity is a health problem affecting dogs that should be taken seriously. It can be countered with a sensible diet plan and a suitable exercise schedule. But what measures help to counteract excess fat and how does a change in food contribute to weight loss?

Vegetarian Dog Food – a Genuine Alternative?

Vegetarian food is more than just a trend, since there are many arguments in favour of avoiding meat: vegetarian food is healthy, no livestock is harmed and it protects the environment. But what's the situation with our dogs – is a vegetarian diet suitable for them too?

Most people believe that dogs evolved from the wolf. In the wild their diet would have consisted almost completely of meat, with just a little fruit, herbs and botanicals. Evolution has not changed this, and the domesticated dog is still mostly carnivorous.

Now, feeding your dog a completely raw diet of freshly hunted prey isn’t exactly possible now and would likely make you a bit squeamish too, but we can somewhat replicate it with wet and dry food. Your dog’s diet should provide it with essential proteins, carbohydrates and fats as well as vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

High-quality dog food contains all these nutritional ingredients and protects your dog from becoming nutritional deficiencies and their associated health problems.

Catering to your dog’s specific nutritional needs is also important, so if they have food sensitivities or require a specialised diet for an ailment, then feeding them a diet designed for these health problems will help them lead happier lives!

We have a great range of wet and dry dog foods, including some extremely healthy and nutritious brands, and a wide selection of foods for dogs with special dietary requirements – finding the right food for your dog has never been easier!