Feeding



Feeding Information

Puppies

Puppies have very small stomachs so feed several small meals a day according to the age of your puppy.

By 6 months, twice daily feeding is usually sufficient. Puppies may be fed Puppy-Junior up to 12 months of age, however this will be dependant upon the breed of dog.

If weaning your puppy, mix with a little water or canine milk replacement formula and make into a porridge type consistency.

Naturediet wet menus may be fed warm and can be warmed in a 600W microwave for 30-60 seconds, dependant upon the size of the pack, which can help digestion for the puppies.


Maintenance

Most adult dogs who are neither working dogs, pregnant or lactating bitches are fed for maintenance.

With the exception of Puppy-Junior, Senior-Lite and Fish, all Naturediet recipes are ideally suited for these dogs.


Pregnant or Lactating Bitches

As the pregnancy develops the intake for the bitch should increase and during the last four weeks of pregnancy they will required additional nutrients.

Dependant upon the number of puppies born, the bitch will require additional calories in order to sustain her weight and produce milk for her puppies.

The amount of food should be increased by 25% to 50%, dependant on the number of puppies. Puppy-Junior food is ideal also for the bitch as it contains increased calories and protein levels.


Working Dogs

A true working dog will use up far more calories than the average pet dog.

Their energy requirements are much higher and they should be fed more than an average maintenance diet.


Senior or Overweight Dogs

As our pets age and are not as energetic as they were, their calorie intake requirement reduces.

Overweight dogs can be caused by the high level of carbohydrate in many commercial pet foods. Most commercial dog foods contain high levels of cereals due to their cheaper cost and whilst this satisfies a dog’s appetite, and they may appear healthy, carbohydrate is easily converted to sugar and fat which can be stored as an energy reserve.

Naturediet only contains minimal levels of carbohydrate with meat protein being the primary source of energy – protein provides expendable energy and is used for muscle repair and development, excess protein in the diet will be eliminated rather than stored. Naturediet is formulated to mirror that of the wild dog’s preferred diet.

Improvement in muscle tone and definition is often seen just by changing to Naturediet Adult Maintenance diets.

To facilitate returning a dog to its ideal weight, feed several small meals a day and adjust the amounts to maintain a small but steady weight loss. Exercise is also important. Food equals calories and those which are not utilised for normal maintenance can be stored as fat reserves.

It is extremely important to avoid all biscuits, treats and tit-bits while on a weight loss programme, as treats count towards the daily food intake. If treats are needed then select vegetables like raw carrot or broccoli stems, or use small amounts of lean cuts of meat like chicken or turkey.

If a good degree of weight loss is needed then Senior-Lite has been specially formulated for dogs older than 7 years and for overweight dogs to provide all the nutrients they need, but with fewer calories.


Changing Your Dog to Naturediet

When changing your dog to Naturediet from either a tinned or dry food, gradually change over a two week period.

Mix small amounts of Naturediet into your dog's usual food, gradually increasing the amount of Naturediet and decreasing the original food, until you are feeding the recommended amount. This will give your dog’s digestive system a chance to adapt to Naturediet and is unlikely to cause upset.



Feeding Guide


All dogs should be fed on an individual basis and the amounts fed altered according to the dog's weight and body condition.

Consideration should be given to the daily feed which may result in additional calories above the recommended value.


Standard & Grain Free Wet - Feeding Guide

390g packs

140g Twin packs


Dry food Adult - Feeding Guide


Dry food Puppy - Feeding Guide


You can find more detailed feeding guides in Downloads on this page.



Your feeding guide seems excessive in quantity?

The feeding guide provided by Naturediet is based on the recommended daily calorific values for dogs and assumes no other foods are to be fed and that the animal is ‘average’ in its activities and habits. However, all dogs, like humans, are different in their metabolism and the suggested amounts are a guide.

The actual energy requirement of your dog is dependent on many factors including: Age, sex, entire/spayed, activity level, personality (anxious or laid back), coat type (heavy and thick, short and sparse), weather (summer or winter)

Many dogs are also given treats or rewards with nutritional value and these should also be taken into account.

To prevent overfeeding and establish a suitable daily amount for your own dog, you may wish to start feeding at 20% less than stated (10% less for small breeds), observe for weight gain/loss and adjust accordingly to suit the individual dog.


Do I need to supplement the diet if feeding Naturediet?

Naturediet products are complete and balanced, with all the essential nutrients needed for health and well-being with no nutritional supplements needed unless advised by your veterinary surgeon.

Drinking water should always be available and gnawing items provided for tooth and gum hygiene.