Health Questions

How can Naturediet help a dog with colitis?

Dogs that are prone to colitis may respond well to a diet which has a high fibre content and is easy to digest. Insoluble fibre in the diet can help slow down the speed that digested food passes through the large intestine, thereby providing more time for water and electrolytes to be absorbed resulting in better faecal consistency.

All Naturediet menus are highly digestible and include dietary fibre. Naturediet Senior-Lite contains a good source of natural dietary fibre. Senior-Lite cannot be fed to puppies or junior dogs as they require a higher calorie intake. Naturediet standard range includes single source proteins in both the meat based menus and the fish based menus.

Dogs that have colitis caused by food allergies or intolerances may improve after changing their diet. Dogs that are allergic to meat based proteins such as beef, pork etc may be fed a fish based diet. Naturediet has two fish based menus – Naturediet Sensitive containing only salmon and Naturediet Fish that contains ocean white fish. Naturediet does not use any beef or pork in any of it's menus.

All Naturediet menus are easily digested, wheat gluten free and do not contain any artificial preservatives, colourings or flavourings.

Naturediet Grain Free also includes single source meat proteins and a fish only protein source in the Sensitive, with white fish and salmon. Naturediet Grain Free also contains highly digestible fibre provided by vegetables.

Do dogs need to be given biscuits for their teeth?

Naturediet is a complete meal containing meat, rice and vegetables and therefore requires no additional supplements for the dog to receive all the essential nutrients required for a healthy life. Naturediet is a moist food with a firm consistency and unlikely to stick to teeth and gums, whereas many pet foods contain high levels of carbohydrate and sugars which can encourage bacteria and decay as dog saliva does not break down these components.

Naturediet dry food is manufactured using the same principles as the wet food and only natural ingredients are used.

Teeth and gum health may be improved by the provision of gnawing items like raw vegetables. These encourage the dog to use its natural gnawing instinct to clean the teeth and gums thereby reducing tartar build up and tooth decay.

Of course the best way to clean a dog’s teeth is to use a tooth brush and doggie toothpaste – ask your veterinary surgeon for advice.

Can I give my dog milk products?

All mammals are born with the ability to digest and utilise the energy provided by their mother’s milk, as they produce a digestive enzyme called lactase; this breaks down the milk sugar lactose which would otherwise pass intact to the bowel.

However, mammals only feed from their mother for a short period of time and lactase production is therefore limited to the first months of life and once weaned is no longer made available during digestion. Many animals therefore become naturally intolerant of milk products as they mature.

If milk has remained a constant part of the diet since birth, then lactase production may continue into adulthood and if milk is deemed desirable within the diet we recommend the use of goat/sheep yoghurt as opposed to cow’s milk.

Goat/sheep’s milk is naturally homogenised which means the fat molecules are equally dispersed throughout the liquid, unlike cow’s milk whose fat coagulates, forming a distinct layer. The fat molecules are also smaller in goat/sheep products and thereby easier to digest.

How can Naturediet help if my dog suffers from a skin problem?

Dogs may be allergic to certain ingredients within their food resulting in skin signs such as itchy skin (or pruritus) mainly affecting the face, ears, feet, axillae (or armpits), groin and anal area. Not all dogs will show all of these signs and some dogs may just have recurrent ear infections. Dogs may also show gastrointestinal signs as well. Dogs may lick, bite, scratch and chew the affected areas and the skin may become red and inflamed.

Dogs with allergies to food may show an improvement in their symptoms when their diet is changed as part of a dietary trial. Naturediet menus contain a limited number of ingredients and do not contain any artificial preservatives, colourings or flavourings.

Naturediet has two fish based menus to choose from – Naturediet Sensitive containing salmon and Naturediet Fish containing ocean white fish. If your dog is allergic to meat based proteins such as beef, pork or chicken etc. We also have two meat diets containing only a single source of protein – Naturediet Chicken and Naturediet Lamb. All our menus are wheat and gluten free.

If your dog has a gluten allergy, diagnosed by your veterinarian, then Naturediet Grain Free is completely gluten free but still contains all the meat and vegetables for a balanced diet.

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.

My dog is really sensitive and can only eat Naturediet; is there a treat I can reward him with that won't upset him?

Naturediet produce a semi-moist natural treat, with the same ingredients as used in the standard range, meat, rice and vegetables.

Why is my dog drinking less water since changing to Naturediet Wet?

Dogs need to drink regularly so that they do not become dehydrated. The amount your dog drinks will depend on the type of food he eats. Naturediet is naturally moist, the only water added is to cook the rice.

A reduction in water consumption is therefore expected when changing to Naturediet wet menus.

Naturediet Grain Free has the same moisture levels as the standard range. With the exclusion of rice, the amount of water during manufacturing is reduced as water is provided naturally from the meat and the fresh vegetables.

Naturediet Dry Food contains very little moisture, 8.5% versus 72% in the wet food. Therefore your dog will need to physically drink far more to maintain hydration. If feeding a combination of wet and dry food, the amount of water intake will be less than required for dry only feeding.

If water intake needs increasing for any reason, try offering various types of water to establish preference. Tap water, depending on your locality can be highly treated with minerals such as chlorine and this is detectable by dogs and can be a deterrent to free drinking.

Untreated rain or distilled water can be more tempting (many dogs prefer puddles after all) as can running water which makes the minerals less detectable, canine water fountains are available for this purpose.

Do NOT use bottled water as these can be fortified and naturally hold excess salts and minerals.