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How can Naturediet help a dog with colitis?
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
water should always be available and gnawing items provided for tooth and gum
My dog is really sensitive and can only eat Naturediet; is there a treat I
can reward him with that won't upset him?
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
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.
in water consumption is therefore expected when changing to Naturediet wet
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.
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.
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.