Our puppies are used to eating Hill's dry food grain free. That is, the grain-free variant. The puppies get Hill’s grain free puppy for medium breed. Our adult dogs get Hill’s grain free adult for medium breed. If you choose to change feed, do so in stages. Do not change to other food immediately after the puppy has moved to his new home. Choose a complete food for the life stage that the dog is in, for example a puppy food for a puppy. If the dog receives a complete food, do not give it any extra supplements of vitamins or minerals.
Supplementary feed does not contain all the nutrients. You must then add what is missing and make sure that it is right for your dog.
The amount of food can vary with a range of 50% down to 50% up against what is recommended on the feed packaging. What is written on the feed packaging regarding the amount of food, for example per day, is only a guide. All dogs are individuals and it is very individual how much food a dog needs to feel its best. Always look at the dog's body fat.
One may wonder who decides how much energy and nutrition a feed should contain. National Research Council, NRC's standards compiled by world researchers.
Nutrients that must be present in feed:
-12 amino acids
- 5 fatty acids
- Vitamin A
- vitamin D
- vitamin E
- vitamin K
- vitamin B, 8 pieces
Protein: When it comes to protein, there are minimum levels that must be maintained, but you can never give too much protein to a healthy individual. Dogs with kidney failure or liver failure should not eat too much protein. Eggs are the very best source of protein with a biological value of 100, which is the highest value. All other proteins have a slightly lower biological value. Egg whites contain a substance called avidin which makes you absorb biotin (which is a B vitamin) a little worse. Egg whites are not toxic or dangerous, but if you give a lot for a long time, you can get this deficiency from biotin. You can choose to boil or fry the egg and then also give the egg white.
Fat: When it comes to fat, there are minimum levels that must be maintained. Too much fat can cause constipation. Those who provide almost only meat raw materials with a lot of protein and a lot of fat have sometimes experienced this. It is good then to tear carrots into the food in order to speed up the stomach.
Vitamins and minerals: Vitamin A which is abundant in the liver, for example, can be toxic if you give too much. If you dry the liver yourself, you can give it once a week and in fairly small amounts.
For the mineral calcium (which the skeleton consists very much of) it is important not to give large amounts of bones especially for a growing dog. It can damage the development of the skeleton. Do not give extra calcium tablets to a complete diet. It is already added to the complete feed.
Ox bones are preferable, do not give smaller bones that can easily break and injure the dog. Always keep the dog under supervision when chewing bones.
Unsuitable / toxic to the dog:
- Old raw materials form toxins. Do not give the dog, for example, an old sausage that has been forgotten a little too long in the fridge.
- Onions also flower bulbs.
- Cocoa do not give the dog chocolate.
- Raw egg whites do not give the dog too much raw egg whites. Raw egg whites should only be given to a lesser extent.
- Green mold cheese.
- Spicy and / or fatty foods.
- Grapes / raisins.
- Xylitol, which is found in chewing gum, among other things.
- Macadamia nuts.
- Coffee / alcohol.
- Whole corn cobs.
Last but certainly not least, a dog must always have access to cold and fresh water around the clock.