17 June, 21
As working dog and pet owners, it is reasonable to assume that you have your animal’s best interests at heart. You will want your dog to live its healthiest and most fulfilling life, and likely be doing everything you can to facilitate this. You will take your dog for walks every day – sometimes more than once – and play with it as often as possible. You will enjoy spending time together and value each other’s company. You will also have found a trusted veterinarian to provide your four-legged friend with all-important medical care and providing it with nutritious food. Or so you think.
While most working and pet dog owners mean well, they actually have a poor understanding of canine nutrition. This is all too often exploited by the pet food industry. In the UK, the most common type of dog food is dried biscuit-like kibble. It is certainly convenient and affordable, but is often nutritionally suboptimal or even dangerous. Loaded with carbohydrates, additives, and empty calories, it provides far too little protein which is what dogs actually require to be healthy. Poor portioning and high calorie content commonly lead to obesity and a wide range of further health complications.
As there is very little in the way of regulation for pet and animal feeds, this gives producers a wide margin to dilute nutritionally valuable ingredients with cheap “fillers” that may actually be unhealthy. Even when advertised as being healthier because they are “grain free”, these feeds may well be dangerous with linkages to the potentially fatal condition of dilated cardiomyopathy. Furthermore, most mainstream dog food producers are large corporations rather than actual animal owners meaning that they are more motivated by profits than genuine wellbeing.
In a similar vein, dog supplements are also unregulated and seldom quality controlled or assured for the discerning owner. Dog nutrition is a complex subject, and perhaps best not left to large corporations which do not specialise in it. We would suggest that it is better to source your dog food and supplements from small companies run by dog owners and handlers. They understand dogs’ nutritional needs better than anyone else, including at high levels when they have experience working dogs. Rather than profit, they will have their dog’s best interests as a primary motivator.
MyDog Nutrition is one such company. Founded by a collection of working dog trainers and handlers, your dog’s health is our mission. Years of nutritional experience and expertise have gone into our products, all of which have been rigorously tested on our own pets and working dogs. Our specially formulated organic dog supplements are available on our website, and we welcome any questions you may have about them.