dog nutrition

Real Food for Dogs

What is “Real Food for dogs?” Is there another kind? Well yes, in my view of dog nutrition, there is. To put it simply, if you can visually identify the food or it’s individual components, it is real food. If it’s in a packet or a can and the contents bear no physical resemblance to the ingredients pictured on the label, then it’s probably not real, or in other words, what I call “artificial food.”

Real food saved me from having my dog, Sky, put down. It’s true. In late 2006, she was visibly old, stiff, lame in one shoulder and reluctant to move, showed no interest in life and spent 23 hours a day sleeping. She had even started wetting her bed in preference to making the effort to go outdoors. Counting on my fingers, I realised she was 14 years old! The time every dog owner fears was upon me. It was time to say good-bye. I couldn’t bear it! She had been a part of the family for so long; she had been my comfort in so many difficult times.

That night, as if she read my thoughts, Sky refused her premium brand dog biscuits, specially formulated for senior dogs. I served her a portion of the family meal, which was beef casserole and vegetables, and she ate it all up. I decided that if her days were numbered, it didn’t matter what she ate, so I continued sharing family meals with her while I procrastinated about her final visit to the Vet.

Six weeks later, it was Christmas time; family members who had been overseas came home to visit. My daughter remarked straight away that Sky was looking good. “What have you been doing with her?” she asked. “Have you found a miracle drug?”

Without thinking, I responded “No, I’ve been feeding her with real food.”

And so, the phrase “real dog food” in our household was born. We still have Sky after eighteen months. She is 16 years old, but she is as lively and energetic as she was ten years ago, although she’s not quite fast enough any more to catch rabbits. I am still feeding her real dog food; indeed, I would never again subject a dog or cat to food from a packet or can – what I call artificial, or junk food for pets. I make all Sky’s food myself, using human grade ingredients suitable for dogs. I find it no more expensive than feeding her the so-called premium dog food I used to give her. It is no trouble to prepare her homemade dog food while preparing food for the rest of the family.

Sky’s final visit to the Vet looks to be a long way into the future.

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Sue French comes from a family of successful dog breeders and trainers and has been involved with dogs all her life. In 2006, Sue changed her dog?s diet to home made food, which resulted in a miraculous improvement in the dog?s health. This inspired Sue?s passion for “real food” for dogs. If you, too, want a miracle for your dog, visit or, you can subscribe to Sue?s blog at

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This complete guide enables owners to help their dogs be the healthiest ever through proper nutrition. The author teaches owners how to interpret dog food labels to enable them to make informed decisions. He also offers extensive chapters on such important subjects as allocating treats and table scraps, deciding whether supplementation is necessary, and feeding dogs through different life stages and with various medical conditions…. More >>

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Dog Nutrition Part 1: Understanding Pet Food Labels

Reading and understanding dog food labels can be very difficult sometimes. There are a number of things to consider when buying dog food: age, health etc. Many varieties exist of both wet and dry pet foods. There are also snacks that have labels that are difficult to read.

The FDA states that dog food labels have to list the minimum amounts of protein,and fat; also, the maximum amounts of moisture and crude fiber. Many manufacturers will also list other ingredients. Dog food labels do not usually state the minimum percentages of calcium, sodium, phosphorus or linoleic acid. Cat food labels normally list taurine and magnesium, two necessary nutrients for cats.

The amount of moisture in pet foods is different in all foods. Dry food does have the least amount and canned food has the most. Make sure when comparing food, compare canned food with canned food and dry food with other dry food.

There are three basic rules to pet food labels:

1- The 95% rule: If a product has a name like ‘Beef for Dogs’ it has to have at least 95% of that product that is names. These should not include any added water.

2- The 25% rule: If there is a qualifying word in the label, such as ‘Dinner”, ‘Entree’ ‘Platter’ or ‘Formula’ there has to be at least 25% of the ingredient named on the label. A good example is “Shrimp Dinner”.

3- The 3% rule: If the label has the word ‘with’ it only has to have 3% of that product named.

‘Chicken Dog Food’- 95% rule applied ‘Dog Food with Tuna’- 3% rule applied

It is also important to look at the entire list of ingredients in pet foods. These will be listed in descending order. The first ingredient must be the highest quality, such as meat. Be careful when buying pet food which contains ‘animal by-products’ as they will not give any nutrition to any age of dog.

It is best to choose food that is appropriate for your pet’s life stage. Some foods are just for ‘puppies’ or ‘seniors’. these are formulated for a pet of a certain age and stage of their life. Food for adults is not appropriate for a puppy that is growing. If a label says “100% nutritionally complete” the food will be acceptable for all ages. is committed to informing you on the best nutritional choices for your dog. Josh Paul,

How to make sure your dog nutrition is healthy

In the market place today there is quality pet food for dogs, produced with dog nutrition in mind. They offer high quality ingredients which have been researched and manufactured to keep a dog in good dog health.

At Hills Pets UK, we have a track record of providing quality dog food. We are passionate about our products and make sure that they do not include ingredients that could lead to obesity, excess intestinal gas and irregular bowel movements.

Fresh food for good dog health is best. It would not be practical to purchase the largest bag of dog food available if it has an expiry date of six months and if your pet is a Chihuahua.

We do recommend your dog food be kept in a cool place with the top of the packet rolled over to ensure none of the dog food is wasted.

A portion size that you give to your dog may depend on the breed. Do not feed your dog excessive quantities of food as too much dog food is bad for dog health. This is even the case if the additional food is very healthy in itself. Obesity is bad for your dog and can impact negatively on longevity.

Other illnesses that can affect your dog and their dog health that are connected to excessive feeding are bloat (a life-threatening condition) and gastrointestinal upset.

Small puppy dogs and very active dogs can suffer from low blood sugar if they are not fed the correct dog nutrition in the form of small meals given frequently through the day. Kibble food for a dog stops build up of tartar on a dog’s teeth which could affect a sensitive digestive system.

Discard any uneaten dog food and replace old water left in a dog bowl with fresh water every day. Fresh water is an absolute imperative for good dog health.

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