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Food infographics: hope they’re helpful!

Food turns out to be quite the controversial topic. It’s much more of a problem than you’d think. The number one cause of hyperactivity in adult dogs is a problem with food. The usual culprit is additives.

As I say in the food infographics, it’s definitely worth spending a few moments checking out what they’re eating on the analysis sites. It’s very wrong that we can’t trust vets or advertising. It’s shocking that and as legislation favours the manufacturer! All I can think of is the phrase “follow the money”.

What we do

Buying meat, fruit and veg for our dogs has become very easy for us. It’s part of the routine now we’ve been doing it since 2010. We use Babybell (lactose free) cheese or cooked meat for training treats. We’ve not got them the little sprats yet, not sure why, I know they’d love them. When we do buy “traditional” dog food, it’s Orijen 6 fish. We use it very occasionally when we’re super busy with work. I’m told that the company has been sold so we hope they continue with the same very healthy recipe. We’ll have to rethink if something changes. (Feb 24).

Growth spurts and the fear cycle

If you’ve a young pup, it’s very important to ensure they’ve enough of the proper nutrients to support them as they grow. Calcium and phosphorus are very important. Pups have growth spurts between the ages of 9 to 15 weeks, then again at 19- 32 weeks (depending on breed and size). At this age, pay attention and see whether they “take strange”- become fearful or weirded out by something a bit out of the ordinary. The first sign is usually something like them woofing at a plastic bag dancing in the wind, or a lonely boot on a road. In years gone by this was called the “fear cycle”.

Very clever scientists worked out that it was due to the pup growing, using up and bottoming out their calcium reserves. This puts them on edge. In Asian countries, old wives tell anxious people to have more calcium, but it’s not so much of a “thing” here. 

Phosphorus helps a pup make thorough use of the calcium in the food- they need the phosphorus to fully absorb the calcium.

Food infographics from Sue’s book- available here