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What Type of Food Is Best for Your Dog?

What are the different dog types? The character helps with the choice of food

Every dog is unique. His character, his nature, his activity level and of course his needs depend not only on genetics, but also on how he grew up, his living environment and of course his socialisation.

Every dog owner can think of some characteristics that he automatically associates with a particular breed. For example, some terriers may be described as "stubborn", some retrievers as "insatiable" and some German shepherds as "always on alert". We do not want to explicitly assign these characteristics to any breed, as that couldn't do justice to any dog. Over the years, however, experience has shown us that there are "character traits" that can give hints about the right feeding concept for that dog. However, it is important to note that there are different basic types, but also hybrids of these basic types and of course there are always exceptions. Pre-existing diseases always have priority - for example, if the dog suffers from organ irritations, the feeding concept should always be adapted to these first.

In the following, we would like to introduce some of the more common character types, which can give you some initial clues as to which feeding concept might be a good fit for your dog.

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Feed types

Find the right food for your dog

The Sunshine
Happy, balanced dogs with a relaxed attitude

There are dogs that are always in a good mood and seem very balanced. They're up for any fun, whether it's raining, storming, or snowing. Despite the joy of activity, they are also patient and always cheerful when you are with them. They show little distrust of anything new and can adapt well to new circumstances, even interacting with other dogs is often easy for them. Their radius of action can be quite large, as sometimes they may even run a little "naively", "clumsily" or "thoughtlessly" ahead. They are hard to ruffle and stress does not seem to affect their mood or their digestion. They can easily cope with changes such as food changes. However, if the "sunshine" shows problems, then it must be something serious and you should take action.

General feeding recommendation

The "Sunshine" usually copes very well with different types of food (also in different combinations). If allergies or intolerances play a role, care should only be taken to ensure that the food is allergy-friendly. He can be fed Canis Plus® Cold Pressed Dry Food for Adult Dogs or Canis Plus® Cold Pressed Dry Food for Puppies & Young Dogs, Canis Plus® Complete Meals, Canis Plus® Puppy Meals, Canis Plus® Meat Pots or Canis Plus® Meat Rolls with air-dried flake mix or fresh vegetables/fruits and oil as well as a calcium source such as our Canis Extra Organic Eggshell Powder - every feeding concept is possible - even in combination.

Common type-specific issues with this character type of dog

  • Always in a good mood, often for no apparent reason
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The Attentive
Attentive dogs that always keep an eye on their surroundings

This characer type can appear a bit distant and reserved. His initial reaction is to always get an overview of a situation and to keep an eye on the situation. He can be sceptical about new things at the beginning - therefore getting into contact with other dogs is often more difficult for him than for the "Sunshine". The "Attentive" dog can also have a large radius of action, as this is important to maintain a large overview. If uncertainties come into play, contact with the owner is very important so that situations can be mastered without stress. Stress easily affects the "Attentive" dog's digestion - therefore it can happen that he often struggles with soft faeces or eating grass.

General feeding recommendation

With the "Attentive" dog, it is often better to decide on one feeding concept and feed either wet food or dry food. In stressful situations, the attentive dog usually copes better with a wet food. Canis Plus® Puppies & Young Dogs Salmon, Canis Plus® Puppy Meals, Canis Plus® Salmon, Canis Plus® Beef, Canis Plus® Rabbit, Canis Plus® Complete Meals, Canis Plus® Meat Pots and Canis Plus® Meat Rolls with air-dried flake mix or fresh vegetables/fruit and oil, as well as a calcium source such as our Canis Extra Organic Eggshell Powder, are usually very well suited for his feeding.

Common type-specific issues with this character type of dog and how you can support the dog

  • Stress-related diarrhoea - if your dog suffers from soft faeces you can support him with our Canis Extra Granulated Carrot or Canis Plus® Vit/Min Variety Flakes. These can be mixed into the food for a few days. You can find out more about diarrhoea in dogs in our guide "Diarrhoea in dogs – causes and feeding tips".
  • Stress induced grass-eating - in cases of increased grass eating, feeding Canis Extra Mineralmoor, for at least 30 days, can provide valuable support. You can find out more about grass eating in dogs in our guide "My dog eats grass - what can I do?".
  • Higher energy requirement - for the "Attentive" dog, the fat content in the food plays a very important role. The latent "alert position" often requires a higher energy supply on the one hand, and on the other hand it needs high-quality fat sources to promote strong nerves. Canis Extra Salmon Oil or Canis Extra Organic Coconut Oil can be fed to support the high energy requirement of the "Attentive" dog. You can find out more about valuable oils in our guide "Beneficial oils for dogs".

 

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The Delicate One
Cautious dogs that are also a little shy

You just want to cuddle the "Delicate One" and ressure him that everything will be all right. He can be very big or very small, either way you often recognise his tenderness by his body shape and body posture, which can remind you of a shy deer. He needs a particularly loving bond with his owner and frequently seeks to make eye contact with him. Stress can quickly cause digestive problems. The "Delicate One" can be sensitive to any kind of change. 

When handling, it is important to be affectionate, as even raising your voice can cause upset or a stress reaction resulting in diarrhoea. He reacts to new things and situations in a startled way and is generally rather reserved and cautious, especially at the beginning when he is not yet able to properly assess a new situation. It that situations it easily happens that the "Delicate One" completely refuses to eat, which can even lead to hyperacidity and vomiting.

General feeding recommendation

Often the "Delicate One" copes better with one feeding concept and mostly it´s wet food that he tolerates better than dry food. Canis Plus® Complete Meals or Canis Plus® Puppy Meals offer a practical feeding option here. However, the "Delicate One" enjoys feeding even more if the owner prepares the food himself. If the smell of the owner sticks to the food, this also strenghtens the bond between dog owner and the dog. For this reason, Canis Plus® Meat Pots and Canis Plus® Meat Rolls with air-dried flake mix or fresh vegetables/fruit and oil, as well as a calcium source such as our Canis Extra Organic Eggshell Powder are also very suitable for feeding the "Delicate One". However, it should not be too varied when it comes to feeding. If you choose, e.g., 3 different types of Complete Meals that are well tolerated, the "Delicate One" will be well supplied and his sensitive digestive tract will be relieved by the consistent feeding.

Common type-specific issues with this character type of dog and how you can support the dog

  • Food refusal –  a change or a fright is often responsible when the "Delicate One" refuses to eat and that´s why at first you have to find out what happened. Is the food bowl placed somewhere else? Was the dog disturbed the last time he ate or did something else happen? Sometimes the "Delicate One" just needs a little time until he will eat normally again. However, if he is very thin or suffers from hyperacidity, you can support him by feeding a portion of our Canis Plus® Grass Fed Lamb with Millet and Goat’s Milk. General information on the subject of food refusal can be found here: "The dog does not eat: causes for the unusual behaviour".
  • Fear of loss/insecure behaviour -  if necessary, it is possible to help the "Delicate One" dog gain more self-confidence through targeted dog training with clear rules. It is useful if you use treats for training that the dog rarely gets and particularly likes. In this way, the dog will develop a joy in training with a positive sense of achievement and therefore quickly find more self-confidence. Treats such as Canis Plus® Starry Fish Treats or Canis Plus® Mini Lung Treats made from beef, horse, lamb or goat are suitable for this. If you want to spoil your dog even more, it's best to use our Canis Plus® Grass Fed Lamb with Millet and Goat’s Milk or one of our Canis Plus® Meat Rolls. The rolls are firm and easy to cut into small pieces and most dogs find them delicious.
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The Beanpole
Slim dogs that lose weight quickly

The "Beanpole" is a normal to above average active dog whose most striking feature is that the amount of food consumed just never seems to be enough. He has difficulties maintaining body weight and loses it very quickly. Endoparasites such as worms have been ruled out as the cause of this problem. He does not build up any reserves even when the amount of food is greatly increased. His basic character type is usually lively and he is usually very curious, but can also react shyly when confronted with new situations.

General feeding recommendation

The "Beanpole" benefits from a high calorie dry food such as our Canis Plus® Beef or Working Dog - Sport. As a young dog, however, he should be fed our Canis Plus® Puppies & Young Dogs food. In fact, this dog often needs even more energy in his food - although you need to check individually whether he needs more meat, more fat or more carbohydrates. You can combine the feed fabulously with our Canis Plus® Complete Meals, our Canis Plus® Puppy Meals or our Canis Plus® Meat Pots and Canis Plus® Meat Rolls with air-dried flake mix or fresh vegetables/fruit and oil, as well as a calcium source such as our Canis Extra Organic Eggshell Powder. Dry- and wet food should be fed in separate meals.

Common type-specific issues with this character type of dog and how you can support the dog

  • Increased energy requirement - as mentioned, the energy requirement is often higher than in other dogs. You just have to find out which energy source is utilised most effectively:
  • Canis Extra Salmon Oil - provides energy in form of pure salmon oil. Other possible sources of fat are beef fat or goose fat. 
  • Canis Plus® Meat Pots and Canis Plus® Meat Rolls provide more energy in form of protein and fat. Another possible source of protein and fat is raw meat. 
  • Canis Extra Vit/Min Variety Flakes - provide energy with additional carbohydrates. Other carbohydrate sources include millet flakes, buckwheat flakes, oat flakes or pearl barley.
  • Giardia infestation as a young dog -  it is noticeable that many "Beanpole" dogs suffered from giardia when they were young. If there are any abnormalities in the faeces, it makes sense to have a faecal sample examined to see if giardia may still cause problems. More information about giardia can be found in our guide "Giardia in dogs".
  • Weak digestion - if increasing the amount of food only leads to increased faeces, this is a sign of a poor feed conversion. This can occur after the use of antibiotics, worm treatments and other chemical substances. These may have irritated the digestive tract. Intestinal rehabilitation, e.g. with Canis Extra Mineralmoor and Canis Extra Petflora, can help to improve food conversion. You can find more information about intestinal rehabilitation in our guide "Intestinal rehabilitation in dogs – improving the quality of life for your dog".
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The Activist
Over-excited dogs prone to displacement behavior

The "Activist" is very impulsive and usually runs most of the time because of all the excitement. He loves to be kept busy and gets stressed if he does not get this activity. The dog can then communicate his frustration to the world, for example by barking or howling loudly, or engage in self-invented games that can even lead to obsessive behaviour. In the worst case scenario, the dog becomes so unbalanced that behavioural problems manifest themselves. The "Activist" is without limits and could run until all his strength leaves him and he simply falls asleep. Great care must be taken here to ensure that the owner finds the right balance between periods of activity and resting, as the dog often cannot find the balance on his own. He tends to have stress-induced, recurring diarrhoea or his faeces becomes a little softer during the day.

General feeding recommendation

With the "Activist" you should keep an eye on the energy content of the food.  If it is too high, this can contribute to overexcitement. In this case, our cold pressed Canis Plus® Lamb or Canis Plus® Salmon is more suitable. For puppies & young dogs both types of our cold pressed Puppies & Young Dogs are suitable, as well as our Canis Plus® Complete Meals and our tinned Canis Plus® Puppy Meals.  Also suitable are our Canis Plus® Meat Pots and Canis Plus® Meat Rolls with air-dried flake mix or fresh vegetables/fruit and oil, as well as a calcium source such as our Canis Extra Organic Eggshell Powder. However, it is often better to choose one feeding concept and not combine the different types of food.

Common type-specific issues with this character type of dog and how you can support the dog

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The Athlete
Sporty dogs bursting with energy

The well-trained "Athlete" needs to be kept busy and can show signs of stress if underchallenged. However, the "Athlete" is not a restless, hectic companion, but simply has a lot of power that must somehow be utilised. This "rocket" type dog can go from 0 to 100 very quickly and is also prone to excess. However, less caution is required as with the "Activist", because the well-trained "Athlete" simply needs an "extra" amount of exercise without showing mental overstimulation. Of course, activity and resting phases are also important for the "Athlete" and the owner should offer them in a balanced way.

General feeding recommendation

The "Athlete" benefits from our Canis Plus® Beef or Canis Plus® Working Dog - Sport which you can also use as a treat outside for any kind of search games. Mental work like search games etc. is very good for the dog and offers a healthy and easy way to exercise and get rid of excess energy. For puppies and young dogs we recommend our Puppies & Young Dogs Poultry or Puppies & Young Dogs Salmon. The “Athlete” often needs more energy in his food. You can combine the feed fabulously with our Canis Plus® Complete Meals, Canis Plus® Puppy Meals or our Canis Plus® Meat Pots and Canis Plus® Meat Rolls with air-dried flake mix or fresh vegetables/fruit and oil, as well as a calcium source such as our Canis Extra Organic Eggshell Powder. A regular feeding of our Canis Plus® Turkey Complete Meal or Canis Plus® Pollock Complete Meal is particularly recommended here.

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The Rascal
Lively, cheeky and mischievious dogs

Clever and cunning, the "Rascal" likes to take advantage of every situation that presents him as a chance to do what he wants. He loves to wrap you around his finger and when he dislikes something, he often tells you clearly, by barking until he gets what he wants or "accidentally" damaging your stuff, for example your furniture. The "Rascal" wants to be challenged and needs a lot of mental stimulation. Learning gives him pleasure and is very important to keep him balanced. He can usually assess situations quickly and independently and he is usually very open-minded towards new things, but can also become overconfident and then lapse into insecurity. He makes a very charming companion and on dog walks it is not unusual to smilingly reprimand him for misbehaving.

General feeding recommendation

The "Rascal" usually gets along with every feeding concept without any problems, even in combination. However, as he can be almost too independent, using a food dummy every now and then or even on a regular base may help to show him that patience and teamwork can be extremely worthwhile - and the food dummy can best be filled with our cold pressed Canis Plus® Dry Food for adult dogs or our Canis Plus® Dry Food for puppies & young dogs. Overall, the owner can decide whether to feed cold pressed Canis Plus® Dry Food, Canis Plus® Complete Meals, Canis Plus® Puppy Meals or our Canis Plus® Meat Pots and Canis Plus® Meat Rolls with air-dried flake mix or fresh vegetables/fruit and oil, as well as a calcium source such as our Canis Extra Organic Eggshell Powder. In fact every feeding concept is possible - even in combination.

Common type-specific issues with this character type of dog and how you can support the dog

  • Boredom and underchallenged - the "Rascal" benefits from head- and nose work. With fragrant snacks, such as our Canis Plus® Sprats, our Canis Plus® Mini Lung Treats made from beef, lamb or goat or our Canis Plus® Starry Fish Treats, it is possible to create wonderful trails that he can follow with great pleasure.
  • Behavioural- or stress-related grass-eating as a displacement activity - in the case of increased grass-eating, feeding Canis Extra Mineralmoor, for at least 30 days, can provide valuable support.
  • Low frustration tolerance level and constant barking - "Rascals" learn very quickly which behaviours serve their advantage and can react with frustration when they are stopped and taught boundaries. Loving and consistent training can help them develop a higher frustration tolerance limit.
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The Gentle Giant
Very large dogs, with a relaxed attitude

The "Gentle Giant" often has a large frame and in many cases loves a cuddle. His powerful build usually leaves a lasting impression, although it often seems as if he is absolutely unaware of his own body size. He usually gets along very well with other dogs and is generally more tolerant than other dogs. In an argument with a cuddly toy, he would probably get the short end of the stick and let the cuddly toy go first. He can be very affectionate and his family often means everything to him. He can also be quite leisurely and sometimes needs to be pushed a little when it comes to sporting enthusiasm, but when the enthusiasm is there, it is amazing the top form he can reach.

General feeding recommendation

It can be beneficial for the "Gentle Giant" to be fed fish regularly, because due to their massive build, their musculoskeletal system is constantly subject to extra strain, such as when jumping or climbing stairs. Canis Plus® Puppies & Young Dogs Salmon or Canis Plus® Salmon provide a good basis for feeding. However, it is often the case that a combination with our Canis Plus® Complete Meals, Canis Plus® Puppy Meals or our Canis Plus® Meat Pots and Canis Plus® Meat Rolls with air-dried flake mix or fresh vegetables/fruit and oil, as well as a calcium source such as our Canis Extra Organic Eggshell Powder is also very well tolerated. A regular feeding of our Canis Plus® Turkey Complete Meal or Canis Plus® Pollock Complete Meal is particularly recommended for the "Gentle Giant".

Common type-specific issues with this character type of dog and how you can support the dog

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The Cosy One
Cosy dogs know: "There is strength in calmness and peace"

The "Cosy One" has a calm nature – following the motto: "If I don't do it today, I'll do it tomorrow". He is very reluctant to be disturbed or get upset. If you ask him to come out of the woods, you need the right arguments and incentives, so on a rainy day it can be very difficult to get him out of the house for a walk. He loves good food – unfortunately, his waist line shows an excess of food really quick. Due to his prevailing reluctance to exercise, it can also be difficult to get rid of any pounds gained, so it is important that he does not develop excess weight in the first place.

General feeding recommendation

The "Cosy One" needs a food that does not provide too much energy. Canis Plus® Poultry, Canis Plus® Lamb and Canis Plus® Salmon are therefore particularly suitable. Puppies and young dogs can have one of our cold pressed puppies & young dogs dry food varieties. Wet food such as our Canis Plus® Complete Meals, Canis Plus® Puppy Meals or our Canis Plus® Meat Pots and Canis Plus® Meat Rolls with air-dried flake mix or fresh vegetables/fruit and oil, as well as a calcium source such as our Canis Extra Organic Eggshell Powder can also be fed - even in combination with the cold pressed dry food. However, the amount of wet food should not exceed 2.5 - 3 % of the dog's body weight for adult dogs.

Common type-specific issues with this character type of dog and how you can support the dog

  • Be sparing with treats - fewer and smaller treats can prevent the "Cosy One" from developing obesity. The low-calorie Canis Plus® Beef Gullet or the reduced-fat Canis Plus® Mini Lung Treats made from beef, lamb or goat are therefore appropriate snacks. If they are fed in moderation, the daily food ration does not necessarily need to be reduced, otherwise the amount of food should be adjusted according to the number of treats fed. More information on feeding overweight dogs can be found in our guide "Food for overweight dogs: When is a dog too fat?".
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The Glutton
Dogs that never get enough

The "Glutton" has a huge problem – he is always hungry! The advantage: You can achieve pretty much everything with food when training the "Glutton". The disadvantage: If the "Glutton" can, he will pick up anything he finds outside (for example food waste etc.) and it can also happen that the "Glutton" steals food in the house, opens the rubbish bin, etc. when he feels unobserved. This can lead to digestive problems every time something is ingested - but that doesn't stop the "Glutton" from showing the same behaviour again and again. He literally devours his food and then begs for more.

General feeding recommendation

The "glutton" needs food that does not provide too much energy, but at the same time the food should have a high fibre content, as these promote a feeling of satiety. Canis Plus® Poultry, Canis Plus® Lamb and Canis Plus® Salmon are therefore particularly suitable. Puppies and young dogs can have one of our cold pressed puppies & young dogs dry food varieties. Wet food such as our Canis Plus® Complete Meals, Canis Plus® Puppy Meals or our Canis Plus® Meat Pots and Canis Plus® Meat Rolls with air-dried flake mix or fresh vegetables/fruit and oil, as well as a calcium source such as our Canis Extra Organic Eggshell Powder can also be fed - even in combination with the cold pressed dry food.

Common type-specific issues with this character type of dog and how you can support the dog

  • Constant hunger - our Canis Extra Vit/Min Variety Flakes add fibre to the food and thus support the feeling of satiety for longer. The flakes can be supplemented daily.
  • Eating grass and rubbish - If something has been ingested outside, it is worth having Canis Extra Healthy Bowel at home to prevent digestive problems. You can find more information about dogs eating faeces in our guide "My dog eats faeces - what can I do?".
  • Recurring diarrhoea and soft faeces – as the "glutton" eats things he finds outside again and again, he often has problems with diarrhoea - our Canis Extra Granulated Carrot can quickly help to get feeding-related soft faeces under control. Additionally, our Canis Extra Mineralmoor can promote the digestive tract and thus help to ensure that the dog ingests less outside, as well as protecting the mucous membranes of the digestive tract. You can find more information about diarrhoea in dogs in our guide "Diarrhoea in dogs – causes and feeding tips".
  • Recurring worm infestations - if the dog ingests a lot outside, there is an increased risk that he will come into contact with endoparasites. Canis Extra Vermprevet® can help with internal intestinal care, creating a resistant intestinal environment so that worms do not settle in the first place, while Canis Extra Vermcurat® helps to eliminate existing worms nutritionally. Would you like to learn more about the topic of "worms in dogs"? Then take a look at our guide "Natural deworming supplements".
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The Problem Child
Disease-prone dogs that always have a hard time in life

The "Problem Child" can have one or more of the traits that have already been presented in the previous groups. But there is one special feature that meant the "problem child" had to be given its own group: Unfortunately, it has the "talent" that it always has something and is never completely healthy. The ears are a bit red or inflamed, the belly is scratchy or it has diarrhoea and when things are physically fine, then it is parasites like ticks, fleas or mites that cause problems and if it is not them, then worms or giardia cause problems. As an owner, there is always the next "catastrophe" to expect. Despite everything - or maybe because of everything - the "Problem Child" is an absolutely lovable, sensitive character who builds up a strong loving bond with it´s owner and knows that it will always get help and care from him.

General feeding recommendation

With the "Problem Child" it is useful to check how well it actually tolerates its current food, as it repeatedly shows signs of food intolerances. This is why Canis Plus® Meat Pots and Canis Plus® Meat Rolls with air-dried flake mix or fresh vegetables/fruit and oil, as well as a calcium source such as our Canis Extra Organic Eggshell Powder are very suitable for feeding at the beginning. It is best to start with one meat source and feed this for 4-6 weeks, then add another meat source. Additionally, the proportion of meat in the daily feed should be slightly reduced to around 60%. Once you have found 3-4 well-tolerated meat sources, you stay with these and increase the meat content to 70%.

Common type-specific issues with this character type of dog and how you can support the dog

  • Behavioural stress, anxiety problems and inner restlessness resulting in dysbacteria in the digestive tract - with this type of dog, it is noticeable that often during puppyhood or at a young age, problems were present that massively affected the dog’s intestinal flora. It could have been stress-related, for example due to frequent changes of owner or other formative, traumatic experiences such as birth by caesarean section, recurring problems with giardia or a strong reaction to antibiotics, vaccination, chemical deworming treatments and the like - it appears that the digestive tract was continuously subject to stress, as a result of which a stable immune system could never develop. It is then recommended to support the organism in finding its balance through an extensive 3-6 month intestinal rehabilitation with appropriate detoxification and intestinal rebuilding. You can find more information on intestinal rehabilitation in our guide "Intestinal rehabilitation in dogs – improving the quality of life for your dog". If you are interested in natural products to strengthen the immune system, please take a look at our guide "Strengthening the dog's immune system naturally".
  • Recurring problems with parasites such as fleas, ticks, mites, worms or problems with giardia - despite the fact that there are constant problems with parasites, you should try as gently as possible to protect the "Problem Child" from them. As it has a weakness in it´s immune system, it reacts particularly sensitively to any additional strain on its metabolism. So feel free to call our team of experts if you have any questions on this topic. Would you like to learn more about natural help for ticks, worms or giardia? Then take a look at our guides "Natural help against ticks", "Giardia in dogs", "Natural deworming supplements". General information on natural dog grooming can be found here: Grooming – the natural way
  • Food intolerances and allergies - it is possible that problems with the "Problem Child" arise from the fact that an intolerance or allergy is present, which does not show itself symptomatically very strongly, but constantly causes irritations in the digestive tract. Therefore, it makes sense to try an elimination diet. Change to a food that contains only one animal protein source and only try another meat source after a few weeks. If you would like more information on the subject of allergies in dogs, please take a look at our guide "My dog is allergic - What to do?".
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Further information and frequently asked questions (FAQ) about dog types and food selection

What dog food is healthy for your dog?

Providing dogs with purely natural food without synthetic additives, is the most important basis of our healthy nutrition programme for dogs. You and your dog are a team – you can feed our cold pressed dry food, our complete meals, our meat-variations with our flake mixes or BARF. You know best what suits you and your dog and also fits in well with your everyday life and we offer you the best natural ingredients for this.

Which dog food is suitable for a normally active dog?

Canis Plus® Poultry or Lamb are our high-quality, cold pressed classics. Their unique compositions make them particularly tasty and easily digestible premium foods for adult dogs. The exclusive recipes feature poultry or lamb as an easily digestible, single source of animal protein, which are supplemented with whole grain rice and hulled oats that have been broken down using a unique cooking process. They also contain air-dried fruits, vegetables, herbs and healthy minerals from algae. Our healthy classics for all breeds made from purely natural ingredients. Dogs without stomach-sensitivities are welcome to be fed our dry food flavours in alternation. 

Which dog food is suitable for allergy sufferers and sensitive dogs?

For allergy sufferers and sensitive dogs, we recommend our Canis Plus® Salmon and Canis Plus® Rabbit - both varieties are very suitable for dogs with sensitive gastrointestinal tracts.

Fish supports the entire dog's organism and is at the top of the list in terms of biological value. Easily digestible salmon contains a high proportion of essential, vital omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, which support the dog and can be helpful for skin, gastrointestinal, heart and joint problems. Brown millet is used instead of conventional cereals, which makes the food easy to digest even for dogs with cereal allergies.

Canis Plus® Rabbit Dry Food is a high quality, cold pressed food, which in its unique composition is an absolute premium food for sensitive dogs or allergy sufferers and of course also a great treat for any four-legged gourmets. This exclusive recipe has a lot to offer, providing rabbit as a low-cholesterol protein source, with high-fibre buckwheat containing many nutrients and vital substances as well as essential amino acids.

Which dog food is best for Puppies and Young dogs?

Flexibility in feeding the puppy can be very decisive for its later tolerance of various types of food. Many breeders therefore do not feed only one type of food but combine wet and dry food and also feed BARF. This way the puppy gets used to the taste and textures of different types of food and the digestive system benefits from the variety and is often less sensitive to food changes later in life.

For puppies and young dogs up to 12 months of age, you can choose between our cold pressed Canis Plus® Puppies & Young Dogs Poultry, Canis Plus® Puppies & Young Dogs Salmon and our Canis Plus® Puppy Meals - or simply combine them.

Canis Plus® Puppies & Young Dogs Poultry or Salmon are cold pressed, natural complete foods with a higher proportion of meat and selected, natural herbs for feeding according to requirements during the growth phase.

As a wet food, we offer wholesome Puppy Meals for your growing dog. Each of the flavours offer the puppy and young dog plenty of meat from only one animal protein source (beef, lamb or chicken) and they are all grain-free. This means that with all Naturavetal® feeding concepts you can be sure that you are feeding your puppy and young dog a natural diet that is tailored to his needs, thus ensuring a healthy start to a long life.

Which dog food is best for the sports loving and very active dog?

For the sports enthusiast, active dogs, Canis Plus® Working Dog - Sport provides an extra portion of meat - for long-lasting performance and endurance. This cold pressed, natural complete food is ideal for all dogs that have an increased need for energy. The rich complete food has only one source of protein for optimal tolerance with an increased meat and fat content for dogs with high energy requirements.

Which dog food is best for dogs with a grain allergy?

Our Canis Plus® Complete Tinned Meals provide a tasty meal for dogs with intolerances/allergies to cereals. With a selection of diverse flavours such as chicken, lamb, turkey & pollock or game, the essential vitamins, proteins, trace elements and minerals are met in a completely natural way. We consistently avoid synthetically produced vitamins as well as acceptance-improving, synthetic additives.

What is the best dog food for overweight dogs?

Dogs who need to watch their weight will benefit from our tinned Complete Meals or our Canis Plus® Poultry. You can also try the low-calorie chicken or game meat roll, complemented with our grain-free flake mix Canis Extra Top-Fit-Mix Flakes and a calcium source such as Canis Extra Calcified Seaweed.

Which dog food is best for severe allergy sufferers?

For dogs with various allergies, we offer single sourced pure meat - in the form of our Meat Rolls or Meat Pots. In this way, you can create a meal individually, tailored to your dogs needs or start feeding an elimination diet.

What dog food is best for skinny dogs?

Our Canis Plus® Beef is especially good for thin dogs or dogs that have difficulty maintaining their weight. Beef as the only source of animal protein and an extra portion of valuable beef fat is added to ensure a higher fat content, which supports dogs with increased energy requirements. Our carefully processed, highly nutritious brown millet is added as a healthy cereal alternative, this makes the food particularly well tolerated by the gastrointestinal tract. Canis Plus® Beef is therefore also very suitable for dogs with sensitive stomachs.

Further information and frequently asked questions (FAQ) about wet and dry food

Which is better for the dog, wet or dry food?

Whether your dog tolerates wet or dry food better depends on several factors such as age and medical history. In addition, this can also change over the course of a dog's life. Your dog is unique and has individual needs. It is important that you feed a natural food that does not contain synthetic additives such as artificial vitamins, preservatives, colourants or flavour enhancers and consists exclusively of high-quality ingredients. Inferior animal or vegetable by-products such as claws, feathers, stems or leaves should not be included. The food should be openly declared, which means that you can read the composition and understand what exactly is included in the food. In our food guide, we show you what else you should look for in a dog food.

What is the healthiest dry dog food?

A natural, cold-pressed dry food that contains no synthetic additives such as artificial vitamins or preservatives, is free from inferior animal and vegetable by-products such as feathers, claws, roots or stalks and contains an appropriately high proportion of meat is the healthiest dry food for your dog.

Can you feed wet and dry food?

With a cold pressed dry food, it is possible for you to combine dry and wet food in the form of our Complete Meals, Meat Pots or Meat Rolls with flakes and a calcium source or even combine BARF. However, if the dog has a sensitive stomach, you should always make sure that you feed the two types of food in separate meals – as this is more suitable for dogs with sensitive stomachs. 

In addition, many dogs demand that their food be mixed once they have become accustomed to always getting their dry food mixed with wet food. If you want to avoid this, it is best not to start mixing dry and wet food in one meal. In our guide "Partial BARF – the right balance“ you can learn more about the possibilities of combining food types.

Should you soak dry dog food?

Many conventional dog foods are called extruded foods - one of their main characteristics is that they swell when they come into contact with liquid. If you want to prevent swelling in your dog's digestive tract, it is necessary to let the food stand in water for a while before feeding it to the dog. 

The difference with cold pressed food is that it does not swell, so it is unnecessary to soak the food in water. However, if your dog does not drink enough during the day, it is practical to offer the food mixed with a little water in order to have a positive influence on your dog's fluid balance. In that case, please do not let the food soak, just sprinkle it with water and feed it immediately. You can find out more about the benefits of cold pressed dog food on our page "Complete food - The Canis Plus® benefits".

Which wet food is most suitable for sensitive dogs?

If your dog is sensitive, he will benefit if feeding is kept simple at the beginning. Try our Complete Meals with chicken, turkey, lamb or pollock, as these meat sources are considered easily digestible. Test each variety for a few days and make a note of what you notice in your dog. This way you will get authentic feedback from your dog on each flavour and then be able to put together a diet that your dog tolerates best, because not every sensitive dog reacts to the same things.

Sensitive dogs can benefit greatly from intestinal rehabilitation. Our guide "Intestinal rehabilitation in dogs – improving the quality of life for your dog" provides detailed information on the subject.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by phone. We are here to help you with comprehensive advice. You can reach us Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by phone at 020 8531 7804 or mail info@naturavetal.co.uk.

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