Best Dog Food Collection for Small, Medium, Large Breed Dogs and Puppies
We know how much doggies love their meals and we’re doing our best to get together a yum collection of dog food for them! From Orijen, Acana, Taste of The Wild to Royal Canin and Farmina N&D to Doggie Dabbas, Arden Grange, and Kennel Kitchen, we have a wide variety of Dog Food Brands with their premium quality wet dog food and dry dog food for you.
Each brand offers its varieties of flavours and proteins so you have plenty to choose from to make your pet happy. With pet food, it’s more than just taste that you need to consider. Your pet’s lifestyle, breed, age, allergies, and other specific characteristics guide their nutritional requirements. For instance:
Pups have very high energy lifestyles and need the fuel to sustain their level of physical activity. They also have a lot of growth and development at this stage and need the right levels of different nutrients for optimal growth. Large breed pups may need vitamins and minerals to support bone growth and so on. Therefore a balanced Puppy Food is highly recommended for puppies.
For Adult Dogs
Adult dogs will need to have their diets altered to suit their lifestyle. Working dogs like sniffer dogs or police dogs will need more fuel to support their activities while pet dogs who enjoy a more laidback routine may need fewer carbohydrates. Their diet will largely depend on their level of activity, breed, and life stage. If the diet does not match your dog’s specific needs, it may result in your pet gaining weight or being underweight or otherwise developing easily preventable conditions.
For Senior Dogs
Senior dogs need a little more care all round. Just as people do as they age, senior pets also may slow down a little, change up their lifestyle, and show signs of age-related conditions. Their diet needs to account for these changes. It is best to speak to a canine nutritionist to get the right diet for your pet.
Senior pets may enjoy dry food better when it is soaked for a few minutes in warm water. This makes it softer and easier to eat. It also makes it smell more tempting for your pet.
We have a wide variety of options available in our best dog food in India from Top Dog Food Brands to cater to all of these different requirements. From Indian and international brands, there is something that will work for every doggie. You can choose from different pack sizes and remember, each variety comes with its feeding guidelines so it’s highly recommended to check this before you feed your pet.
Breed Specific Diets For Dogs
Different breeds of dogs grow at different speeds, indulge in different types of activities and have different nutritional requirements that go beyond portion size. In some cases, the jaw structure is also taken into account – for instance, pugs have a harder time picking up regular kibble.
In the same way, large breeds like Golden Retrievers and Great Danes need specific calcium intake to suit the growth of their bones and joints. Adding too much calcium to their diet at a young age can cause joint issues. These are some of the reasons why it is important to take into account your pet’s breed when putting together his or her diet.
Some breeds are prone to specific conditions like gluten allergies and this needs to be accounted for as well. If you are formulating a diet for your pet with the help of a vet or a canine nutritionist, he or she will take your pet’s breed and individual needs into account.
Remember that as your pet grows from puppyhood to adolescence, adulthood and so on, the diet you feed them will need to be altered. Each transition must be done gradually and with the help of a certified professional so your pet gets the nutrients he or she needs at that specific life stage without upsetting their tummies.
Feeding Guidelines for Dogs
Every bag of food will have a table or chart with recommended feeding guidelines for different breeds and ages. This takes into account the nutritional values of the kibble as well as the age, weight and lifestyle of your pet. These charts may differ between brands and you should check it when you switch your pet’s food.
If you underfeed your dog, then your pet is not receiving the nutrients he or she needs to thrive. And overfeeding your pet can lead to obesity which brings with it, a host of other health issues. Obesity can be especially difficult for senior dogs, those breeds that are prone to hip dysplasia and joint conditions.
It is recommended that you do not guesstimate when it comes to the portion size of your pet’s daily meals but use a kitchen weighing scale or a measuring cup while serving your pet.
Measure out treats as well
It is just as important to keep a tab on the number of treats you give your dog. As a thumb rule, the treats you give your pet shouldn’t be more than 10% of his or her daily calorie requirement. Giving your pet too many treats will not only reduce the value your pet attaches to the treat as a reward but it is also a way of overfeeding your pet. In the long run, this will take a toll on his or her health.
Dogs love to interact and bond with their humans so if you want to shower your pet with love, rather than giving them treat after treat, spend time playing with them.
Common Questions on Doggy Diets with Answers
What is the best diet for my dog?
Honestly, this is unique to each dog and can differ even between two dogs in the same household. There are a few essential food groups like protein to include in your pet’s diet. But the proportions and ratios that you feed your dog will have to be set by taking into account a variety of factors as stated above.
If you are feeding your pet kibble, try to invest in high-quality food made with human-grade ingredients. Some of the options may even have the approval of American Feed Control Officials. This should ensure kibble of a better quality that foregoes filler ingredients like sweet potato.
Besides age, your dog may have specific food allergies that need to also be taken into account. These allergies could develop over time even if your pet is not born with them, so it’s important to keep an eye out for these reactions.
If you have chosen to keep your dog on a home-cooked diet, the main thing to watch out for is giving your pet a nutritionally balanced diet. Remember to take the advice of a canine nutritionist or a vet for this. For convenience, you could also supplement home-cooked doggy meals with good quality kibble.
How can I get my dog to slow down when eating?
Eating meals too fast is not breed-specific but it is commonly seen with pugs, labs and retrievers. Gobbling down meals can result in pets throwing up minutes after, leaving their tummies empty and increasing the risk for acidity. A more dangerous outcome is a condition called bloat which is also linked to gobbling down food.
To slow your pet down, you could try serving them in slow-feeders. These bowls are shaped with maze-like designs in the centre that food settles in. Your dog will be forced to pause between mouthfuls to fish out the food from these gaps. This automatically slows them down.
Stuffing their meal in a KONG toy is another way of slowing them down. This also provides mental stimulation by turning dinner into a brain teaser!
What is the difference between grain free dog food and gluten free dog food?
Gluten is a component that some grains contain and some dogs have an allergy to this gluten. Dogs who are gluten intolerant (allergic to gluten) should not be fed foods that contain gluten. Kibble that is labelled ‘gluten-free’ will not have grains that contain gluten.
However, this doesn’t mean that they are completely devoid of grains. If you check the ingredient label, you may see that the kibble contains other grains. But any bag of kibble or treats that are marked ‘grain-free’ will not contain any grains at all.
Why is my dog disinterested in his food?
Sometimes dogs don’t eat if they are unwell, stressed, have dental issues or if their tummies are a bit upset. So check for these first and take them to the vet if required. If your dog health appears fine but still uninterested in his food then, maybe he or she would like a change. Some dogs tend to bore of eating the same food every day (just as any person would).
You could try mixing in a little bit of a different kibble, add in gravy or even some meat broth. Sprinkling our meat-based food topper on the food is also helpful. A senior dog’s sense of smell tends to be a bit weaker and this could be a factor as well. Soak the kibble in warm water so the aroma becomes stronger and more enticing for your senior dog.
How do I choose the right treats for my dog?
The sheer variety of treats available for dogs can be dizzying. Dogs tend to enjoy all treats even those that are fortified with preservatives and have artificial flavours added. However, since treats are an important part of your pet’s diet, it is important to choose those that are most nutritious for your pet.
As you would with kibble, look at the ingredient label. Those treats made with limited ingredients and that are high in meat content are ideal. Opt for those that are devoid of preservatives and artificial flavours.
Treats that use natural methods of preservation like dehydration are those that are minimally processed and best for your pet. These will allow the natural flavours of the meat ingredient to shine through so your pet will be naturally drawn to them.
Every time I feed my dog a new type of food, his tummy gets upset. Is something wrong?
All tummies take a little time to adjust to new kinds of food. Changing your dog’s food suddenly is probably causing it to get upset. To change your pet’s food, gradually replace 25% of the current food portion with the new food and see how your pet’s tummy reacts. If all is well, then gradually increase the portion of the new food in 25% increments, keeping a close watch on your pet’s reaction to it.
In most cases, this gradual change in food works well. If your pet does not take to the new food even when introduced gradually, it is best to stop the new food and consult a vet immediately.
Why has the kibble I bought gone bad?
Many pet parents buy large bags of doggie food as it proves to be more economical and convenient. However, it is important to store this kibble safely. Ideally, kibble should be stored in air-tight containers, away from direct sunlight and dampness.
Remember to take daily portions out with dry hands or cups. Once you’ve taken the required amount out, reseal the container securely.
You can also store the kibble from one big bag in two smaller air-tight containers for convenience. Check on both periodically so you can be sure that they are fresh.
What can I do to make meals better for my senior dog?
Senior dogs may be showing nutritional deficiencies and you should have them checked at the vet at least once a year to identify these. Nutritional deficiencies can be addressed via diet changes or supplements.
Senior dogs appreciate warm, soft food so you could add some warm broth, gravy or water to make meals more enjoyable. Seniors may also have dental issues that make it difficult for them to chew hard kibble. Soaking it in warm water for a few minutes beforehand will soften then kibble and make the meal easier to eat.