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Dogs and Divas Dog Food

Grain-Free Dog Food History

Long before dog food was scooped from a bag into personalized doggie dishes, canines would hunt and capture raw, protein-rich meals. After all, you don’t see wolves grazing peacefully in a field of flowers. Just like the theory behind the Paleo Diet for humans, protein-based, grain-free dog foods more closely mimics a canine’s natural or “ancestral” diet as a carnivore. However, with the introduction of mass-produced dog kibble around World War II, inexpensive fillers like corn, wheat and barley were added to dog food to create bulk and keep costs down. Today, most commercial dog foods still list corn or wheat as one of the main ingredients.

But while dogs have evolved from wild animals to Internet celebrities, the canine digestive system is still pretty primitive. Dogs have little natural digestive support for breaking down and metabolizing complex carbohydrates and cereal grains. These difficult-to-digest fibers and grains remain undigested, with the body relying mainly on fermentation to break them down. Over a long period of time, this can damage the lining of the digestive system, resulting in bowel inflammation disorders, food sensitivities, food allergies, leaky gut and obesity.

Does My Dog Have a Food Allergy?

If your pup is presenting these symptoms, talk to your vet. A food allergy could be to blame:

Excessive flatulence
Loose stool/diarrhea
Rash and skin irritations
Chronic licking, chewing or biting to relieve itch
Frequent ear infections

Breeds at Higher Risk for Food Allergies

Some studies also show that the following dog breeds may have a larger chance of developing food allergies:

Chinese Shar-Pei
Cocker Spaniel
Lhasa Apso
Miniature Schnauzer
Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier
Springer Spaniel
West Highland White Terrier

What Are the Benefits of Grain-Free Dog Food?

Most vets today recommend that carbohydrates and grains make up a small portion of a dog’s diet (according to Dogster: 50% vegetables/40% meat protein/10% grains). Many grain-free dog foods (especially the moist and freeze-dried grain-free dog foods) contain more protein and animal fats and fewer carbohydrates than their grain-based counterparts and are therefore more easily digested.

Other benefits include:

Helps keep dogs fuller longer resulting in eating less frequently (good news because grain-free/high-protein foods can be more expensive)
May reduce canine food allergies
More energy
Fewer and smaller stools
Healthier skin
Shinier coat
Less shedding
Better breath
Reduced flatulence

Is Grain-Free Food Right for My Dog?

If your dog is perfectly happy and healthy, then you may not need to make any dietary changes. A good rule of “paw”: always consult your vet before making any major changes to your pet’s diet.

In the meantime, check out the ingredients label on your dog’s food or the brand’s website. If they list corn, wheat or soy as the first ingredients, you may consider gradually switching to a formula the features protein (usually chicken) as one of the main ingredients.

Tips for Going Grain-Free

If you decide to switch your dog from grain-based dog food to grain-free, don’t go cold turkey. Slowly introduce grain-free and higher protein dog food by mixing it in a little at a time. By gradually increasing amounts over the course of a few weeks, you allow your dog’s digestive system to adjust. During the switch, keep an eye on your pup’s stool to make sure they’re not constipated or suffering from diarrhea.

If you see any major concerns during the switch (hair loss, itching, lack of interest in eating or drinking water, etc.), contact your vet for next steps.

Read the Label: Low-Carb Misconceptions

One misconception is that grain free dog food is also low-carb. However, vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, green peas and tapioca often replace the grains in grain-free dog foods, especially in kibble foods, making them as high or higher in carbohydrates than grain-based dog foods. And, as mentioned above, vegetables are healthy for your pet and should make up almost half of their diet.

What About Puppies?

Diets high in protein can be damaging to puppies’ kidneys. Note that some grain-free dog food brands only recommend their food for adult dogs, while other brands have formulas for all life stages and dietary needs. Ask your vet to find out what would be best for your puppy.

Alternative Grain Formulas

A healthier alternative on the grain-based dog food spectrum to consider is “single whole grain” formulas. Some dogs with food sensitivities and allergies do well on single-grain dog foods.

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Protein is found in a wide variety of food such as meats and eggs. It is an important part of a cat and dog’s diet,
however it is especially important for cats as they are obligate carnivores and therefore naturally have a
higher protein requirement than dogs.

Why is protein so important?
Protein is needed to form new skin cells, grow hair, build muscle tissue, and more. It also assists in creating hormones and enzymes that are needed for functions within the body, provides energy and ensures the immune system stays strong.

Canine’s and feline’s bodies can’t store protein like they can with fat and other nutrients, so this means that it has to be supplied in their daily diet. Protein needs can vary, especially between different life stages, for example kittens and puppies require a high protein diet to meet their body’s demands during growth and development.

This means it is important that pet food has sufficient amounts of protein. However, a high percentage of protein doesn’t always mean that cats and dogs are getting better quality food as this can depend on how digestible the proteins within the recipe are.

Our food of freshly prepared meats are gently cooked at 90 degrees Celsius. This gentle cooking process protects the nutrients therefore allowing the pet to have optimal nutrient bio-availability. Gently cooking the food means nutrients, such as proteins, stay intact rather than them being denatured when subject to extremely high cooking temperatures. This means more proteins are readily available and can be easily digested resulting in less waste.

Why Grain Free?

Grain Free High Meat Dog Food available from either Dogs and Divas sites or we can deliver to our daycare clients for free .
We can deliver for a £2 charge within a 5 mile radius of Dogs and Divas going up by £1 a mile if further than 5 miles.
Please call 07379340280 to place an order.

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Terms and conditions for daycare, dog walkers, grooming, local dog sitters.

All dogs that come to daycare must first attend a free half day assessment to check they are suitable. If you dog comes to us from a puppy or has been well socialised it should not be a problem passing his/her temperament test however some dogs simply don't suit daycare and will not enjoy being part of such a big group. if this is the case we will have to refuse your dog to attend daycare but may be able to offer dog walking instead.

Also  all dogs that are to attend dog daycare must receive the Bordatella (kennel cough) vaccination before attending daycare.

Please understand that if your dog is vaccinated for Bordatella (kennel cough) there is still a chance your dog may contract this condition from sources outside of Dogs and Divas. You shall not hold Dogs and Divas responsible in any way should such infection or similar be contracted by  your dog.

You must notify Dogs and Divas of any infection and/or contagious disease that my dog has been exposed to or infected by. Such conditions include but are not limited to, Distemper, Hepatitis, Bordatella, Parvovirus, Corona Virus, Worms, Lyme disease, Pregnancy, Infectious Skin disease and Intestinal Parasites. 

We promise to keep the health and safety of the dogs my number one priority at Dogs and Divas.
Our moto is to love and care for each and every animal just like we would want someone to take care of ours!

Dogs and Divas

We promise to keep the health and safety of the dogs my number one priority at Dogs and Divas.
Our moto is to love and care for each and every animal just like we would want someone to take care of ours!

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Consider the source.
For those looking for a new dog: be sure to source your new puppy only from a responsible breeder such as those recommended by the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders Scheme or consider a dog of any age from a reputable rescue organisation such as the Blue Cross . There are hundreds of loveable dogs of all ages in shelters just waiting for a forever home of their own – check your options carefully before you choose your next 4-legged family member!

Get your dog a degree!
Well-trained and properly socialised pets make better companions, pure and simple. There is a wide range of organisations offering training and socialisation classes for dogs, so be sure your dog gets an advanced education! Even an old dog can learn new tricks. With the right knowledge under his belt, your dog will be a better-behaved best friend in all kinds of situations. Being able to rely on your dog’s appropriate behaviour will make every interaction more fun for both of you. Contact your local dog club for a full list of obedience classes.

Act in an emergency.
Hopefully you’ll never need to put it into practice, but it’s vital to know first aid for dogs in case of accident or sudden illness. Ask us for recommendation or try a simple search with the keywords “first aid for dogs” or “pet first aid”. You’ll also find dozens of books and apps on canine first aid. It’s essential to get your dog to a vet at once if an emergency occurs – nothing can take the place of prompt hands-on professional care from a qualified and experienced veterinary surgeon. Also, it’s important to have a plan in place for your dog’s care in case you are ill or otherwise unable to care for him temporarily. Enlist a trusted friend to act as an emergency carer for your dog.

To neuter or not to neuter?
If you aren’t planning to breed your dog then it’s time to speak with your vet about whether or not neutering is right for your dog. Consider all sides of the issue carefully and choose what’s right for your individual pet. Animal shelters are often bursting at the seams with unwanted pets awaiting loving forever homes, so if you choose not to spay or neuter your dog you’ll need to be extra vigilant about not contributing to the number of unplanned litters already born each year.

Keep moving! 
Keeping your dog active will not only keep him entertained and exercised – and less likely to act up – it also helps the two of you form a much stronger bond. Your dog will relish the attention, and you’ll both keep fit, too! Feel free to try a variety of games and dog-friendly sports to keep you both entertained – maybe even something out of the ordinary like bikejoring, French Ring Sport, lure coursing, carting, or Treibball. Always play it safe: use safe well-fitting equipment (especially for activities involving speed or pulling extra weight, such as carting or drafting) and consult your vet before starting anything strenuous.

Feed the right food. 
Consider your dog’s age, lifestyle, breed and general activity level carefully before choosing his food. Large and small breed puppies have different needs when it comes to growing up and growing old – be sure to support your dog’s individual needs properly throughout his life by giving him the precise nutrition he needs at each stage.

Watch his waistline.
Helping your dog to avoid getting fat – or even a bit chubby – is one of the best things you can do to support his overall physical and emotional health. Overweight or obese dogs can have a shorter lifespan than their healthy weight pals, and they often have a reduced quality of life as well. Keeping your dog at his ideal weight will help him stay active and healthy longer, and will help him better participate in fun family time with you. If your dog has already packed on some extra padding, help him shed it with a nutritious food aimed at weight reduction.

There are many ways to be a responsible dog owner, and these are just a few examples of savvy, responsible pet parenting.

2kg Chicken & rice £8
Lamb £10
Chicken & sweet potato is £10
Puppy chicken is £10
Lamb & rice is £10
Venison is £10.50
6kg Angus Beef is £25.00
12kg £40
Dental treats £2.50
Poultry treats £2.50

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