The Dogs Dinner
For a giant breed of dog, it is essential to provide a complete balanced diet to enable the young joints and bones to grow evenly over time. We have tried many different kinds of foods and brands over the years and the food we give our dogs is extremely important to us, we have done much research in to which diet is best for them and for us.
Many complete dry foods contain many ingredients that dogs do not digest well and are not necessary in the daily diet of a carnivore. Dogs need meat in their diet, if a person is vegetarian or unable to prepare meat they should not contemplate having a dog, personal preferences cannot be applied to the diet of a dog.
From 2006 we have always incorporated raw food in to their diet but it wasn't until late 2011 that we decided to take the great leap on to the Barf diet.
We feed a combination of raw chicken, tripe, beef, rabbit and lamb, hearts, liver, chicken necks and chicken feet are also given. Vegetables and bones are given freely every day and our dogs can eat as much as they need. Some eat more, some eat less but they are never hungry.
We also feed all our dogs together with no problems, we don't get fighting over food as they are used to feeding like this from young puppies, even bones are given to them in a group.
Our puppies are also reared on the Barf diet and with great success however, we feel that this diet needs careful monitoring and not everyone has the time to feed total raw.
We also realise that not everyone is happy to feed raw and for this reason we also give our puppies a dry complete food so that owners have the rightful choice.
We have found that many people set out with the good intention to feed their puppy the best way, which is raw, but eventually, they will feed dry food for convenience. We have done the research in to what we feel is the next best option to raw.
We feed a German food called "Gentle". It is cold pressed and a completely different concept to any other dry kibble on the commercial market today. It is completely natural and is the next best thing to feeding a dog raw food..On price, it is about the same as a high quality kibble but with much better ingredients, a higher meat content, added vitamins and minerals and the company claim that it is free from animal experimentation.
We have monitered the health of our dogs for many years and we feel that overall, our dogs have all had very good health, good teeth, good coats, no skin problems, no sensitive stomachs, no hyper activity problems and all have healthy appetites. We put this down to the way that we have fed them, a balanced diet of various foods but with no dramatic changes. It is a well documented fact that it is not good to continually change a dog's diet.
For this reason, we recommend that our puppies are not changed on to any complete kibble other than Gentle for at least one full year. We always purchase a 15kg bag of Gentle for each puppy, which is kindly discounted by Gentle for our puppy owners to buy when they come to collect a puppy. We also provide some raw food and bones FOC.
For more information from Beate Rothon at Gentle.