Dr. Lovdog experts interview - subject of nutrition

At Lovdog, we love dogs. That is why we have made it our business to support you and your dog with words and deeds. Perhaps you are asking yourself: “And what should the whole thing look like?” We have thought about the following - Dr. Lovdog our question and answer format with experts on everything to do with dogs. We give you the chance to ask your questions via social media and our experts answer them with all their knowledge.

This week we introduce you to our feed experts. Daniela Künzli and Mario Mattes are proud owners of the futterkisterl-tirol.at. Together they have made it their business to pass on healthy dog nutrition to two- and four-legged friends.
Allergies do not arise overnight, but only when the "barrel" is overflowing. " That's why you can find more about healthy dog nutrition here. 

1. Which fruits and vegetables can dogs tolerate?

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Dogs can tolerate fruits and vegetables. You can feed your dog berries, apples, but also bananas. Dogs also particularly like fruit because it tastes sweet. However, you have to be careful, as fruit has a fructose content. Just don't take too much of it and your dog will stay slim and healthy.
Zucchini, carrots, lettuce and spinach are very easy to digest; they can be fed raw, finely grated or lightly steamed. Steaming preserves the vitamins that are important for your dog.

2. What about eggs?

Chicken eggs are safe for dogs. Raw or cooked. They contain many nutrients that your dog needs. For example, the amino acids in the eggs support positive cell formation and the fatty acids give the dog's coat more shine. If you want to give your dog raw eggs, just make sure that you are feeding the yolks and whites. It is best to chop up the eggshells and add them to the food at the same time, so your four-legged friend receives an extra portion of calcium in the food bowl. 😊

3. What foods are good for the dogs?

Your dog is a predator. As you know, your dog is descended from the wolf. Dogs are not pure carnivores, but omnivores. Appropriate dog nutrition should replace prey for your animal. This means that the main part should be meat, you can refine this with vegetables, fruit and oil. Pseudograins such as millet, quinoa and buckwheat are welcome to add to the feed ration. The most important thing is to provide the dog with food that is well provided with the nutrients it needs.

4. What is a dog not allowed to eat?

Under no circumstances should your dog eat tomatoes, chocolate, onions, green peppers and grapes. When it comes to nutrition, however, you should also be careful with grain, because the dog can digest grain, but does not use it well and with too much grain there is a risk of overweight. Always pay attention to pasta, bread, rolls etc. and feed them in moderation, because they can also trigger very severe intolerances.

5. How much can my dog eat? In other words, how many grams of food per day?

The amount of food varies between dogs. In the case of dry food, the amount is usually stated on the packaging. We recommend observing your dog, as these are only approximate and your dog's food needs can change depending on the level of activity.

For barf and wet food:
Puppies: approx. 5% - 8% of the body weight
Young dogs: approx. 5% - 6% of body weight
Adults: approx. 3% - 4% of body weight
Seniors: approx. 2% - 3% of body weight

6. What do dogs need to eat? What is the Best Diet for Dogs?

As already mentioned, your dog is descended from the wolf and is therefore one of the predators. In the case of a species-appropriate dog nutrition, the main part should be meat, then vegetables and fruit. The dog's stomach cannot process grain as well and that is the problem with industrially produced dog food. Dog food manufacturers are adding more and more grain to their products for cost reasons.

The counterpart to industrial dog food is barfen. This is a method very similar to feeding the wolf. You mainly feed raw meat, vegetables and fruit.
To explain: the dog's stomach simply uses barps better.
We don't want to tell you what to do. You and your dog are a team and even if barefing is healthy for your dog, it is expensive and time-consuming. We can say that there are very good alternatives to barf in the wet food sector.

7. Is pork good for dogs?

We do not recommend raw pork for dogs. The reason is a herpes virus that can breed in pigs. For relief, we can say that the virus dies if heated above 70 degrees Celsius. This means that cooked pork is safe for your dog.
But as I said before, you and your dog are a team. All options are open to you as long as it is not raw pork.

8. Which dry food do dogs like best?

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We cannot answer the question in general, because every dog is different. Your dog also has taste buds and tastes are known to be different 😉
If you want to feed dry food, please pay attention to the description on the package insert. It is important that the dry food does not contain too many additives.

9. When should dogs eat?

When you feed your four-legged friend is up to you. It is best to divide the feeding times so that they fit into your everyday life and you can keep to them regularly. Because your dog is a creature of habit. Most dogs eat morning and evening. There are also dogs that only eat once a day. All of this has its advantages and disadvantages.
Spreading the food several times a day has the advantage that the stomach is not too full and the risk of stomach twisting is reduced. However, some dog owners swear by feeding the dog only once a day. Since it works better with a hungry four-legged friend 😉 Just make sure that your dog gets enough rest after eating.

Link to blog article: The problem of gastric torsion

10. Is dry food good for the dog?

Dry food isn't bad for your dog. Experts differ on the question of dry food. We personally think that barps or wet food are the better options for dog feeding.

A hot tip at the end: If you are unsure about the diet of your beloved four-legged friend, you can contact specialist shops or your veterinarian. We all want our four-legged friends to walk long and healthy with us through the exciting everyday life.