Month: April 2019

LeanDog Feeding Guide for Puppies

LeanDog Puppy Food Benefits

Puppies have different nutrient requirements to adult dogs. For your puppy to grow into a healthy adult dog they require the correct balance of nutrients, from a premium quality puppy food. LeanDog puppy recipe is prepared to provide the daily requirement of nutrients needed to ensure a happy and healthy pup.  There is no need to supplement your puppy’s meal when feeding them LeanDog.

Responsibly Sourced Proteins

Highly digestible animal protein that is rich in amino acids for muscle growth and development.

Carbohydrates

Provide a good source of energy, also helps to aid digestion.  Sweet potatoes are high in fibre, which promotes a healthy digestive system and good stool formation.

Vitamins 

Including Vitamin A which is essential for growth and Vitamin D required for calcium absorption and normal bone development.

Minerals

Support the immune system, assist with healthy coat & skin, vital for bone and teeth development and growth.

Fats & Oils>Minerals

Added Omega 3 Supplement, which is an excellent source of EPA & DHA to support cognitive and visual development.

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LeanDog Feeding Guidelines

  • When you are switching to LeanDog recipe from another food source, it is important to gradually introduce the food. Ideally over a period for 2 weeks.
  • Please refer to the feeding guideline on the label of your food for daily amounts.
  • It is advisable to measure the food with kitchen weighing scales to ensure you are not over/under feeding.
  • Always ensure plenty of fresh water is available.
  • Puppy feeding guidelines are based on the expected adult weight of a puppy in order to provide a more accurate feeding recommendation.

* These guidelines should be adapted to take into account breed, age, temperament and the activity level of the puppy. When changing foods please introduce gradually over a period for 2 weeks.

How often should I feed my puppy?

A puppy’s stomach capacity is not large enough for a single meal to provide its daily requirement of nutrients. Therefore, it is recommended that young puppies should be fed at least three to four times a day.  To do this divide the recommended  daily feeding amount by three or four and provide at each meal time, during a 24 hour period.  Ideally you do not want to be feeding after 6.00 pm to allow your puppy time to digest his food and eliminate before going to his bed.

When your pup is four to five months old this can be reduced to twice a day.   At this point you can then continue at two meals a day throughout the adult years or move to a single meal.

As puppies are growing, they require more food.  However this requirement reduces when they reach their adult life stage and therefore, the amount reduces. If they continued to eat the same amount of food required for growth as they did through to adult life – they would be over fed and put on weight.

As much as we love to spoil our pups with treats, many are recommended for adult dogs.  These could account for them consuming too many calories and could alter the balance of their diet.

Frequently asked questions about feeding puppies

Q. Should I feed my puppy additional foods?

A. LeanDog is a complete, nutritional and balanced diet for your puppy and there is no requirement for you to feed them anything else.

Q. I have fed my puppy the recommended amount, but he is still hungry, should I feed him more?

A. It can be a temptation to feed your puppy more than the recommended guideline on the label of your food.  However, too much could either upset their tummy or result in them gaining too much weight in a short period of time. It is advisable to consult with your vet for advice if you are unsure.

Q. How do I know my puppy is fed enough?

A. Weighing your puppy regularly will help you to make sure that they are the correct weight for their size, breed and age. This can be done at home by yourself or ask your vet during check-ups.

Q. When should I start feeding my puppy adult food?

A. The LeanDog puppy recipe MIGHTY is suitable for your puppy for approximately one year.  This time frame can vary with the size and breed of your dog.  As small breeds reach maturity more quickly (around 10-12 months) whereas large and giant breeds mature more slowly around eighteen months to two years.

Puppy to adult food

It is important to remember to transition your puppy to adult food over a period of up to 14 days, to allow their digestive system plenty of time to adjust.

This is a straight forward process. First mix 80% puppy food with 20% adult food for the total daily feeding requirement. Gradually adjust the mix until you are feeding a combination of 50/50 at the midway point. Towards the end of the second week you should have a mix of 80% adult food and 20% puppy food.  Finally, when ready to feed 100% adult recipe, remember to check the recommended feeding guideline on the adult food label for the new daily feeding amount.

LeanDog adult range includes GUSTO     VIGOUR     SPRIGHT Light Recipe

Find our more information relating to our puppy recipe MIGHTY including full list of ingredients.

Read success stories from pet parents who have switched their pups to LeanDog

If you have any queries, please get in contact by emailing adventure@leandog.co.uk or consult with your Vet for advice.

Dog food for adventures

Martin and Hugo on the Beach

Sometimes, when life gets busy and hectic, our dogs can slip down the list of priorities. At LeanDog, we always try to remember why we got our dogs in the first place.  That special relationship, and that time together in the outdoors.

The right dog food, and the right activity, can help your relationship with your dog go from strength to strength.

Feeding your dog with a premium protein-rich, grain-free dog food has numerous associated health benefits.

Benefits of LeanDog

The bio-availability of our foods means an increased uptake of nutrients and minerals.  Essential for strong bones, clear eyes and healthy muscles.

Each of our recipes are grain-free and hypoallergenic, meaning they are easily digestible. Everything your pet needs to tackle the outdoors!

And once you’re out there, using that energy with shared activity will bring a whole host of knock-on benefits for you both!

As you clear your head, improving your concentration and lifting your mood, your dog also benefits from the mental stimulation.  Such as the environment and your interaction, helping to improve their mood and their well-being too.

Those leaps and sprints keep your animal’s weight down and encourage healthy bones and joints.  Burning off energy productively, with you, helps reduce behavioural problems, allowing you both to relax once you get home!

Conclusion

All LeanDog recipes are prepared to provide the complete balanced nourishment that your dog requires, easy to store, prepare and purchase with free delivery direct to your door.  Giving you time with the dog you love. Our Food

Healthy dog food benefits

Call of nature

Getting outside and keeping active, with longer, lighter days ahead, delivers immense benefit to you and your dog. Both mentally and physically!  Those walks are not just to answer the call of nature. They promote well-being and strengthen the bond between you and your pet!

To make sure they’ve got the energy they need for your adventures together, you need to give them the right food.

So, what benefits will LeanDog deliver for your dog?

Freshly Prepared Ingredients

Our grain-free, protein-led foods are gently cooked at a low heat and low pressure. This is central to our full-flavoured, highly nutritious recipe.   We use Freshly Prepared ingredients. This is the term we use to describe the human grade quality raw and fresh meats which are used in each of our recipes. High-pressure cooking would denature the nutrients in our freshly-prepared ingredients. Therefore we take our time with a unique cooking process.  This protects those essential nutrients. Providing your dog with a natural-smelling, delicious mealtime.

Therefore, the resultant increase in protein-led bio-availability can provide digestibility levels of 90%. Furthermore increasing the energy your dog gets from each mouthful and reducing wind.  A benefit the whole household can share!

Omega-3 Supplement included for your dog

Each of the LeanDog recipes have been formulated with an addition of Omega-3. Obtained from  high quality, responsibly sourced fish oils.  These fish oils, or fatty acids are an essential part of your dog’s diet.

Not only does Omega-3 assist with providing your dog with energy, furthermore it assists with keeping your dog healthy and happy by providing support to their immune system.

Reducing Inflammation & Skin Irritation

You may have heard of the terms EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) the fatty acids of Omega-3. The EPA is converted into anti- inflammatory components, which helps to manage inflammatory based problems such as joint, coat and bladder diseases.

Adding just 2.5% to 3.5% of premium fish oil to the diet yields substantial health benefits for both dogs and cats. DHA has a more structural role and is found in high concentrations in nerve tissue such as the brain and eyes. Puppies and kittens need EPA to feed their growing brains, while older pets benefit from DHA to support their aging brains. Source – Global Pets Community

Omega-3 fatty acids are especially helpful for dogs that suffer from inflammatory disorders. In addition to allergies and skin irritations.  With the inclusion of omega-3 in their food, they are assisted with controlling these types of canine skin disorders. Including aiding the effects of dry and flaky skin, leading to achieving a healthy, shiny coat.

The Benefits of Sweet Potato in Your Dog’s Diet

We use Sweet Potato as the source of carbohydrate in each of the LeanDog grain free recipes. But what are the benefits for your dog?

  • Your dog can rest assured, this safe and healthy carbohydrate is a great alternative to grains.
  • Sweet potato is packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your dog.
  • It’s naturally gluten free and low in fat.
  • Sweet potatoes are high in fibre, which promotes a healthy digestive system and healthy bowel movement.
  • Those with a sensitive digestive system can also benefit, as they are soothing on the stomach.
  • They are a complex carbohydrate with a lower glycemic index. In other words it releases it’s energy slowly throughout the day, keeping their stomach’s fuller for longer.
  • ” They are one of the best dietary sources of vitamin A, which promotes healthy skin, coat, eyes, nerves, and muscles in dogs. Vegetables with orange flesh contain beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A and a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent disease and infection. ” Source – PETMD

Final Thoughts

So, next time you’re planning an adventure with your dog, make sure you’ve given them the premium food they need to keep up.  Our Food

LeanDog – always read the label.

*This is for informational purposes only. Please see a vet if your pet shows any symptoms

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