Health and Wellbeing

Indie Shares Her Story of Finding The Best Dog Food For Her Skin

Finding A Cure for Indie

It took Indie 3 attempts to find her forever home. She was adopted from Dogs Trust by Natasha and her husband Alan and by all accounts had encountered a rough experience up until this point. However, it soon became apparent that Indie was experiencing irritations in her mouth. Indie was constantly clawing and scratching at her face.

Visits to the Vet

Initially when Natasha and Alan took Indie to the vet, she was diagnosed as suffering from a bit of dry skin. They were advised to treat with fish oil. This was trialled for a month, but there was no change to Indie’s condition. Her mouth irritations were now looking more like dermatitis in the skin folds of her mouth. She was then prescribed with antibiotics, steroid cream, and more antibiotics.

With no avail, Natasha & Alan were advised that they may need to carry out an operation on Indie. The vet proposed to cut into the skin folds of her mouth. In order to prevent any food being trapped and perhaps causing the problem.

Chance Opportunity to Find a Solution

It was when Natasha commented on a friend’s Instagram post that she started to hear about LeanDog, complete, grain free dog food and it’s nutritional benefits.

Prior to starting Indie on a trial of LeanDog GUSTO she was experiencing red pimples on her chin and sores in her mouth. Resulting in her scratching her mouth so much that it started to bleed. Natasha and Alan decided to keep a diary and monitor her progress. They certainly didn’t want to be putting Indie under any further stress with operations as suggested, but were desperate to find the root cause of her symptoms to prevent any further suffering.

Initially Indie was integrated on LeanDog GUSTO over a period of seven days with her original food. It can take up to 8 weeks for food elements to be clear from a dog’s digestive system, so after a week of fully being fed LeanDog, Natasha was delighted that Indie had started to reduce the amount of scratching and the sores in her mouth were reducing.

Indie’s Gain’s and Progress

Through switching Indie’s diet to LeanDog the outcome has been remarkable. She has greatly benefited from the fresh ingredients that are used.  In addition each of the LeanDog Recipes contain no grain, wheat, wheat gluten, soya, beef or dairy making it perfect for dogs with sensitivities.  Not only that you will never see any added artificial colours, flavours or preservatives in any of the LeanDog food.

Indie has now been enjoying LeanDog GUSTO made with fresh salmon and trout for over 2 months and her mouth sores and irritation have cleared up.  Her coat is glossy and she is relaxed and settled in her forever home with Natasha and Alan.  So much so she has even been enjoying some canicross adventures with Natasha, building stamina and motivation.

Thank you to Natasha and Alan for sharing your story of Indie’s experience.  We wish you all the best for the future and to many happy adventures together.

Roz 🙂

A healthy dog is a happy dog, try your dog on LeanDog and see the difference!

Healthy dog food benefits

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

Benefits to walking your dog

We all know those moments: your trusty hound stands at the door, lead in their teeth, ready to go!  But the rain is battering the windows and the trees are bent double in the wind. 

At times, walking the dog can seem like a bit of a chore. But, here at LeanDog, we want our food to make a positive contribution to your dog’s energy levels and well-being. Making sure they’re always ready for the next adventure – whatever the weather!

So, what are the benefits of being active with your dog?

You and your beloved pet can share the benefits of dog walks, they are much more than a daily task!

Going for walks helps to eliminate stress from your life—and the same applies for your dog. For instance, combining various routes to your dog’s weekly walking activities is a great way to encouraging them to develop a healthy lifestyle and happy mindset.

You can both experience so many great benefits to walking, here are just a few:

Health & Wellbeing

• Both your health and wellbeing will benefit. Walking is great for your heart, circulation and strengthening muscles and joints

Social Aspect

• For you there is the social aspect of walking your dog, giving you the chance to meet with like minded people walking their dogs, exploring new sights and surroundings together.

Weight Management

• Walking is great for you both to manage your body weight. Regular exercise combined with a healthy diet, helps to maintain a healthy weight for your dog.

So, next time your LeanDog is ready to leap boldly into a swirl of rain, their muscles full of grain-free, protein-led energy, remember that they’re doing you a favour – and leap boldly after them!  Our Food

Keeping Your Dog’s Weight Healthy

Reports indicate that between 30-60% of dogs are overweight (Source)  Its becoming more and more important that dog owners should be taking further measures to ensure their dog is as healthy as possible.

Controlling Your Dog’s Weight

As with humans, obesity in dogs is linked to numerous health issues and complications.  Such as diabetes, heart/lung problems, liver disease and a reduced lifespan.

There are so many factors which contribute to a dog’s weight. Including the amount of food  they eat and the amount of exercise they get, their age, health and even genetics.

Dogs don’t have to be overweight to be considered unhealthy.  Underweight dogs are just as much at risk from health complications.

How Much Should I Feed My Dog

Calculate your dog’s feeding requirements, to ensure you know how much to feed them. There are plenty of calculators online which take into account the breed, age, height and current weight of your dog.

However it’s important to remember that just because two dogs are the same breed, age etc this doesn’t mean they will eat the same amount with the same outcomes.

Dog Feeding Guide

  • Start by referring to your dog food feeding guidelines on packaging. Alternatively visit your chosen LeanDog recipe on the website for feeding guidelines.  Our Food
  • Find out your dog’s weight, this can be checked with your vet or by standing on scales with your dog at home.
  • By measure your dog food out with weighing scales initially, you are less likely to over/under feed.
  • Once the daily feeding amount is established, you can divide it into as many meals as suits. Between 1-3 being the most common.
  • When your dog is settled on the food, keep an eye on their weight. This will give an indication whether they are being fed the correct amount.
  • At this point you can adjust the feeding amount accordingly.

Dogs Struggling with Weight Gain

Is your dog struggling with weight gain, or does he have a lower activity level? Then our light recipe SPRIGHT is a great option to assist your dog.  SPRIGHT is 15% lower in fat than our other adult recipes. This is achieved by using Trout, a low-fat protein.  So your dog will still benefit from a premium quality product. Feeding your dog SPRIGHT means that their bowl still looks just as full. However as there are fewer calories, there is no guilt of having to feed less.

This recipe also contains the amino acid L-Carntine, which promotes lean muscle development. In addition your dog will further benefit from this recipe as it is formulated to support cartilage for healthy joints in overweight dogs.

Find out more about SPRIGHT Freshly Prepared Trout

Should I Feed My Dog Treats?

Our dogs are our family and feeding them is just one way of showing we love them. However those extra calories from tidbits and left overs really do start to stack up.

LeanDog recipes each contain a high level of quality protein. This is essential in your dog’s diet as it plays an important role in helping to maintain a healthy weight.

Each recipe is complete and nutritionally balanced. Which means that they contain everything your dog needs to maintain great health and well being.

So it’s important to remember that adding treats on top of this can lead to over feeding and weight gain.  As a result their daily portions may need to be reduced slightly to account for this. Exercise is also vital for helping to maintain a healthy weight and prevent serious health issues later in life.

Helping Your Dog Stay Active

Exercising your dog is equally important to their diet, in maintaining their weight.  By burning calories your dog is working to becoming healthy.

Your dog will benefit from at least 30-60 minutes exercise per day, to reach their healthy weight. Certain breeds and young dogs may require considerably more.

If your dog is not used to a lot of exercise, it is important to build it up gradually.

Conclusion

Once you have achieved your dog’s ideal weight, you can gradually increase the feeding amount or treats.  However it will be necessary to constantly review your dog’s weight and feeding amounts, ensuring the ideal weight is maintained.  LeanDog supports you in helping your dog become the best version of your best friend.

SPRIGHT Freshly Prepared Trout

Feeding Dogs Human Food – Is It A Good Idea?

In the UK, it is estimated that 25% of households who own a pet, are dog owners. That is 9 million dogs in the UK!  Source

Now, if you were to ask any of these dog owners whether they’ve ever fed their dog any form of human food, the answer would surely be yes.  But what are the potential consequences of this?

We are becoming more and more health conscious and more aware of the foods we are consuming. Preferring natural, organic foods over processed junk foods.

Are you aware of the hazards of human foods to dogs?

Certain human foods are absolutely fine for dogs to eat in moderation, such as lightly cooked or raw vegetables, such as carrots. However many are bad and potentially dangerous to dogs.

You will have heard stories of dogs raiding the chocolate eggs at Easter.  Do you know just how bad chocolate is for dogs?

Chocolate can be fatal in dogs.

Chocolate that is intended for human consumption contains substances called methylxanthines. These act as stimulants to our pets. The darker the chocolate, the more methylxanthines it contains.  Symptoms that can occur include:

Vomiting

Diarrhea

High heart rate

Muscle tremors

Seizures

There are plenty of doggy friendly alternatives available that you can treat your dog with.

My dog ate grapes!

Grapes and raisins are highly toxic to dogs.  The grape and raisin toxicity can cause dogs to suddenly  develop kidney failure (acute renal failure).

Although people have traditionally used raisins and grapes as treats for their dogs, just a few can make a dog ill. The consumption of grapes and raisins presents a potential health threat to dogs.  So please keep them out of harms way!

Other food types to keep away from your dog.

Keep your dog away from onions or garlic in homemade diets or treats, raw or cooked. Both contain disulphide, which when eaten by a dog can cause Heinz body anaemia. Preventing them from carrying adequate oxygen to where it is needed in the body.

Macadamia nuts have been known to cause severe mobility issues in dogs, even in small portions of up to as few as 6 nuts. Although these symptoms seem to be temporary, they include muscle pain, muscle tremors and even paralysis.

If you think your coffee fix in the morning affects you, wait until you hear what happens to dogs. Dogs are much more sensitive to caffeine than humans.  While a few drops of it wont harm them, a substantial amount will lead to significant damage.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, your dog is a part of your family and it’s difficult to be entirely strict with their diet, but keep an eye on what you’re feeding them.

LeanDog kibble can easily be used as treats by reducing the amount of their daily meal accordingly.

You’re never going to be able to completely stop your dog eating human food, however doing some research and finding out which foods are healthy will definitely benefit both you and your dog!

Seek advice from your Vet if you have any concerns about your dog eating something it shouldn’t have.

Healthy dog food benefits

Myth Busting – Kibble

Like with all diets, human and dogs alike, kibble food has it’s doubters and haters.  However with over 90% of dog owners feeding their dogs kibble, is it really as bad as haters think?

Kibble Convenience

Kibble is most definitely the diet of convenience for dog owners. With no preparation and minimal storage requirements, its perfect for those with no time to prepare a meal for themselves, let alone their dogs.

Taking your dog away for the weekend? That’s fine, just remember a bag of kibble.

Got someone dog sitting for the night? Just tell them where the kibble is kept and how much to give, no fuss.

It’s so much more convenient than having to defrost raw food.

The problem most people have with kibble is that they believe it’s cheap and nasty – but this is 100% not the case!

All dog food has to meet standards set by the Pet Food Manufacturing Association (PMFA), which ensure dogs are given the exact nutrition and amount of calories that they need to live a healthy and happy life.

Kibble Benefits

Like with all food, some brands of kibble may contain better ingredients than others.  Again like with all food, often you do get what you pay for. Cheaper options often contain more soy products rather than meat products and no one is arguing in favour of this – dogs are carnivores; they need meat in their diet.

However, if you’re providing your dog with good quality kibble with no adverse health problems, what’s the problem?

Like humans, dogs have preferences and some are just outright fussy.  However some do have certain dietary needs and many do suffer from allergies. If you feel your dog is experiencing some symptoms from it’s food, kibble or not, then visit your vet for advice.

Kibble Variety

Many brands of kibble cater for dogs with multiple different allergies, excluding sugar, soya, wheat, salt and so many other allergens from their mixes.

Different formulas of kibble are available based on your dog’s size, age and even lifestyle. However kibble is the preferred choice for those with an active lifestyle.

LeanDog offer your dog four premium quality kibble recipes to choose from. Each grain free and hypoallergenic. Meaning each dog food recipe is without grain, wheat, wheat gluten, soya, dairy and beef:

SPRIGHT Freshly Prepared Trout light recipe, reduced calories for weight control

GUSTO Freshly Prepared Salmon adult, multiple protein recipe, rich in omega 3 & 6

VIGOUR Freshly Prepared Turkey adult, single protein recipe, rich in essential amino acids

MIGHTY Freshly Prepared Chicken puppy recipe, packed with great source of vitamins & minerals

Conclusion

All forms of dog food have their pros and cons and no one has the right to tell you what or how you should feed your dog, as long as your dog is healthy then it’s down to you to choose your preferred diet.

Your dog’s healthy and happiness is important to us as much as it is to you.

What do you feed your dog? Is it time for a change?     Try LeanDog for Free

Wellbeing dog food – how LeanDog can help

We understand that your dog is more than just a pet, they’re a member of your family. 

Therefore deserving of the same care you take when planning your own diet. Your dog’s food impacts on every aspect of their well-being, from mood and skin-condition to digestion and breath odour.

So, how can LeanDog recipes promote wellness in your dog?

The finest ingredients are selected, ensuring the most positive impact on your dog’s health.  Every bag of LeanDog premium dog food contains a minimum of 50% delicious poultry or fish protein.

For instance VIGOUR recipe contains freshly prepared turkey. Not only is this lean poultry an excellent source of high-quality protein, it is highly digestible and contains essential amino acids.  Aiding tissue growth and repair.  This is not the only contribution it can make to your pet’s wellness!

We’ve designed this single-protein-source recipe to help reduce the risk of digestive upsets in sensitive dogs. By ensuring it is grain-free and hypoallergenic (made without wheat, wheat gluten, soya, dairy, or beef).  Resulting in smaller, healthier stools and reduced wind (a blessing the whole house can share!)

VIGOUR also contains added Omega 3 to help deliver essential fatty acids to promote skin and coat conditioning, alongside cognitive and visual development. Each recipe is veterinary approved ensuring your dog will be the best version of your best friend.

Supporting your dog’s digestive system

Adequate fibre content in all our food, ensures healthy digestion.  This is so important for your dog’s health. As an essential component of a healthy, balanced diet.

Fibre helps support the digestive system’s steady absorption of nutrients.  Furthermore it promotes the function of healthy micro-organisms living in the gut. In short, fibre keeps your pet’s tummy healthy and  happy!

And once we’ve made sure every LeanDog recipe is full of health-promoting ingredients and fibre, we cook it slowly.

Why does the cooking process matter?

Our gentle cooking process protects the ingredients’ nutrient content.  Otherwise it would be denatured and eroded by higher temperatures. Resulting in proteins stay intact for easy digestion, producing less waste and increased bio-availability.

Bio-availability is the proportion of nutrients absorbed and used by the body.

These nutrients are then used by the relevant tissues to maintain and carry out healthy functions of the canine anatomy.

Conclusion

So, a high-quality, highly-digestible premium dog food means more nutrients are available for the body to absorb. This allowing every bodily function to perform as effectively as possible. When that happens, your four legged friend has all the strength, energy and confidence they need to join you on your next adventure!

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