Nutrition

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.

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

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

How much do you know about the food you give your dog?

Salmon, Sweet potato, asparagus and peas

More people than ever are leading active lives, fuelled by well-informed diets. We’re getting outside more, exercising more, and making smart choices about our well-being.  Especially when it comes to our food. You know what you’re putting in your body, and the benefits of those ingredients.

But how much do you know about the food you give your dog?

Here at LeanDog, we think well-informed owners lead to happy, healthy dogs. That’s why all our grain-free, freshly-prepared foods are made with ingredients you recognise.   A minimum of 50% poultry or fish.  Accompanied with a range of sweet potato, asparagus, carrots and cranberry, are just a few of the ingredients we use.

LeanDog’s gentle cooking process protects the ingredients’ nutrients and ensures a high protein content. Resulting in increased digestibility and  increased uptake of nutrients.  Also not to forget a naturally delicious taste.

When you know exactly what you’re feeding your dog, you know they’re getting the nutrition they need.  Furthermore, you are making sure they’re ready for your next adventure together!

For more information on Benefits, Ingredients, Analytical Constituents and Feeding Guidelines, visit Our Food

and choose a recipe that your dog would like to try.

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What are the key ingredients in LeanDog recipes?

When choosing the food we give our dogs, it’s important to remember they’re animals.  They have specific digestive needs.

Since dogs’ digestive systems are virtually identical to their ancestor, the wolf, a large number of veterinary nutritionists believe that dogs should mimic their ancestral diet.  That means around 60% meat, and 40% plant matter.

And 0% grain.

So, what are the key ingredients in your dog’s grain-free diet?

Rather than nutritionally-empty fillers like rice and corn, LeanDog premium recipes contain a minimum of 50% meat protein. Such as turkey, chicken, salmon or trout. These freshly-prepared meats are gently cooked to protect their nutritive value.  This means their valuable protein is readily available and easily digested.  Resulting in your dog gaining the maximum benefit.

Our grain-free recipes also contain vegetables, herbs and fruit.  All providing an excellent source of digestible fibre. These assist with  strengthening the immune system and enriching your dog’s well-being. Supported by the important vitamins and minerals provided.

Replacing grains with wholesome ingredients like sweet potato, asparagus and cranberries can provide your little wolf with a range of significant benefits. Including higher digestibility, fewer and smaller stools, less shedding and reduced wind.  Something from which you’ll benefit, too!

Conclusion

LeanDog grain-free will ensure your dog is getting all the nutritional content they need to fuel your adventures. Plus it is easily digestible for your dog.  For further information on each recipe and full list of ingredients check Our Food

LeanDog ― always read the label.

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.

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What are the benefits of grain-free dog food?

Take a quick look at the label of your dog food ingredients.  On most dry dog foods (kibble) will reveal a high grain content, including corn, wheat, rice and barley.

At LeanDog, we believe that your pet’s digestive needs should be met with more than nutritionally-empty filler.

So, what are the benefits of going grain-free?

All these grains ― corn, wheat, rice and barley ― have been linked with allergic reactions in dogs. With symptoms including upsets stomachs and flaky skin. Eliminating these potential allergens from your pet’s diet therefore eliminates the risk of such a reaction.

And that’s not all.

As dogs are naturally carnivorous animals, their saliva (unlike that of plant-eating herbivores and omnivores, like ourselves) does not contain amylase. Amylase is an enzyme that works to break down starchy carbohydrates ― like grains ― into simple sugars before they enter the stomach.

So, dogs are incapable of fully digesting grain-based food.  The grains’ nutritive value is never completely absorbed into the canine body. Hence the reason your dog may suffer from soft stools.

Conclusion

For your dog, going grain-free means they will benefit from a high-protein food that more closely resembles their natural, ancestral diet. LeanDog recipes contain a higher proportion of meat and easy-to-digest meat fats.  Meaning your dog will get all the nutrition they need to lead a happy, healthy life….Our Food

Superfood for your Super Dog

All LeanDog recipes are grain-free. Meaning we can focus on the freshly-prepared, protein-led ingredients that deliver the best nutritive value for your dog.

So,what will you find in your bag of LeanDog? 

As well as a minimum of 50% meat or fish, your pet will benefit from a wide range of other vitamins and minerals.

Responsibly Sourced Protein

Our fish recipes are made with a minimum of 26% freshly prepared Salmon or Trout. Both naturally rich in omega 3 and essential fatty acids providing support for a healthy skin and a glossy coat.

Our poultry recipes are made with a minimum of 26% freshly prepared Turkey or Chicken.  Each a lean protein source.  Additionally, packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals to support overall health and happiness.

Each recipe contains essential amino acids. Thus providing the essential building blocks of cell growth, maintenance and repair.

Sweet Potato an Excellent Alternative to Grains

Each of our four delicious premium recipes ― GUSTO, MIGHTY, SPRIGHT and VIGOUR ― contains sweet potato.

This superfood is packed with vitamins and minerals.  Such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex, Iron, Phosphorus and Magnesium. In addition our recipes are hypoallergenic.  Therefore they are made without wheat, wheat gluten, soya, dairy or beef. Meaning you can eliminate a potential allergen from your pet’s diet.

And that’s not all!

Sweet potato’s high fibre content helps promote a healthy digestive system. It soothes the stomachs of more sensitive pets. While their low glycaemic index means they release their energy more slowly than starchy, grain-based foods.

Their magnesium content can help your pet cope with stress by promoting relaxation. Also their delivery of Vitamin A helps boost skin and coat condition, as well as helping maintain eye health!

Healthy Nutrients

Alongside sweet potato, our GUSTO and SPRIGHT recipes also contain asparagus. This healthy vegetable not only tastes delicious, its aspartic acid and high potassium count means it acts as a natural diuretic.  Which promotes healthy urination in your dog. Therefore reducing the incidence of urinary tract infections. Excellent source of Vitamin A, C and K plus folic acid.  All contributing to the overall health and wellbeing of your dog.

The high fibre content also aids your pet’s digestion, ensuring the highest possible uptake of the food’s nutritive benefit.

Across our four fantastic, freshly-prepared recipes, you’ll also find:

  • Carrots – great source of Vitamin A in the form of beta carotene, which helps maintain healthy eyes
  • Cranberries – good source of Vitamin C, E and K which all assist with overall wellbeing
  • Omega 3 –  ensuring support towards a healthy skin and a shiny coat.

Conclusion

The benefits of LeanDog grain-free diet are enormous! The LeanDog range includes a selection of the finest freshly prepared nutritious and highly digestible animal protein sources. Supporting your dog with overall health, wellbeing and immune support. Ideally suited for dogs with grain intolerance’s. Preparing for life’s great adventure!

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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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