Suggested Diet Chart for Adult Dogs
Puppies: 7 weeks to 6 months of age (approx) ……. 3 times per day.
Juniors: 6 months to 12 months of age (approx) ….. Twice per day
Adults: 12 months of age and older .......................... Once per day
Ideally, we should feed:- A good balance of PROTEINS, CARBOHYDRATES, FATS, VITAMINS, MINERALS & WATER
Essential Ingredients to Create a Really Great Diet:-
MEATS (proteins) -
Ecopet or fresh meats (chicken, kangaroo, beef)
Raw liver (lambs fry or ox liver) - only a small quantity per meal
Raw meaty bones - chicken frames are cheapest and the best. Never feed cooked bones.
VEGIES (vitamins and minerals) -
To obtain the best nutritional value from vegetables, they should be lightly cooked (steamed) or better still, pulverised in their raw state (put through a blender or food processor). Feed the pulp and juices of :- fresh green leafy vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, celery etc as well as corn, carrots, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, peas, beans. In fact as much variety as possible with the exception of the onion family.
GRAINS (carbs) -
Rolled oats, rice (brown rice preferred when fed regularly), wholemeal bread, pasta, weet-bix, wheatgerm, brewers yeast, legumes (3 bean mix or baked beans).
OILS (fatty acids) -
Linseed oil (flaxseed oil), cod liver oil, olive oil, corn oil, safflower oil, peanut oil.
DAIRY (fats, vitamins and minerals) -
Alternate hardboiled and raw eggs (include the shell), plain yoghurt, ordinary cheese, cottage cheese.
FRUIT (vitamins and minerals) -
Most fruit that is over-ripe - ensure there is lots of variety but not citrus fruits.
C-FOOD (fats, vitamins and minerals) -
Any fatty fish (cans of sardines, herring, salmon, tuna).
BONES (calcium and phosphorous) -
Always RAW and medium sized with plenty of meat on the bone. Larger bones may encourage some dogs to prolonged chewing thus wearing down their teeth and sometimes they bury the unused portion.
TABLE SCRAPS -
Great as an additive to increase the volume of food in the bowl. But scraps lack any balanced nutritional value because they have been cooked to human consumption requirements.
HOW TO SERVE ? -
Wherever possible, foods should be fed raw, with the exception of the starch foods, such as rice, pumpkin, potatoes, pasta etc which need to be cooked to break down their starch components.
The foodstuffs mentioned above are only suggestions. Mix and blend these ingredients regularly.
If you are happy with the commercial dog food you are currently using, then look to these ingredients as a source of extra nutrition and variety for your dog's diet.
Please ensure that your dog is gradually introduced to any new food. Start with small portions and build up slowly.
Do not feed too much too quickly, otherwise diarrhoea will result.