Good Food, Great Treats & Training Aids
A pet shop, ran by people who love pets. We only stock good food, real meaty treats and support those who want to progress with their dogs training with market leading training aids.

We provide onsite nutritional advice, and have expert dog handlers and trainers available at all times to talk about anything dog related. 

Based inside Dogs Playpark England’s first indoor dog park, we are open 7 days a week to help.
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Dog Food and Nutrition
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Not all dogs need the best foods.
Best can mean more expensive.
Dogs, with no food sensitivity can thrive on good food.
Find dog foods that works for your budget and for your dog.
We don’t sell anything less than good food, so you can relax in that knowledge.
By asking some simple questions we can make a suitable recommendation.
Understanding Nutrition
Dogs require protein and is the best energy source for your dog
Not all protein is equal. Cheaper protein sources are not easily digested or utilised as energy.

Cheaper protein sources places added stress on the dogs kidneys and digestive system.
Cheap fillers such as grain, maize, wheat and cereal are NOT DIGESTED by dogs and break down into sugar.

A high wheat / sugar based diet can in the short-term feed yeast and can accelerate your dogs itchy skin, hot spots, ear, paw,  and eye infections. Cause upset tummy's, diarrhea and wind problems.  Longer-term, your dog could suffer with conditions such as obesity, pancreatitis, bladder stones, heart disease, and even diabetes
Dogs also require the added vitamins and minerals from vegetables. Include; asparagus, broccoli florets, sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, cumbers, green beans and peas.
Dogs don’t need to, but can eat white and sweet potatoes, in moderation. Always remove the skin (toxic to dogs) and cook (breaks down the starch and dietary fibre). White potato have a lot of sugar, whilst sweet potatoes have a lot of fibre. Use as a treat only or make sure in kibble it is not high on the ingredient list.
Vegetables NOT to feed your dog
Fresh Garlic and Onions.
Dogs also require good fats with omega 3 and omega 6. Which is why you need to choose a food with a good protein source. Add an oily fish to your dogs diet. Canola, and flaxseed also contain both omega 3 and 6, which is why you may see these items on your dogfood ingredient list.
Low Protein Diets?
Older dogs and dogs with liver and kidney problems have traditionally been recommended by vets to decrease their protein intake. This is because protein creates a high nitrogen load and is thought to put further stress on the liver and kidneys.

Dogs who suffer with pancreatitis are also recommended low protein diets by the vet.

The issue is not necessarily the quantity of protein, but the quality of protein. Poor quality protein is not easily digested or utilised by the dog.

An old dog and or a dog with liver and kidney problems actually needs protein in order to maintain healthy muscle mass and to repair itself.
Often kibble uses lower quality protein. Move from a kibble onto fresh food. Even good quality kibble is low in water. Kidney disease dehydrates the dog. Fresh food has 80-85% moisture whilst kibble has more like 10% moisture.
Consider easily digestible proteins. Eggs are highly digestible proteins, fish is also very digestible. Poultry is more digestible than red meat. And remember the lowest form of protein are from grains, avoid grains at all costs.

For older dogs and dogs with kidney problems, increase omega 3 to decrease inflammation and support kidney health.

Animals with impaired kidney function are reported to do better by restricting phosphorus intake. Look at introducing low phosphorus foods.

Talk to your Vet, about your specific dog and how severe their liver condition is. Early stages of old age / liver / kidney disease may not benefit from a low protein diet per say, but certainly a high quality protein diet.

And remember if you lower the protein intake you have to replace it with something else i.e. carbohydrates and fat, which could cause their own problems. Lastly Vets often choose a dry kibble formulation which heavily uses grains in order to reduce the protein (and quality of protein) and we know grains are no good for your dog.
Take notice of the ingredients.
Not the pretty picture or logo on the packet
Dog food brands spend millions of £’s on advertising and marketing, telling us how great their product is.

The truth is a lot of your dog food cost goes into this marketing spend. Paying for adverts, sponsoring events, paying for sales reps, promotional activities and special offers for vets and breeders.

So to stay profitable they use cheaper ingredients.

Their business model is to sell a poor / mediocre product and spend lots of money telling us all how great it is.
Choose ingredients like this
Bison, lamb meal, sweet potatoes, peas, chickpeas, canola oil,
suncured alfalfa
Cereals
Meat and Animal Derivatives
Vegetable Protein Extracts
Derivatives of Vegetable Origin
Oils and Fats
Various Sugars
Vegetables
(1% Dried Chicory Root (Natural Ingredient)
Green & Yellow Kernels: 0.6 % Dried Vegetables
Equivalent To 4% Vegetables
Propylene Glycol
Minerals
Colourants
Antioxidants and Preservatives
Meat first, but don’t be fooled
A quality meat protein, should be 1st on the ingredient list. However, be vigilant for the following tricks:
Ingredient splitting. A deceptive practice of subdividing a more abundant, yet inferior quality ingredient into smaller portions. Artificially raising meat to a higher position in the ingredients list. E.g. Rice: whole rice, white rice, brown rice, rice flour, and rice bran.

Pet foods are labelled before the cooking process. This seriously effects the meat content you are actually getting compared to what you think you have bought. Fresh meat has a lot of water (70-75%), so once the meat has gone through a kibble process it losses most of its mass (moisture) and will have shrunk to 25%. Most likely it really should not be the number 1 ingredient on the list after cooking.
Balance is the key to good nutrition
Rotation feed. Don’t stick to the same flavour kibble, and protein source all year round. Food allergies can occur in dogs when they eat the same thing for a number of years.

Think about introducing some raw food. You can buy unbranded DEFRA approved meat, which you would also need to introduce vegetables and some fruit. There are also branded raw meat products that already have the added nutrition so you can simply defrost and serve.
You can cook your own dog food. There are some great recipes online.

Bones can be used as a treat and a good option for a snack, there are some good health reasons to feed your dog bone. Be careful, as bones can cause teeth to crack and in certain circumstances break off. Bone fragments can cause intestinal problems. Consider the size of your dog and the bones you offer it. The smaller the dog the smaller the bone, avoid dense bones such as beef, lamb is softer and chicken legs are a good option for small dogs.
Thank you

We hope you enjoyed this short guide

For more information, pop in to our store we are open 7 days a week and we always have an expert on hand to answer any of your questions.