Pedigree Reviews… the importance of nutrition for your pet dog

12 September 2016

To ensure your four legged friend gets just what he needs, Pedigree reviews the most important components of a dog's dinner.

It’s not only you who needs to ensure you are eating healthily.

A ‘complete and balanced’ diet tailored to the life-stage of your dog is vitally important for managing their health. Having a balance of all essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals in their diet is important to ensure your pet is getting what they need in the food they are being given.

Why dogs need a balanced diet

Feeding a complete and balanced diet allows us to deliver everything a dog needs in the right amounts, this helps healthy growth and maintenance of bones and muscles, supports the immune system and nourishes the skin and coat. Like us, dogs need a combination of the various food groups such as protein, carbohydrates and fats, along with vitamins, minerals and fresh water to provide adequate nutrition.

And, like humans, dogs will require different foods at different life stages. Pedigree® puppy food is created with this in mind, providing the necessary balance of foods to help a growing puppy, with Pedigree® adult food waiting, ready for when they reach adulthood.

What your dog should be eating:


Protein is a major part of your dog’s diet during every stage of their life as it forms the basis of each cell in the body. It’s vitally important for building muscle tone and keeping the body in a healthy condition.


Carbohydrates are not essential for dogs but can be a good source of energy. They are also a good source of dietary fibre.

Vitamins and minerals

Building and maintaining a strong immune system is vital for your dog to avoid or recover from illness. Ensuring a healthy balance of vitamins and minerals in your dog’s diet will go a long way towards fighting and preventing any damage to their immune system.

Don’t forget to keep your dog hydrated. A fresh bowl of drinking water must be available at all times.

What your dog should be avoiding

Just because we consider certain foods a treat, doesn’t mean it’s the same for our dogs. There are a whole host of human foods which can be toxic to dogs.

Here are just some of the foods which should be avoided:

  • Chocolate
  • Onions and garlic
  • Raw fish

This isn’t an exhaustive list and, as we’ve already mentioned, if you are concerned or have any questions about dog nutrition, visit Pedigree’s dog nutrition page and ensure you get advice from your vet.

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