Now this is a question that I am often asked - 'Which of TP Feeds' dog food recipes will be most suitable for my dog?' Of course, the answer varies widely depending on the age, size, energy level and individual quirks of that dog. Although, the most common complaint I seem to get these days is, 'Oh, my dog is so fussy with his/her food.' Now, I'm not going to get into the intricacies of these supposedly fussy dogs and what can be done to avoid this issue here, but I will tell you which of TP Feeds' dog kibbles would be the most tempting for such dogs below.
It's always best to start off with a simple one! So, for your puppies and young dogs, TP Feeds Hypoallergenic Puppy is the one for you. The age at which you decide to switch your puppy onto an adult recipe is entirely up to you and usually dependent on the breed and size of your puppy. TP Feeds Hypoallergenic Puppy is suitable for puppies from weaning up to 12 months of age. Generally speaking, however, a smaller breed of dog will move onto an adult recipe between 9 to 12 months, whereas a larger breed is more likely to hold on until closer to the 12-month mark.
Small Breed Dogs
So, since the smaller dogs are the ones most likely to move from the puppy recipe first, let's go to them next. TP Feeds Hypoallergenic Salmon is the largest kibble and so you may wish to avoid this recipe for this reason. However, having said that, I have several owners of smaller breeds that report that their dogs are doing great on the salmon and love the extra crunch of the larger kibble. As with most things, it all comes down to the individual and their preference. TP Feeds Grain Free Duck is usually the one that small breed owners plump for due its superior quality (50% duck, 28% of which is fresh, and all UK-sourced), higher protein (believe it or not, small dogs actually need higher levels of protein and fats than larger dogs) and it's small, disc-shaped kibble making it easier for smaller dogs to manage.
Large Breed Dogs
Conversely, the owners of larger dogs tend to go for the largest kibble available, which is TP Feeds Hypoallergenic Salmon. Also, due to the inclusion of fresh salmon and salmon oil, TP Feeds Hypoallergenic Salmon can be highly beneficial to larger breeds as the salmon oil can reduce the appearance of joint problems, often encountered in larger dogs.
On the other hand, I do have some customers with large dogs that have chosen to feed the smaller Chicken or Duck options but larger dogs are less likely to chew these kibbles, particularly the Duck, which negates the benefit of a good, crunchy kibble for helping to reduce any plaque on their teeth. TP Feeds Hypoallergenic Chicken, though a smaller kibble, is cubed so your dog may still chew this kibble (my Labradors do) and therefore it is beneficial to those wanting a reduced level of protein and fats.
Personally, I tend to feed my dogs TP Feeds Hypoallergenic Chicken during the off-season when they require less energy input and then up them to TP Feeds Hypoallergenic Salmon when they start training harder or working during the winter. If it's a particularly hard winter or they're doing a lot of long days and expending a lot of energy on difficult ground, I will increase their input further to TP Feeds Grain Free Duck. If your dog is simply naturally very active and/or struggles to keep weight on, or you have rescued an underweight dog that needs to gain weight, TP Feeds Hypoallergenic Salmon or TP Feeds Grain Free Duck will be the best options for you, depending on the scale of activity or weight gain required.
If your dog is more of a sofa-surfer than a park runner, or if he/she is recovering from an injury and is therefore on reduced exercise, then TP Feeds Hypoallergenic Chicken is the one for him/her. With reduced levels of protein and fats, along with the inclusion of L-Carnitine, this recipe will help to maintain lean muscle development instead of creating fat.
Just as for inactive dogs, TP Feeds Hypoallergenic Chicken is the best recipe for dogs that are overweight. Coupled with low protein and fat levels, L-Carnitine works to convert fat deposits into lean muscle mass. Also, don't forget that when working out how much food to feed your dog daily, work off the optimum weight for your dog, not the current weight.
As briefly mentioned in the 'Active Dogs' section, underweight dogs will benefit most from TP Feeds Hypoallergenic Salmon or TP Feeds Grain Free Duck, especially if a lack of appetite is part of the issue, due to the inclusion of fresh meat. If your dog has encountered sudden or unexplained weight loss (or gain), please be sure to consult your veterinarian so that any underlying health issues can be ruled out or treated. Once you have ruled out any medical problems, including worms, gradually introduce one of the above-mentioned TP Feeds recipes. If possible, giving a midday meal, in addition to his/her morning and evening meal, will also help.
As mentioned at the start, I'm not going to go into much depth here as some of you wouldn't believe the things I've heard when discussing people's fussy dogs with them. TP Feeds Hypoallergenic Salmon and TP Feeds Grain Free Duck are the best options here as they contain fresh meat, making them more tempting than most other feeds. I have heard numerous success stories of dogs that have previously refused to eat any form of dry kibble, however, when offered one of TP Feeds' recipes, they have never looked back. TP Feeds Grain Free Duck seems to just get the win over the Salmon but, as always, it depends on the individual dog. When offering a new food, particularly to a fussy dog, do not simply offer him/her one piece of kibble from your hand and then if he/she turns his/her nose up at it, assume that it hasn't been a hit. Offer your dog the new kibble in with his/her meal just as you would any other day so that no other stimulus has changed. Fussy dogs can be emotionally-sensitive dogs too and can struggle to tolerate any change to their usual routine, resulting in a refusal to eat.
Now, this one is a little trickier and highly dependent on the individual, perhaps even more so than the other categories. I know of many older dogs that are still as fit and active, if not more so, than many younger dogs and can still do a good day's work out in the fields. However, if we focus on the 'stereotypical' older dog, that prefers to spend his/her time by the fire and guarding your slippers rather than chasing the postman, then TP Feeds Hypoallergenic Chicken would be the diet for him/her as his/her energy requirements will be lower.
I hope that helps to make your choice of recipe that bit clearer. As ever, if you have any questions about your own dog's circumstances, or if you feel that there's a category that hasn't been covered and could help others, please do get in touch.
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