Food For Thought

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Frankston Heights Veterinary Centre
231 Frankston-Flinders Rd
Frankston
VIC 3199

Phone:
03 5971 4888
Fax:
03 5971 4887

I’m a foodie. I love cooking, eating, watching cooking shows, reading and talking about food. I’ve even been accused of having a cookbook obsession [and I’ll admit, that’s probably a fair accusation :) ] But I’ve always fed my dog the same thing - dry food.

I was asked recently how, when I’m so excited by food myself, I can feed my dog the same thing, day in, day out?

One of the things that people say most frequently, when they hear that Gypsy has eaten the same meal* every day for 6 years, is; “Doesn’t she get bored of it?”. To which I reply; “No, she’s just excited that I feed her”.

*not quite the same meal for 6 years; I DID change brands 4 or 5 years ago, and again recently - but more about that later.

In the wild, a pack of dogs would make a kill and the senior dogs would have their fill, before the junior dogs would be allowed to scavenge whatever was left. And if the senior dog came back for more, the junior dogs would just move aside. None of the pack would complain that they were having rabbit again for the 10th meal in a row, or put in a request for chicken, or go on a hunger-strike until they got fish.

For animals, food is fuel. And no healthy animal will ever starve to death when there is food available.

(although there are some illnesses where they can make themselves very ill through not eating)

Anthropomorphism is when people put a human emotional characteristic onto an animal - and it happens a lot with pets, which is completely understandable - we’re forever telling people that their pets are part of their family. Gypsy (my dog) is definitely part of mine!

But it’s OK to realise that whilst our pets are part of the family; they’re not humans, and they have different needs from us. 

So what do I feed my dog?

Dry food (also called; biscuits or kibble), and nothing else. No wet or tinned food. And definitely no table-scraps! It’s no less wasted in the dog than in the bin.

For years, I fed Gypsy [cough] Pedigree Meaty Bites, and she seemed to do OK on it. I’ll admit that I was a premium food sceptic. But when I started at Frankston Heights, I switched her to Hills Science Diet, and was converted immediately. She had a smaller amount in her bowl, but still didn’t seem hungry. Within a week she had more energy, her coat was glossier, and the amount of poo she produced (and that I had to pick up) halved*.

*I couldn’t help but think that I had been paying for a bigger bag of food, and picking more of it up in the garden.

The Pedigree feeding guide says 330g per day for a 20kg dog, so a 20kg bag lasts 60 days.

The Hills feeding guide says 230g per day for a 20kg dog, so a 15kg bag lasts for 65 days.

There are versions of Science Diet that promote weight control (Light), clean teeth (Oral Care), intestinal health (Sensitive Stomach), skin health (Sensitive Skin), plus versions for young and senior pets.

This has been both a benefit and a drawback of Science Diet - it’s a great food, but what if I needed to control Gypsy’s weight and look after her teeth?

Hills have recently introduced a better version of Science Diet, called Vet Essentials, which combines the benefits of all of the different types of Science Diet. There is only one version of Vet Essentials for adult dogs and only one version for adult cats, and they both promote oral health, weight management, digestive health, and skin/coat health. The dog version also promotes joint health, while the cat version protects the urinary tract. The Vet Essentials range is Puppy, Large Breed Puppy, Kitten, Adult Dog, Adult Cat. (Senior Dog and Senior Cat are coming.)

So I’ve switched Gypsy’s diet again (that’s 3 different foods in 6 years!), and I can report that she loves it! Why don't you come in and try a bag for your pet? 

PS Also new to Frankston Heights food range is Hills Science Diet Age Defying food for cats older than 11 years. Ask us more about this too.


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  • Well Boo never complains about her Hills TD and ID food but I must admit, she sometimes gets fresh chicken as a treat and scoffs it down fasty fast.... so Im wondering if they sometimes forget 'food is fuel' and think "get as much of this as I can in before its gone" LOL LOL

    Posted by Kym Anderson, 02/09/2013 5:31pm (4 years ago)

  • Well Boo never complains about her Hills TD and ID food but I must admit, she sometimes gets fresh chicken as a treat and scoffs it down fasty fast.... so Im wondering if they sometimes forget 'food is fuel' and think "get as much of this as I can in before its gone" LOL LOL

    Posted by Kym Anderson, 02/09/2013 5:30pm (4 years ago)

  • Well Boo never complains about her Hills TD and ID food but I must admit, she sometimes gets fresh chicken as a treat and scoffs it down fasty fast.... so Im wondering if they sometimes forget 'food is fuel' and think "get as much of this as I can in before its gone" LOL LOL

    Posted by Kym Anderson, 02/09/2013 5:30pm (4 years ago)

  • Well Boo never complains about her Hills TD and ID food but I must admit, she sometimes gets fresh chicken as a treat and scoffs it down fasty fast.... so Im wondering if they sometimes forget 'food is fuel' and think "get as much of this as I can in before its gone" LOL LOL

    Posted by Kym Anderson, 02/09/2013 5:29pm (4 years ago)

  • Well Boo never complains about her Hills TD and ID food but I must admit, she sometimes gets fresh chicken as a treat and scoffs it down fasty fast.... so Im wondering if they sometimes forget 'food is fuel' and think "get as much of this as I can in before its gone" LOL LOL

    Posted by Kym Anderson, 02/09/2013 5:28pm (4 years ago)

  • Well Boo never complains about her Hills TD and ID food but I must admit, she sometimes gets fresh chicken as a treat and scoffs it down fasty fast.... so Im wondering if they sometimes forget 'food is fuel' and think "get as much of this as I can in before its gone" LOL LOL

    Posted by Kym Anderson, 02/09/2013 5:27pm (4 years ago)

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