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Why is good nutrition important for my dog?

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Good nutrition plays a pivotal role in maintaining your dog's overall health and well-being. Just like humans, dogs require a well-balanced diet to thrive. Here's why proper nutrition is essential for your canine companion.


Firstly, during their early stages of life, puppies need a nutrient-rich diet to support their rapid growth and development. Essential nutrients such as proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals contribute to bone formation, muscle development, and overall growth. DHA (an omega 3 fatty acid) is especially important for their vision and brain development.

Healthy Weight & Good Nutrition

Maintaining a healthy weight is a critical aspect of good nutrition. A balanced diet fed in the correct amounts helps prevent obesity, which can lead to various health problems, including joint issues, diabetes, and cardiovascular issues. Proper nutrition provides the necessary energy for your dog's daily activities and exercise. It supports a healthy metabolism, allowing dogs to stay active and preventing muscle atrophy in old age.

A well-rounded diet also plays a crucial role in supporting the immune system. Essential nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins contribute to a robust immune response, helping dogs ward off infections and illnesses.

Healthy Skin & Coat

Additionally, good nutrition contributes to healthy skin and a shiny coat. Nutrients like omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are essential for maintaining skin health and a lustrous coat, which, in turn, helps protect against external parasites and allergens by maintaining a healthy skin barrier.


Digestive health is another key consideration. High-quality, easily digestible ingredients promote a healthy digestive system, and adequate fibre helps regulate bowel movements, preventing issues like constipation or diarrhoea.

Tailoring your dog's diet to their specific needs and consulting with your veterinarian for guidance ensures that your canine companion receives the right nutrients at every stage of life, promoting longevity and a high quality of life.

Dr. Linda Simon

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Senior Veterinarian

Linda is passionate about animals, with a special interest in dogs. She graduated top of her year at University College... Learn more

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