We know first-hand how overwhelming it can be to decide what to feed your beloved pooch. We encourage all owners to select a diet that is most suitable for your dog.
Here are some of our top tips:
- Check the ingredients list – ideally food should contain real meat and limited amounts of ‘fillers’ such as wheat and corn.
- Check the food has a small amount of carbohydrates, is high in protein and includes natural fats.
- Make sure your dog wants to eat the food.
- Choose a food to fit your lifestyle: Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t have time to cook a gourmet doggy meal.
At Iron Dog Centre we produce and manufacture our own raw dog mince and vegetable mixture under the Natures Mix brand, as well as healthy dog treats. We believe a meat-only diet is highly unnatural and unbalanced for your dog. A healthy diet should contain meat, bone, fruits, vegetables, offal and other supplements.
With mince, we recommend feeding your dog 2 percent of its ideal body weight although that will also depend on your pooch’s age, activity level and ideal weight.
We source the best quality local ingredients for Natures Mix and and we are proud to put our name to it – we don’t sell anything we wouldn’t use ourselves. Also, our convenient stand-up pouches make for simple, no-fuss, no-mess serving.
We believe simple changes in diet and lifestyle can help ward off illness and help dog owners give their furry friends a healthy, happy and long life.
What’s in Natures Mix and why is it good for your dog?
Our Natures Mix raw beef mince is packed with the goodness of real beef and nutritious vegetables including pumpkin, green beans, spinach as well as rolled oats.
Pumpkin is a low calorie food and is very high in fibre. Fibre promotes a sense of fullness in your dog – just as it does for humans – and can enhance weight loss by reducing the physiological urge to consume large volumes of food. Pumpkin is composed of 90 percent water and this helps to keep your dog regular. Pumpkin is also high in zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium and beta-carotene which have anti-cancer effects.
Green beans are a superpower vegetable containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and it is rich in Vitamin A, C and K. Omega-3 is good for overall healthy skin and fur. Vitamin A will help your dog lose weight by promoting fat burning while fighting disease and Vitamin C is an immune system booster. Green beans are also a good source of calcium, copper, fibre, iron, niacin, magnesium as well as potassium and beta carotene.
Spinach is high in iron and contains twice as much as most other greens. Spinach helps to fend off inflammatory and cardiovascular issues. It’s also low in calories which makes it a perfect food choice for older and/or overweight dogs.
Rolled oats are a good choice of grain for dogs as they contain more protein per calorie than any other grain. Compare this to rice or pasta which are density-rich in carbohydrates. Oats also have anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties and a calming effect on the nervous system, making them a good addition to the diet of an anxious dog.