Thank you for your question.
There are so many different types of food out there and just as many opinions that It is hard to know what is the best way to go when you want to give your pup a balanced diet. It is hard to ensure a home cooked meal is going to be complete and balanced for your pet unless you are consulting a veterinary nutritionist.
Consider picking a diet that is a fixed formula (doesn’t change from batch to batch), is appropriate for your dog’s life stage, addresses any special needs (eg. Dental, skin/coat, weight etc.) and one that contains controlled levels of nutrients that can cause harm when in deficiency/excess (things like phosphous and calcium). I also like to recommend a food that provides high levels of nutrients that have been shown to have health benefits eg. Omega 3 and 6. For your little chap I’d be considering an adult small or toy breed food.
Look for a premium brand that contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. It should also contain natural high quality, easy to digest ingredients.
Your vet will be able to recommend a suitable food that fits all this criteria and may even be able to provide samples for your pup to try.
- Dr Alex Hynes.