Finding the perfect food to suit your pet can sometimes be a challenge, especially when you’re trying to find a balance that will please your pets and your purse. There are so many different kinds of food between hypoallergenic dog food and cat food for sensitive stomachs, there’s an option for every kind of pet with all different sensitivities and intolerances.
If you’re stuck on what to feed your beloved pets, we have some great options so you know you’re only feeding your fur babies the best quality grub while still caring for those pennies.
How to decide between wet food and dry food?
Part of picking between feeding your pets wet or dry food comes down to both yours and their preference! Some pets will turn their nose up at dry food and are only satisfied by the luxury of wet food but there are benefits to both.
Maybe your pet will only be satisfied by a mixture of both which can be great if your pet wants the lavish texture of wet food and you want to save your pockets and stretch it out a little with dry food. You just need to be sure you calculate their meals correctly to make sure they get all the nutrients they need.
Wet foods for dogs
Why is my dog not eating their meals but will eat treats? Pet parents are often in the same boat and struggle with those same questions without even knowing it. If you have a pup that is off their food but perfectly willing to nibble on some treats, they may be on strike and uninterested in their current diet. Wet food is more palatable with more protein and fats which makes it more enticing to the fussiest of eaters. It also carries the added benefit of the extra water content to keep your pooch nice and hydrated.
Lifestage Adult Lamb and Rice Dog Food is a complete dog food so you know your beloved pet is getting everything they need out of every mouthful. It’s free from artificial colours and preservatives, Lifestage food is exactly what your pup needs with extra immune support and vitamin D.
For puppies you can try our range of puppy wet food and for fur babies who are getting a bit long in the tooth, a senior diet like Lifestage Senior Dog Turkey and Rice. Senior diets tend to contain fewer calories to prevent weight gain as your pooch starts to slow down a little and enjoy their retirement while continuing to offer the all important support to their joints.
Dry food for dogs
A dry dog food like the Lifestage Adult Dog Food Turkey & Brown Rice is made up of at least 30% turkey. It’s a great, lean source of protein that won’t pile on the pounds when you have a pup who is super keen on their food. Kibble dog food is a really good choice for pups who eat quickly, you can use it with a whole selection of activity feeders like slow feeder bowls or games to slow them down a little.
Dry food is great to help scrape plaque off teeth, the crunch really helps to limit the build up and keep those gnashers gleaming. There are options for every pooch including pocket pups who might struggle with the normal size biscuits. You can get Lifestage Adult Dog Small Breed Turkey & Brown for even the smallest mouths.
Wet food for cats
The benefits of wet food for cats are similar to why pup parents will choose to feed their dogs off a more moisture-rich diet. While wet food might be a bit more expensive than dry food, if you have a pet that doesn’t come running to their food bowl when you put it down then a wet diet might just speed them up a little. Wet food is a great option for kittens who might struggle to put weight on, especially as they grow and can look a little lankly.
While wet food might smell and taste more appetising which is ideal for fussy eaters to encourage them to clear their bowl, it can also stick to their teeth and cause more plaque so you might need to get the toothbrush out after meals.
Dry food for cats
Dry cat food is great for dental health, it’s much easier to store and buy in bulk and it often costs substantially less than wet food. Dry food is usually more calorie and nutrient dense per gram so for larger feline friends you will need to feed them less to sustain them throughout the day. No matter how good the food is, some moggies just don’t enjoy eating a large quantity of food in one sitting so dry food is far easier to feed grazers.
Wet cat food will start to grow bacteria and spoil after a few hours while dry food can stay out all day and only becomes stale so is perfectly safe to eat. It should be thrown out at the end of every day to avoid your four-legged friend eating stale food which becomes lower in nutrients but won’t be harmful to them.
What food is best for sensitive stomachs?
Sensitive stomachs can trigger pretty nasty responses when your beloved pet eats something that doesn’t agree with them. There are usually two main suspects for setting off a sensitive stomach, it may be either an allergy to a particular protein source or possibly an intolerance to grain. For some reason, some pets just can’t eat red meat or they get a bad stomach after ingesting poultry.
A food intolerance is always a tricky one to weed out because it means trying different foods to find the most suitable diet but the cost of picking the wrong one can cause vomiting or diarrhoea. A sensitivity to grain is a little easier to treat with just how many grain-free diets there are out there now. It takes a bit of research and trying out different things.
Lifestage food for sensitive stomachs
Wet or dry, there are options for both when you’re trying to find the perfect food for your four-legged friend with a sensitive tummy. For those who prefer wet food, the Lifestage Grain Free Adult Chicken and Potato Dog Food is a great starting point. As it’s grain-free, it won’t flare up any allergies to grain and it only contains a single source of protein meaning you can really narrow down what is causing any stomach upsets.
Many fur babies with sensitive stomachs do well with a diet that gets its source from fish. Lifestage Artisan, Adult, Grain Free Haddock with Peas & Parsley is also grain-free to keep any potential triggers to a minimum and only derives its protein from haddock so it’s great for pups who don’t do well with traditional protein sources such as chicken or beef.
What is a food subscription?
Food subscriptions are a great way of taking the stress out of stocking up your pet’s food and saving you a bit of money in the process. Once you know how long an order will last, you can order it on repeat so it shows up at your doorstep every, two, four, six or even eight weeks, as often as you need it. By simply clicking Repeat & Save when you’re placing your food into your basket online, you can make sure it arrives on time and you save a whopping 10% every time you purchase more food.
How do I store my pet's food?
Dry food should be kept cool and dry in an airtight container. Lifestage dry food comes in resealable bags to prevent the air from getting to the kibble and making it stale before you’re even able to feed it to your four-legged friend. Unopened wet food will need to also be stored in a cool, dry palace but once you’ve opened it, it will need to be kept in a sealed container in the fridge. Wet food can remain fresh for up to seven days in the fridge as long as it is kept in a sealed container.
There are so many options from Lifestage that you’re bound to find something to suit your pampered pet and make sure they have the ideal diet for them. Discover their new favourite food and even more in store and online.