Healthy Dog Food = Healthy Cocker Spaniel!

See the difference healthy dog food can make for your Cocker Spaniel; a shining coat, sparkling eyes and a cold, wet nose!

Learn how a good-quality diet can improve your pet's health and well-being and put a zing back into his step!

See the difference healthy dog food can make for your Cocker Spaniel; a shining coat, sparkling eyes and a cold, wet nose!

Why Feed My Pet Expensive, Healthy Dog Food?

Why Healthy Dog Food?

I'm often asked, 'Why should I bother feeding my dog expensive healthy food when he'll eat anything I put in front of him?'

It's not that they don't love their pet; they just want to save their hard-earned cash.

Healthy food may be more expensive than table scraps; however, it is much more nutritious and keeps your dog healthy. You're saving more money in the long run, particularly on vet's bills, because a healthy Cocker won't need to see his vet so often.

Your Cocker Spaniel's diet is essential to his well-being.

Golden cocker spaniel headshot, mouth open showing tongue and teeth, healthy-looking. Evidently, he's fed healthy dog food!Nothing but lip-smacking healthy dog food for me!

A diet of healthy, nutritious dog food will give him all he needs to grow strong and healthy. It will allow your Cocker to develop to his full potential physically and mentally.

It's the same with our children; we need to feed them a balanced diet to ensure they grow up strong and healthy.

The English Cocker Spaniel Diet and Behaviour

As is the same in our kids, a poor diet can often explain many behavioural problems.

If your Cocker Spaniel has behavioural problems, improving his diet not only improves his health but can also help to improve his behaviour.

That's a win-win situation, don't you agree?

Organic dog food is farmed responsibly and won't contain artificial chemicals or preservatives. It is an excellent example of how we can improve our Cocker Spaniel's diet.

The terms organic and natural are often misused interchangeably, but they're not quite the same. Natural dog food isn't necessarily organic, but it's still the same high quality.

Healthy Dog Food And Allergies

Healthy dog food can help to prevent food allergies or even eliminate them altogether.

Before deciding on a particular brand, it's always best to check the manufacturer's ingredients label to understand precisely what's in the food we give our pets.

Avoid brands where the main ingredients are fillers, such as wheat or corn, as they may not contain enough quality nutrition for your Cocker Spaniel's diet.

Instead, look for dog food that lists meat or protein as the main ingredient.

The same applies if the food contains soy, gluten, added sugar or sweeteners, added salt, artificial colours, additives or by-products - leave it on the supermarket shelf!

Not only can fillers and additives be problematic for your Cocker Spaniel's digestion, but they're also often the cause of food allergies in our pets.

The good news is, if your dog is an allergy sufferer, you can now buy hypoallergenic dog foods in supermarkets and pet stores.

Raw Dog Food Diets

If you prefer, you could feed your Cocker Spaniel a diet of raw meats and vegetables (no cereals) to help prevent allergies.

raw dog food diet can be more expensive and a little more time-consuming to prepare. However, the benefits will soon be evident in your Cocker's improved appearance.

Another benefit of a raw food diet is that your pet is less likely to become overweight by eating a simple diet of raw meat and vegetables.

If you'd like to see how your Cocker feels about  raw dinners, here are a few raw dog food recipes, and watch that little tail wag.

Prescription Diet

If your Cocker Spaniel has health problems, your vet may suggest trying a specially prepared prescription diet to help cure a specific issue.

The good news is that they're now widely available (and cheaper) at most good pet stores.

A beautiful, healthy-looking chocolate cocker spaniel with an orange ball in his mouth.Just look at how shiny this Cocker's coat is!

Healthy Dog Food & The Vegetarian Diet

Although vegetables are very healthy, feeding your dog a vegetarian diet (no meat at all) is often controversial and thought by some to cause ill health.

However, many vegetarian Cocker owners feed their pets a vegetarian diet, and their dogs appear to thrive on it.

A word of caution, a vegetarian diet is not suited to all dogs. If you're considering changing your pet's diet to vegetarian, I recommend you chat with your vet first.

Healthy Dog Food: A Holistic Diet

The word 'holistic' in holistic dog food relates to caring for the entire dog, both mind and body.

One of the ways we can do this is by feeding our Cockers good quality ingredients found in a holistic dog food diet.

Holistic dog food will nourish your dog's entire body from the tip of his cold, wet nose to the end of his little wagging tail!

Home-made Versus Commercial

You may like the idea of feeding your Cocker Spaniel homemade dog food, and many owners make all their pet's meals from scratch.

His meals can be made in batches of three or four and kept in the fridge until they're needed, but of course, they could be frozen too.

It feels good to make your pet's meals, and it needn't be time-consuming, especially when you're preparing batches of meals in advance.

I like to keep a watchful eye on my Cocker's diet. I often cook rice for Max (sometimes in a few tablespoons of chicken stock) and chop in any leftover vegetables, meat, or a boiled egg.

I try to keep the proportions to 25% meat and 50% vegetables, and 25% rice. However, I should probably drop the protein a little because he's been castrated, and he's 10 years old this year, and he's not as active as he used to be!

I always make sure Mam's diet is varied to ensure he gets all the nutrition his little body needs, and I love watching him eat what I've cooked for him! He's so enthusiastic about it!

If you'd like to try a bit of home cooking for your Cocker Spaniel, you'll find a few great homemade recipes here and here!

Healthy Dog Food And Food Aggression

While we're on the subject of healthy dog food, I thought I'd mention food aggression.

Beautiful dark golden Cocker Spaniel with his tongue out. It looks like he's smiling!Healthy dog food equals healthy Cocker!

It's where they become quite anxious and aggressive when anyone (or another dog) hangs around their food bowl while they're eating.

You certainly won't be able to stroke a dog while he's eating if he guards his food in this way, as it can be pretty dangerous!

However, it's not the end of the world, especially if you know the signs to look for (no sudden surprises) and how to remedy that aggression. It just takes patience and a few simple changes at dinner time.

Even if your pet isn't showing any signs of aggression or guarding his food, I recommend you read this article. It will explain how to prevent food aggression from happening in the first place.

Healthy Dog Food - Summary

Table scraps aren't the best diet for Cocker Spaniels, particularly because you can't be certain that they contain all the nutrients your dog needs.

Note: If you'd like to understand how elevated dog bowls could help your Cocker Spaniel's digestion, simply click here.

There's not much more to be said other than feeding your Cocker Spaniel the best quality, human-grade food you can afford will pay back dividends.

Feed your best friend a good selection of nutritious, healthy dog foods, such as lean meat or fish, organic or natural, and plenty of fresh vegetables. It won't be long before you see the difference it can make to his appearance and well-being!

The saying, 'You are what you eat,' doesn't just apply to us humans; it applies to our dogs too, so what are you waiting for?

Put a smile on your dog's face and the spring back into his step today!

Photo Credits: Healthy Dog Food
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