My dog has gone off his food. Should I change recipes or brands?

Dog owners are inclined to change food brands if their dog goes off their food. This usually results in their dog enthusiastically eating the new food for a couple of days purely because it is new and interesting, then reverting to being less keen very quickly. Changing between brands can also upset his tummy and digestive system causing diarrhoea. It is not good to change foods regularly. Our advice is that you find a brand and recipe that you are happy with nutritionally and your dog thrives on – then try to stick with it. Switching between different recipes of the same brand can be a good way to give your dog some variety if he needs encouragement to eat. This is usually uneventful and doesn’t tend to cause any tummy upsets.

Should I give my puppy milk?

No, once your puppy is weaned and you have brought him home, he does not need milk, just his puppy food. Cows’ milk is not safe for puppies or dogs to drink.

My dog eats very fast. Is this a problem?

Providing he is eating his meal uneventfully and without choking, this is not a problem. If you are concerned he is eating too quickly and is choking, you can try adding a little water to his food to try and slow down the speed at which he eats.