Is the pet food the right type?
Has your dog left almost all its food untouched again? This should make you wonder - as dogs usually eat their food quickly and with pleasure. If this isn't the case, then this behaviour may be a sign of an unbalanced diet. Above all, dog food should be functional. Sounds rather uninspiring, but it's obvious. Each dog needs to be supplied with energy and nutrients corresponding to performance and age. It follows that puppies, young dogs, adult dogs and seniors all have completely different needs in terms of their daily diets. Various criteria exist in order to be able to judge the expediency of a particular pet food, e.g. the tolerance levels and the adequate provision with nutrients.
Pet food acceptance level: dogs should eat their food quickly and with pleasure.
Dog's weight and fitness level: fully grown dogs should maintain their normal weight. Weight loss may result from insufficient portions or poor digestibility.
Amount and consistency of faeces: the amount and consistency of the faeces usually alter in the event that the pet food is difficult to digest. Firm, moulded faeces is normal. Dogs usually defecate between once and twice a day.
Skin and coat: if your dog is healthy, but is nevertheless prone to dry, chapped skin and a dull coat, this may be due to an unsuitable food combination.
Behaviour: if your dog behaves in a lively, attentive way typical of the breed, then the diet is bound to be correct.