Dry Dog Food:
Dry dog food is a convenient and cost-effective food option for pet owners. Dry kibble can be left out all day for your dog to self select throughout the day. However this is not a practice we recommend as it is difficult to monitor and regulate intake. Some dry food may help improve your dog’s dental hygiene via the design of the biscuit, helping to remove and built up plaque or tartar to prevent dental disease and gingivitis.
Our most popular dry food products include the Australian Made Meals for Mutts range of dog food and treats, Hill’s Prescription Diets for Dogs (check with your vet prior to feeding these ones) and the Biopet Range which even includes an option for vegan pets.
Wet Dog Food:
Wet dog food or canned dog food is valuable for dogs as it has a higher percentage of water compared to dry dog food. The higher percentage of water content in the food helps your dog stay hydrated throughout the day. This can be particular important for breeds that are prone to urinary tract issues.
Wet dog food is good for dogs that are picky eaters, have difficulty chewing harder kibble or that are ill. It also provides some variety for dogs that are predominately fed dry kibble. Wet dog food helps ensure that your dog is getting the proteins, vitamins and minerals that they need for a healthy immune system.
It is important to note that wet dog food should not be left out for long periods of time and any leftovers or open cans should be refrigerated.
Our most popular wet dog food products include Ziwi Peak Wet Dog Food and the Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Canine Sensitivity Control.
Raw Dog Food:
Raw dog food can be comprised either fresh raw meats that require refrigeration, or alternatively air or freeze dried products such as from the Ziwi Peak range, Absolute Holistic or Balanced Life which can be kept on the shelf in your cupboard (very much like a jerky). Even for dogs that are fed predominantly fresh, raw meat products, we recommended keeping one of the shelf stable brands on hand as a backup should it be required.
Plain fresh meat should always be mixed with some kind of balancer supplement to ensure that the dog is receiving the correct range of vitamins and minerals for optimum health. Feeding just plain chicken breasts or steak is a very bad idea! Products such as Predamax Carnivore Supplement or Vet's All Nature Complete Mix are ideal for this purpose.
Small, Medium and Large Breed Dog Food
For all dog breeds large and small, we have a variety of food mixes perfect for your dog, including small dog food, working dog food and large dog food. While all dogs need the same basic nutrients in their diet, different breeds may be more susceptible to certain health conditions and also have different caloric requirements.
vet-n-pet DIRECT offer a wide variety of speciality dog foods to help manage health issues such as the Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Canine Skin Support for dogs with sensitive skin, Hill’s Prescription Diet Canine Metabolic Weight Management for dogs that need a bit of help managing their weight, grain free dog food and even vegan dog food.
Puppy Dog Food
Growing puppies need speciality attention with puppy food that will help them get the right nutrients to grow and develop. Feeding a puppy food designed for an adult dog may prevent your puppy from getting the important nutrients that it needs to support their rapid growth phase. There are also some cautions with larger breeds in managing the rate at which puppies grow to prevent issues later in life.
Popular puppy food products include the Vet’s All Natural Complete Mix for Puppies which can be mixed with raw meat, Meals for Pups Grain Free Turkey & Chicken and the HYPRO Premium Turkey & Lamb Puppy Food.
Senior Dog Food
Senior dogs also benefit from age specific dog food, just like puppies, their nutritional needs change from that of a middle aged adult dog. To better suit a senior dog’s lifestyle, senior dog food often is formulated with a different balance of fat and protein to normal dog food to help maintain weight and includes key nutrients such glucosamine and fatty acids such as Omega-3 and 6 for healthy joints.
Popular senior food products include Vet’s All Natural Complete Mix for Adult & Senior Dogs (to mix with raw meat) and Hill’s Science Diet Youthful Vitality 7+ Chicken & Rice