There is nothing worse than having a best friend that’s feeling a bit under the weather – especially when they are your four-legged housemate. Sadly, many times this is due to malnutrition. Many dog food brands are well aware that they are not up to scratch (pun intended), but that doesn’t stop them from advertising themselves as the ultimate solution – and dog lovers across the country gets duped on a daily basis.

The essentials
Our biggest downfall is the lack of knowledge. So what are the essentials when it comes to doggie nutrition? The first important thing to remember is that your dog needs enough water (this should equate to between 60 – 80% of their body weight). Then comes your Omega 3 and 6 fats which are crucial for the growth and development of joints and organs. You should also ensure that your pooch gets a balanced diet of ALL essential vitamins: Vitamin A (for the absorption of important fats and aids digestion), Vitamin B2, B3 and B6, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K. But how do you know whether your best mate is suffering from malnutrition?

Take our quiz to find out:

  • Does your dog suffer from allergies?
  • Does your dog seem to suffer from chronic inflammatory diseases?
  • Does your dog seem to suffer from chronic yeast infections?
  • Is your dog experiencing a sudden onslaught of skin and eye problems?
  • Is your dog suddenly displaying odd behaviour?
  • Is your dog showing signs of night-time blindness?
  • Has your dog recently started fainting?
  • Does your dog suffer from stunted growth?
  • Does it seem like your dog has a black tongue?
  • Is your dog suffering from inflamed lips and gums?
  • Is your dog suddenly experiencing a lack of appetite?
  • Is your dog suffering from bloody diarrhoea and sudden vomiting?
  • Is your dog suddenly having seizures?
  • Has your dog developed swollen joints or bowed legs?
  • Is your dog showing signs of excessive thirst or urination?
  • Is your dog suddenly displaying a lack of energy?
  • Does your dog’s coat suddenly appear dull or show signs of dandruff?

If you have answered yes to any of the questions, the odds are that your beloved pet is suffering from malnutrition. Malnutrition can lead to even more serious diseases and permanent damage. Therefor you should take immediate action when you suspect that your dog is not getting all the necessary nutrients. You should take your dog to the vet to treat the specific malnutrition symptoms (especially if the situation has made your pet seriously ill), and then you should immediately change the dog food brand you are currently using.

We take pet nutrition very seriously, and that is why we offer top nutrition at Tip Top. We only use quality meats. We only use top carbohydrates and fibres. We ensure that your dog gets all the essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals he/she needs in the correct combo and mix.

Your top dog needs top food.