As a pooch parent, you will want to make sure that you are feeding your dog the best type of food to maintain its health and nutrition. Sometimes, a simple can of dog food isn’t enough to satisfy your dog or give it the optimum nutrition it deserves. You would also want to make sure that the dog food you give is well within your budget as well. Here are the following things that are important for you to ensure that you are getting the best food for your dog:
Your Dog’s Breed, Age and Reproductive System
Your dog’s overall physique matters the most when determining the type of food it should get. Different breeds have different levels of energy and activities, so they need to be fed accordingly. Age and size of the dog are also essential to know how many calories your dog needs to consume. Highly active dogs require high calorie based dog foods and a bigger feed, while the laid back and lazy kinds need low calories. A growing pup and old dog needs extra fortified dog food. Some brands formulate their food based on different breeds, so be sure to check the age, breed and calories on the dog food label.
Read the Food Label
You have to make sure that you are feeding your dog the best dog food and not being duped by dog food brands with their clever buzzwords. Watch out for words such as ‘beef/chicken for dogs’ that are marked with 95% on the nutrition label. This percentage also includes water content, so if you remove that, your dog only gets around 70% of protein.
Words like ‘dinner’ on the labels such as salmon dinner or chicken dinner mean that it only contains 25% of the protein and the rest is just flavoring. Words like ‘with’ such as ‘with cheese’ or ‘with chicken’ means that it only contains trace amounts that are up to 3% of that additional ingredient. You should choose the meals that have meat as their first ingredient. Since your doggo is an omnivore by nature, it should have a vegetarian diet in special circumstances, such as allergies, etc.
If you suspect that Rover has food allergies; have it checked by the vet and see if it needs to go on a grain-free diet. Grain-free foods for dogs are also easy on the pocket. Some of the obvious signs of food allergies are vomiting, diarrhea, scratching and excessive licking of the paws.
Do Your Homework on Your Dog Food Brand
After all the research, you finally choose the right brand for your dog, but you have to do one last little bit of homework before buying it. Check out the reviews for the brand and read different dog forums to see if it is considered to be one of the best ones out there.
Keep these four things in mind to get the best food for your dog, and your precious doggo will always be healthy and happy.
All our guests have a great time
Born into the pet care industry, resort owner Michael Avery has owned various pet resorts across the Gold Coast. However, he considers AAA Pet Resort his crowning achievement. Michael’s vision to create a home away from home for Gold Coast pets has been realised, as many happy customers can attest. Our philosophy is simple, yet effective: to ensure all of our guests have a great time, in a loving, protective environment.
All AAA animal carers uphold Michael’s high standards of care and comfort. This is reflected in their compassionate, observant nature when caring for your best friend
We have a 5 star team
Our enthusiastic team of dog lovers is driven to provide you and your pet with the most comfortable, enjoyable pet resort experience, while you enjoy your time away. Each staff member lives up to this philosophy by caring for your dog’s health, happiness, and wellbeing. You can be confident that while having the time of their lives, your best friend is safe and well looked after.
Frequently asked questions
Each of our five room options can be booked as either a Twin Share or a Private, so it’s still the same room, the option just depends on if your dog would like to have the room to them self or if they’d prefer to share that room with a friend. With dogs who do not live together at home, we will only board two dogs together at any one time, except under special circumstances, in which case you would be notified about the situation prior to boarding.
If you have a dog who thoroughly enjoys the company of another dog, the Twin Share option may be suitable. We match dogs in the Twin Share option according to size and temperament, so if you have a small, calm dog, your dog would be matched with another dog who is small, who would like to integrate but not be too over the top during play. If you have a large, playful dog, your dog would be matched to someone who wouldn’t mind playing the day away with your dog. There are endless combinations of pet traits.
There are instances where you may book your dog into a Twin Share room, but we may not have a dog boarding with us during that time who is suitable to share the room with your dog (Eg. Dogs got alone but one was much more playful than the other). If this occurs, we will be in touch with you to let you know that we weren’t able to find a match. When dogs are matched up, sometimes the dates that their booking goes for does not align. Your dog may be here for seven days, and their initial match may only be here for the first three days. The introduction process begins again once their first match has left.
We are very particular about which dogs share with one another, and our introduction process can take up to 3 or 4 hours. It’s most certainly not something we take lightly as we must ensure that both guests will feel comfortable being with one another during their stay. If there are any signs of anti-social behaviour from either dog, the introduction progress is ceased immediately.
If your dog has never boarded with us before, it’s highly recommended to book them a Private room so that you know the room is readily available for them to have them self should they require it. It’s very easy for us to change to a Twin Share, but due to availability, it’s not always easy for us to do it the other way around. Please get in touch with us if you’re unsure about which option is best for your dog.
If you’re looking for cat or dog boarding on the Gold Coast, your pet will be required to have current vaccination records. A good dog hotel on the Gold Coast will always protect all its canine and feline guests by making sure they are all up-to-date on their shots and healthy. Puppies and kittens require three initial vaccinations when they’re very young and then annual booster vaccinations and check-ups for life. Our requirements are C5 in dogs, and F3 in cats, and these vaccinations need to be conducted within the last 12 months, but not within 10 days of the arrival date to our resort. Be sure to ask your vet if you have any questions about your pet’s full protection and contact our friendly team to find out more about the vaccination requirements.