Adult dogs FAQ's

Many people are surprised to hear about the practice of soaking dry kibble. Unless your vet has specifically advised you one way or another there are no hard and fast rules about whether you should or shouldn’t soak it. Much depends on the individual cat dog – and convenience to the owner! Here are the main circumstances when soaking may be beneficial - read them here 
It contains optimal levels of minerals for skin support including zinc and selenium, and has higher Omega-3 EPA and DHA levels than some meat based products.
Adult Salmon is primarily made from salmon, chicken, rice and maize. Sensitive is primarily made from white fish and potato.

To provide a novel protein source for dogs who are known or suspected to be allergic to other meats or fish. 

The fact it is unusual is a benefit as allergies in dogs usually develop after a reasonable period of exposure to a dietary protein.
To promote slow, steady energy release. 

Also, using a combination of white potato and sweet potato in our Sensitive canine range means that we can take advantage of their different nutrient profiles providing a valuable alternative carbohydrate source to grains for the dogs that we feed.
We usually suggest gradually changing over the course of a week, but you may wish to double this period if your dog is ultra-sensitive.
Sensitive has a high Omega-3 EPA and DHA content. 

These essential fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties. 

Ocean white fish is usually easily digested, and the exclusion of grains may be of benefit to dogs with an allergy or intolerance to cereals.
Chicken oil is rarely associated with adverse food reactions in dogs because it is a very digestible, pure source that has had any large antigenic protein molecules filtered out. 

A food allergy is an adverse immune reaction to a dietary protein rather than a fat/oil, and intolerances are more likely to occur in response to less digestible ingredients.
To suit the majority of large and giant breeds who typically have larger mouths (kibble size approximately 23x23x10mm).
This chicken based diet contains 3 times more glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM to support the joints, plus added L-carnitine to promote healthy muscles.

Adult Large Breed is a little lower in protein and fat than the regular adult foods.
No, but the Arden Grange Adult Salmon & Rice is also very popular with the owners of large and giant breeds (kibble size approximately 18x12x5mm).
No, these products are nutritionally identical apart from the kibble size.
Choking is unfortunately a risk regardless of the kibble size. 

Dogs can even choke on wet or fresh foods. 

Choking is very uncommon, but supervision during feeding is recommended. 

If you have concerns about the small kibble size, you can always opt for the regular Adult Chicken or Lamb diets
Yes, providing it is well digested and your dog is consuming the correct amount of calories for his or her healthy target. 

It is higher in fat than our adult maintenance diets, and a high proportion of fresh chicken is included for palatability as well as its nutritional value.
Due to the higher proportion of fresh meat. 

This product is higher in protein and fat, and has been formulated to provide optimal amino acid, vitamin and mineral intake for dogs who have a busy life-style be it showing, light work or just a higher than average activity level.

Another difference between Adult Chicken & Rice and Premium is that the former contains rice and maize as the carbohydrate sources, the latter contains rice and white potato. 
Prestige is primarily formulated for dogs with a higher demand for calories and nutrients (e.g. pregnancy, lactation, work, sport), but it can be fed as a regular diet providing there are no concerns about unwanted weight gain (given it is a very calorific product with 410 kcals/100g). 

Prestige is often a good choice for fussy eaters due to the smaller feed portions.
This is highly variable and dependent not only on your bitch’s pre-pregnancy intake and individual metabolism, but the size of her litter and how far into gestation she is. 

As a very general guide, it is suggested that you increase her usual calorie intake by 10-15% at week 6, by 20-30% at week 7, by 40-50% at week 8 and 60% at week 9. Requirements can range from 2-4 x a bitch’s pre-pregnancy energy requirement during lactation.
A direct link between a high level of good quality, highly digestible protein and hyperactivity has not been proven. 

Protein can be used for fuel if the dog is consuming less energy than he or she is expending, and the carbohydrate and fat reserves have been depleted, but it is not an efficient energy source. 

Its primary role is to supply building blocks called amino acids which support the body’s structural and functional demands including the growth and repair of cells and tissues, and the production of hormones and enzymes. 

Protein consumed in excess of the animal’s requirement cannot be stored so it is excreted.
Yes, this food is primarily formulated for working and sporting dogs, but it may also be a good option for those who enjoy a busy lifestyle/higher than average activity level. 

Performance has the benefit of a number of functional ingredients to help to protect the body from the effects of metabolic stress (which can be resultant of illness and psychological problems as well as very strenuous exercise). 

It is often recommended for anxious and/or underweight dogs.
Yes, this is perfectly okay. However, Performance does have the additional benefit of the added functional ingredients and higher levels of joint support. 

It also contains taurine (to support cardiac function) and L-carnitine (to support the heart and skeletal muscles).
A higher fat and calorie content than the adult maintenance diets, higher levels of glucosamine chondroitin and MSM, taurine and L-carnitine inclusion, plus quercetin, green tea and grape seed extracts (for their antioxidant properties which may help protect against free radical damage). 

Performance has also been formulated to provide an optimal amino acid profile and vitamin/mineral levels for energetic dogs.
The reduction diets are lower in fat and calories, and contain L-carnitine to help convert fat to muscle.

It is initially recommended you start by feeding for your dog’s current weight (using the weight reduction guide on the packaging), but if weight loss is proving difficult, gradually reduce down to the volume suggested for your dog’s ideal weight.
Yes, this product is often a great choice for dogs with a large appetite who appreciate more volume in the bowl.

You might also like to consider feeding some Partners canned food if your dog has a big appetite. Wet food is a lot lower calorie than dry so portions are larger.
Absolutely, as long as your pet does not have a specific allergy to any of the ingredients or require low fat food.  

However, it is unwise to give any treats close to a bout of digestive upset and allow the digestive system to rest – find more advice on this topic here.

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