Nutrition & Advice

How our food is made

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We know you want the very best dog food for your faithful friend. That means you are looking for good quality dog food

A premium dog food should be as fresh as possible. At Cobbydog we continuously manufacture our good quality dog food - this means that when you place your order a fresh bag is delivered straight to your door.

We are a family owned business, and we pride ourselves on providing a first class service for all our customers, who include large manufacturers, distributors and pet shops. If they trust us to make high quality dog food then you can trust us too - that’s why we think ours is the best dried dog food for your dog.

We start by buying the finest ingredients. Everything we use for our good dog food comes from the same places that your own food does - all of our ingredients come from the human food chain. Then we mix them, continuously monitoring quality. 

We are a family company, so we offer a very personal service. The majority of our customers know our founder, Eddy Horner, by name and often speak to him when they call us to order their dog food. We have 44 years of experience, and in all that time we have striven to work with owners to formulate the very best dried dog foods that their dogs need and like! Let's not forget that your dog must find our quality dog food delicious so that he can remain your faithful and healthy friend.

Because Cobbydog are so well known for manufacturing good quality, wholesome complete dog foods, we think we make the best dry dog food in the UK. If you take a look at our range you will see that we provide a wide range of different textures and sizes of dog food. Some are cereal based and some are kibble based. This is because we know that all dogs are different and they all have their own specific likes and dislikes.

All our premium dog food can also be soaked in water before feeding, which again changes the texture. For an extra treat you could moisten your dog’s meal by adding some tasty gravy to the food.

Ingredients

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A complete dog food diet has to include many nutrients, vitamins and minerals to keep your dog feeling healthy and happy. Here at Cobbydog we have a vast knowledge on dog nutrition and we manufacture a range of complete foods, each one designed to meet the individual needs of your dog. We aim to ensure that your dog is eating a nutritionally balanced dog food. We believe Cobbydog dog food nutrition is the way to keep your dogs looking and feeling good. We want you to be confident that you are feeding your special friend with the very best dog food available. Cobbydog dog food nutrition provides all the essential ingredients required for the perfect dog food diet – and it's tasty too!

Vital dog food ingredients that make up a high quality dog food diet.


At Cobbydog, we include key dog food ingredients from the main food groups in all our nutritionally balanced dog food; Protein, Carbohydrates, Vitamins, Minerals and Fats. All these come together in one complete feed to provide your dog with a balanced diet. Just like us, your dogs require a balanced and healthy diet packed full of all the essential nutrients.

Protein
We use top quality proteins in our dog foods. Protein is essential for helping your dogs develop into fit and healthy adults, with tip top immune systems and plenty of energy. It is essential for growth, is found in all the cells of the body including hair, skin and muscle. Many of our customers tell us how shiny their dog’s coats are when feeding them Cobbydog. 

Carbohydrates
They are changed into glucose and are the easiest source of fuel for your dog’s body to use. Carbohydrates are necessary for the brain and nervous system to function properly and have a pivotal role in providing all the cells in your dog's body with the energy it needs. At Cobbydog we incorporated carbohydrates into our nutritionally balanced dog food to ensure your dog can produce the energy it needs to enjoy your vigorous walks and days out on the beach. Your dogs will thank you for the glucose that he uses from our dog food ingredients to run after his ball!


Vitamins
A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E and K are included in our complete dog foods . Our list below shows how all these vitamins are helping your dogs body.

Minerals
Biotin, Calcium, Choline Chloride, Cobalt, Copper, Fibre, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Nicotinic, Oil, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorous, Protein, Salt, Selenium, Zinc. 

Fats
Fats are also present in all dry dog foods, just as they are in Cobbydog. They are needed so that your dog can absorb the beneficial nutrients that are present in our feeds and they help to supply your dog with energy. Fats provide insulation from cold and heat under a dog's skin and prevent dry skin and hair loss. Rest assured that our range of dog food offers just the right amount of fats for your dogs to retain their optimum level of fitness.

The following may be of interest to you in explaining the part played by the ingredients used in Cobbydog complete dry dog foods in promoting canine health and vitality. This information can help you to choose the right formula of dog food for your dog. Please look at each individual dog food composition while searching for the food of your choice.

Vitamin A for disease resistance and growth
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) for energy utilization
and nervous system
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) for healthy skin and coat
Vitamin B6 promotes appetite and protein utilisation
Vitamin B12 for prevention of infections and stress
Vitamin C for prevention of infections and stress
Vitamin D3 for development and bone growth
Vitamin E for the reproduction system, muscles and nerves
Vitamin K for the blood
Biotin for the liver, kidneys, skin, hair and paws
Calcium for bone and teeth development
Choline Chloride for the nervous system and liver
Cobalt assists fat and carbohydrate utilization
Copper for coat colour and blood cell formation
Fibre essential for digestive function
Iodine assists thyroid function
Iron for the prevention of anaemia
Manganese for joint and enzyme function
Nicotinic acid nutrient utilization
Oil provides energy & skin and coat condition
Pantothenic Acid for carbohydrates and oils utilisation
Phosphorous promotes bone and teeth development
Protein for muscle development
Salt assists appetite and body fluid balance
Selenium helps in dealing with stress
Zinc promotes healthy skin and appetite

Switching to Cobbydog

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The best way to change your dog's food is to do it gradually. There may be many reasons for you to switch dog food;perhaps your dog is gaining or losing weight, your vet has recommended you do so, your dog has developed allergies or your budget has changed. The main thing is it to take it a step at a time, probably over the course of a week or so.

We recommend starting with a mixture of a quarter Cobbydog and three quarters of the current food each meal. Increase the amounts to half and then three quarters Cobbydog, until eventually you are sure that your dog’s digestion is fine and he is eating a full bowl of his favourite Cobbydog! Remember, the slower the transition the less chance there will be of upsetting your doggie's stomach

Feeding Guide

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All our complete dog foods can be eaten dry or moistened with water. You will see in our Dog feeding guide that we recommend that you feed your dog at the same time every day. This helps to establish a routine and usually means less wasted food. Keep your dog’s water and food bowls clean and monitor how much food your dog eats. Differing activity levels and weight can mean that you have to adjust the amount of food you give your pet.

Your dogs can eat the same food all their life; however a dog’s lifestyle and age can have an impact on which food you should give them. If your dog is active and full of energy we usually advise a complete high protein dog food. In the same way, older dogs that do not get as much exercise may need a lower protein dog food, such as Cobbydog Adult. Our dog feeding guide below provides approximate recommended quantities, bearing in mind the particular needs of dogs. A lot can depend on the age, breed and level of activity of your dog.

MINIATURE:
Chihuahua, Pekinese, Miniature Dachshund, Yorkshire Terrier, Pomeranian, Toy Poodle
3oz/85 grams per day


SMALL: 
Miniature Poodle, King Charles Spaniel, Jack Russell, Pug, Corgi.
6oz/170 grams per day

MEDIUM: 
Cocker Spaniel, Bull Terrier, Poodle, Beagle, Collie, .
12 oz/340 grams per day

LARGE:
Labrador, Alsation, Setter, Springer Spaniel, Doberman
18oz/510 grams per day

OUTSIZE:
Great Dane, St Bernard, Newfoundland, Malamute, Mastiff
24 oz/680 grams per day

Breeding Bitches

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Protein quality and quantity will affect the milk production of your breeding bitch. It is therefore essential to provide a high standard of food at this time and one that is consistently high protein dog food to ensure the bitch's good health. It may be advisable to moisten the food with one fifth milk to four fifths water at this time when extra special care is required to achieve good results.

A bitch in good condition at mating can continue to receive her usual diet until the second half of gestation. It will then be necessary to increase the food allowance by ten per cent each week from the sixth week onwards so that the intake at birth is approximately fifty per cent more than at mating.
We can also advise that lactating bitches can be fed on Cobbydog Puppy food, a high protein dog food.

Puppies

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Puppies can be weaned at three to four weeks. They are normally still feeding from mum at this stage, however now is the time to start offering a tablespoonful of high protein puppy food, up to at least 6 times a day. Your puppy's need for energy is immense because they are developing so quickly, however try not to overfeed your puppy and always remove any uneaten food.
By six to eight weeks your puppy should be fully weaned. From six weeks onwards puppies should be fed as much as appetite will allow four times daily.

3.5 - 4 months; 3 meals daily
6 months; 2 meals daily
1 year; 1 meal daily

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