Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Dog

Feeding your dog quality food and ensuring they have access to fresh water 24/7 is essential to keeping their skin, coat and fur healthy, and support healthy organ function.

Nutritional Quality Food Is Vital for Your Dog’s Well Being and Longevity - Just Like Humans.

If you feed your dog nutritional quality food, you will extend your dog's life, protect them from cancer and other 20th-century diseases, keep their skin, coat and fur healthy, and support healthy organ function.
The majority of pet food from the supermarket will not be very nutritious, or scientifically tested (even if if the marketing implies so).
Buying a large bag of high quality food from your vet, pet store or online, may seem expensive. If you feed the right amount necessary, it will end up being the same price or less, than buying smaller bags of less nutritional food from the supermarket. It may seem like you are saving a few dollars, but the cost is to your dog's health and quality of life.



How Do I Tell If My Dogs Food Is Right for Them?

Read your dog's poo! The quality of your dog’s number two will show if he has a healthy diet. Seeing diarrhea is a common sign your dog is not eating correctly. It may also be a sign of illness. Another common sign is that your dog may be struggling to pass his poop, possibly straining. It may seem unpleasant, but taking notice of your dog's poop is very important in understanding the health of their digestive system. As you are the person picking up your dog poop, you are the best person to notice if anything changes or looks different.

Please Don't Feed Your Dog Human Food Scraps!

It is strongly advised not feeding your dog human food, unless you are 100% sure it is harmless. Garlic and onion are both toxic and could kill your dog – this is a common ingredient in human meals like lasagna, stir fry's, spaghetti bolognese (commonly given to dogs). Why? A dogs liver is not built to process many foods that humans often feed them. Anything toxic will make them sick, and when too much is consumed, they can die.

Dog food advisor

Saving good dogs from bad dog food.
Dog owners love to ask… “What’s the best dog food?” But think about that for a moment.

How could a one-size-fits-all dog food be “best” for every dog? Read the Advisor’s best dog food by category. 

People Foods That Will Not Harm Dogs

We try to keep our dogs on their canine diets but sometimes we just can’t resist slipping them an occasional human morsel. If you’d like to reward your pet with a table scrap, make sure that you choose people foods that are safe for canine tummies. Here is a great list of dog approved people food.

We highly recommend ordering your food online from these Kiwi-owned pet websites.

Take advantage of their delivery service, great discounts and quality products.

Pet Direct

Pet Direct is your 100% Kiwi owned pet store. It is our mission to help pet parents by providing the best products at great prices.
As well as your favourite international brands, we are passionate about stocking a large range of NZ made products.


We love our pets just as much as you love yours, and that’s why we’re committed to giving you the best service and purchase experience imaginable.

Avoiding Toxic Plants and Foods

Understand what food and plants are toxic to your dog, and the truth behind feeding your dog a bone.










Please don't give into your dogs sad eyes when they beg for human food

Frequently Asked Questions: Feeding Your Dog

Dogs need a premium food for energy and health, and access to water at all times.