Here at Maultbys Animal Nutrition we are first and foremost dog owners and dog enthusiasts. For over 35 years we have been training, working and breeding dogs of many breeds and types. Right from sheep dogs to terriers and lurchers through to all types of working gun dogs we have experience in all breeds of dog and we fully recognise the importance of a solid nutritionally balanced diet to ensure any dog can perform at the highest level in its respective field.
Around 10 years ago we recognised there was a gap in the dog food market for high quality diets to provide the necessary energy a dog requires while in the field. We also saw there were very few diets aimed at older or less active dogs. All of these diets would also need to contain the most up to date ingredients to ensure that the special nutritional needs of working dogs were catered for. Along with all of this we also recognised the need for all of these diets to be available at a reasonable price which will ensure they are affordable to working dog owners and in particular those with large numbers of dogs.
The result of this was that we began working with some long-established pet food manufacturers in the UK to develop our diets. Our aim is to provide a comprehensive range of affordable feeds to suit dogs of all ages, from newly weaned puppies through to retired or less active dogs. All of these groups of dogs have specific nutritional requirements and our diets reflect the needs of the particular group at which the diet is aimed.
In more recent years is has become necessary for us to include a range of wheat and wheat gluten free hypoallergenic diets for dogs who may have a sensitivity to these ingredients. Dogs react to food allergies by generally suffering with skin and coat problems. Itchy, red, flaky skin, and a dull coat are common symptoms of food allergies in dogs. It is generally accepted that this condition should be diagnosed by getting advice from your vet who will advise on the course of action. This is generally achieved by the use of an exclusion diet. If your dog is found to have a sensitivity to wheat or wheat gluten, then one of our hypoallergenic diets will be ideally suited to their needs. Some people choose to feed these diets as a matter of course even without the presence of intolerances in their dog due to the higher quality of the diet and the fact that they generally have a higher meat content than regular dog food.
Our comprehensive selection of diets now includes a range of completely grain free and hypoallergenic diets which are some of the highest quality dry dog foods on the market today. These diets are made without the use of any cereals or grains of any sort in their manufacture. The diets available all use either potato or sweet potato as the main carbohydrate source, these are known to be some of the easiest forms of carbohydrate to digest which further reduces stomach sensitivity. The diets all use single protein sources so as to allow the owner to select a diet that once again suits their particular dog’s taste preferences or any sensitivities they may have to a particular meat. The 70:30 range especially are 70% meat content and are considered to be as close to a raw diet as can be achieved with a dry food. The high meat content and high protein levels mean they can be fed as a whole life food from puppies weaned at 5 weeks of age right through to older animals simply by adjusting the feed quantity accordingly.
Here at Maultbys, we have long recognised the huge benefits of Chondroitin, Glucosamine, and more recently MSM, in the long-term health of our dogs. The benefits of these additives are widely debated in the animal world, but it has been shown that they are extremely beneficial to dogs who are beginning to struggle with stiff or swollen joints.
Chondroitin is a compound that occurs naturally in the body and is one of a group of compounds known as glycosaminoglycans, these ѕеrvе an іmроrtаnt rоlе іn thе ѕtruсturе оf саrtіlаgе аnd соntrіbutе tо іtѕ аbіlіtу tо rеѕіѕt соmрrеѕѕіоn fоrсеѕ. Whеn соmbіnеd wіth gluсоѕаmіnе, сhоndrоіtіn саn hеlр rерlеnіѕh іmроrtаnt соmроnеntѕ tо rераіr dаmаgеd саrtіlаgе аnd ѕlоw thе dеgеnеrаtіvе рrосеѕѕ. Сhоndrоіtіn аlѕо hаѕ аntі-іnflаmmаtоrу рrореrtіеѕ. Іt hеlрѕ tо blосk аnd rеduсе thе lеvеl оf еnzуmеѕ рrеѕеnt іn thе јоіntѕ thаt brеаk dоwn саrtіlаgе. Тhе еnzуmеѕ аrе nаturаllу рrеѕеnt іn јоіntѕ but іnсrеаѕе іn thе еvеnt оf іnјurу оr аbnоrmаl wеаr оn thе саrtіlаgе.
Glucosamine is also a naturally occurring compound and supplements containing glucosamine are known as Chondroprotective agents and are one of several substances found to treat osteoarthritis in both dogs and also humans. The provision of artificial sources of glucosamine has been shown to not only alleviate the symptoms of osteoarthritis in dogs but if given early they can have a preventative function. Glucosamine is also used by many people as a naturally occurring pain relief medication and has been shown to offer mild to moderate relief in dogs suffering joint pain.
MSM is an organic sulphur containing compound which is well known for its benefits to joint health. Recent studies into the effects of MSM have shown it to significantly decrease pain and discomfort caused by various ailments including arthritis, back pain and athletic injuries. MSM has been so effective in helping relieve these problems since its introduction that it has almost surpassed glucosamine and chondroitin as a dietary supplement. It has also been proven as an anti-inflammatory agent by enhancing the activity of Cortisol which is a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory hormone found in the body.
With all of the evidence relating to the long-term health benefits of these three compounds to dogs, along with the relative low costs associated with their inclusion mean leaving them out would be considered false economy. The majority of our premium diets now have these included in their composition along with several of our grain free diets in the form of our Joint Blend additive.