Canine Nutrition: Guidelines on the right way to feed your dog.
You control virtually everything about your dog’s diet. What he eats, when, and how much. So, raising a healthy, well-fed dog should be a breeze, right?
The sad truth is that many pet dogs (as many as 1 in 3 by some estimates) suffer obesity problems, while many others suffer from diet-related diseases.In most instances, this is not down to neglect – quite the opposite in fact. Dogs are arch manipulators and many owners are simply suckers for a cute canine face.
Small dogs, in particular, can be fussy eaters, turning their noses up at their daily meals, then devoting their energy to begging for treats.Other dogs eat everything that’s put in front of them, then finish off the food of other pets (including cat food which is not ideal for dogs), before trying to mooch some table scraps or a doggy treat.
Giving in to begging only reinforces this behavior. If you want a healthy dog you need to hang tough on the subject of canine nutrition. Develop a feeding routine around one or two meals daily and stick to it. Your dog may resist at first but he’ll soon fall into line.
Here are our top 10 tips to ensure a healthy canine nutrition.
- The simplest way to provide good canine nutrition is to feed your dog a good quality, commercially available, dry dog food from a reputable manufacturer.
- Feed your dog once or twice a day, at set times. Remove and dispose of uneaten moist food after the meal. Leftover dry food can be held over until the next meal, but dispose of it at the end of the day.
- Supplement dry or tinned food with cooked pasta, rice, and vegetables if you can, but never give your dog stale or spoiled food.
- When serving food that has been stored in the fridge, dish it into your dog’s bowl and allow it to warm to room temperature before giving it to your dog.
- Tinned dog food can be sealed and stored in the fridge for up to three days after which it should be disposed of.
- Don’t feed bones which can break and splinter. If the dog swallows them they can damage the stomach and digestive tract.
- Don’t feed cat food to a dog. Cat food is high in protein as cats are pure carnivores, whereas dogs are omnivores and require a mix of protein and carbohydrates.
- A dog treat should be just that, and not serve as a meal substitute. Preferably give treats as a reward for good behavior.
- Fresh water should always be available to your dog.
- If your dog refuses to eat over a 24 hour period, consult a vet, as this could be indicative of a health problem.
Follow these simple canine nutrition tips and you’ll be rewarded with a happy, healthy dog.
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