Pet owners everywhere have specific ideas concerning what the appropriate amount of food is to give to their puppies and dogs. However, certain guidelines should be followed when feeding canines. For example, the type of food, the amount of the serving, and the dog’s health, age and size should all be taken into consideration.
Puppies eight weeks of age and younger should ideally be fed by their mothers. Unfortunately, some dogs are separated from their mother too soon and become orphans. If this occurs, and you must feed your puppy at an early age, your goal should be to ensure that the dog consumes approximately five percent of his or her body weight on a daily basis. This amount is obviously different from one dog to the next, as the size of the dog determines the amount of the feeding.
Even though a bit of a round belly is not a major problem for any puppy, it is never wise to overfeed an adult dog or pup. Excessive amounts of food can lead to digestive dysfunctions and problems stemming from obesity. It is a much wiser course of action to give just enough at each feeding than to feed your puppy too often or give him or her to much food overall.
Due to the fact that their digestive systems are not made to handle excessive amounts of food without reacting, allowing your puppy or adult dog to overindulge may result in diarrhea, stomach aches and moodiness. This means that the problem is not just one from which your dog suffers, it may become a major issue for you as well. It can cause trauma to your dog’s health, and subsequently emotional distress to you. With regard to obesity, dogs are similar to humans: excessive weight can cause diabetes, aneurysm, heart problems and other health conditions that can reduce their quality of life and even lead to premature death.
As a dog matures, he or she requires smaller amounts of food, but at various times of the day. This ensures that the dog has enough energy to play, grow and become healthy and happy adult pet. Similar to humans, once the dog stops growing, his or her activity will decrease. This ultimately means that he or she will need less food. The majority of adult dogs should transition from multiple feedings to eating two or three large meals on a daily basis. How often and how much depends on various factors. A dog’s diet is impacted by the animal’s overall health and breed. The most appropriate way to discover if you are feeding your puppy or dog correctly is to schedule a visit with a veterinarian during which you can discuss your pet’s diet.