Dog Feeding Info

What You Should Know About Dog Feeding

A well balanced diet for your dog will contain healthy ingredients and all the essential nutrients in the correct proportions. Essential nutrients your dog need: proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and water in order to stay healthy. Carbohydrates such as sugar, starch and fiber are not essential for your dog, but you can include them as part of dog’s diet as a source of additional energy.

Some helpful dog feeding tips:

  • Always keep the dog food dish totally clean.
  • Try to feed adult dogs twice a day to prevent hogging at one single meal. That also lessens the chance of your dog developing bloating or other stomach problems.
  • Dog feeding schedule should be made relaxed so that your dog knows approximate meal time but won’t bother you if you are a little off feeding time.
  • Dog should be fed after you and the rest of family has eaten from their own clean dish, containing their own food.
  • Never give scraps from your own meals because that type of food is not well balanced diet for your dog and leads to nutritional deficiencies or obesity.
  • Never feed your dog at the same time when you and your family are eating because this can lead to dominance related problems. Instead respect hierarchical order of eating when you and your family as leaders of the pack are eating first.
  • Never feed cat food to dogs because it is much higher in protein. Dogs don’t need so much protein as cats, so the surplus protein has to be broken down into waste product and excreted. Some of the waste products are potentially toxic and could even accumulate in the body (like urea for example).
  • Always try to feed your dog in a same spot and away from other people or animals while feeding, so that he does not get insecure and feel a need to defend his food.
  • Don’t let dog play with his dish, teach him manners instead.
  • Never let your dogs have free access to food, because that will make unneeded constant activity in their digestive systems.
  • Don’t leave dog food for hours in dog’s dish. Give your dog a chance to eat his food (usually about 20 minutes) and after that remove food from the dish.
  • Train your dog to sits and has his food, in which case there is less chance of food spilling all over the eating area.
  • Try to avoid foods with the ingredient “MEAT MEAL” which can be ANY dead animal.
  • Never buy dog food without listed ingredients and specific meat source or “HUMAN GRADE MEAT ONLY” in order to avoid deadly euthanized animal products.
  • Dogs fed on balanced diet rarely need any supplements.
  • Always consult your veterinarian before giving any supplements to your dog because some supplements can be dangerous and toxic in overdose.