Important Principles Of Feeding Dogs

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There are some basic principles of feeding that are important to the health of every dog regardless of breed and size. Feeding a dog can be a very sensitive subject to some dog owners but it needs to be addressed.
In feeding a mature pet, the less bulk in the food they eat, as long as they are being kept in sound condition, the healthier they will be and the longer they will live. Of course they need a complete and balanced diet. A dog should not be allowed to get too fat or too skinny. If they are allowed to get too heavy their life will be shortened. On the other hand if the dog is too thin it is more prone to several different health risks and metabolic conditions.
Most dog owners have a tendency to over feed their pet. Almost every dog will eat about twenty per cent more than it needs. Some dogs, just like some people, never seem to get fat even though they are constantly over fed. The proper way to feed a dog is to find the proper amount of food that will maintain its weight, which is usually very close to the dog food manufacturer’s feeding table provided on the packaging.
Starvation is depriving a dog of food. Fasting, however, is when a dog does not eat voluntarily, or when you as the owner withhold food for a specific reason. A sick dog will fast for a short period of time, which is not necessarily an issue. If you have an obese dog starvation or fasting is not typically recommended, but a definite decrease in food or skipping one meal may be. When a dog is fed a smaller ration or is cut from three meals a day to two the body will use stored fat for energy. If the dog is given a good quality protein with an acceptable carbohydrate a balanced yet highly effective weight loss diet can be developed. Good protein sources include chicken, lean beef or lamb and good carbohydrates include rolled oats, brown rice or small amounts of potato.
A dog can go for a long time without food. There are instances of dogs living with only water for several weeks. Any changes in your dog’s food intake need to be observed and noted, but if you are changing feeds or if your dog is recovering from an illness this change in food consumption may be perfectly normal.
It is far crueler to overfeed than it is to keep your dog trim and lean and not give in to begging for treats. Obesity shortens the life of a dog and it will make them more likely to develop several serious health issues. It will also lead to muscle and joint problems, lack of energy and even behavioral changes in the dog.
If a dog owner feeds a dog the recommended amount of food and makes sure that exercise is a daily part of life, they are well on their way to a healthy pet. Overfeeding, underfeeding and poor quality feeds need to be avoided for the dog’s overall health.

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