Dog Feeding Time: How Much and How Often?
Dog Feeding Time: How Much and How Often? Large dogs are characterized by a very long and very important growth, a digestive tract relatively smaller than that of other dogs, a rather reduced life expectancy which implies premature aging…
The growth rate of a large breed puppy should be monitored to prevent the development of osteoarticular disorders. Food that is not too high in fat, with well-dosed rations, helps to limit daily weight gain. The protein level has no influence on the speed of growth. Anarchic calcium supplementation is particularly dangerous in these puppies.
A large breed adult dog has relatively low digestive tolerance. It must be given a very digestible diet, and sufficient energy so that the meals are not too large. Choosing a food that is highly digestible and energy-dense helps prevent stomach expansion and torsion.
Adding natural antioxidants (vitamins E and C) to the diet and reducing the amount of phosphorus are the first steps to take to help the dog enter the maturity phase in the best possible way.
From the age of 6, large dogs become more fragile. To help them stay healthy, you need a very appetizing, balanced diet, made up of high-quality ingredients: milk, egg and fish proteins, borage oil, chelated trace elements, etc.
Such an orientation improves their quality of life and increases their longevity.
More than others, small dogs tend to be “spoiled” by their owners, who quickly develop the bad habit of gratifying them with their leftovers.
To discourage these practices, the food ration served to small dogs must be particularly appetizing for them. Special packaging is required to preserve the freshness of dry products, even if the low daily consumption (less than 200 g per day) means that it must be kept for a long time.
Food of high digestibility which minimizes the volume of the stool and the risks of digestive disorders is particularly indicated in small dogs, which are often city animals.
Specificities depending on the size of the dog
– Long growth (about 14 months)> Avoid excess fat
– Risk of joint disorders> Avoid excess calcium supplement
– Low digestive tolerance> Provide a very digestible diet
– Risk of stomach twisting> Choose high energy foods for a reduced volume
– “Difficult” dogs (food imbalance because the owners give what they like)> Give a very appetizing canine diet
– Frequent digestive disorders> Prefer small presentations, and very digestible foods
– Rapid growth> Give a diet “concentrated” in growth elements
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