Dog Feeding Guidelines

How much food does a dog really need?

It seems not many a day goes by where we're not hearing more about the rise and rise of obesity. Sadly, our pets are also widening around the girth.

It is of course easy to control the amount of food your dog is eating and it is essential that you gauge its weight on a regular basis to ensure that it doesn't get obese.

Health Problems from Overfeeding

There are an increasing number of dogs suffering from this disease and in most cases this could have been avoided through the correct nutrition and monitoring the amount of food the dog has been eating.

Having a dog with diabetes will necessitate the injection of insulin or in some cases taking of pills to assist in the maintenance of the correct sugar levels in their blood.

Obviously this involves additional expense and inconvenience and there is also a danger that should the insulin level be incorrect your pet could die. All of this from simply giving them too much food? You bet!

It makes sense then that your dog should only eat what is good for it and in quantities that won't result in it developing health problems later in life.

Working dogs will need more food for the energy that they will expend in the course of the day but a dog that lays around the house all day and doesn't get any exercise will not need to eat the same portions of food.

You should weigh your dog on a regular basis and see whether it is gaining or losing weight and adjust the amount of food it is eating accordingly.

You know, it's quite incredible the amount of people who have literally no idea how much their dog weighs or indeed any idea of how much they should weigh. Simply getting to grips with this information can literally extend your dog's life, in some cases for a considerable amount of time.

Many experts argue that there has been a general decline in the general health of dogs that correlates with the widespread introduction of processed dog foods.

Many of these foods offer very little nutritional value but it is their convenience and the fact that they have added flavours that ensure our pets get delight in eating them that have increased the sales and popularity of this food. Understanding your dog's specific nutritional requirements, again, can add years to their life.

Just as we might like to eat foods that contain sugar, which is detrimental to our health, our dogs also like to eat these low value foods because they taste so good – in many cases, with dogs being such scavengers, they'll simply beg for ANY food that's potentially on offer. It is entirely in our control not to harm their health by giving in to their longing expressions!

If our diet is bad, often our dog's is too. Don't believe me?

A study by K9 Magazine showed that 98% of dog owners had fed their pets with scraps from their own tables at one time or another. Our table = bad food = dogs sharing in our own poor diet!

But therein lies another problem with many of the foods that we eat, unsuitable for dog consumption.

Many people are finding good results in preparing their own dog food using only those ingredients that will enhance the health of the dog but don't discount the range of high quality diets that are available in prepared form. Don't for a second assume they're all bad because nothing could be further from the truth.

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