Humans make conscious choices regarding what they eat for optimal health and well-being. It’s the same for dogs. There’s a wide range of dog food available, but it’s important to know the basics so that you can give your dog what they need.
We have answered some frequently asked questions on dog food below.
How often should I feed my dog?
Several factors influence the amount of food your dog should eat. Some of these factors are age and lifestyle.
As counter-intuitive as it may sound, puppies require more food than adult dogs. Puppies less than two weeks old should be fed every 3-4 hours. Weaned puppies generally require three large meals daily.
On the other hand, an older dog can do with just one large meal a day. However, dividing that meal into two smaller portions is recommended to promote digestion and control hunger.
The reason puppies eat more is because of their development needs.
Furthermore, more active dogs would require larger portions than sedentary ones to control weight.
What kind of bones should I give my dog?
Bones are a great way to keep your dogs busy. But not all bones are good for your furry friend. For example, chicken bones can splinter and get lodged in the dog’s mouth. They can also scrape the dog’s guts.
Only purchase “bones” specially designed for dogs, most of which aren’t the regular bones you leave on your plate. It’s even preferable to give bully sticks to dogs for a long-lasting chew instead of bones.
Is it okay to feed my dog with human food?
Yes, there are some human foods good for dogs, too. In short, it’s a great way to save money on dog care. One of the common human foods you can feed your dog is cheese. It’s a great treat, and they can’t get enough of it. If your dog is sick and you need to add medicine to their food, cheese is one way to go.
However, you shouldn’t throw just any kind of food at your furry friend. Ensure you find out what dogs shouldn’t eat as well as what they can.
When should my puppy transition to adult food?
When you go to a pet store, you’d likely see foods labeled “for puppies.” Puppy food is different from adult food in its nutritional requirements. It helps the pup grow rapidly. But when should you transition from this puppy food to adult food.
The best time to switch to adult food is when your puppy reaches about 80-90 of his adult size. There’s no fixed age since all species are different.
Can I feed my dog with rawhides?
As a canine, dogs naturally would be drawn to rawhides. Many people even give their pets rawhides to keep them busy. But dogs with a history of vomiting and allergy wouldn’t do very well with this treat.
Can my dog be veg?
Yes, your dog can be a vegetarian just like you. As long as it’s getting enough protein from other plant sources, it should do very well, just like a human vegetarian.
These are just a few dog food FAQs every dog owner should know. But note that every dog is unique.
For more specific info regarding your unique breed, speak with your veterinarian.