Feeding your furry loved one can be as simple as following the directions on a bag of dog food. However, many breeds of dogs require a strict diet and must follow strict dietary guidelines. The trick is figuring out what is the best feeding guideline for your dog.
Feeding guidelines for dogs are most commonly based on age and weight of your pet, but a dog’s feeding habits change with age. When they are puppies they must be fed three to four times daily. As your dog ages, feeding times will vary depending on the size and breed of your dog.
The size of your dog will determine the amount of food your dog needs. It is recommended that you follow the feeding guidelines on the bag of dog food you purchase. If you notice weight gain, however, you will need to adjust the amount of food that you give your dog.
When feeding your pet, always remember to consider the breed. Certain breeds are more prone to bloating than other dogs which can lead to twisting of the stomach.
If specific feeding guidelines are not followed, your pet can become malnourished or severely overweight.
If following the basic feeding guidelines on your package of dog food is not meeting your dog’s requirements, your veterinarian can help you. One of the best ways to modify your dog’s diet is to observe and know your pet.