It’s hard to know what, how often and how much to feed your dog . Read on for answers to the most common feeding questions for dogs in general. The following pages have The Puppy Place’s answers to dog-specific feeding questions.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I FEED MY DOG?
Feeding guidelines vary depending on weight, age and activity level of your pet. Refer to the product package label for general guidelines.
DO PUPPIES EAT MORE THAN OLDER DOGS?
Yes. Compared to adults, young animals of any species have higher caloric needs and therefore should be fed foods higher in fat than older animals. For this reason it is improbable, though not impossible, to see an obese puppy. Your puppy’s voracious appetite is almost certainly normal. Your veterinarian can confirm this with a routine “well pup” visit and a stool examination to rule out intestinal parasites as well as unlikely disorders of the gastrointestinal tract that may cause a ravenous appetite.
IS IT HEALTHY TO FEED MY DOG CANNED FOOD?
Yes. Canned dog foods are good for feeding everyday providing the product label states that it is 100% nutritionally complete and balanced. Canned dog foods are very palatable and enjoyable for your pet. Always be sure to have fresh water available whether you are feeding your dog canned or dry food.
DOES CANNED DOG FOOD NEED TO BE REFRIGERATED AFTER OPENING?
Yes. All canned dog foods should be refrigerated after opening. Canned dog food contains meat and, like human canned foods, should be covered and refrigerated. We recommend the opened product be used within three days.
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO CHANGE MY DOG’S DIET?
Some dogs do not tolerate a sudden change in their diet. It is important to introduce any new dietary change gradually. We suggest that you try mixing a small portion of the new food with the food previously fed. The amount of new food should be gradually increased each day, until, at the end of five days, it is being fed the new food entirely. In this way, the transition is made gradually and can help reduce any intestinal upset.
IS IT OKAY FOR DOGS TO EAT CAT FOOD?
No. The nutritional requirements for cats and dogs are very different. The proper diet for a cat or dog must contain adequate levels of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals in the correct proportions. A deficiency, excess or imbalance of certain nutrients can cause a dog to become unhealthy.