Feeding your dog may seem like a simple enough thing, but if you don’t take certain things into consideration, you may be harming her. All dogs are different and they have different nutritional needs. You should base your feeding and food decisions on your dog alone. Follow these simple steps as set out by our experts at Jindo to ensure you are feeding your dog correctly.
- Talk to your vet. The first thing to do when you rescue a dog or get a new puppy, is to talk to the vet. The vet will be able to give you good pointers on what types of food will be best as well as how much and so on.
- Determine your dog’s activity level. Puppies and younger dogs are very active while older dogs are less so. You need to also keep in mind if you or your children are playing with the dogs a lot or not as this will increase their activity level. Older dogs also experience a slower metabolism and this should also be considered. The more active your dog is, the more protein and energy she will need to stay healthy.
- Choose the right food. Dog food is made for specific ages. Look for food that is ideal for puppies because it contains more nutrients and energy than food for older dogs. Older dogs have different nutritional needs than puppies and should not be fed puppy food. The brand of food is your decision. Keep in mind that cheaper foods don’t always have the right nutrients or enough of it, but this is not always true. The best thing is to do some research to find out what will be best for your dog and will suit your pocket as well.
- Don’t overdo treats. Treats should be a treat which mean that your dog should not get a treat everyday. Treats should be kept for rewarding good behavior or to just be a treat. Also, check the fat content and other harmful ingredients if you buy treats. Some treats can be very high in fat and cause your dog to become overweight. A better option is to give them cut up pieces of meat or fruits and vegetables. This way you will know it’s healthy and your dog will still enjoy it.
- Be consistent with feeding. Always prepare the food the same way and feed your dog at the same time. There is nothing wrong with changing the food now and then, but try not to give them too many different things as this can upset their stomachs. Feed the same amount everyday and if you’re unsure if you are giving too much or too little, consult with your vet.
Lastly, avoid giving your dog foods like chocolate, onions and garlic. These foods are bad for them and can even poison them. If you stick to these tips, you will have a happy and well-fed dog. Send us your advice and experiences with feeding your dog and keeping her healthy.