Canine Nutrition: How to Feed Your Dog

How Many Times a Day Should I feed My Dog?

For a puppy (2-6 months), the recommended feeding is 3 times a day because caloric needs are higher during the growth stages. For an adult dog, feeding is recommended once or twice a day. Some dogs refuse to eat in the morning and will only want one meal in the evening. Dwarf pups are very light so it is advisable to give them 4 meals a day to avoid hypoglycemia.

What Should I Feed My Dog?
When it comes to your pet’s nutrition, opt for quality brand products such as those offered through veterinarians or pet stores. These products are practical, balanced and contain good proteins. Avoid supermarket brands which may be attractively priced, but are high in salt and low in quality proteins.

Your veterinarian can give you more advice and determine the daily rations for your dog.

Some Basic Rules

  • Do not give your dog dairy products. As they grow, dogs develop lactose intolerance. Therefore, dairy products can cause them severe intestinal problems.
  • When you change your dog’s diet, incorporate a 3-day transition period to avoid digestive upsets.
  • Avoid feeding table scraps (red meat, bread, cakes, etc.) to your dog.
  • Do not let your dog eat chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine (extremely toxic to the nervous and muscular system) that the dog’s body is unable to eliminate. It is found mostly in dark chocolate and cooking chocolate and a little less in milk chocolate. Chocolate consumption may be fatal for your dog.
  • Avoid onions and grapes. These items can also be very harmful to the health of your pets.

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