Properly feeding your dog plays a vital role in making sure he stays happy and healthy. Nevertheless, it can be a challenging endeavor to determine what is the appropriate amount of food to allow your dog to have on a daily basis. For this reason, dog owners should refer to specific scientific data, as well as use their discretion and experience with regard to this matter.
Experts state that puppies eight weeks of age or younger should remain with their mother. If the puppy is orphaned, and subsequently deprived of its mother’s milk, the puppy will be more prone to illness than dogs who remain with their mothers for at least eight weeks. Feeding a puppy approximately five percent of his body weight is a good general rule, but it is important to weigh the puppy or carefully observe his size when you dish out his food each day.
Puppies should be fed until they are satisfied and full. In general, a puppy can be fed until his belly appears slightly rounded, but puppies should never be allowed to gorge as it can result in stomach ache, diarrhea or other health problems.
When feeding a puppy or adult dog, it is essential to consider the times the meals are served and portion size. An adult dog can easily digest large meals twice a day. However, puppies should be fed smaller portions at higher frequencies to maintain their health. Another good general rule is to decrease the frequency and increase the serving size as the puppy grows to maturity.
Dogs typically become inactive when they reach old age, and therefore require only small amounts of food with less protein and fewer calories in order to remain healthy.
You can help provide nutrients to your dog by including raw food in his diet. Nevertheless, this should be limited to approximately two to four percent of the dog’s body weight. Additionally, observing the results of the management of your dog’s diet will also help to determine if you are handling his food intake properly or need the advice of a veterinarian.