In the wild, dogs will gorge themselves whenever food is available as they do not know the next time they will eat. Many domestic dogs have also inherited this trait. Furthermore they know how to 'play' their owners, refusing certain foods in order to get human food, titbits and table scraps. This type of feeding is one of the reasons for obesity in dogs.
A healthy dog must be fed a nutritious, well-balanced diet. This diet should include the right balance of proteins, fibre and carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, fats and oils.
A quality manufactured complete natural dog food should provide your dog with this nutritional balance. It is ok to feed your dog either wet dog food or dry dog food, or in some cases, a mixture of both.
How to Feed your Dog
Adult dogs should be fed once or twice a day. There are a number of factors which will influence the amount of food a dog will need, these include; age, breed type, dog's weight, amount of exercise and special dietary needs.
A dog feeding guide on the back or side of the dog food pack should give you an idea on the quantity to be fed. You must also take into consideration any additional treats that might be given; these should never make up more than 15% of your dog's diet.
Listed below are some guidelines on feeding your dog:
- Fresh water should be provided daily.
- Always serve your dog's food at room temperature.
- Keep dry food stored in a dry clean environment. Once open wet dog food is best stored in a fridge.
- Never feed a dog cat food. It is too high in protein.
- Dispose of wet dog food that has not been eaten.
- Never feed your dog brittle bones, for example, from a chicken.
- Keep an eye on your dog's weight and appetite.
- Provide separate food bowls for all your pets.
It is best not to feed your dog immediately before or after exercise. Some dogs can be affected by a condition which causes twisting of the gut and blocking of the stomach.