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Home / Dogs / Dogs: Proper Feeding

Dogs: Proper Feeding

For Puppies:

  • Wherever possible use only premium puppy foods. If the dog’s appetite is a problem, try pouring a little hot water over the dog biscuits. This will bring out the flavour and the resulting aroma will entice the puppy to eat.
  • Four small feeds per day of premium-quality biscuits is plenty. A large-breed puppy needs only a quarter of a cup at a time, that is to say, one full cup per day. Smaller-breed puppies like Fox Terriers, on the other hand, only require about half a cup of biscuits per day.
  • Always have plenty of fresh water available for your puppy.
  • Changing your puppy’s food suddenly will give the animal diarrhoea. A rushed change to dog roll, supermarket foods or just table scraps is unadvisable. Rather, gradually wean your puppy onto these new foods over a five day period.

For Grown Dogs:

Nutrition for adult dogs is important for top health and condition. Once a puppy has reached its adult height it doesn’t need a growth food any longer. So how much food is the right amount? Adult dogs can be fed once or twice a day depending on your schedule. Check the food bag’s feeding guide for the amount to feed based on your dog’s weight. When moving a dog off puppy food you should slowly mix the adult and puppy formulas together for about 5 days to avoid stomach upsets. Always have fresh drinking water available.

  • Allergies: These are common in adult dogs and can be very expensive to treat. The most common causes are fleas, contact allergies and food. If your dog has unexplained digestive upsets such as diarrhoea or has dry, flaky skin then avoid wheat, cereals, gluten, grains, dairy products and beef. If the problem is due to a food allergy most symptoms should clear up within 8 weeks of moving to a premium food like Nutrience.
  • Protein & Fat: Dogs use fat for energy. A high fat diet is okay as long as your dog does not get overweight. Chicken is an excellent fat source. Quality protein is important for skin and coat. Good protein sources include chicken, chicken meal or lamb meal.
  • Weight Loss: Dog obesity is the most common health risk seen by Vets. An overweight dog has an increased risk of arthritis and has extra stress on its heart and internal organs. A high quality, low-calorie food like Nutrience Diet is ideal, allowing dogs lose weight without starving.
  • Matching Needs: Every adult dog is different. A Boxer that has trouble maintaining its weight needs a high fat diet; a Lab that is overweight needs a low-fat food. Dogs like Westies, Shar Peis and German Shepherds, all known for having sensitive skin, should avoid pet food with cereals, wheat or gluten. Our store staff can match the right formula to your dog’s needs to achieve top health. Visit our friendly team today for further advice on dog nutrition.

Feeding your puppy or dog a pill:

  1. Gently take hold of the head from above, placing your thumb and fingers on either side of the muzzle. Squeeze firmly in and up just behind the canine teeth (fangs). The dog’s mouth should open.
  2. Use your free hand to hold the pill while lowering the animal’s jaw. With the mouth open wide, place the pill as far back on the tongue as possible, pushing it even further with your index finger.
  3. Gently close and hold the muzzle while your dog swallows. You can encourage this by stroking the underside of the throat downward.
  4. Finally, give your dog lots of praise and reinforcement each time he swallows a pill.
  5. Other suggestions:—Sometimes, digestion can be aided by encasing the pill in a small piece of meat. If you’re feeding a worming tablet, try buying one of the more palatable varieties.

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