The age and health of your dog, as well as his overall health are all important considerations when you are trying to decide what is an appropriate amount to feed him. Although most pet owners have their own ideas on how much food and how often to feed their dog, you should always follow certain established guidelines.
The size of even a younger dog will determine the amount that you should be feeding it, although a good general rule for feeding dogs younger than 8 weeks is about five percent of their body weight daily. In a perfect world, a puppy younger than a couple of months should be fed by its mother, although this doesn’t always happen, and you may find yourself responsible for the feeding of a young puppy.
Just as humans shouldn’t eat too much, neither should your dog and problems with your dog’s digestive system are common with overfeeding, as are issues with being overweight and the resulting complications.
Don’t be alarmed if you think that your puppy is developing a slightly round belly, although you should never overfeed a dog, regardless of how old it is. Rather than overfeeding, make a point of giving your puppy the right amount of food each time it is time for feeding.
An aching stomach, diarrhea and moodiness are just some of the things that a dog owner can expect their dog to experience, when overfeeding is common. This is because the digestive system of a dog simply isn’t designed to adequately handle large quantities of food.
Like many pet owners, you may well find that if your dog’s health suffers or he becomes upset or moody, it tends to affect you too, making you moody and depressed. Aneurysm, diabetes and a range of heart conditions are all potential issues that we may have to face if we regularly overeat, and your dog is prone to the same problems if you overfeed him.
To make sure that your dog grows up healthy and happy and has the energy to play, feed him smaller portions of food during the day. You will probably notice that your dog is not as active as he once was, as he gets older and less food will be needed. Most older dogs will thrive on being fed a couple of larger meals in a day rather than being fed numerous times during the day.
Keep in mind that the most appropriate diet and feeding routine for any dog is affected by its breed, as well as how healthy the animal is. It is recommended to make an appointment with your vet who can talk to you about the best way to feed your dog, the amount he should be fed, and any other concerns.