Even though dogs will eat anything you give them, that doesn’t mean they should. They should only be given healthy things to keep their weight in check and make sure they get a well-balanced diet. We know that there are a lot of different kinds of food for dogs, and it can be hard to figure out which ones are best for your furry friend. Here are some things you should think about the next time you feed your dog. We tried to answer some of the most common questions pet owners have about what to feed their dogs:
• What do I give my dog to eat?
A dog’s diet is based on high-quality commercial dog food that is right for their age and stage of life at the time. There is commercial dog foods for when your pet is a puppy, adolescent, adult, pregnant, senior, or in poor health. As a result, you can get them at any pet store near you.
How do dogs get food?
Even though dogs are mostly kept as pets, they eat a lot of meat. They even eat some foods that come from plants. Wild dogs, on the other hand, are known to eat different kinds of meat, bones, organs, and even plant matter in the gut of their prey. One must realize that each dog is a unique person. Based on its breed, size, shape, etc., every dog has different needs. A good talk with your vet would help you figure out what to feed your dog. Dogs are mostly carnivores that only eat a small number of foods that can be eaten by both plants and animals. Make sure your dog’s food is complete and well-balanced for their age unless they have a health problem. Your dog can eat nothing but kibble and be just fine. Some days, adding cooked meat, fish, vegetables, and rice will add more flavor and nutrition. Make sure to choose meat products that are safe for humans, since some other meat and bone products contain dyes and preservatives that could hurt your dog’s health. A vet would be better able to come up with a good diet for your dog based on its age, level of fitness, eating habits, and health problems. Don’t use raw meats. Instead, use a small amount of cooked meat, like boiled chicken, lamb, salmon, or goat, but don’t add any extra spices.
•What do dogs eat?
The size, breed, age, and activity level of a dog have a big impact on how its diet is planned. The goal is to not give your dog too much or too little food. A dog’s diet also has to do with how well it stays hydrated. Make sure their bowl of water is always full. To see if your dog is overweight, all you have to do is run your fingers through their middle. If you can feel their ribs and see a defined waist, your dog is in good shape. If not, they should go on a diet. Obesity is a big problem for dogs, and as they get older, it gets harder and harder for them to stay healthy and avoid diseases like heart disease and arthritis. We tried to make a list of what your dogs should eat based on their age:
•From 8 – 16 weeks:
Many puppies move to a new home at this age. It’s very important to keep eating the same way they were. If their food changes all of a sudden, they might not eat and it might even upset their stomach. Most breeders will tell you how often they eat, and it’s best to keep feeding them the same way for a couple of weeks before switching to your kind of food. High-quality commercial kibble made for puppies is the best and most convenient way to feed them. Puppies have a high nutritional need at such a young age and are always hungry. At this stage of life, it helps a lot to eat small meals often.
• After 16 weeks:
You can start giving them raw meat and bones, but only in small amounts. Dogs need something to chew on when they get their permanent teeth at 16 weeks or older. Raw meat and bones help babies cut their teeth and keep you from having to buy new shoes or a couch. At this age, it’s good to give a puppy one bone with a good amount of meat on it once a week. Puppies are usually very possessive of their food. If you try to take their bowl away, they might growl or snap at you. So be careful and don’t bother them when they’re eating. Keep an eye on your dog as you give him or her new food. Check your dog to see if there are any signs of intolerance or allergies, or if he or she just doesn’t like it. When your puppy is growing, you can start by giving him or her less food each day. Try to eat two meals a day and avoid overeating or not eating enough.
Adult dogs should only be fed once or twice a day, depending on how hungry they are. Use high-quality commercial dog food that is right for their age and the way they eat at that time. Small or medium-sized dogs are considered “adults” at 12 months, while larger breeds aren’t considered “adults” until they are 18–24 months old. Talk to your vet about when to switch your dog’s food from puppy food to food for adults. Make sure your diet is complete, well-balanced, and full of nutrients. Adding raw or cooked meat, vegetables, or fish to everyday food to make it more interesting and give it a different taste works well.
• Older dogs:
Older dogs need to be in good health and eat well. Older dogs often have health problems that last for a long time, like problems with their hips and joints, their heart, their intestines, etc., so it’s important to keep an eye on them. When dogs reach this age, going back to the basics will help them a lot. Smaller meals eaten several times a day will help your body digest and absorb the nutrients it needs. Talk to your vet about what you need to give your dog at this point in its life.