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4 mistakes people make with feeding their dogs

23rd April 2018

There’s a lot that goes into looking after our dogs and as man’s best friend, the last thing that any of us want, is to be neglecting our special canine companions. Unfortunately however, there are some key issues that are often overlooked in the care for of our dogs - some of which are mentioned below.

Overfeeding

This might seem obvious, but it is one of the most common issues pet owners have. Yes, this means the treats and the scraps we slide under the table from our own dinner plates. Whilst this may only occur here and there, these titbits can cause massive imbalances in our dogs’ diets. They might stare up at you with those puppy dog eyes, but stay strong and have them stick to their daily regular intake.

Meals right before or after activity

This is something as humans that we factor in for ourselves and it is the exact same for our dogs. Feeding them right before or after strenuous activity such as long walks or playtime can cause digestive issues such as diarrhoea and cramps. To avoid this entirely, it’s best to leave a sixty-minute gap between strenuous activities and mealtime.

Dramatic or sudden changes in food

Significantly altering our dogs’ diets in a short amount of time can cause them gastrointestinal issues. So rather, make incremental changes over the span of around ten days. This will allow adequate time for their systems to adjust to changes and will ensure healthy, seamless shifts. Try mixing their new food with the old, with gradual increases in this ratio.

Inconsistent food intake schedule

Quite similarly to human children and babies, it is so important that dogs are fed in accordance with a consistent time schedule. For example, puppies should be fed several times a day. Contrastingly adult dogs should be fed twice a day, once in the morning and evening. Our dogs should be allowed roughly the same amount of time (ideally fifteen to twenty minutes) to eat everyday. Access to fresh, clean water at all times is also absolutely essential to their health.

Ensuring that these habits are avoided is easy enough and will help to ensure that our dogs have happy and healthy lives. For more tips definitely do consult your local veterinarian!

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