Modern pet stores offer dog owners a huge selection of all kinds of food, calculated for a particular breed and age of the animal. Meanwhile, not all products are of good quality. The question is how to feed the dog, so as not to harm its health.
What can feed a dog?The opinion that a dog should eat only meat and meat products is wrong. Pet diet should be as diverse as possible. In addition to meat, it should include fish, vegetables, milk, in order to use all the vitamins and minerals necessary for the animal.
Meat is the main product for dog nutrition. It is best to feed the animal with beef (pork can contain various kinds of infections, to which the animal's body is very susceptible). You can give a chicken, but at the same time ensure that it does not have small bones that can damage the esophagus. Since the dog absorbs food without chewing it, small breed animals and puppies are given meat in small pieces.
Offal, such as liver contains a large amount of vitamins. Before you feed the dog, it is better to boil the liver a little. Beef brain is also useful.
In the diet of the pet you need to include boiled cabbage, carrots, pumpkin, beets. It is impossible to give a potato to a dog, because the animal’s digestive system does not absorb it.
Dairy products are recommended to give only puppies and dogs in the period of active growth. Eggs should also be present in the diet. You can limit one yolk, adding it to any other feed.
Do not forget that the dog must receive a sufficient amount of fluid (about 2 liters per day). It is best to give the dog ordinary room temperature water. You can occasionally give fruit juice.
How many times a day to feed a dog?Depending on the age of the pet, the number of feedings per day can vary. So, puppies are usually fed 4 times a day. Young dogs should be fed at least 3 times a day, and adult animals only need two meals. At the same time it is important to clearly set the meal hours.The animal's body gradually becomes accustomed to this schedule, and, with the onset of time, activates the digestive processes.
How to feed a dog dry food?In the diet of the dog may be present and dry food. Of course, in moderation. It is important to take into account certain rules:
- The amount of dry food should not exceed 300 - 400 grams. for a medium sized dog.
- You should choose only a quality product from a reputable manufacturer (for example, Akana feed).
- Ensure that there is always fresh water in the dog's bowl.
- Pay attention to the reaction of the body of the animal after eating dry food. If you notice negative changes in the health and behavior of the dog, choose a different feed.