Dog feeding tips

It is better to stick to one variety of good quality dog food and do not add any supplements (unless instructed by your vet), as oversupplementing can be harmful to your dog.

-If your dog does not eat all of its meal in one go, you may be offering it too much. Not all dogs eat the amount recommended by the food manufacturers. The right amount should produce firm, dark brown, crinkly stools. If the stools are firm, but get softer towards the end, this is a classic sign of overfeeding.

-Never change your dog’s diet abruptly (unless under the direction of your vet). If you want to change its diet, do it gradually over a period of a few days to a week.

-Do not feed your dog before travelling in the car as this can encourage car-sickness, or an hour before or after exercise as this could contribute to a stomach dilation and torsion (also known as bloat) which is a life threatening condition requiring immediate veterinary intervention.

-For owners of breeds who are thought to be susceptible to bloat (some medium to large breeds), you should seek advice from your breeder, vet and/or breed club on precautionary measures when feeding your dog. Puzzle bowls may help to slow down the rate of feeding, and therefore the amount of air swallowed when eating (a contributing factor to the condition).

-Leave your dog in peace while it is eating from its bowl. Taking the bowl away while it is eating causes anxiety, which can lead to food aggression. If you want to be sure that your dog is comfortable with you approaching it during mealtimes, add a little food to the bowl while it is eating, so it sees you as an asset, rather than a threat.

-Never feed your dog from the table or your plate, as this encourages drooling and attention-seeking behaviours such as begging and barking.

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