How Much Should I Be Feeding My Dog?

One of the most common questions and queries we receive here at K9 Magazine is "How much should I be feeding my dog?" It's well established that the fuel we use to 'power' our pets has a direct and powerful impact on their health, mobility, state of mind and even their lifespan. What's not so well known is that, according to a study carried out by K9 Magazine, 4 out of every 10 dog owners are not sure how much food they should actually be giving to their dog!

How Much Should I Feed My Dog?

In this eBook 'How much should I be feeding my dog?' we'll provide you with the information you need to getter better understanding of your dog's daily feeding guidelines as well as tips and insight in to the common mistakes dog owners make when feeding their pets - which is part of the reason why so many dogs are now suffering with obesity and its subsequent by-products such as canine arthritis, canine diabetes and other such nasty canine conditions.

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Does Your Dog Eat Too Much?

How much food does your dog really need?

Along with the general population of people, dogs are also suffering from obesity from eating the wrong food and eating too much food.

It is relatively easy to control the amount of food your dog is eating and it is essential that you gauge its weight on a regular basis to ensure that it doesn’t get obese.

Dogs can suffer from many different ailments due to obesity including diabetes.
There are an increasing number of dogs suffering from this disease and in most cases this could have been avoided through the correct nutrition and monitoring the amount of food the dog has been eating.

Having a dog with diabetes will necessitate the injection of insulin or in some cases taking of pills to assist in the maintenance of the correct sugar levels in their blood.

Obviously this involves additional expense and inconvenience and there is also a danger that should the insulin level be incorrect your pet could die.

It makes sense then that your dog should only eat what is good for it and in quantities that won’t result in it developing health problems later in life.

Working dogs will need more food for the energy that they will expend in the course of the day but a dog that lays around the house all day and doesn’t get any exercise will not need to eat the same portions of food.

You should weigh your dog on a regular basis and see whether it is gaining or losing weight and adjust the amount of food it is eating accordingly.

Proper Canine Nutrition (How Much Should I Be Feeding My Dog)

Proper Dog Nutrition: Fats in the Dog’s Diet

An important nutrient that all dogs need and one that is responsible for furnishing energy in their body are fats. Fats supply energy for the body to use. It also has a small role in building strong cells and promoting the absorption of nutrients. However, similar to the essential amino acids, a dog’s body isn’t able to produce these essential fatty acids, and therefore has to come from an outside source, from the food they eat.

Dogs do not usually develop a deficiency in fatty acids because their basic diet normally provides them with sufficient amount of energy from fat. In fact, a small amount of extra fats benefit their body in several ways. It protects them from the cold; it provides cushion to their body; and it serves as a protective layer of covering around different organs in their body. Actually, dogs are very efficient in using their stored fats because their bodies have the ability to easily turn these fats into energy when needed.

Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing for your dog!

Expert Advice from Denes Natural Pet Care Ltd

With obesity being highlighted in humans recently, many pet owners are checking on just how much they should be feeding their dogs, concerned that they might be feeding either too much or too little. Pet food manufacturers like Denes have considerable experience in advising pet owners what to feed and can tell you exactly what you should be feeding. Of course, there are a lot of factors that will influence the exact amount, including age, level of activity and lifestyle, as well as the breed and the sex of the dog. All of our foods contain detailed feeding guides on the packaging, based on the nutritional makeup of the food and backed by our expertise.

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