Your puppy is now grown up and it's time to say goodbye to puppy food formulas and switch to adult dog food. This transition usually takes place at the age of about 12 months in small breeds and after the age of 24 months in very large dog breeds.
It depends only on you and your dog in what form (dry or wet) the food will be given. The combination of dry and wet food is good for your dog's teeth.
Dogs have food preferences similar to humans, and you may need to try several foods before finding the food they like best.
Regardless of your preferences, if the food is balanced and of good quality it can cover the nutritional needs of your furry friend.
Always monitor your dog's weight gain or weight loss, as this may be a signal to change his or her diet.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE FEED OUR DOG ?!
Each of us with a dog in our family has asked himself the question: how often should we feed him?
Our advice is to feed him once or twice a day - depending on the breed. If you have a smaller dog with a smaller stomach, you may need to feed it more than twice a day.
The same is true of large breeds, whose representatives have a habit of swallowing their food without chewing it, and for whom it may be better to be fed twice in smaller portions rather than once in a larger portion. amount of food. Swallowing a lot of unchewed food at once can lead to stomach problems.
Consult your veterinarian if you are not sure how often to feed your dog.
Feed your dog in a quiet place, away from the usual noise of the home. Always serve the food in a clean bowl and place it on an easy-to-clean tiled floor. If the bowl is dragged on the floor when eating, use a bowl with a non-slip bottom or place a rubber mat underneath.
For dogs that eat very fast, it may be helpful to use special bowls that slow down feeding, and for older dogs or those that scatter a lot of food, it may be helpful to place an upright dog feeder.
If you have other dogs in the household, feed them at the same time, but in a different place to prevent fights and growls.
Serving and storing food
When feeding dogs, try to serve wet food (can / jar / packet) at room temperature, as it is more attractive and easier to digest. Accordingly, you should remove the food from the refrigerator about an hour before the meal time. You can use a microwave oven to heat the food briefly, but always make sure it is not hot.
Wet food spoils quickly and develops bacteria, so do not leave such food outdoors. Once the package is opened, wet food should not be stored for more than 24 hours, even in the refrigerator.
On the other hand, dry food can stay all day without losing its qualities. Store it in a dry and clean place, preferably in a vacuum container or sealed box to preserve its taste and aroma.
Most dogs like to crunch their dry food, but if your dog prefers it wetter, or there are medical reasons to avoid solid foods, place the dry food in a bowl of water no more than 30 minutes before eating. Dry pieces of food help to remove dental plaque, and accordingly, if you add water, you can add a specialty to maintain teeth. Keep in mind that regular brushing of teeth is the best way to prevent dental disease in dogs.
The amount of food you will give your dog should be in accordance with the breed, lifestyle, and health.
The most important factor is that the food is sufficient to cover their vital functions and to maintain a normal body weight.
If the dog's condition is close to ideal, his ribs will not be visible, but you will be able to touch them because they will not be covered by a thick layer of fat. Your dog's waist should be clearly outlined behind the end of the chest, seen from above, without any signs of fat folds when walking.
How many treats and how often you will feed your dog with them depends on the type of dog specialty you choose. In general, treats, biscuits and chewing gum should not make up more than 15% of the daily food intake or 10% of the total food intake if you use smaller meat-containing treats to encourage learning.