Serving Safe Dog Food Appropriate for Their Age
Feeding your dog safe dog food and giving it fresh water are two jobs you should do yourself. Choosing a safe dog food might be a little confusing for starters, but as a responsible owner, you must be equipped with the right knowledge when it comes to handling their food carefully. The basics are easy and a good start.
Keeping your dog healthy is an integral part of your responsibility as his owner; your dog will require food and water every day of its life. Try to keep a bowl of fresh water out all the time. Food is a bit different, but also quite simple. Your dog will call for varying amounts and varieties at different ages, as well as differing amounts for different breeds etc.
At four weeks of age, puppies start to take a little solid food. But they will also nurse from their mother for about two more weeks. When the puppies are about four to five weeks old, it is time to start weaning them. Weaning simply means encouraging them to consume solid foods and stop feeding only on mum’s milk.
Safe dog food for puppies consists of warm milk and baby cereals. When they are used to this, they can also be given small bits of meat. During this time, puppies continue to nurse from their mother. By the time puppies are about six weeks old, they will be completely weaned and used to eating regular solid foods. What’s more, they will be wobbling about, sniffing at all the strange and wonderful smells around them.
Growing puppies need a high quality diet and two to four meals a day. When you get your puppy, ask about the kinds and amount of food it should have. And check with a veterinarian, your dog’s own doctor, too.
When a dog is fully grown, two meals a day is quite enough. How much you feed your dog will depend on its size and the amount of exercise it gets. A good rule of thumb is to give the dog a little less food than it might like, rather than too much. If your dog doesn’t eat the whole of its meal in a reasonable time, throw out what’s left. And don’t worry if your dog skips a meal once in a while. This is perfectly normal.
An example of un-safe dog food includes chicken bones, pork bones and lamb bones – never give these to your dog. These bones splinter and could get caught in their throat. Always give them a nice big beef bone.
Serving it Safely
Make sure your dog’s food and water dishes are kept clean at all times. Germs are just as bad for dogs as they are for you. Old dog health depends on this even more so.
If you watch a dog eat, you will see that it gulps its food down instead of chewing it. That’s because a dog’s teeth aren’t made for chewing – the strong juices in a dog’s stomach aids in the digestion of big lumps of food.
For humans, chocolates are normally eaten without adverse effects, but for dogs, it’s a big NO because chocolates contain preservatives that act as poison to their system.
When you are planning to switch your dog food to another type or brand, best check with your vet if you can. Abruptly changing your dog’s foods may cause a loss of appetite as well as diarrhea.
Moisture content is frequently overlooked by owners. Safe dog food is relatively dry, with its moisture coming from the natural juices of the meat or other ingredients. Moisture may alter the dog food’s composition, and fungi such as yeast can develop and can cause vomiting.
Obviously, always keep your dog’s food away from poisonous substances (such as cleaning liquids etc), check your dog’s space for toxic things like disinfectant, paint, and gasoline. Dogs might play with those substances and accidentally ingest small amounts, or it may get mixed with their food – leading to poisoning. Dogs that are kept outside should have a safe, fenced-in area and a good dog shelter.
All dogs love to chew on things, but you will have to keep an eye on them! Whilst finding the right kind of safe dog food (not to mention training them) can be a lot of work sometimes and requires patience – it’s well worth it!