Home      |      About Us      |      Get Listed Here
DirectoryPet.com is the leading resource for finding all pets, dogs, cats, brids, breeder, accessories, supplies, service, shopping, pet care and much more.
 

Posts Tagged ‘Pet Food’

Feed Your Dog Guides

Friday, October 20th, 2017

What to Feed

You can choose any good quality dog food. Dry food is superior to canned because it helps promote dental health. Your dog may prefer one brand over another and it’s fine to try different varieties. But don’t be held hostage by a dog who “won’t eat” dry food or who demands special treats. Dogs are not picky by nature: if a dog is fussy, it’s because someone trained him to be that way. You’re in charge and no dog will allow himself to starve —ûhe may refuse something for a while, but eventually he will eat what he is given and be perfectly happy.

Some people try to encourage the dog by adding treats such as peanut butter. This is not a good idea. It trains him to be more picky and not eat. In fact, it really is best to not feed him any people food at all — not even toast. Give your dog nothing other than dog food and he will be a happy, normal eater.
The right food for his age

“Puppy” foods are generally higher in protein than foods formulated for adult dogs. Generally, after a puppy has reached six months of age, he doesn’t need as much protein and puppy food taxes the kidneys. Transition him gradually to an adult food.

When a dog is moving into his “senior” years it may be time to switch to an even lower protein, or “senior” food. This differs for each breed. Most Corgis aren’t considered Senior Citizens until they are about 10-12 years old. When you see your dog slowing down, not quite as active and perhaps beginning to put on a little weight, even though his diet and exercise hasn’t changed, these are clues. Consult your veterinarian if in doubt.
Switching diets

When you change a dog’s food, do it gradually. Mix in a small amount of the new food at first, adding a slightly higher proportion the next day, gradually phasing in the new diet over 10 days or so. This eases him into his new diet to help him accept it and to ease any digestive issues.
Pleeeeeeease?At the dinner table

How can you resist those big brown eyes? Well, you can and you should. Best policy is to never, ever, ever feed your dog from the table. By making his food and yours totally separate, you enforce your position as alpha.
Treats for tricks

An occasional treat is fine, especially when you use it to help in training. Use nutritious treats, formulated for dogs. We use the dog’s regular dog food as their primary treat! The dogs know it’s a treat and are no less thrilled than if we were giving them hamburger.

The best policy is to always ask the dog to do something, even if it’s simple, for a treat. It reinforces your position and makes the dog happy to perform for you.

Remember to compensate for the treats when you feed. As with human, snacks add up and are a common contributor to weight problems. Just 1/8 cup of treats is a significant fraction of your pet’s daily intake.
How much food?

There is no excuse for having a fat dog. Your dog will be no happier with more food and giving him oversized portions will shorten his life.

The dog food bag will give you guidelines but these tend to be high. If possible, ask the dog’s previous owners. Your vet’s office can weigh the dog and give you good suggestions.

Most important is to watch your dog and adjust the amount to keep him trim. Weight is a guide but the best way is to look at his waist. A properly fed dog will show a noticeable slimming where the ribs end and the stomach begins.

Feeding amount varies with the dog’s activity. If the dog is more active in the summer, you can expect to increase the food slightly.

When you adjust the dog’s diet to control weight, do it gradually. Alter the amount just 1/8 cup at a time and wait three weeks to see the effect. Rapid weight change is not good for dogs (or humans).
When?

It’s best to feed your dog twice a day, but once a day is satisfactory. Try to feed him the same times every day — dogs love routine.
How?

Make a big deal out of the meal. I usually ask mine if they want “yummy dinner.” Bart knows what this phrase means and goes nuts. I act real excited and it translates to the dogs. (Not that either of mine need any encouragement.)

Dinner lasts 30 seconds for Bart! Kenai is the “slow eater” — it takes her about a minute. If your dog is slower than that or picks at the food, let him. Leave the bowl for 10 minutes. After the time is up, take the bowl away — even if he hasn’t eaten ANY of it! The next morning repeat the process. Do not worry if some food is left — no dog has ever starved himself and he will very soon learn to eat while the bowl is there.

Nutrition and Food For Your Cat

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

As a cat ages, it becomes more prone to disease and health problems. Supervise a senior cat’s diet and modify it as and when required; this can improve its overall health. However, there is no standard when it comes to feeding geriatric cats. There are a number of factors you may have to consider while deciding what to feed a geriatric cat. Here’s a look.

Taste

As a cat ages, its bodily response towards taste deteriorates. This is the primary reason why a geriatric cat might not find a particular food tasty, even if a younger counterpart finds so. So, feed a geriatric cat food that has strong aroma. To make a particular food’s taste come alive, warm it a little. However, don’t heat the food more than your cat’s body temperature.

Digestibility

Another factor that is of primary importance while deciding what to feed a geriatric cat is digestibility. If a geriatric cat finds it difficult to digest a particular food, in time it will be averse to it. To make sure your cat can digest its food well, provide food that can be easily chewed as well as swallowed.

Nutrition

Just as factors like taste and digestibility are important, so is nutrition. The immune response in cats slows down as they get older. To make sure the immune response in your geriatric cat does not deteriorate rapidly, provide kitty a nutrient-rich diet. Potassium, taurine and protein, among other nutrients, play an important role in a geriatric cat’s diet.

Water intake

The other factor that deserves notice when you are feeding a geriatric cat is the water intake. Just as the taste response in a cat lessens as it grows older, so does the thirst response. So, don’t be surprised to find kitty show no interest in its bowl of water. However, this means only that you will have to take greater effort to feed a geriatric cat more water. You must remember that chronic dehydration can actually worsen a disease that your cat may already be suffering from.

Copyright © DirectoryPet.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved.