7 tips to feed your dog better

Posted by Bonnie Senior on 22 October, 2014

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If you want to provide the best you can for your dog, one of the things you need to know is how to feed him well: sufficiently but not too much, healthy but not too strictly. To help you, Pets Palace has put together some tips!  

Please note that Pets Palace is providing this information based on research and experience. However, we are not and do not claim to be experts regarding dog food. We recommend that you always seek professional advice if in doubt.

Tip #1 - Can I give 'human food' to my dog sometimes?

When you want to make an exception (keep it exceptional), go for fresh foods without any conservatives such as raw meat or cooked vegetables. Be careful, if you want to reward your dog with a bone, never give him a cooked one!

Tip #2 - What about the water? 

You should change your dog's water at least once per day. Give him fresh water that's not too cold.

Tip #3 - How often should I feed my dog?

It depends the breed of your dog but to give you an idea: when your puppy is 8 weeks or younger, you should feed him 3 to 4 times a day. After 8 weeks, try to keep the ‘food time’ to 2 regular meal times a day, one in the morning and one in the evening.

Tip #4 - How much should I feed my dog? 

You should follow the guidelines on the packages and your veterinarian's advice. Do not over-feed or under-feed your dog: even if he begs for food, if it is not the time, it is not the time.

Tip #5 -  I want to change the food  brand I am feeding my dog with, can I?

Even if it is not ideal you can. But do it very progressively starting by mixing the old biscuits with the new ones increasing the proportion of the new ones each time to avoid any digestive issues. 

Tip #6 When can I give my dog treats?

Preferably between meals and when your dog is quiet and listens to you. Do not use treats to make him go away when he is too excited.

Tip #7 - What kind of food can I give to my dog?

When choosing a brand of dog food, be careful it respects the Australian Standard (Manufacturing and Marketing Pet Food AS 5812:2011) and avoid low quality food store brands. Also, pick up the right brand according to the age of your dog and his state of health.

For any advice, please consult a veterinary. Your doctor will give you more detailed and custom advice about the appropriate way to feed your dog during the regular checkup or any special visit. 

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