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FEEDING GUIDELINES FOR YOUR DOG AT DOGURTS
Deciding on the best feeding practices for your furry friend can be a challenge. You may wonder:
How many times a day your dog should eat
How much to feed per meal
Whether to feed wet or dry diets
Whether your dog needs a special diet or not
Keep reading for more information on best feeding practices.
Frequency of Feeding
The frequency of feeding will depend on your dog's age. As a general rule, young puppies need to be fed at least four times a day because they have small stomachs and have difficulty regulating their blood sugar levels. Once your puppy reaches three months of age, you can gradually increase their portion size and reduce their feedings to three times a day. At six months old, it is recommended to feed your dog two meals a day, in the morning and evening. Some owners continue this pattern for the rest of their dog's life, while others may choose to feed their dog once a day.
Small lap dogs may be picky eaters as adults and only want to eat once a day, but larger dogs who are active may need a few meals a day to keep them energized, especially if they are working dogs or get a lot of exercise. Always pay attention to your dog's hunger signals.
Amount of Food per Meal
Each Dogurts diet comes with a feeding guideline on the packaging and online, taking into account the nutrient profile, calorie content, and the weight and age of your dog.
If your dog often leaves food in their bowl, it's possible that they are being overfed, often because they are getting additional calories from treats or dental chews. Remember, treats should not make up more than 10% of your dog's diet, so you may need to reduce the amount of treats you're giving your dog.
While the feeding guideline can be helpful, every dog has their own metabolism, so it's important to monitor your dog's body condition score and adjust the recommended amount of food if necessary to prevent them from becoming overweight or underweight.
For Overweight Dogs:
If your dog is overweight, you should feed them for their ideal weight rather than their current weight. For example, if your dog weighs 20 kg but should weigh 18 kg, you should feed them based on the recommended amount for an 18 kg dog. Weighing out food on a kitchen scale is more accurate than estimating the amount or using a measuring cup.
TIP: To achieve the best results, consider feeding your dog a specially designed diet like Dogurts Slim & Slender, which includes ingredients that promote fullness and fat breakdown.
For Underweight Dogs:
Similarly, you should feed your dog based on their ideal weight rather than their current weight. If your dog weighs 10 kg but should weigh closer to 12 kg, you should feed them based on the recommended amount for a 12 kg dog. If you struggle to help your dog gain weight, feeding them smaller portions more frequently may make it easier for them to manage.
Wet vs Dry Diets
You have the option to feed your dog wet food, dry food, or a combination of both.
Preferred by many dogs due to its texture and flavor
Provides plenty of moisture, which can be beneficial for dogs with kidney or bladder issues
Easier for older dogs and those with dental problems to eat
Can contribute to gum inflammation and tartar buildup, especially if your dog doesn't have regular dental cleanings
Can be messy, especially for dogs with long fur or beards
Has a stronger odor that some
Dry Pet Food:
Can be accurately portioned and weighed Has a long shelf life and can be stored in bulk containers Offers a high concentration of nutrients and calories May promote oral health by reducing tartar buildup, especially beneficial for breeds prone to dental issues like Chihuahuas and Greyhounds Lacks moisture, making it unsuitable for dogs with kidney or bladder problems May not be as appetizing as wet food and may not be accepted by picky eaters.