Meal time truly is the highlight of your dogs day. Why else would they get so excited?
Well if your chow-hound loves his grub…here’s your dog food online checklist with healthy feeding tips to make your dogs dinner time more well-balanced
Am I recommending the top dog foods? Nope, that’s not what we’re doing here.
You’re getting the top dog food online tips on how to feed your pet to maximize his health at feeding times.
So if you’re salivating for more…let’s dish it up!
Wash your dogs food bowls daily
Many pet parent miss this step. Many people just don’t think about taking the time to wash out food and water bowls.
It only takes a minute to rinse out your dogs food bowl with warm soapy water. Believe me, you are rinsing off a ton of bacteria.
I mean, it literally is alive!
Those little bugs probably aren’t a huge health risk to your pup. But over time they can build a Biofilm that can cause diseases.
At the very least… this bacteria can result in tummy problems that can cause bowel movement surprises and lots of GAS! So does that sound (and smell) familiar?
You wouldn’t eat off the same dirty dish for a week. Yuck!
It’s not sanitary and it isn’t healthy.
Do your pet a favor and give him a clean dinner plate at meal time.
Feed Twice a Day
So this is another step that can be confusing. I’m NOT recommending feeding your little beggar TWICE the amount of food. I’m talking about twice the feeding times.
It’s healthier for your dog’s digestive system to space out her feedings.
This lets her system digest a smaller meal which helps create a healthy rhythm internally. It’s easier for her to process a smaller meal and this allows her body to absorb nutrients .
It also reduces the chance that your dog suddenly needs to eliminate her waste….as a result of her eating too much at once.
Feeding your dog once a day could make your dog gulp their food and cause bloat. This condition happens when there is too much food, fluid, and gas in the stomach.
Bloat puts pressure on other internal organs…and it can cut-off blood flow or cause shock and stomach tears.
Feeding only once a day can also make your dog’s blood sugar spike high and then get too low. Diabetic dogs especially benefit from multiple feeding times.
Measure, measure, measure
Yep, I know it’s a hassle to get all technical on portion size. But you must stick with feeding guidelines. You’ll find these on your dog’s food packaging.
The risk to overfeed is huge when we eyeball it. I mean, like by two or three times!
Most feeding instructions are based on daily amounts. So, since you are now feeding twice a day (right?), you’ll just split this amount.
Know your dog’s weight…don’t guess. You need an accurate weight to measure the correct portion. This is especially true in smaller breeds like Yorkshire Terriers, French Bulldogs, and Corgis.
Keep track of treats. These are the #1 cause for doggy obesity. It’s easy to double your dog’s caloric intake if you load them up on treats between meals. This is why many dogs are overweight.
Most commercial dog treats are not good for your dog.
It’s super important to feed your dog at the same two times… every day. Be specific. You don’t need to feed them every 12 hours for two-a-day feedings.
So if you decide that 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. works for your schedule…stick to it.
Again, the reasoning is to condition your dogs internal system to be regular. Scheduled feeding times, regular exercise, and consistent outside potty breaks….all help their inner clock stay on time. They will sleep better and feel better too.
Don’t Mix Up their Diet
So can you see a patter here? I know, consistency is boring.
I love pizza, but I don’t want to eat it at every meal. However, your dog doesn’t need an adventurous dinner.
Whatever well-balance dog food you decide to go with be sure to sure you commit and stay with it. Think about making your own fresh made dog food.
Do not shake up your dogs diet suddenly. This is why feeding table scraps and leftovers is a no-no….(One of many reasons). If you want to share your food with them – here is a simple homemade dog food recipe I make.
If you need to change foods, integrate the change slowly by mixing the two together….using very little of the new food to start off with. Increase the amount of the new food over time. It typically takes your dog a few days to a week to adjust to a new diet.
Bonus Tip – It’s All About the Water
So, I already gave you 5, but this bonus feeding tip is just as important as the others. Giving a top 6 list just doesn’t sound sexy so it’s 5 tips plus a BONUS.
I hope your dog has access to water all day. That’s good! But it’s really important to have water available for your pooch right at the spot where they are eating their meals.
Water is the number one thing to aid in digestion. Getting fluids helps keep them regular. Being regular helps you know when your dog needs to “go”. It’s all about that internal clock and keeping them in a rhythm.
Your dog WILL drink water right after them eat. Every time! So don’t make them have to wander of to find it.
Feeding Times Made Easy
So there you have it…the tops things to know on to keep your dogs digestive system on track.
Let’s quickly recap:
- Clean food bowls daily
- Go to twice a day feedings
- Measure your dogs meals
- Set feeding times and stick to them
- Keep a consistent well-balanced diet
- Bonus- give your dog water where they eat-when they eat
I hope at least one or two of these points have given you something to think about.
Feel free to share your thoughts, experiences, or questions in the “comments” section below.