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Important Question, How Much Food Should I Feed My Adult Dog?

Is my dog eating enough? Dog parents do think about this question often. Four legged babies cannot talk, so we do not understand if they ate enough. Most new dog parents end up over feeding their dogs. Obesity is not good for dogs. Overeating causes weight gain in dogs. Dogs suffer from diabetes, energy loss, if they are carrying extra weight. Modern vets do tell their clients about feeding the dog within his required daily calorie intake. If you do not know anything about your dog’s required daily calorie intake, then read this article as I am going to talk about how much food your dog needs every day.

Here is a chart of daily calorie intakes for different breeds of dogs,

Breed Weight Dry food quantity per day
Chihuahua, Poodle , mini dogs Less than 10 lbs ¼ cup
Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, (medium dog breeds ) 25 to 50 pounds 2 cups
Golden Retriever, Boxer 50 to 75 pounds 3 cups
Great Dane and other large dogs Over 75 pounds 4 cups

Keep weighing your dogs and follow the above food chart according to his weight. Remember more foods do not mean more love. Your dog does not really need extra food. Overweight dogs do not live long. Like humans extra weight can kill a dog. So be careful when you are feeding your dog. If your dog is eating home cooked meals then please follow the cup sizes mentioned on the chart for specific dogs.

Important tips: Some of us adopt rescue dogs who are malnourished. These dogs may need more foods than mentioned on above chart. However, you must talk to your vet about your rescue dog’s calorie requirement per day.

P.S. Do not feed your dog more than three times a day.

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Everything You Need To Know About Raw Dog Food
Is it okay to feed your dog raw foods? I had doubts about feeding my dog raw meat. I decided to learn all about raw food diets for dogs. Today I am going to share my knowledge with you. I am going to talk about benefits and disadvantages of raw food diet for dogs.
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Dear First Time Dog Parents Here Is Why You Should Learn About Food Labels And Ingredients?

The labels on food packets are not there for decoration only. Well-known brands put all the ingredients they used or the product on their label. Sadly, not many customers bother to read the labels of foods they buy. Dogs are allergic to many chemicals, preservatives. If you are a busy dog parent and your dogs eat dry dog food, then you need to start reading the labels of dog foods. This habit can save your dog’s life. I will tell you more about the importance of reading dog food labels in this article.

First of all take a good look at the ingredients list; here is what these ingredients means,

  1. Meat: Actual flesh of the animal. It can be chicken, beef or any types of fish.
  2. Meat by-products: Meat by-products are not flesh. It means kidney, liver or bone.
  3. Poultry by-products: Liver or kidneys of poultry animals are used to make poultry by-product. Chicken feathers do not count as poultry by-product.
  4. Take a look at the entire list; if you see some fancy names which you do not understand, research about them, it is possible all these ingredients are preservatives. A dog food with multiple preservatives is not good for your dog.

You need to choose a product that contains more meats and fewer meat by-products. Your dog needs to eat foods that have very low sodium. So, take a look at sodium percentage in the dog food.

You must be aware of food safety certificate of your country. Every country uses a particular symbol which shows the product is tested and you can use that without any fear. Learn more about ideal safe dog food certificate of your particular country and see if the dog food you choose have that symbol or not.

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HOW TO MAKE THE BESTS HOMEMADE DOG FOODS?

In my previous article, I mentioned how a balanced meal for dogs should be a combination of a homemade meal and readymade dry food made by well-known brands. We already talked about a top dog food brand and criteria for choosing the right dry food. In this article, I am going to talk about how to make homemade meals for the dog.

First of all like humans your dog also needs vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber from his food. Dogs can only digest couple of ingredients. Most spices/sauces we eat are toxic for dogs. You should always prepare your dog’s food separately; you cannot give him foods your family eats.

Some may argue and say why cook for dogs at home. I disagree with this. I can talk about many reasons why you should cook for your dog at home. Most importantly even the best ready-made dog food does not contain all the required nutrition. Dog foods are expensive; if your dog eats half homemade meal and half pre-prepared food, then it will save some money for you. Lastly, preparing a meal for dogs is one of the easiest jobs on this planet.

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Dry Food or Wet Food? How Can You Choose the Best for Your Pet?

Veteran dog parents know all about right dog food based on their previous experiences. New pet owners always have tough times deciding which food will be best for their four-legged child. The most common question is which is best for dogs, dry food or wet food?

Today I will try to end your dilemma in this article. I will talk about benefits and problems of both dry food and wet food. Read and decide which type of food is best for your dog.

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Dog Food: Which Brand Is Best For Your Dog?
Who says being a dog parent is all about fun? I spent sleepless nights because I was worried my dog’s diet. I was not sure if I was feeding my dog right kinds of foods. I was not sure if my dog was getting all the nutrition he needed. But to my defense, that was my first dog. Experience taught me things. I understood perfect dog diet is a combination of home-based food and pre-prepared dog food. My dogs are doing well, so I must be right.
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Labrador Retriever
Breed Group of Sporting
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Golden Retriever
Breed Group of Sporting
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Shih Tzu
Breed Group of Toy
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French Bulldog
Breed Group of Non-Sporting
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Beagle
Breed Group of Hound

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