Dog Nutrition

There is the notion out there that dogs need only protein, which is not true. Just like humans, dogs need basic nutrients‒such as water, protein, fat, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins‒to survive. If you only feed your dog protein, he will not get the essential vitamins he needs, and your dog is bound to have deficiencies which can contribute to thyroid problems. On the other hand, the lack of protein opens him up to various health problems, such as muscle deterioration and blood disorders. This article explains the nutritional needs of dogs.

How Much Should Your Dog Eat?

If it were up to my dog, he would eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I’m sure most of you will agree that most dogs just love to eat and eat!

Overfeeding your dog can cause him to become overweight and suffer the health issues associated with being overweight. For this reason, we need to use caution to avoid overfeeding our dogs. Normally, you can tell if your dog is eating enough if he keeps his figure and is energetic, rather than lethargic.

How Often?

It is recommended to feed adult dogs twice daily, once in the morning, and again, in the evening, around dinnertime. This will help you monitor your dog’s daily intake as well as establish a routine. This will also help to keep him regular when doing his “daily business.”

It is recommended that puppies have several small meals a day until they are potty trained. After that, it is recommended they are fed three to four times a day until they are nine-months-old, as their metabolic system is working overtime and they will need more calories as a result.
Make sure your dog has access to fresh water all day, every day.

How much?

How active your dog is, as well as his age, will determine how much he should eat daily. Here’s a basic guideline to consider.
The above chart is just a basic guideline to recommend how much your dog should eat in a 24-hour period. Most adult dogs eat twice a day, so you will need to divide the amount in half to make the two meals.

Use a measuring cup to measure your dog’s daily portion. If you are freezing homemade food, pre-measure everything in the proper meal size. This will also save you some time later.