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Tips for Feeding Your Dog

June 1, 2020

Does your dog get excited when he knows it’s close to his dinnertime? The answer to that, for many of you, is going to be a resounding yes. Our canine pals are definitely very, very enthusiastic about food. Here, a Virginia Beach, VA vet offers some advice on feeding Fido.

Make Changes Slowly

If and when you decide to change your four-legged pal’s food, do so slowly, and only after consulting your vet. Rapid changes can upset that furry tummy!

Don’t Go Overboard With Treats

Treats are definitely one of Fido’s favorite things. Treats are actually quite beneficial. They’re wonderful training aids, and can be very helpful in making your pooch feel loved and getting that cute tail wagging. Just don’t go too crazy. Stick to healthy snacks, and only offer a few a day. Generally, treats should only make up about 5 percent of your dog’s daily caloric intake.

Use Elevated Dishes

Many dogs find raised dishes easier to eat from than bowls on the floor. Fido has to splay his legs to eat off the ground, which can strain his neck or back. Give his dinnerware a pupgrade!

Try the Tennis Ball Trick

Man’s Best Friend can get a bit too excited about food. Some dogs will gulp their dinners down, and then, well, bring them right back up. Put a tennis ball in your pet’s food bowl. Moving it out of the way will slow Fido down just enough to give his stomach the time it needs. (Note: we don’t recommend this with giant dogs, as they could choke on the tennis ball.) 

Pay Attention to Portions

Did you know that giving your furry friend just ten calories too much each day can cause him to gain a pound a year? That’s a lot for a dog! Ask your vet for advice on your canine friend’s portions.

Offer Quality Brands

Shopping for dog food can be tricky, as every company tries to make their product look great. Get into the habit of reading labels. Choose products that list meat first and more frequently than anything else. Also, keep Fido’s age and breed in mind. Puppies have very different nutritional needs than senior dogs, while a Chihuahua requires a different menu than a Saint Bernard.



Do you have questions about your dog’s nutritional needs? Contact us, your Virginia Beach, VA vet clinic, today!

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