Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Feeding Guidelines - Transitioning Your Dog To a High-quality Diet

How Much to Feed?
A cup from one brand of dog food might have fewer or greater calories than the next. Choosing the best diet for your dog is very important when determining the caloric needs of your dog. Therefore it is imperative that you are measuring out your dog food properly.

NOTE: Always use a dry ingredient measuring cup for accuracy. Using a coffee can or a heaping cup can cause your dog to gain weight or have loose stools.

Transitioning your dog should be done very slowly and over the course of 3 or 4 weeks is best.

Feed your dog twice a day. Have plenty of fresh water available. (I highly recommend filtered water.) Feed a daily amount divided into two feedings that will maintain your dog's weight. Follow suggested daily feeding amounts but keep in mind your dogs breed, age and activity level determines the amount you should actually feed.

Because Flint River Ranch Dog Food products are high-density, you should feed 20-25% less than other foods.

Dogs With Food Allergies

Any dog can develop allergies; usually after 6 months of age but with many dogs having issues after the age of 2 years. But allergic reactions seem to be especially common in retrievers and flat-faced breeds such as pugs, bulldogs and Boston terriers.
The most common symptoms of allergies:
  • Constant scratching even when fleas are not present
  • Excessive Licking or chewing of paws or body
  • Red or pink discoloration between the toes or on the top of paws
  • Excessive rubbing of face or body against objects or floor
  • Red or pink rash, bumps, pimples on belly or where fur or hair is thinner
  • Goopy, watery or redness of eyes
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea
Building a Healthy Immune System in Your Dog is Vital
If you have an older dog with allergies, a doggie detox may be in order to set his or her system up for a successful transition to a healthier life. See our recommendation for a canine detox diet – Doggie Detox.
Having a dog is a complete joy, and with the tips you've learned here, you can help ensure a lifetime of health and happiness for your pet. Keep learning as much as you can about natural canine health and you will discover the best ways to take care of your furry friend while keeping your vet bills at a minimum.