Not all dogs are created equal — some dogs need a lot more protein than others (and a lot less fat). According to a study from the University of Kentucky, dogs’ diets vary by breed. For example, Shepherd mixes are much more likely to need more protein. Dogs with longer coats also require more dietary fiber.
In general, the foods we feed our pets should be low in calories and fats but high in protein, fiber, and nutrients like calcium and vitamin D3. We’ll cover the basics of dog nutrition here so you can follow what I suggest in my dog’s diet book , but here are some additional tips on feeding your pet:
1) Check for signs
of gastrointestinal problems as soon as possible.
2) Check teeth for cavities, discolorations or other abnormalities. Make sure they’re clean and keep your pet away from any that might be damaged or infected.
3) Also check your pet’s coat regularly — they can become dry if they don’t have enough moisture to keep their coats soft. You can buy special coat conditioners to help maintain their coats, but try not to overdo it if you don’t know how much your dog drinks or how long
he spends outside.
4) Make sure you’re providing an appropriate amount of exercise every day — doing too much work at one time can lead to intestinal problems and other digestive issues. Be careful about giving too little exercise during hot weather when it’s too hot for them to move around freely because it will dehydrate them faster than usual (which could increase their risk for heatstroke).
5) Feed them small meals rather than large ones — this is especially important if you have older pets that may not be able to eat as fast or as efficiently due to arthritis or other reasons (although never feed an adult dog a small meal). The small size keeps them from getting overly full before they’re ready so they won’t feel sleepy and easily bored after consuming the food so quickly (which could cause them to overeat). It also allows you time to avoid making any sudden changes in their meals without having them get riled up about it first (that would give them plenty of warning), which seems like a good idea anyway since many owners tend to start feeding without giving their pets time-out between meals. In addition, small meals allow us time for feedings without worrying about one more piece of food having gone bad since we still have plenty left over from our previous meal that is good enough.