We’ll tell you what’s really true about the dog nutrition myths!
For a long time, dogs were only fed once a day, mostly after work was done. Most nutritionists today recommend feeding a full-grown, healthy dog morning and evening. Because smaller portions of feed can be digested and used better. The dog’s body is less stressed and the blood sugar level remains in balance. This way, your dog won’t run through the day with a growling stomach.
Puppies up to six months of age should have three to four meals a day, young dogs and seniors at least two.
Not correct! Many dog owners believe that the dog should fast one day a week to clean the stomach and intestines. However, this contradicts the findings of modern nutritional science. Fragrant food, rustling packaging, opening the refrigerator door – all these are food stimuli for the dog that stimulate the production of gastric acid. However, if nothing reaches the hungry dog’s stomach to digest, this can lead to acidity, heartburn and even vomiting.
The only exception: if the dog has diarrhea, after consultation with the veterinarian, it should not be fed for 24 hours so that the affected intestine can regenerate. If you have persistent or recurring diarrhea, you should definitely consult a vet.
One fast day a week is not healthy for dogs. © alexei_tm-stock.adobe.com
It is important that the dog take a digestive break for at least an hour after feeding.
Wild romping immediately after eating should be avoided. Otherwise the risk of a stomach twist increases.
However, if the walk represents a single search for food for your dog, breakfast before a walk, for example, can work wonders. For example, feed a small portion before or during the walk and the rest afterwards. Or you can wait an hour after breakfast before going on a dog walk.
Rituals, such as feeding after the morning walk, structure the day and give the dog security. But don’t overdo it with punctuality. A dog that is served dinner every day at exactly 6 p.m. will soon ask for its food even if you are sitting in a restaurant, for example. Therefore, regular feeding times are recommended, but not to the minute.
If your dog begins to actively demand his food at a certain time, you should ignore him until he has calmed down. This is how he learns that you decide when to eat, not him.
Regular feeding times are important for dogs, but not accurate to the minute. © absolutimages-stock.adobe.com
If you only feed your dog with one and the same food, you run the risk of pulling up a picky dog that only eats the food you know. This can lead to problems, for example if the dog develops an allergy to this food.
Therefore, dogs should be familiarized with different types of food and ingredients from an early age. A healthy change between wet and dry food as well as different types of meat and vegetables guarantees a versatile food stamping.
Conversely, this does not mean that the most exotic ingredients have to end up in the bowl every day. Too frequent feed changes are not recommended and can also be counterproductive! Even if the food is changed too often, the dog can get grumpy because he is always waiting for something “even better”.
If you suspect an allergy, you should also have some protein sources (e.g. horse and game) on hand that the dog is not yet familiar with for an exclusion diet. Therefore: Change of feed, yes, but only now and then and not all the time.
The abbreviation BARF originally means “Bones And Raw Food”. In the translation, this became the term “Biologically species-appropriate raw feed”. Raw feeding is not healthier per se than other diets.
If you want to bar your dog, you should have a nutritionist calculate the ration.
With barf, it is not enough to serve the dog raw meat with some pureed vegetables. Because it is important that the dog takes in all the nutrients it needs. Many veterinarians now even advise against raw feeding, as many barked animals end up in their practices with symptoms of deficiency. Therefore: Barfen only with expert advice and intensive analysis of the topic.
Especially in times of poison bait, many owners try to train their dogs to only accept food from them. Those who succeed can consider themselves lucky!
However, if you have a shy or poor dog, you should definitely teach it to accept food from other people. Otherwise problems can arise if you have to go away for a few days. Even a dog that has run out is much easier to catch in case of doubt if it can be lured in with food.