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Feeding Your Puppy
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Nutrition - 3 Ways To Feed Your Puppy
To meet the continual nutritional demand of your puppy's growing body, he must have food available to him all day long. There are 3 common techniques to feed your new puppy.
These are: Meal feeding, portion-control feeding, and free feeding.
This method of feeding is usually done with mixing solid food and canned food and is ideal for puppies that are being trained to housebreak. With this technique, your puppy gets his meals at different times during the day. Many owners prefer the three meal a day program while others are more comfortable with giving their puppies four meals a day.
Whether you're feeding your puppy three or four meals per day, the important thing to remember is to divide the meals equally within a 24-hour period and without having to get up at night.
With three meals a day, you have to feed your puppy every eight hours. Four meals a day, food is given to your puppy every six hours. Keep in mind, however, that you shouldn't give your puppy two meals a day until he is at least five or six months old.
Portion Control Feeding:
This method of feeding is probably the most common way that puppies are fed today, especially for owners who work during the day and have to leave their puppies alone. It is done by measuring the exact amount of food that he requires (depending on his age and type of breed). This amount of food should be modified as a puppy gets older. The portion is then placed in his food bowl once a day, preferably the same time everyday. This way your puppy will be able to nibble on his food throughout the day.
Most puppies ration out their meals throughout the day and eat only a small portion at a time, while some puppies will empty their bowl in one sitting. Studies have shown that puppies that are brought up with this feeding method will not over eat when they turn into adult dogs. However, if you are having a difficult time housebreaking your puppy, then this method of feeding will probably not work for you.
With this feeding technique, you have to make sure that there is food in his bowl and let him nibble on it throughout the day. Although this is the simplest way to feed your puppy, this method is also the least recommended by most vets and breeders. Feeding your puppy will make it more difficult to house train him because you do not know exactly when he eats. In addition, it is also difficult to know how much he eats on a daily basis.
There are several symptoms that you can watch for that your pet is either developing hypoglycemia in dogs or actually has it. The first symptom will be a loss of appetite. When the blood sugar level is too low, it can cause your dog to lose their appeal for food.
However, the most telling symptoms will be if your dog starts to tremble or their muscles start to twitch. If this occurs, they will than show signs of weakness and if the condition is starting to become severe, they may go into a seizure. You can usually tell that your dog is in this stage by looking at their eyes; if they are dilated, something is very wrong.
At that point, you will need to actually check their eyes for sight. If it appears that your dog has lost their sight, they are very close to going into a stupor or a coma, which may take their life.
Feeding your puppies and toy breeds smaller quantities on a more frequent basis will often bring the lowered sugar levels back to normal and help your pet’s body properly maintain that level. In emergency situations, you can feed your dog, even if you have to force them, the following foods that will quickly regulated raise their blood sugar levels back to normal.
Karosyrup is especially effective with puppies and toy breeds.
By placing a small amount of this syrup onto your dog’s gums, they will lick it and it will also absorb into their gums and than into their system. Honey can produce the same results, as well as fruit juices or Gatorade. If you have none of these on hand, any brand of cola drink can produce very quick results.
If your dog does not react very quickly, they are in the final stages, and as a result will need to see a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Other forms of treatment for Hypoglycemia in dogs will have to be done after your veterinarian has done a detailed diagnosis on what the actual cause of the hypoglycemia is. In most all cases, an underlying reason can be found and treated successfully. The key is watching for the symptoms and than reacting very quickly.
How to Tell if Your Dog Has a Problem
How to tell if your dog has a problem: Ask yourself the following
1. Does your dog know the spelling, Latin root and French translation
of the word "walk," yet is unable to grasp the meaning of the word
2. Does your dog immediately leap on a cat, bunny rabbit, or child
upon hearing the words "Don't worry he LOVES cats, bunny rabbits and
3. Is your dog shameless, graceless, without dignity and extremely in
touch with his inner puppy?
4. Does he wake you up in the middle of the night to warn you of the
dangers of a kitchen chair, then sleep through the theft of all your
5. Does he develop a tragic and profound deafness at the sound of
"It's time to go home," yet possess bionic hearing at the sound of a
If you answered "yes" to most of these questions . . .relax, your
dog is normal.
This article was added to LaughNet on Monday 11 June, 2007.