Fruit Valley Veterinary Clinic

Feeding Your Dog

Most dogs are overweight. If your dog is more round than lean, increase his/her exercise and cut back on the amount of food you are feeding. We recommend measuring the amount you are currently feeding and cutting this amount back by 1/3. Try giving vegetables or fruits, like carrots and apples, for treats. These treats are healthy and low calorie and some of the hard vegetables are also good for the teeth. (NO ONIONS OR GRAPES/ RAISINS).

You might also try making your dog work for his food. There are toys available (or you can make your own) that dispense food when the dogs roll it.

New foods should be introduced gradually. The first exposure should just be a mouthful. Five to seven days should be used to gradually feed less of the old food and more of the new food.

If only the new food can be fed from the first day: then the mouthful could be followed several hours later by two mouthfuls, then a few hours later: three mouthfuls. It is better to keep the pet hungry than to feed it too much of a new food. It should take at least 3 days of gradually increasing the size of the meal before making the meals every 4 hours (i.e feed 6 times a day on the 4th day) the next day total food offered can be split into five servings.

If the pet does not like the food, keep the meals small and less frequent, do not increase the amount until it is accepted.

If vomiting or diarrhea become a problem, call us.