Our Recommendations To A
Healthy Diet For Dogs
There is really nothing better than a fresh meat-based dog diet. And, there is limited information on the quantity of Indian home cooked meals for puppies that needs to be fed on a daily basis, unless you are conversant with calculating calorie intake.
We have summarised the relevant quantities in our Fresh Dog Food Guide page and have also provided all parameters for the reference of any first time or new dog owners.
Over and above our basic guide to home cooked meals for puppies, here are a few recommendations and tips to a wholesome and healthy diet for dogs.
Our number one recommendation is, on a regular basis, to feed your dog the closest dog diet to nature; which is a meat based, healthy diet for dogs with vegetables & grain. Any good diet chart for dogs, will also recommend a similar portion of meat to veggies to grain, that we follow for our fresh dog meals at Hungry Eyes.
Tips on good dog nutrition
VARIETY OF PROTEINS
It is always a good practice to feed your dog a variety of meats like chicken, beef, pork, fish and mutton. Not only will it provide the goodness of each of these meats but it will also avoid developing allergies to any one particular meat in the future. And to dogs, meat is what keeps their meals interesting since it is a species appropriate dog diet; it is more important to rotate their meats than their vegetables.
ONE MEAL ONE MEAT
An ideal meal would comprise one protein along with a little amount of carbohydrate (rice) & fibre (vegetables like pumpkin, carrot, beans). This helps especially in the initial stages of getting your new pet dog home. In case your pup is allergic to a particular meat, it is a lot easier to find out. If your pet dog vomits its meal within a few hours of being fed and it happens repeatedly, no matter how you cook the protein, avoiding that protein would become necessary. So rotating the protein you feed your pet dog, weekly or monthly, at the initial stages will help you determine any allergies.
QUANTITY OF DOG FOOD
Whilst we recommend a certain portion based on body weight, age and activity levels, only your dog will tell you if he or she is having too little or too much. Signs of too little food for your pooch is of course, the rib cage showing through and too much is, well, a fairly heavy dog which is hard to miss.
It is safe to start with a smaller quantity and then move up, based on your dog’s activity level and acceptance of the food. This is applicable to a few of the dog breeds like labrador retriever, golden retriever, beagles who do have a higher tendency to put on weight easily.
FOR DOGS ON DIET
If you have been advised by your veterinary doctor or you feel your dog needs to lose weight, the best way to do so would be to increase the activity level. However, if you are unable to up your dog’s activity levels due to age or illness, reducing the quantity of grains in the meal should be a priority & the overall meal quantity, itself, will help.
While doing this, it is still important to feed your dog right, hence a dog treat low in fat like chicken gizzard, beef lungs, cucumber, buttermilk will provide the right nutrition and the healthy fats in the dog food, will keep them feeling satiated.
AGE APPROPRIATE ORGAN TREATS
For young pups, who are active and exploring new flavours, liver, kidney, dehydrated meats work well. These are rich treats, hence treat only the recommended quantity and start slow, with a few pieces every two days.
Chicken feet and chicken neck are great for all dogs, including a fast chomper; these natural chews have very few bones which are soft. It mostly contains cartilage and skin and is full of collagen and calcium, which is beneficial for a dog’s joint health. It is a trusted source of glucosamine, in a good diet chart for dogs prescribed for dogs with hip dysplasia or arthritis.
Chicken gizzards are lean organs and suitable for older dogs whose activity levels have reduced and young puppies who are just getting introduced to organ meats.
RECOMMENDED NUMBER OF DOG MEALS A DAY BASED ON AGE
Puppies from age 2 to 6 months, should ideally be on 4 meals a day.
It is best to move to 3 meals, preferably with equal intervals between meals for dogs above 6 - 8 months old. And 8 -10 months go your puppies age is a good time to move them to two meals a day, preferably with a 12 hour gap, however, it needs to be an attainable goal for you too as their care giver.
Having said that, an adult dog (2 years plus) may suddenly develop gastric issues, like frequent regurgitation, not eating their usual meals for days together, will have to be diagnosed by the veterinary doctor. However, once the dog has recovered, it is a good idea to either move her or him to 3 meals a day or two meals with a light mid day snack, like broth, curd, chicken feet, organ meats, to balance the gastric juices and reduce the time between meals.
Bone broth is also one of the best homemade food for nursing dogs or dogs recovering after an illness or surgery or if your pup doesn't drink as much water. It is also a great way to introduce home cooked meals for puppies.
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