Feeding Dogs: Guide to Small Breed Dog Diet - Small Dog Place
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As with any table scrap, bread adds calories to your dog’s diet. If your dog is overweight, talk to your veterinarian about moderating her diet and discuss a plan to keep her healthy, happy, and active. Bread packs a high glycemic punch and is high in calories, so feed your dog only very small pieces of bread at a time to avoid obesity-related diseases, like diabetes.
Photo provided by Flickr * Garlic can help remove waste from blood and can help repel flea. Depending on the dog's size, crush from one-half to two cloves a day into their food. By cloves, we mean the small chambers, not an entire garlic bulb. One vet recommends one crushed clove of garlic per every 30 pounds. Note: While many holistic veterinarians recommend feeding small amounts of garlic, some veterinary diet experts advise against garlic because if eaten in quantity, dogs can have reactions (as does the author of this article, even though her own dogs thrive on *small* amounts of it). Some holistic practitioners recommend heating the garlic for easier digestion, and some suggest not giving dogs garlic every day.
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There is still one primary rule of thumb when feedingsmall dogs and toy breeds, and that is to feed big! A small dogdoes not need small food when it comes to raw diets. That meanssteering clear of chicken necks and wings; these are too small and aretoo easy for the dog (yes, even a toy dog!) to attempt to swallowwhole, which then results in gagging or choking (natural responses, butscary to see!). One of the endearing personality traits of many smalldogs is that they think and act like they are much bigger than theyreally are. This goes for feeding, too. A pint-sized Chihuahua is stillgoing to think it is a huge wolf-like dog when it spots that raw meatybone. The behavior is ingrained, and the desires to rip, tear, chew,gulp, and swallow (sometimes with emphasis on gulping and swallowing,especially if the dog was fed commercial food before) should still bevery strong. So get rid of the lone chicken wing and neck; only feedthose if, and ONLY IF, they are attached to half of a breast, half of achicken, or a whole bird.a liquid or liquefied diet through a syringe or turkey baster. Various liquid and semi-liquid diets are available through your veterinarian. High-caloric pastes and gels are available at pet supply stores. You can prepare these foods just as well at home if you have the time. The food needs to be blended in a blender until it is fine enough to pass through the plastic tip of a standard syringe. This means that the size of the particles in the mixture must be smaller than 3/32 inch. I often enlarge the orifice in the syringe tip with a 1/8 inch drill bit so the food particles pass easily. I generally place equal volumes of cooked rice and chicken in a standard electrical blender. I add sufficient water to give a final consistency of heavy cream. Before blending, I add a whole tube of high-caloric paste to the mix (Energel, Nutrical, etc.). This paste is sold for dogs and cats at pet super centers. If long-term use in anticipated, I add a and a pet vitamin. Under no circumstance should you force feed your pet if there is a possibility that you may be bitten – even accidentally. So toss the Pug a chicken quarter. Let the Shi Tzu andLhasa Apso work on a pork neck. Avoid the temptation to cut their foodinto smaller pieces; remember, smaller is NOT good, because smallerpieces increase the likelihood of the dog gulping and then gagging ontheir food. Stick with the big pieces, and your dog will get the hangof chewing its food very quickly. If you need to start with bonelessmeats at first to get your dog used to the taste and texture of rawfood, then do that first. Once they are eating their meaty meal withgusto, add in a bony meal and let the dog figure it out. If the dogsare picky, pick the raw meaty bone up after 15 minutes and put it awayfor later. Offer it again at the next feeding or at the next day. Alittle bit of tough love (assuming the dog does not have any healthproblems or special needs that require it to eat at least once a day)may be necessary to encourage the dog to use its teeth, but it will bewell worth it!You can feed raw meaty bones and whole carcasses partially frozen,totally frozen, or totally thawed. Some dogs prefer their organ meatfrozen as well. Frozen RMBs (raw meaty bones) are good for teethingpuppies, dogs that are learning to chew their food, and dogs that gulptheir food. Feed the RMBs in as large of a piece as you can. If youhave a big dog and you want to feed beef ribs, feed the whole slab ofribs joined together. If you have a little dog and you want to feed achicken leg, feed the whole thing as a big piece (like a chickenquarter), rather than cutting it into smaller pieces. Small piecesencourage choking and do not promote thorough chewing. One commonlyused standard is to feed something bigger than the dog's head. If thedog does not eat all of the food, simply pick up the leftovers,refrigerate or freeze them, and feed it the next day. Or you can letyour dog bury the leftovers so it can eat it when the meat is "ripe."Cats, on the other hand, must have fresh food.