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What is the best time to feed your dog or puppy, and how often – Dr. Dobias Natural Healing

Important nutritional guidelines to extend your dog’s life why dogs pant at night

1 Introduction

2. Feeding frequency from a dog physiology perspective

3. The emotional component of fasting

3.1 Two ways to switch to one meal a day

4. What to do if your dog is angry about fewer meals

5. How often should I feed a puppy?

6. When is the best time to feed my dog?

7. Should my dog’s feeding schedule be exact or random?

8. The final verdict


Introduction

If you love your dog, you strive to be an exceptional dog parent and you want your dog to live as long as possible.

One area that many dog ​​parents have questions about is how often to feed their pup and what time of day is best to feed. This article will address all aspects of nutrition: the physiological, the emotional and the practical. I’ll also touch on the topic of what time of day you should eat, and give you a few practical and potentially life-extending bits of information.

Feeding frequency from the perspective of canine physiology

Dogs are omnivores with a carnivorous preference, meaning they generally prefer to eat meat, bones and organs, but they will also eat vegetables and other vegetables, fruits, insects and anything else they come across.

In practical terms, the wandering and hunting lifestyle of wild dogs means that they have evolved on an irregular food supply. Dogs are able to live without food and can maintain extended periods of fasting, lasting days and even weeks if necessary, without any ill effects.

In recent years, fasting has received increasing attention from researchers as a means to improve health and extend human lifespan.

Research has shown that fasting activates metabolic processes that allow the body to cleanse, repair and slow cell aging in general. In particular, intermittent fasting activates sirtuins, proteins responsible for metabolic regulation, and proper enzymatic function, as well as cell and DNA repair.

Fasting also increases the levels of ketones in the bloodstream, which leads to the activation of detoxification and cell repair processes in the body, making it more resistant to stress. The most dramatic improvements in health are in the treatment and prevention of obesity, diabetes (which regulates blood sugar levels), cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders and cancer.

With repeated periods of fasting, the body can better adapt when problems arise and will exhibit a higher level of resilience to stress.

All the benefits mentioned above apply to both humans and dogs, as they are equipped with identical metabolic and energy pathways. In practice, this means that reducing feeding frequency to one meal per day has undeniable benefits for your dog’s health and longevity.

The emotional component of fasting

If you have been living with a dog for a while, I don’t need to explain to you that feeding our dogs is a way to express our love and care for our dog.

Food makes dogs happy, and feeding our dogs makes us happy too.

The problem arises when dogs, who have masterfully practiced the art of ‘seeing’ and ‘the eyes’ for thousands of years, let us give them food and treats too often. In other words, dogs are capable of turning many people into food vending machines that provide food when asked.

You feed a begging dog once, and the habit will last a lifetime.

If a dog is used to being fed two or three times a day, and is given a treat in between, his body will ‘expect’ food and skipping a meal will cause physical and emotional discomfort, triggering a feeling of food withdrawal .

Now that you understand the physiological benefits of intermittent fasting, it is in your dog’s best interest to gradually transition to one meal per day.


Two ways to switch to one meal a day:
  1. Start by reducing the extra meals and increasing the main meal until you are eventually feeding just once a day.
  2. Another option is to gradually bring feeding times closer together, until all the daily meals blend into one.

Remark: Make sure your dog is fed the same amount of food when he is at his optimal weight. If your dog is underweight or overweight, please consult my article on body weight here.

What to do if your dog is upset about reduced meals

You may choose to return to previous feeding habits, or, given the health and longevity benefits of fasting, you may resist your dog’s requests and try taking him for a walk or playing with him to get him off his feet. distract from eating.

As dog parents, we have the choice to do what is good for the health and longevity of our dogs, or not. I am sure that, with lots of love and perseverance, your dog will quickly get used to the new feeding schedule and be happier with a greater degree of health. Frequent feeding and digestion keep the body busy and limit its ability to recover, repair and immune defense.

My personal experience with intermittent fasting has helped me understand that the feeling of hunger from skipping a meal decreases in duration and intensity over time.

How often should I feed a puppy?

Because puppies grow extremely quickly, I recommend feeding puppies an unlimited amount of food three times a day until they are about 6 months old. Until they are six months old, there is no real need to restrict food intake, as puppies self-regulate food intake very well during this stage of development.

From around 6-7 months of age, your dog may start skipping meals. I generally recommend feeding your puppy twice a day between the ages of 6 and 14 months, after which you can transition to one meal per day.

Remark: Make sure your puppy is getting enough food and consult the body weight chart to learn when to increase or decrease the amount of food you feed.

For more information on how much food to feed and how to create a balanced diet for your dog, click here consult the free Recipe Maker.

When is the best time to feed my dog?

You have plenty of flexibility when it comes to when you feed your dog, but there are a few things to keep in mind for your dog’s safety.

NEVER feed your dog before he or she has completed intensive exercise as there is a significant risk stomach bleedingwhich is life threatening.

Make sure there is at least 3-4 hours between feeding and intensive exercises such as running, jumping, hunting and intensive play.

Gentle walks on a leash after a meal are fine, but beware of any jumps that could lead to that swell.

Based on my experience, feeding dogs after their morning walk is ideal. This gives your dog plenty of time to digest and rest before starting his afternoon or evening walk.

If you cannot eat in the morning after a walk, the next option is as early as possible after the evening walk. Digestion increases metabolism and generates heat in the body, sometimes leading to panting and night restlessness.

Should my dog’s feeding schedule be exact or random?

I often say that when we are unsure, we should look at what nature is doing. Wild canines never eat at the same exact time day in and day out. Their food intake is random and depends on when food is available.

This is why random feeding within the space of a few hours makes the most sense from an evolutionary point of view and also from the health benefits.

I see many dog ​​lovers stick to a strict feeding schedule, which can be seen as an expression of care and love. However, an exact feeding schedule can disrupt the flow of your day if you have to be at work, run errands, or can’t feed your dog at the normal time.

Exact feeding also reduces dogs’ flexibility and adaptability, and some can become very upset if not fed. When I was a kid, I remember our dachshund Gerda running around slamming her food bowl on the floor and demanding to be fed, even though the meal didn’t arrive at a certain time.

Dogs are no different than children, and a routine combined with flexibility makes them the happiest and most adaptable. There is no need to be addicted to our dogs’ food addictions.

The final verdict

The best way to keep your dog happy and healthy is to feed him once a day, after the first walk, within an irregular period of several hours. If you have the courage to do this, fasting one or two days a week will provide an additional benefit.

Thank you for caring for your dog and sharing this article.❤️

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