Just like for humans, a balanced and nutritious diet is an important part in keeping our canine friends active and healthy. Excess weight can endanger a dog's heart, lungs and joints.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) offers the following feeding tips to make sure your dog is looking and feeling his best: DAILY CALORIC INTAKE: Knowing the correct serving size to give your dog is key. Daily caloric intake differs depending on what life stage your dog is in (from puppyhood to senior citizenship). Puppies require more calories and essential nutrients. If you have a puppy, you should get dog food specially formulated for puppies. Adult dogs should be fed according to their size and energy needs. Older dogs may require special diets and are usually less active. Use a measuring cup to avoid over-serving. Be sure to consult your vet if you are considering changing your dog's diet or have questions about his nutrition.
ESTABLISH REGULAR MEAL TIMES: It's important to set regular meal times for your dog each day. An irregular eating schedule can affect your dog's digestive system. Your dog only needs one or two meals daily if fed on well-balanced diet. However, puppies under six months should get three to four meals a day. All dogs should have their own food dishes and have clean water available at all times.