Dog Breeds

Divide the amount per day by the desired number of feedings per day

Divide the amount per day by the desired number of feedings per day

Practically all kinds of meat leftovers may be given the grown dog. Because it often contains dangerous parasites, pork or rabbit should always be thoroughly cooked. Fish should also be cooked and, of course, carefully boned.
Although bones can be given occasionally, they are not nutritious unless considerable meat clings to them. Provide only large, hard bones such as knuckle, shank, or shin; no poultry or chop bones, which may splinter and pierce the throat or stomach.

Since dogs are classified as carnivores, we may think they require nothing but meat. Dogs are meat eaters by nature, but few people realize that in their wild state dogs instinctively ate a complete and balanced diet. They consumed their entire prey: the flesh, stomach, intestines, and internal organs to satisfy their needs for protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals; the fat, muscles, and bones to meet their needs for energy and maintenance. Meat, as furnished today, is not a complete diet. Moreover, the dog’s instinct has been altered by modern civilization, and if he were given a choice, he probably would not choose as good a diet as you can provide.
Certain dogs show a liking for fruits, raw vegetables, and other “unusual” foods. Such things are not harmful if given only occasionally. However, offering unusual foods or feeding excessive quantities of table scraps only contributes to poor eating habits.

Self feeding, a method that involves keeping dry food available for the dog to eat at will, has become an accepted feeding practice in recent years, especially for kenneled dogs. It can be started with puppies and continued throughout their lifetime, or the adult dog can be switched to selffeeding. For more details, see pages 24 25.
Remember that your dog requires water to drink. It may be offered at various intervals or kept available in a drinking bowl. Keep the bowl clean and filled with fresh water, especially during hot weather.

Even though the dog seems to be in the best of health, veterinary examinations from time to time are worthwhile: every two or three months for the puppy, every six months to a year for an adult dog.

Doberman Pinscher (13)

 

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