It is not uncommon for some pet owners to find themselves owning undernourished dogs. Undernourished pets often don’t display most of the attributes we would want to see in pets. Though undernourishment in pets is mostly linked to underfeeding, sometimes it is the psychological and health issues our pets may have that may cause them to shun food. For that reason, you may have to hire an animal health expert to professionally find out why a dog may be shunning food.
Meanwhile, assuming that a dog may be undernourished just because it is given little food, the first solution would be to ensure that dog food is available in plenty. Again, your efforts can pay off if you pick meals that dogs would obsessively love to eat, suitable examples being chicken, turkey, and lamb. You can rely on the following tips to ensure that your undernourished dog gets to have a quicker weight gain, and enjoy a normal life as other well-fed pets.
Consult animal health experts on the best food to feed to a malnourished pet
Many pet owners have the false perception that the best way to feed an undernourished dog is by giving him food in huge quantities. That perception is only true to a limited extent as overfeeding often leads to undesirable health effects such as constipation and nutritional imbalance. The best approach is to find out which nutrients should be best served to a dog, and it also helps if a dog owner goes further and find out the quantity that can be best fed to an undernourished dog. Using our judgment may not always give the best results as dogs’ nutritional needs often require a different approach. You can consult animal health experts to guide you on the best dog food to buy. Besides, you can gain further information on how frequently you should feed a malnourished dog based on aspects such as age, size, breed, sex, and so on.
Maintain a consistent meal plan for your dog
Fattening up a malnourished dog is not a two-day or one-week event as some pet owners may assume. For the best results, you may find yourself taking months just to get a dog into his right energy and nutritional needs. You shouldn't be driven by the urge of seeing instant results. Instead, take your time and follow all the relevant instructions provided in your dog’s meal plan. Any given meal option you have opted for must be given on a regular basis without unnecessary changes. Inconsistency means that a dog may have an irregular access to certain nutrients he needs, and that may lead to an unstable gain in the intended body mass as well as energy levels.
It is wrong to let an undernourished dog have unlimited access to food
Just because a dog is undernourished doesn't mean that it is right to give him food anytime he needs. Unrestricted access to food may pose serious health issues such as obesity, and that is a situation any pet owner would love to avoid as much as possible. Instead, it is advisable that any pet meal you intend for your dog be given in small scheduled portions, preferably after every six hours. Following such a schedule will ensure that the dog utilizes most of the energy he gets from eating a certain food and also eliminate unwanted issues such as hunger. Having a controlled feeding schedule will see your dog consistently gaining the intended weight, and therefore avoid health issues related to over/underfeeding.
As you focus on food quantity and feeding time, don’t forget to give a thought on the number of calories
It is possible that you can feed an undernourished dog the right meals at the right schedules, but still fail to see any intended positive results. That may be the case if you don’t have regards for the number of calories that are present in a pet meal. It is the calories that ensure that the right body weight is gained, and that is where much of the focus should be placed. By just providing the right food calorie value, you would eliminate the need for excessive feeding, and ensure that your pet is destined for a healthy lifestyle. The best way to check for dog food calorie requirements is to always adhere to feeding.
I’m Cindy Grant, founder of NolongerWild.com and also a crazy fan of dogs, cats and all kinds of in-house little cute pets. Feel free to read all amazing things about Pet’s Breed, Training, Behaviour, Food and Health on my blog. With such big passions in pets, I strongly hope NolongerWild will be a friendly community where I can connect with those who share the same hobby.
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