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How to Establish an Eating Schedule for Your Puppy

By Laurie Darroch

Puppies grow at a fast rate. The quick and ever changing development and growth they go through to reach their full adult size requires special nutrients, different feeding times and more attention than an adult dog needs. Feeding a puppy is much more manageable if you set up an eating schedule from the very beginning.

Puppies seem to be hungry all the time, but they can get used to eating at specific times during the day. The key is consistency. They are capable of learning and living with your routines. They will get used to a routine of their own as well.

Feeding a high quality, healthy dog food to a puppy helps keep them full. CANIDAE Life Stages dog food is formulated for the energy needs of all ages, with choices in wet or dry food.

Don’t leave food out all the time if you want your puppy on an eating schedule. It might seem like it would be easier, so they can eat whenever they feel like it, but they may eat too much at one time. If you’ve ever seen a ravenous puppy at feeding time, they often eat the food so quickly that it makes you wonder if they even bothered to chew it. They almost inhale their meals.

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How I Feed My Pets

By Diane Matsuura, CANIDAE Customer Service Rep

Every day, many customer service conversations at CANIDAE revolve around dogs and cats: what to feed, how to feed, how much to feed, how to get a picky eater to eat, etc. A question I am frequently asked is “What formula of CANIDAE/FELIDAE do you feed your dogs/cats?” I currently share my home with three Labrador Retrievers and three cats. I have fed every formula that CANIDAE makes at one time or another to my pets, and they have all thrived on each variety. One of the great advantages the CANIDAE Natural Pet Food line offers is a wide range of formula choices to suit most dogs and cats. One formula isn’t necessarily better than another, but just a different choice.  All products are made with the same high quality ingredients and balanced nutrition.

I thought I would share what works for me and my pet family. Anyone owned by cats knows that if a cat doesn’t like a particular food, no matter how much we want them to eat a certain brand or formula, you can’t make them eat it. That being said, most cats really like the taste of FELIDAE.  I keep one bowl filled up with the FELIDAE Cat and Kitten formula, and one filled with the Grain Free pureSEA. The next month, I will offer the Chicken and Rice and the Grain Free pureELEMENTS.

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What is the Best Way to Feed Your Pet?

By the Drs4Pets Team

There really isn’t a single “best” way to feed every pet. It is important to make adjustments to your feeding regimen to fit the lifestyle that you and your pet lead, as well as taking into account any health needs that your pet might have.

Figuring out just the right amount of food to feed our pets can be a real challenge. While pet food packaging provides a detailed feeding guideline in most cases, it is important to realize that this really is just a suggestion, a place to start. Work with your vet to determine your pet’s ideal weight and body condition, and adjust the amount you feed up or down as needed to maintain this “ideal.” Puppies and kittens have higher energy requirements to support their rapid growth and development. Very young pets may need 2- 3 times the amount of food that an adult at the same weight would need.

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What the Terms on Your Dog Food Bag Mean

There are many terms on the dog food bag. Do you know what they mean and what their function is?
As I mentioned in my last article, every dog food label has the same basic information. The guaranteed analysis lists protein, fiber, fat and moisture contents along with vitamin and mineral information. Some of the words may look like a foreign language to those of us who have no chemistry background, but I assure you they are real words.
Protein breaks down into over 20 amino acids in your dog’s body, and these are responsible for bone growth, skin and coat condition, and proper organ function, and this isn’t even the whole list. So you want to have a meat protein listed as the first ingredient. Some of the amino acids in my Canidae dog food are: Arginine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine Cystine, Phenylalanine-Tyrosine, Threonine, Tryptophan and Valine.
Fat is a concentrated form of energy that the dog’s body uses and has about 2-1/2 times the amount of energy that protein and carbohydrates have. It is also a source of essential fatty acids. Polyunsaturated essential fatty acids are used for healthy skin and your dog’s hair coat, and assist the immune system in its normal function. Some vitamins even need dietary fat for their utilization by the body. So even a dog that may be overweight needs a certain amount of fat in their diet to remain healthy, they just don’t need to be eating a food with 30% protein and 20% fat.
Fiber is the part of the carbohydrates in a dog food that is hard for a dog to digest. So why is it in there? Well, fiber helps give a more solid form to your dog’s stools for one thing. It promotes healthy cell function and is used by the intestinal tract walls as a source of energy, and a certain amount of fiber is needed to combat constipation. It is also sometimes added to senior and less active diets, to add bulk to the food to make the dog feel fuller and reduces the amount of calories an overweight dog eats.
Carbohydrates are no less important for your dog and can make up to 55% of some dry foods. Carbohydrates tend to come from cereal grains like rice, barley, wheat, sorghum, corn, or oats. They are usually cooked to make them more digestible for dogs. CANIDAE of course contains no corn, wheat, soy, or grain fractions at all.
Vitamins fall into two classes, water-soluble and fat-soluble. The water-soluble vitamins are the B vitamins and Vitamin C, and help the body metabolize the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in your dog’s food. The fat-soluble vitamins include: Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E. The fat-soluble vitamins are necessary for growth, reproduction, vision, proper absorption of calcium and phosphorus and as antioxidants.
Minerals are necessary for normal nerve and muscle function, as well as oxygen transportation by the blood, enzyme function, bone growth, blood clotting and hormone production. These include Calcium, Chloride, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium and Zinc.
Now the next time you look at a bag of dog food, you will understand what some of the ingredients do and how important they are to your dog. Skye loves her Canidae and so do I.
Ruthie Bently

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How Much Should You Feed Your Dog?

By Suzanne Alicie

How much dry food should you feed your dog each day? Many responsible pet owners know that it is possible to overfeed a dog, which can lead to weight and health problems. But did you know that even the most loving pet owner can accidentally be underfeeding their dog, causing health problems and weight concerns? As a dog owner and someone who has been around dogs quite a bit, I have heard several rules of thumb for how to decide how much food a dog should be given each day. These “urban myths” for planning your dog’s nutrition are the cause of both overfeeding and underfeeding. Some of these include general statements such as:
•  No more than 1 cup of food per dog per day.
•  Whenever the dog goes to the bowl there should be food in it.
•  Allow 15 minutes in the morning and the evening for the dog to eat, no more.

All of these sound about as foolish to me as an adult saying they plan to only eat 1 cup of one type of food all day, every day. Simply ridiculous!

Every bag of dry dog food in the United States usually has a daily feeding chart indicating how much your dog should eat based upon the type of food within the package and the weight of the dog. However, this is only a suggested serving size guide, and each dog may differ slightly in their nutritional needs.

For example, a Border Collie that lives on a farm and works hard every day running and herding will need more energy providing, healthy food each day than a dog that lounges around the house and is taken for a quick walk twice a day. People and dogs have a lot more in common than you may think. Nutritional needs are based upon many factors in both humans and in dogs. Each dog has both breed traits and their own individual metabolic system that should be figured into planning a doggie diet or figuring a dog’s nutritional needs.

There is a scientific and mathematical formula you can use to determine how much dry food your dog needs to eat each day. Don’t panic – I am not a mathematical whiz and will explain the formula to the best of my ability, and attempt to reduce your confusion at the same time. It is really a very basic formula; I just hope my explanation can do justice to the simplicity.

The first thing you will need to know is the RER or Resting Energy Requirement (basically the daily caloric intake) for your dog to maintain his current weight. To figure out how many Calories (a.k.a. Kcals) your dog should consume daily to maintain his weight you use a simple mathematical equation to determine the RER.

(30 x body weight of the dog in kilograms) + 70 = RER (Kilograms is pounds divided by 2.2).

For Example: A 61 pound dog would break down to 27.73 kg.  So: 27.73 x 30= 831.9 + 70= 901.9 RER/Calories (Kcals) per day.

This gives you the total number of Calories (Kcals) needed daily to help your dog maintain a healthy weight. In order to keep your dog on a healthy nutritional diet to maintain weight, you should split the calories into at least a morning and evening feeding. Unless your dog is overweight and on a strict diet, it’s fine to include some healthy and fun treats like CANIDAE Snap-Bits™. Just be sure to factor those calories into the requirement of how much your dog should eat each day.

For example, if you want your dog to maintain the weight shown in the example above, simply check the nutritional guidelines on the food you are using to figure how much food it will take each day to meet your dog’s daily RER, then divide it by 2 for two even meals twice a day. CANIDAE offers several different premium quality formulas, including All Life Stages, Grain Free ALS, Lamb & Rice and Chicken & Rice, all with detailed Calorie (Kcal) and nutritional information on the package.

Figuring out how much to feed your dog may seem complicated and like a lot of work when you know that as long as you put food out each day he will eat it. But part of being a responsible pet owner involves making healthy choices for your dog. Maintaining his nutritional needs in order to control his weight, provide him energy and strength as well as keeping him healthy is not a lot to ask. If you are concerned that your dog is over or underweight, consult a veterinarian before increasing or decreasing your dog’s daily food consumption.

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The personal opinions and/or use of trade, corporate or brand names, is for information and convenience only. Such use does not constitute an endorsement by CANIDAE® All Natural Pet Foods of any product or service. Opinions are those of the individual authors and not necessarily of CANIDAE® All Natural Pet Foods.