If you have an older dog, you will probably want to feed him a little less than before, this obviously varies depending on the size and physical activity of the dog. Some veterinarians suggest to feed an older dog several small meals a day, while in other cases they will suggest you only feed two times a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Ask your veterinarian what is best for your older dog. The rules of feeding small amounts of fat apply to older dogs; it’s also recommended to reduce the amount of protein since it can hurt the dog’s kidneys, you should feed an older dog some protein but less than usual and certainly not in excess. If you suspect your dog is pregnant, take her for a checkup to your veterinarian. Veterinarians can usually detect pregnancies at three to four weeks through ultrasounds, X-rays, or abdominal palpitations. A good, well balanced diet is necessary, but it is not necessary to increase the amount of food that you are giving your dog during the first six weeks. After this time, you should increase the amount. By week eight or nine the pregnant mother can eat up to twice as much the normal amount. Give her multiple small amounts of food. Ask your veterinarian if any vitamin supplements are needed. Some mild exercise is good too, as it will keep the dog physically fit during its pregnancy.
Some fundamental rules for feeding dogs
1. Your puppy should always eat in a quiet place, preferably alone.
2. Keep the dogs water bowl full of clean fresh water.
3. Always use the same casserole to prepare the dogs food in; wash it when you are done using it and keep the leftovers in the fridge.
4. Serve your dogs food warm or at normal temperature, never too cold or too hot.
5. Serve your dog the portions your veterinarian suggests.
6. Don’t leave leftovers in the dogs bowl: if the puppy does not finish all his food, put it away right away.
7. Don’t feed your dog food from the table at meal times. Be very strict about your dogs eating habits. Don’t allow the dog to beg by any circumstances.
8. Never feed a puppy chicken, rabbit, or fish bones because they splinter and can cause internal injury.