Tips for Feeding a Small Breed Dog
Some dog owners make the mistake of thinking that feeding a small breed dog and large breed dog have the same needs, however, this is not the case. A dog’s diet is an essential part of their wellbeing, and it is important to be aware of the different nutrition requirements among different dog sizes.
Dogs love to eat, even when it can be harmful to their health so in general, ignore pleas for extra food to avoid unnecessary weight gain.
Check the kibble size as smaller dogs do not have the same powerful jaw muscles and throat and teeth size as bigger dogs. If the size of the kibble is too large, your dog will become tired when chewing and this is dangerous as the dog can resort to swallowing the kibble without completely chewing it. Our Hypro Premium kibble has been specifically developed with this in mind, making it the perfect kibble for all sizes and breeds.
Food should be calorie dense as small breed dogs have a fast metabolism. As a rule of thumb, feed a small breed dog 370 kilojoules per kilogram (40 calories per pound). Products on our site feature a feeding guide which recommends a feeding amount based on the weight of your dog, making it simple and easy for you to determine the best quantity to feed your dog. A puppy will require a different diet than adult dogs, so our team has formulated a puppy kibble specifically for when your dog is blossoming in the early stages of its life.
When purchasing food and treats for your dog you should carefully read the ingredients list and look for a few important things. From this list, you will be able to better predict the foods’ impact on your dog. A good thing to see on the ingredient list is complex carbohydrates which assist in maintaining high energy levels. B vitamins are also beneficial as they enhance metabolic processes. It is important to avoid artificial ingredients, fillers and preservatives that can lead to stomach problems. We are committed to providing high-quality dog food through our naturally sourced ingredients without any use of any harmful fillers and other artificial components, evident in our ingredient lists.
Through reading these tips we hope you have learnt some key things about feeding a small breed dog through their diet. A healthy dog is a happy dog.