We Know How It All Happens
You sit down with food on your lap. You turn on the TV. As you enjoy your midday show, suddenly, your pooch sits beside you with his cute puppy eyes begging for just a tiny bite of your precious snack.
The sorry and sad eyes and bowing of the head, mixed with a little whimpering, are all convincing enough to give your fido a piece of your food. However, how can you determine whether your dog is really hungry or just playing the Oscars award?
Telling whether your dog is really hungry or not is important for every dog owner. After all, according to statistics, more than half of the dogs in the United States are obese. You certainly don’t want your dog to be part of that number.
By knowing if your dog is really hungry or not, you would have a better way of regulating his food and ensuring he gets the right amount of food.
So, continue reading to know the signs your dog is truly hungry.
He Is Not Getting The Right Amount Of Calories
Every dog has its recommended daily calorie intake, which depends on their size, age, breed, activity level, and general health. While you can definitely calculate this on your own, you might want to ask your vet for help.
Your dog’s primary healthcare provider could determine how many calories your dog should have. From there, you can then simply divide that number to two and feed your dog twice a day.
Feeding your dog with pre packed food makes it easier for you to know how many calories you are giving your dog. Simply check the label and add them up until you hit the recommended amount of calories.
If you’re feeding your dog homemade food, calculating calories may be a little more complicated. For this reason, be sure to speak to your vet to determine how much calories are found in each serving of food you give.
You Could See Is A Well-Defined Ribcage
The rib cage is a good indicator of whether you are feeding him enough food or not. Here’s what you can do: run your fingers through your dog’s rib cage. You should be able to feel individual ribs, but not see the definition of each rib. This is a good rule of thumb. If you don’t feel his ribs, it means you’re overfeeding him. If you see visible ribs, then your dog is truly hungry and needs more food.
Your Dog Has Been Active
If there’s no change in your dog’s activity, then the normal amount of food should be enough for him. However, if you make your dog your jogging buddy or there are special days when you exercise together, then you need to give him a little extra food. This should account for the calories he burned and would keep him well-fed.
You Missed Giving Him A Meal
If in case you forgot to give your dog food during his scheduled mealtime, then it is more likely that your dog is really hungry if he comes and asks for food. Irregular feeding time could lead to underfeeding or overfeeding.
Your Dog Is Extra Excited For Food
You probably have seen how your dog is happy, excited, and enthusiastic when you are about to him. Those are the times that they are more likely hungry.
Compare that when giving your dog snacks. They may give you that sad face to beg for food, but you know they are just trying to score a few bites from you. Some dogs even give you their “hungry dance” before a meal. These are actually some cues that your dog is really hungry.
Managing Your Dog’s Diet
These are just some of the signs that your dog is really hungry. With this in mind, you should know more accurately whether your dog needs to eat or he is just being a con artist.
Your dog’s diet is a major aspect of his health. Thus, it is highly recommended that you speak to your vet about what, how, and when you should feed your dog.
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