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  • Jennifer Misfeldt, MABTR

My dog eats too fast as if he is starving, always hungry. How often and how much do I feed him

I ask myself the question; could I go a whole day with just one or two meals? The answer is NO, so personally I do not expect my dog to.

One thing to note about bostons is they have a high metabolism rate and they are an active breed so they are burning calories. You may need to adjust the amount of food you are feeding from what is stated on the back of the food bag based on your dog’s activity level. Manufactures are giving a general estimate. This does not take in all factors.

Spread out your dog’s daily food amount over a few meals. Like with us, it can be more satisfying to a dog to have smaller, more frequent meals. Your dog is less likely to scarf down their food too fast if they are not approaching their meal on an empty stomach. If your schedule permits three small meals a day instead of two regular size meals it will be more satisfying to your dog as they will feel content throughout the day.

Keep in mind that vegetables and fruits are also good for your dog and can be used between meals to keep them content. This is better than a dog treat/biscuit. Fruits and vegetables consist of pears, bananas, apples, green beans, carrots, lettuce, cucumber, yams, pumpkin, zucchini, peanut butter, yogurt, tuna and eggs.

It is also important to not exercise for at least an hour (longer if possible) before and especially after eating, especially large breed dogs, due to stomach bloat and twisting of the gut.

One way to slow your dog down when eating his meal is placing the kibble on a flat surface like a plate or floor as they will require him to pick up each individual piece.


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