March – Ask the Vet
03.02.2012 | 11:15 am
This month, Holistic Select Staff Veterinarian Dr. Al Townshend answers your questions about puppy nutrition and helping your dog lose weight.
Q: I have a Yorkie puppy who is 8 months old. She is a picky eater and is currently eating Holistic Select Canned Puppy Recipe. When would be a good time to switch to Holistic Select Small and Mini Breed Adult Health Dry Food?
A: I would recommend that you wait until your puppy is a year of age. Then, you can gradually begin adding Holistic Select Small and Mini Breed Adult Recipe to the diet, slowly reducing the amount of canned food day by day. This method will slowly get your puppy used to eating her dry adult food. You can also add a bit of Holistic Select Canned Chicken Recipe to the dry food to further entice her taste buds.
Q: I have teacup poodle that is overweight about one pound. What can I do to bring her back down a healthy weight? She even eats if she is not hungry and currently I feed her your Holistic Select Small and Mini Breed Recipe adult dog food.
A: We should never feed to satisfy a dog’s appetite as that will surely end in overfeeding. One pound of extra weight for a teacup poodle can be a significant percentage of excess weight.
Provided there are no medical issues, the only way we have to get weight off our pets is to increase exercise and reduce the amount of calories you feed. We pet parents have 100% control over what we feed and how much our pets eat. Reducing the amount of food you at feeding by about 10% and increasing daily exercise should slowly return your poodle’s weight to an ideal level.
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