Now that your chinchilla pup is a kitten, the next thing to do is get your dog a new pet food.
While you might have read about the benefits of pet food before, what you might not know is the fact that it is not just the pet food that has to be changed, but the entire house too.
“The dog’s diet needs to be made up of different nutrients and other supplements as well as the pet’s,” says Jill Kiefer, a registered dietitian and owner of Kiefers Pet Nutrition in West Hollywood.
“In the long run, these two elements will balance each other out.”
Kiefering explains that dogs’ diets need to be balanced to avoid getting sick from food allergies, which can cause them to become aggressive.
So while your dog may eat food that contains fish, meat, or chicken, that is not necessarily a good thing.
She says you want to make sure your dog eats only those foods that are nutritionally complete, so if a food is full of sugar, she doesn’t need to add more sugar to it to get it down.
“You don’t need more than 2-3 grams of carbohydrates per ounce of food,” she says.
“If your dog has a lot of food in their diet, that can cause some gastrointestinal problems.
But, since most dogs will need a little bit more protein and a bit more fiber, it’s okay to leave those out.”
Kiefer says if your dog is really fussy about her food, she may want to look for other options.
“There are some things that are very expensive, like dry pet food and meat,” she said.
When your dog gets a new puppy, you might be wondering how you will be able to feed it the same food he has.
“That’s a lot harder than you think,” Kieferd says.
First, you will have to make some changes in the diet of your new pet.
Kiffers pet nutritionist recommends that your dog should get at least 50% of his daily recommended intake of protein, carbs, and fat.
“When your dogs diet is a mixture of protein and fats, it will take a bit of time to get the dog to the optimal level of that,” Kiffers says.
Kiffer also recommends that he get at most 5% of a new dog’s daily recommended protein intake.
“He can consume that protein in a variety of different ways,” she explains.
You can start by adding the protein to a dog’s favorite foods, like kibble and food bowls.
Then, you can add in some veggies.
The last thing to consider is your dog’s age.
You might need to make adjustments in your diet to get your puppy the same amount of protein as your older dog, but Kiefern says that it will not hurt to give your puppy a little protein as part of a mix-and-match diet.
For example, if your pet is 10 years old, you could get him some chicken with a bit less fat, while giving him a bit fewer veggies and some of the more expensive dry food.
What do you think of Kiffern’s advice for feeding your chihuahua?
What would you change if your puppy had allergies?
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