There are 3 feeding modes to feed your dog:
industrial, home or mixed with rations to be distributed in 1, 2 or 3 meals a day.
What kind of diet give to his dog?
In dog feeding, dog owners have the choice between 3 options:
This type of food consists of so-called wet foods such as pies in boxes or trays and dry food such as croquettes. At present, this type of diet is acclaimed by 80% of pet owners. As long as you know how to choose your products, this type of feed is very practical, offers good guarantees in terms of composition and perfectly covers the nutritional needs of companion dogs.
"Home" food is also known as "household ration". As its name indicates, it consists in preparing oneself the meals of his dog. But beware: "home" diet does not mean giving the leftovers to his dog, or even feeding him the same meals as those of the human members of the family. The household ration must be balanced (with the help of a veterinarian) and adapted to the special needs of the non-strict carnivore dog. When it is well balanced, the home diet is very qualitative. This is even the best for the dog, nutritional and digestive points of view.
There are variants of the "classic" household ration: the "BARF" diet for "Biologically Appropriate Raw Food" and the "Raw-feeding" diet.
The "mixed" diet
The mixed feed is a mixture of the two feeding modes mentioned above. As part of this mode of feeding, the dog can for example receive croquettes for his first meal of the day in the morning and a household ration for his second evening meal.
To make your choice between one of its 3 modes of feeding, we advise you to study well the advantages and the disadvantages of each one in our dedicated articles and to get closer, in case of doubt, of your vet.
How many meals a day?
So what time of day should i feed my dog?
In general, it is inadvisable to leave the dog access to his food at will to be able to control his contributions.
Food, whatever the mode of feeding chosen, should therefore preferably be distributed as a meal.
The very distensible stomach of an adult dog with no particular health problem allows him to eat only one meal a day.
But in many cases it is advisable to split the daily ration into 2 to 3 meals a day:
Animals that have important energy needs such as puppies during their growth period, pregnant and lactating bitches and sporting dogs such as hunting dogs.
Usually when the food ration is wet (pâtés, household ration ...) and therefore more voluminous and particularly in dogs belonging to large breeds to limit the risk of torsion of the stomach to which they are more subject.
Animals suffering from gastrointestinal disorders. The splitting of meals will guarantee easier digestion,
in dogs that are particularly voracious naturally (Labrador, Beagle ...) or have reduced caloric intake as part of dieting to avoid them feeling too hungry.