Dogs and Nutrition: Creating a Feeding Schedule

Establishing a feeding schedule for dogs and nutrition go hand in hand. A normal routine helps your dog get the daily nutrients he needs and prevents him from eating junk in between meals.

If your dog skips a meal or two it's usually a case of an upset stomach or a change in his environment. However, adding more structure to a food plan is better for chronically fussy eaters.

Timing and Balance

Feed your dog at the same time each day and serve the same amount of food. A well-proportioned main course ensures proper nutrition for dogs. Overfeeding can cause weight gain that may lead to long-term health problems.

Serve a well-balance dog food complete with protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. If your dog seems to shun his kibble, add in warm water or low-salt broth to make it more appetizing.

Tailor-Made Feeding Schedules: Dogs and Nutrition

  • Feed your dog one primary meal a day and complement it with a few healthy treats in between.
  • Serve up a small breakfast of one egg or a little bit of meat. Then serve one large meal for dinner.
  • If your dog has a weight problem, feed him smaller portions more often. Split up his total food for one day into 4 to 6 servings.
  • Pre-make your dog's meals ahead of time so you keep him on schedule and control the ingredients yourself. Freeze servings in ziplock bags to help you stay organized.