Diet and Nutrition Advice

Every dog deserves good balanced diet. Here at K9Vets, we will make sure your dog is getting everything that they need.

Under feeding: Like overfeeding, underfeeding also has many associated complication. If you underfeed your dog they can become malnourished and can be at risk for:

  • Arthritis
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Hypertension
  • Liver and kidney failure
  • Cancer
  • Immune deficiency

Over feeding: First, it is vital that you understand the health problems associated with overfeeding your dog. If you overfeed your dog, they can become obese, lethargic, and will be at a much higher risk for:

  • Diabetes
  • Joint issues such as arthritis and hip dysplasia
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Liver disease
  • Cancer

Feeding FAQ’s:

  • How much water should my dog be drinking? Your dog should have access to fresh, clean drinking water 24/7. Without water, your dog may become seriously ill within hours.
  • How often should I feed my dog? This depends on many factors such as; age, life stage, requirement and health. Having said that, you should feed your dog at least once a day, unless otherwise advised by your vet. Puppies on the other hand can be fed up to 4 times a day until they are 16 weeks old.
  • Can my dog eat ‘human’ food? Most human foods will lack in nutrition compared to a specific dog food and a lot of foods can be toxic to our pets; please see our list of poisonous foods for further information. Having said that, there are a few human foods that can be given as treats including; Carrots, Watermelon, Blueberries and apples to name a few.
  • What can I do if my dog is overweight? Here at K9 Vets, we have a breadth of specialist diets to support healthy weight management. Book in for a consultation ‘here’ to discuss a plan with one of our vets.
  • Should I change the food when my dog is ill? Diet can play a huge part in the management or treatment of your dog’s illness/ disease. Therefore, we may recommend that you change their diet during the treatment or recovery period. You should always consult your vet before making any big changes to your pet’s diet.
  • Can I overfeed my dog? Yes, overfeeding is not only an aesthetic problem but there are also serious health issues that can arise due to overfeeding; Diabetes, Joint issues such as arthritis and hip dysplasia, Heart disease, Hypertension, Liver disease and Cancer.

Poisonous or hazardous foods for dogs:-

  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine
  • Onions, garlic, and chives
  • Alcohol
  • Mouldy foods
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Yeast dough
  • Bones
  • Corn on the cob