How to Care for Your Dog:
Food and Water
• Puppies two to three months old need four meals per day. Puppies three to six months old need three meals a day. After six months, give two meals per day.
• Well-known brands of dog food, such as Pedigree and Purina, will give your dog the balanced nutrition she needs. This is especially important for puppies less than one year old. If you feed people-food to your dog, remember that dogs need much more protein than people do, so for good dog health, give her lots of extra lentils, meat, and other protein. Also give her a mix of vegetables. Rice has almost no nutritional value.
• Some supermarkets sell frozen meat for dogs at low prices. You can also buy chicken heads and feet inexpensively. Cook these before feeding them to your dog, so he doesn’t get parasites.
• Do not feed dogs: grapes, raisins, raw meat, raw eggs, chocolate, tea, or coffee.
• Do not give lots of onions, garlic, mushrooms, or fruit seeds and pits (such as apple seeds and plum pits).
• Avoid too much salt, fat, sugar, and dairy.
• If you give your dog a bone, be careful that she doesn’t choke on it. Do not give chicken bones, because these break into sharp pieces that can get stuck in her throat.
• Your dog should always have access to clean water. Don’t give him anything else to drink, including milk. Put water in the shade. Give new water at least twice every day.
• Do not put new dog food onto old food, or add new water to old water. Empty the containers before adding more.
• Throw away wet or cooked dog food that has been out for more than 12 hours.
• Feed the dog at regular times. Routine is extremely important to a dog. Any change to your dog’s feeding routine should be done slowly.
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