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Feeding Your Adult Dog

agony auntGreetings Fellow Pekies,

Last week we dealt with how, when and what to feed your Pekingese puppy in order to keep them healthy and help them grow up into strong, beautiful, healthy adult dogs.

Today Aunty Aggie is going to share some interesting and important information regarding the feeding of your adult dog(s).

There are various right ways to feed dogs; you can give them dry or canned food, cooked food, a frozen raw diet, or all of the above.

Although most people tend to feed all of their dogs the same diet, no single food is perfect for every dog, so one or two of your dogs may not enjoy their meals as much as others do.

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Feeding your Pekingese Puppy

agony auntGreetings Fellow Pekies,

A puppy eats a lot of food. From birth up to 6 months of age, he’ll need to eat 2-4 times as much as an adult dog to support all that growth.

As a rule of thumb, during the first week of life a puppy’s weight will double – thereafter your puppy should gain 2-4 grams per kilogram of anticipated adult weight each day. This means that if your adult Pekingese will weigh around 10 kilograms, he or she should gain 25 -45 grams per day as a puppy.

Puppy food is generally higher in protein and enriched with vitamins, minerals, and fats essential for growth, but ingredients across brands can vary greatly. Commercial puppy food companies must ensure that their product meets nutrient standards for growth, and most do, but whereas some companies go above and beyond those standards, others will merely meet the minimum nutrient standards.

The old adage “you get what you pay for” is true; lower-quality ingredients are found in the cheaper brands while “premium” and “performance” varieties include higher quality ingredients for improved digestibility.

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