Nutrition

Basic Feeding Considerations for the Highly Active Dog During the Hunting Season

Written by Brian Zanghi, Ph.D., Research Scientist at the Nestle Research Center

Having a feeding program that optimally complements your hardworking canine is a great way to help ensure that your dog’s season, performance, and health will be in peak form. There are several concepts to discuss and why they work. Some things to consider include, feeding a performance food formula with greater caloric density, the optimal time to feed, how often to feed daily, and how to adjust feeding amount relative to your dog’s needs. This first article will discuss some initial feeding and nutrition concepts to consider. Read More

Maintaining Optimal Body Condition for Health and Performance

As mentioned in the first article, “Basic Feeding Considerations for the Hardworking Dog”, maintaining your hardworking dog with a healthy body condition is critical to its health and performance in the field.

What is body condition and why is it important? Body condition is a way of estimating if your dog is too thin, just right, or over weight, without actually putting the dog on a scale to measure body weight. This is important for 2 reasons, first, ideal body condition is associated with a healthy proportion of lean tissue (muscle) and body fat, and second, most pet owners probably don’t have a scale that is ideally suited for our 4-legged companions. Read More

Daily Feeding Time and Frequency for the Highly Active Dog

Written by Brian Zanghi, Ph.D., Research Scientist at the Nestle Research Center

So when do you feed your dog during the day over the course of the hunting or performance season, and how many times a day do you feed? There are some concepts to consider in structuring a feeding strategy for your hardworking dog and we will discuss why they work. Some things to consider include, the optimal time to feed, how often to feed daily. Read More

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