Is it better to feed my dogs once a day or twice a day?

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Ask the Vet: 我應該一天餵一次狗,還是兩次?Is it better to feed my dogs once a day or twice a day?

Q&A with Dr Pauline Taylor, BVM&S MACVSc

野狗在捉到獵物時才會進食,牠們通常每星期進食兩至三次。牠們大吃一頓後便放鬆和睡覺。寵物狗的情況下,我們會在我們「為」牠們想吃東西的時候餵牠們。我們將牠們訓練得在我們這裏得到食物,而毋須捕獵,食物已經會很簡單地出現在牠們的碗中。理論上,狗應該只在餓的時間進食。在寵物狗中,肥胖是一種最為常見的健康問題,因為我們餵食太多。在富裕的環境下,以餵食來消除煩悶的感覺是其中一個更頻繁地餵食的原因。我建議將一天的食物分量劃分開,並用分配食物的玩具來取代一天兩餐,而且一天只餵一次正餐。但實際上這取決於你的狗,當牠真的很餓的時候牠便會吃東西,除非牠是一隻拉布拉多……牠們無時無刻都想吃東西!

DR. PAULINE SAYSIn wild dog packs, dogs get fed when they catch prey. They usually eat 2-3 times/week. They glutton & overeat, then relax & sleep. With our pets we thinkthey would like to eat when we do. We train them to expect food from us & make it very easy for them delivering food to their food bowls, no hunting required.  In fact dogs in theory should be fed only when they really are hungry. Obesity is one of the most common medical problems in our pet dogs. We overfeed them. Environmental enrichment to ease boredom is a reason to feed dogs more frequently. I recommend dividing the daily amount of food & use food dispensing toys instead of two meals/day, and feed a main meal only once/day. In reality however it actually depends on your own dog & normally when he is genuinely hungry he will eat. Unless of course he is a Labrador….who are always ready to eat!



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