Just like any other dog’s health, your poodle’s health is directly affected by what he is eating. Since most of the Poodles are small in size (standard Poodles are of medium size), a slight deviation in their weight will make them look thin or fat. There are various elements related to the feeding of poodle which pet owners often want to know. The present article has tried to answer such questions of pet owners related to the feeding of this sweet and playful dog breed.
Start with the basics:
Since this dog has a small mouth, it is advised to serve him in a shallow dish. The dog may have a hard time eating from a narrow and deep bowl. Also, make sure that the edges of the bowl are not sharp as it may hurt the dog. Stainless steel bowl should be preferred over plastic bowl.
Switching the food:
Making a quick change in the diet of poodle will result in health problems in your dog. It is advised to discuss with the breeder about the food he was giving to poodle. If you want to switch to a brand which you think is better for your dog, it should be gradual so that the dog’s digestive system can adapt the new food. The process may take about a month.
- First week: 3/4 old food mixed with ¼ new food
- Second week: ½ old food mixed with ½ new food
- Third week: ¼ old food mixed with ¾ new food
- Fourth week: All new food
How much food is recommended for poodles?
The amount of food required by a dog depends on various factors such as his age, metabolism and activity level. However, the range of recommended daily amount for poodles is given below:
- Standard Poodle: 1.5 to 3 cups of high-quality food a day divided into two meals
- Miniature Poodle: 3/4 to 1 cup high-quality food a day divided into two meals
- Toy Poodle: 1/4 to 1/2 cup high-quality food a day divided into two meals
A slight deviation from the recommended daily amount and meal frequency is allowed if your dog is becoming overweight or underweight.
The following table illustrates the meal frequency for standard, toy and miniature poodles:
|Age||No. of times the dog should be fed|
|0-3 months||The dog should be free-fed|
|3 months-adulthood||3 meals per day|
|Adulthood||2 meals per day|
If you are free feeding your dog, make sure that he has access to fresh food for all day. Wash the dish properly and change the food every day.
Also, provide your dog a regular supply of fresh water.
Commercial Vs Homemade Vs Raw Food:
All three types of foods have their own importance and it is up to you what you want to feed your poodle. Commercial dog food is easily available in market and you can read label to know how much nutrients you are offering to the dog.
Homemade food will cost you less but you have to consult vet about the amount of food which you should feed.
Raw food is another healthy option which you can opt for your furry friend.
If you are providing homemade or raw food to your poodle, make sure his diet contains Organs (kidney, liver & brain), lean meat, veggies, sweet potato, quinoa, barley, fruits, and eggs.
Quality animal protein should be in the list of nutrients which your dog is consuming. Healthy fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals will follow.
If your dog is lacking a particular nutrient, supplementation can be provided.
These foods should NOT be given to your poodle:
- Macadamia nuts
- Rawhide bones
- Spicy foods