General Dietary Info

Introduction

DRBC hopes this guide helps you and your dog to a longer, happier, and healthier life. The information presented is meant to be a guide as you look for the proper nutritional program for your pet. The best program begins and remains with your veterinarian. Always include them in your discussion on diet or any other changes to your pets’ lifestyle. Be sure to make that discussion a part of your semiannual veterinary visits.

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DRBC has developed a dietary approach aimed at sound health and long life. The building blocks of this program can be found by using the menu below.

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Feeding Time

Feeding time should be as consistent as possible. The DRBC policy is to feed a very small amount for breakfast and then one main meal a day, but many people feed twice a day dividing the volume into equal portions. Whatever frequency you choose, be consistent, and remember the following rules:

  1. A dog will digest what he is fed in 3-4 hours. If you do a morning feed, be sure you will be there 3-4 hours later to let the dog out.
  2. A dog will drink and process that fluid in 20-30 minutes. Be sure that you are available to let him out when he needs to go, or you will assume he has a housebreaking problem.
  3. If feeding twice a day, split the mentioned volumes so that the daily total equals the recommended amount. Do not feed the amount recommended twice.
  4. The very small amount for breakfast is equivalent to 1-2 tablespoons of food. Just a little something.

NOTE: Nutrition is part of the overall wellness plan you should discuss with your veterinarian. The information contained in this website and on this page specifically represents that of the DRBC organization. All of our decisions on diet are discussed with our veterinarians on a routine basis.