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Diets

After twelve months of age most dogs will suffice on one meal a day. However, there

are occasions example, large

where maintaining more frequent feeds and deep chested dogs such as Standard

may be

beneficial. For

Poodles

may be prone to

Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (Bloat). This extremely condition requires urgent treatment if the dog is going

serious and potentially fatal to survive, and it is thought

that feeding smaller more frequent meals may help prevent this problem arising (See page 149 ‘Poodle Health Issues’ for more information).

Another reason for feeding more than one meal a day may be to keep your dog more relaxed and quiet, as a hungry dog may be more inclined to be noisy or destructive. However, over feeding dogs is also a major problem, so in many cases destructive and noisy behaviour is better prevented by providing activity toys rather than by feeding extra meals.

Choosing an unsuitable diet for an adult dog has less serious consequences than choosing an inadequate diet for a puppy. Because puppies grow so rapidly, feeding a poor diet can have an irreversible

Large breeds such as Standard Poodles may benefit from smaller more frequent meals to lower the risk of ‘bloat’.

negative

impact

development.

With

on

their

adult

dogs

however, most negative impacts of an unsuitable diet can be reversed, if

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recognised

early

enough.

It

is

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