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Feeding Guide for Dogs

In the first 8 weeks of a puppy, they should not be separated from their mothers. Puppies are weaned around 6 to 7 weeks old. However, they should start eating solid foods at 3 to 4 weeks. A small amount of kibble soaked to a mush with warm water should …

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Italian Greyhound: Dog Breed Information

Italian Greyhound is the smallest breed of the sight hounds, they are sometimes called ‘I.G.’, ‘Iggy’, or an ‘Italian’. In history, the Italian Greyhound was a favorite companion of the noblewomen in the Middle Ages. This small sight hound is more than a lap dog, they have the speed, endurance, …

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Italian Greyhound: Dog Breed Information

Italian Greyhound is the smallest breed of the sight hounds, they are sometimes called ‘I.G.’, ‘Iggy’, or an ‘Italian’.

In history, the Italian Greyhound was a favorite companion of the noblewomen in the Middle Ages. This small sight hound is more than a lap dog, they have the speed, endurance, and determination for a small game. In today’s generation, Italian Greyhound is admired for their obedience, agility, and rally competitions.

Italian Greyhound is slender, elegant dogs that stand 13 to 15 inches at the shoulder, they weigh from 6 to 10 pounds, and some are as large as 14 or 15 pounds.

The Italian Greyhound dog breed is sensitive, alert, smart, and playful. Italian Greyhound temperament is affected by their heredity, training, and socialization. However, when treated harshly, they become fearful or snappy.

Italian Greyhound is healthy, but like all breeds, they are prone to certain health conditions.

This Italian Greyhound is extremely difficult to housetrain, they are not totally trustworthy in the house. They need a lot of attention and love, if they do not get it, they will become shy or hyper.

Feeding Guide for Dogs

In the first 8 weeks of a puppy, they should not be separated from their mothers. Puppies are weaned around 6 to 7 weeks old. However, they should start eating solid foods at 3 to 4 weeks. A small amount of kibble soaked to a mush with warm water should be given to the puppy. From 6 to 8 weeks, feed the puppy 3 to 4 times a day, by then, gradually decrease the liquid. All moistened food should be replaced on a regular basis.

As the dog gets older, make sure it eats a complete and balanced diet. Adult dogs need at least 10 percent of daily calories and a minimum of 5.5 percent from fats, their diet can contain up to 50 percent carbohydrates, which include 2.5 to 4.5 percent of fiber.

Our dogs deserve a treat for being good, a good rule of thumb should limit treats, biscuits, and chews under 15 percent of the daily diet, or 10 percent for those who are given meat-based rewards.

Assess their activity level, they may need less or more than the recommended serving on the package label. Those dogs that receive a high-intensity exercise needs food that has a higher fat content. Dogs who have a serious illness, pregnancy, or nursing can increase the need for food to suffice their energy.

It depends on the owner and the dog’s preference on which food texture to serve. The best material to be used is stainless steel, glass or ceramic. Owners should avoid using plastic, it can shed toxins into the food or water, because it is porous, thus bacteria can build up in it.

The recommended daily serving is only a guide as requirements vary considerably from dog to dog. The daily serving should be adjusted according to the body condition of the dog. There are different nutritional needs and specific health concerns linked to the size of the dog.

Serve the daily amount of food if you are feeding two meals a day. If your dog has less than an hour of exercise a day, reduce the serving quantity by 10 percent.

Avoid foods that have list corn or meat by-products as the first ingredient, this is because meat should be the first ingredient. Some foods that are edible to humans can pose hazard to the dogs, because of their different metabolism. The following foods should be avoided:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Avocado
  • Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources
  • Cat food
  • Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine
  • Citrus oil extracts
  • Fat trimmings
  • Fish
  • Grapes, raisins, and currants
  • Hops
  • Human vitamin supplements containing iron
  • Nuts
  • Milk and other dairy products
  • Moldy or spoiled food
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions and garlic
  • Persimmons
  • Pits from peaches and plums
  • Raw eggs
  • Raw meat
  • Salt
  • Sugary foods
  • Yeast dough

Ideally, you should be able to feel but not see the ribs and by looking straight down at the dog while she is standing there should be a recognizable waist. Ask your veterinarian if the weight of your dog is at a healthy weight during the next visit, and ask for examples of body condition scores. Check out our homepage for more posts on learning about the correct diet for your dog.