Daily Energy Requirement: How to Calculate it for your Pekingese

 


Daily Energy Requirement: How to Calculate it for your Pekingese

The daily energy requirement of an animal should correspond to the sum of its thermogenesis, normal resting energy expenditure and its energy required during physically active state. The former is affected by factors such as body composition, size and environmental parameters. While the latter is affected by his physiological state such as ageing, growth, lactation/pregnancy. Obesity represents the most common form of malnutrition which is usually encountered in small animal practices, this is mainly the result of — yes you got it right — overeating. In other words, your pet’s energy intake has exceeded at his energy requirement which lead to fat storage. In order to overcome such phenomenon, it is important you define your dog’s daily energy requirement.

The nutritional requirements of your dog greatly vary from that of ours; so you shouldn’t be feeding your pets as you feed yourself! Your pet’s daily diet should include energy and balance on all the nutrients that is essential to their health. Us humans are omnivores, with a physiology and anatomy capable to digest various foods including veggies, fruits and meat. A dog only has a specific population of intestinal bacteria which greatly varies than that of a human. This is only one reason why your pet has sensitive digestion and why it is a mistake to assume that your pet can be fed like a human being.  And in order for your pet to remain healthy and fit through many year, his diet must be able to satisfy all of his needs, avoiding any excess nor any deficiency.

Daily Energy Requirement

There is a useful tool that can help you calculate it more easily. You can find it here.

Additional Tips

  • Calorie intake for Pekingese dogs depends on their age. Young dogs require food that has high energy value. They need more calories than that of an adult. Young pups also need special diet that would satisfy their nutritional need in order to build strong muscles and bones.
  • Do not overfeed. Overfed puppies would only become obese and it would be a problem later on. Diabetes, joint problems and high blood pressure levels are just some of the negative effects of obesity.
  • If you can already see that your Pekingese has reached his maximum weight potential, continue with adult dog foods that are high in protein, calories, mineral, vitamins and with reduced fat content.
  • If you want to cook food for your pet, be sure that it has adequate meat with added veggies like carrots, young peas, cabbage, etc…

Warning:

You should never give your Pekingese spicy or fired foods and sweets. Pekes and other dogs love chocolate but this is toxic for them so, do not give him one. Be reminded that a handful of chocolate is enough to kill a small dog like your Pekingese.

As a pet parent, you should be able to know what is your pet’s daily energy requirement and feed him accordingly. Every breed has a different requirement and energy levels, be sure to know that you are well aware about your dog’s background. Being knowledgeable about such important things can be helpful to both you and pet in the long run.

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Pekingese Diet: Raw vs. Dehydrated Dog Food

What is your chosen pekingese diet? Is your pekingese’s diet healthy? Can you really say that you are giving him only the best? There are several dog feeding options really, and dehydrated dog food is not your only choice any more. Raw diets have become a trend these days – so popular that most pet stores already sell commercial and frozen raw diets, which was really unheard of in the 90’s era. And the simple dry dog food has also evolved – you choose from dehydrated raw food, grain free and grain based varieties.

There are several types of raw food really. Though most people would greatly rely on the grocery store meat section or butchers as their source. If you are not aware of it, there are many pet stores these days that offer ground raw diets for your dog. These would be a simple mixture of organs, bones, meat, some vegetables and other added supplements. Buying raw foods commercially may be more expensive compared to buying beef, chicken, or pork meat by the case at the grocery store.

Dehydrated dog food comes in various ranges from the brands of kibble you usually see on the store to the specialty dry foods using less human-grade ingredients and preservatives with no grains and even dehydrated raw vegetables and meat. There are a number of companies that offers dehydrated foods that when added to a cooked or raw meat would then form a complete meal for your dog.

Pekingese Diet

Pekingese Diet: Raw vs. Dehydrated Dog Food

Advantages

Most canines do exectionally well with high-quality dehydrated diet. It is convenient and cheaper for the pet parents compared to feeding them raw diet, especially during traveling. Most vets are also comfortable when their clients would feed commercial dog food since dehydrated diers are generally safe. It is usually tolerated well by your pet and you can also add different types of protein or safe table scraps and nutritious fruits and vegetables according to your pet’s liking.

On the other hand, dogs that are on raw diets were observed to have cleaner teeth, which then leads to a more healthier dog. An expert once stated that chewing bones would scrape his teeth clean while eating dry food would just end up in between his gums and teeth which would induce bacteria build up thus leading to heart and other organ damage.

Disadvantages

Sorry to break it to you but most pet owners are not aware or only know a little of the sources of the ingredients that are present in most dehydrated food products. In the US alone, there were 979 pet food recalls between the dates of January 1, 2006 to June 10, 2010. There are also owners who are wary about the preservatives present in the food which some were proven to be carcinogens.

Raw diet is not without danger either since raw meat itself already contains bacteria which would make your pet ill. That is why some pet owners would go for the expensive ground raw food or grind it on their own just because they are afraid of the dangers of the bones may pose. There are also concerns that includes the daily handling of the raw meat as it would pose as a health risk to the family in the household.

Cost Comparison

Although there are some specialty dehydrated dog foods that are quite expensive, bottom line is that raw diet costs more to feed than the dehydrated diet. Those who are living in a multi-dog household, or one that has a large dog should also consider the cost of having an extra freezer for it. A dog approximately needs 1 pound per day for each 50 pounds of his weight. So, a 100-pound dog should eat 2 pounds of raw dog food daily.

Whatever your chosen pekingese diet is make sure that it is the best for your pet. After all, it is your call since you are the one doing the budgeting. Just consider your pet’s needs and what is the best for him to have. You may not want to overfeed him since it would only pose more health issues in the long run. Think twice and think wise about this matter.

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How to Get a Picky Dog to Eat – Feeding the Fussy Pekingese

Let us all admit it, the Pekingese is one picky eater. And knowing how to get a picky dog to eat is essential for dog owners who is having a hard time how to handle the situation.

There are lots of pet parents out there often find themselves in a situation with a fussy Fido, one that won’t eat because its too bland or simply out of rebellious. This is a common trick played by the Pekingese breed, whether you like it or not. That is why some owners would resolve to doing “something special” to their pet’s meal by adding more meat, giving him canned dog food or even giving him eggs and gravy. Which is generally not a good idea nor it is healthy for your pet.

Adding canned goods by itself is not a problem, the issue is when you add the canned food to the dry one since your pet may only eat the canned ones and leave its keeble as is. Thus ending up you being trained by your dog to feed him canned food. Also, canned dog food is usually fattening, not to mention costly. It is also not a good idea to feed him canned foods always since it causes tooth decay and diarrhea, experts say.

Gravy has been introduced to the pet parents as a method of getting their picky pets to eat, however gravy is carbohydrates so there is no added value to it. As a matter of fact, feeding him gravy would only fatten him up and will cause health issues due to obesity.

Eggs are a good source of protein and many pet parents use raw eggs in making their pet’s coat shine. However, experts are against it due to several reasons: (1) Salmonella poisoning and (2) Biotin deficiency.

How to Get a Picky Dog to Eat – Feeding the Fussy Pekingese

How to Get a Picky Dog to Eat

  • See to it that he is not ill. If your dog won’t eat, then maybe he is sick. Or that your Pekingese is just trying to send you a message. Otherwise, better see the vet to be sure.
  • Regular Schedule. Canines are a creature of habit, so feeding him on a regular schedule is must. They know when is their meal time, so don’t go changing the feeding time schedule as it may confuse him.
  • Throw away stored food. Do not give your pet foods that were stored for more than 12 hours since the bacteria formation has already started by then. That may be the reason on why he doesn’t want to eat it.
  • Let him sit before eating. Commanding him something to do like a simple sit would work already so that the food would then become the reward. This is the perfect time to enhance obedience training.
  • Know his food amount. Observe your pet while eating and take note of the amount of food he is eating. If he is not finishing up his food, then maybe you are serving more than he could eat. So, during his next meal, try to reduce it.
  • Exercise. Just like us, a dog who doesn’t get ample exercise doesn’t need lots of food. If he isn’t eating, try to increase his exercise. Let him experience longer walks or play fetch with him before giving him meals.
  • No distractions. See to it that there’s no distraction while he is eating. There are dogs that would rather play or go on a walk with you than eat. So keep his fave toy and you stay put for a while so that he can eat quietly.
  • No food switching. Do not switch foods unless you are planning to feed him that new food permanently. If you must switch foods, go healthy such as grain-free diet or raw diet.

True, a Peke is one picky eater but if you know how to get a picky dog to eat, then for sure other obstacles would come in easy for you. It is a golden rule that if you yourself won’t eat the food you are giving him, then for sure he won’t also eat it. Ponder on that thought.

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Dehydration in Dogs – Know How to Rehydrate your Pekingese

Dehydration in Dogs – Know How to Rehydrate your Pekingese

Just like us, the dogs’ bodies are comprised of 80% water. And dehydration in dogs is also common if we are not careful enough with him. Having sufficient water in your pet’s system determines the flow of food, waste and nutrients throughout his body. And because of dehydration, a dog can acquire several illnesses and the degree would vary depending on his hydration level. One virus that prevents the absorption of nutrients and causes diarrhea at the same time is Parvo which would then lead to severe dehydration.

What is dehydration? It is when the body’s fluid levels would drop less than the normal. This may be due to increased fluid loss or reduced fluid intake. Fluid loss can be due to diarrhea, vomiting, or overheating from a very hot weather.

Dogs that are most at risk for dehydration are the ones who often suffer from several diseases like cancer, infectious illnesses or kidney disorders. Pregnant, diabetic and geriatric dogs are also prone to dehydration.

Dehydration in Dogs

How to Prevent It:

  • Be sure your pet has a source of clean water 24/7, change it regularly too to ensure its freshness. Also, bear in mind to wash his water bowl on a daily basis to prevent any formation of bacteria.
  • Monitor your pet’s intake. In general, a dog would need 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight everyday. If your dog is taking minimal amount of fluids, then consult your vet about it.
  • If you see that your pet is drinking less water than the usual, check his mouth for foreign objects or sores.
  • If you are going out for a long time, avoid chaining your pet outside since he might end up being tangles and cannot access his water bowl.

Steps on How to Rehydrate your Dog:

  • See to it that he has 2x more access to clean water every day.
  • Try to give him Pedialyte. Pedialyte is a drink formulated to rehydrate kids, it also works well with canines. Pedialyte has many flavors, it is advised that you get the flavorless one. If your pet doesn’t want to drink it alone, then try to incorporate it with a bit of chicken broth. The scent and flavor will draw his attention more.
  • Give him ice chips. There are diseases that prevents your pet from drinking water thus it is advised that you hand him ice chips one at a time. You can resort on this step if the pedialyte with broth didn’t work out.
  • If after a day or two his condition won’t improve, then drink him to your vet immediately. Sometimes, the most efficient way to hydrate him is via IV fluids. After all, seeing the vet when your pet is sick, is always a good idea. As experts, they can help you a lot on how to get your dog back on his back fast.

Dehydration in dogs may indicate a serious underlying issue. If you think your pekingese is dehydrated, you better take him to the vet immediately. You can check if he is dehydrated by gently lifting a skin on back of his neck or between the shoulder blades, it should immediately go back in place. He is dehydrated if the lifted part won’t get back in place normally or would form a “tent.”

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Best Food for Dogs – The Ideal Diet for your Pekingese

What is the best food for dogs? This is a question the vets face everyday from the pet parents. It is a sincere inquiry since most of us would want only the best for our pet babies. And good health would always begin with proper and adequate nutrition, regardless of the price tag.

And the best answer to that question? It depends. However a complete and well balanced diet would be ideal. That kind diet would mean no table scraps for your pet since he would become undernourished and overweight at the same time. Meat is not good for your pet for long periods of time since meat contains low calcium and high phosphorus which would lead to major health issues.

Reflect what your dog’s diet is based from. Is it grain/corn-based or meat based? The most ideal one is the meat based. That is if your pet doesn’t have any health issues. Choosing chicken as the main ingredient is the very best as what the experts said. Other good choices would include lamb, beef, fish, venison and turkey.

Best Food for Dogs – The Ideal Diet for your Pekingese

 

Best Food for Dogs

How to Choose the Right Dog Food

  1. The Proportions. Know that the best ratio for a canine’s diet would be 50% meat, 50% vegetables, no wheat, no grain, no corn or other cheap fillers. So, take the time to read the regulated part of the label as it is the guaranteed analysis of the ingredients.
  2. Meat Protein. See to it that the meat protein is high on the ingredients list. Look at the first 3 or 5 ingredients found on the label that is in the form of protein, may it be venison, lamb/chicken meal, etc…
  3. No Grains. Grains can be a long-term energy source for your pet but they can also be used as cheap filler to increase the protein percentage. So, better watch out for this! Any grain that should enter in your pet’s system should be in whole form and not as an ingredient. The whole form can supply more minerals, fibers and vitamins to your dog. However, there are grains which are good for your dog if given moderately such as: millet, barley, brown rice, rolled oats, and quinoa.
  4. No Meat By-products. Scrutinize the label and you will notice that the meat would come first in the list then followed by fillers. Avoid these bad ingredients as much as possible.
  5. Pro Vegetables. Canines are carnivorous by nature but a vegetarian diet can work for them too. But experts say that they may last long on such a diet. Dogs need animal meat, so give them what their body needs.
  6. No Cancer-causing Agents. Preservatives are needed in order to keep the food edible for long periods of time but avoid foods that contains Ethoxyquin, BHT and BHA. Try to look for Vitamin E & C which are wonderful preservatives that are way better for your pet.
  7. Go Holistic. Holistic foods are 100% nutritious and 100% organic. Try to look for the term “human grade” on your dog’s pet food as it is the marketing term for “holistic.”
  8. Common Sense. Rule of thumb, if you don’t want to eat it then your pet shouldn’t be eating it too. But don’t go thinking that all human foods are good for your pet because foods such as grapes, raisins, chocolates, onions and white flour are all toxic for them.

The best food for dogs can always be recommended by the experts but it all boils down to you, the owner. Since you are the one who would decide on what to give your pet. And a good way to evaluate if your pet’s diet is suitable is to check for his poop. Check for the consistency and appearance. It should be firm and without mucus, parasite and blood.

How is your pekingese’s poop? Is it ideal? If so, then congratulations since you are doing good with his meals. Otherwise, you have to go to the expert and seek for advice and guidance. Did you learn something from this post? Feel free to share your ideas and views on the space provided below.

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