Nutrition for Cavalier King
the best dog food for your Cavalier
King Charles Spaniel?
There’s no greater gift you can give
King Charles Spaniel than a
well-balanced, healthy diet.
Carefully attending to the
principles of canine nutrition and
selecting the type of dog food and
treats you’ll give your pet will
ensure that he lives a long, healthy
Watching the amount of pet food you
give him helps control his weight,
avoiding obesity and adding years to
your life together.
their natural state, dogs are
carnivorous scavengers. In the
wild, dogs eat small animals
(rabbits and squirrels) consuming
their prey whole – skin, meat, bones
as well as whatever the prey had in
its stomach (often berries and
grasses). In this way, the wild dog
had a complete diet of protein,
vitamins, minerals, and fat (from
the animal’s muscles, bones and
organs) as well as fiber (from the
fur and intestines).
of Dog Foods
domesticated dog doesn’t have to
catch his own dinner. But your
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel still
requires a combination of protein,
fat, vitamins, minerals and fiber
for proper canine nutrition. With a
little homework and some common
sense, you can find readily
available dog foods that will
provide your pet with all its
nutritional needs. Virtually
all dog foods provide some
combination of the following
is the building block for
muscle tissue and bones.
Protein from meat is
probably the most natural
source of protein for dogs
and is more easily
digestible than vegetable
protein. The typical adult
Cavalier Spaniel should have
a diet that is approximately
18 - 20% protein. Cavalier
King Charles Spaniel puppies
need perhaps 22% protein to
support their growth.
provides energy and helps
transport vitamins in your
dog’s body. It is fat,
particularly Omega 3 fatty
acids, that give your dog's
coat its healthy shine.
However, be careful not to
include too high a
percentage of fat in your
dog’s diet because fat has
twice the number of calories
as protein. A healthy diet
for your Cavalier King
Charles Spaniel should
include approximately 5%
fat, as a rule of thumb.
and minerals are necessary
for your dog’s metabolism
and energy, enzyme activity
and for his immune system.
is essential to your dog’s
digestive system for the
absorption of nutrients.
your Pet's Diet
decide to change your Cavalier King
Charles Spaniel's diet, do so
gradually. Begin by mixing in a
little of the new food with your
pet’s current dog food. Over of
period of a week to 10 days,
gradually increase the amount of the
new pet food and decrease the amount
of the old pet food.
pets are finicky eaters, but don’t
allow them to become tyrants. If you
are introducing a new pet food
gradually, and your pet refuses the
new mixture, don’t go back to their
old food just to get them to eat.
Just wait. Your Cavalier King
Charles Spaniel will eat the new
mixture when he becomes hungry
enough. We all tend to worry if our
pet won’t eat, but skipping his food
for a day won’t be fatal. And if
you’ve carefully chosen a nutritious
pet food that you believe is in your
pet’s best interest, it’s better to
let your pet go a little bit hungry
until he eventually accepts the new
pet food you want him to have.
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