How long does food stay in the in the intestines of a pup? And….why should you care?
Over feeding our pups is a common bad habit. Thinking the pup must be hungry when they beg or look at you with those adoring eyes imploring you to give them a treat? Put more food on top of that and what have you succeeded at…perhaps a little weight gain here and there. Over time, your pup is heftier than it should be.
Most often a cup a day is more than sufficient. I get questions about the amount to feed the mature dog quite a lot.
My first Veterinarian, Dr. Bob, taught me so very much about basics that guide me to this day.
I had asked to have an x-ray on one of my mama’s to see how many babies she was having. Dr. Bob told me not to feed her after 6 the day before bringing her in. Well in the morning I felt sorry for her and let her have a few kibbles. When Dr. Bob told me it was difficult to determine how many babies after taking the X-ray, I asked why. He calmly said she has too much food in her and it blocks the view. I said I only gave a few kibbles. He showed me the x-ray. Her belly was full. It wasn’t full from the few kibbles I had given her. It was still full from the previous day’s meal. Her allowance per day was a cup. She had not eaten after 6 the night before. The few kibbles I gave her amounted to about 10 kibbles.
What I had learned thru that x-ray episode was really how long the pups “store” that food. Well, it is actually 18 hours. Then if more is added before the other is eliminated…well, I suppose we all can guess that is how the pups get that added weight. I no longer “overfeed” my pups. I have that x-ray imprinted in memory every time I see that begging look. And that is what helps me stay strong from the treat spoiling. They get their cup and at night I give them each two of those tiny Cesars softies treats. So all my pups are lean and healthy and always energetic and if you take a look at their bellies during the day you can see the belly “puff” is still full of food.