Raising a lovely pooch comes with a lot of responsibility. Management of his feeding schedule and providing the best nutrients is one such responsibility. Have you ever fed your dog twice or too much at a given time?
Feeding too much will lead to throwing up, long sleep, bloating, obstructions in the gastrointestinal tract, discomfort during walking and breathing, and in the long term, leads to obesity and diabetes. Managing a feeding schedule and feeding measured portions of food is good for your dog’s health.
Let’s find what your pooch goes through after eating more than he should.
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What will happen if you accidentally feed your dog too much?
We humans take 3 main meals per day. However, your pet dog requires only at least 2 meals per day. Additional treats in between will keep him contented throughout the day.
Managing your pooch’s feeding can sometimes be neglected with your busy schedules. With over concern for your pet, you might have fed him twice. Will accidentally feeding your dog twice cause any trouble?
If this happened once, this might not cause a lot of trouble to your pooch.
However, it’s better to understand the circumstances of feeding your dog twice and if you overfeed him for a prolonged period.
The following 4 outcomes will occur if you accidentally feed your dog twice.
1. Throw up.
Similar to human digestion, even dogs cannot digest a lot of food all at once. If your dog eats more than he can digest, he will eliminate that as vomit.
Vomiting can happen for many reasons, and one such reason can be overeating. However, closely monitor your dog when he is vomiting.
Notice the consistency, color of vomit, and frequency of vomit, because it can be due to other gastrointestinal tract diseases.
By the way, here is why do some dogs have gulping episodes.
2. Long sleep.
If your dog doesn’t vomit or shows any other physical discomfort after eating too much or twice within a short duration, he will take a long nap.
This will actually help him recover to normal as digestion takes place during this time. When he wakes up, he will be okay.
If you feed your dog accidentally twice within a short period, or if your pooch is a greedy eater and eats more than he can, bloat can occur.
Bloat can be a minor condition or a severe condition.
Simple bloat occurs if the stomach is distended due to excess food or gas.
However, never take this condition mildly. It’s always better to contact your veterinarian or take your pet to your vet.
If your dog has severe bloat, the pressure inside the abdomen will exert pressure on the thoracic cavity causing difficulty in breathing, reduced blood flow to the heart. Severe bloat can also tear the wall of the abdomen.
Severe bloating is unlikely to happen if you accidentally feed your dog twice once in a while. Still, it is always good to keep in mind this condition, especially if your pet is a greedy eater.
Stay tuned with us to find more about symptoms of bloat and what to do if your pet has bloat.
4. Obstructions in gastrointestinal tract.
An obstruction can occur if your dog overeats food all at once. Always keep in mind to give your pet bite-size portions of food.
If you give him treats like bones or rawhides, monitor him, especially if you have a pup.
The conditions mentioned above cause some discomfort to your pet. Therefore, overfeeding your dog is not accepted.
The following 3 outcomes will occur if you feed your dog excess food for a prolonged period.
I have to again remind you this will not happen if you accidentally feed your dog twice once in a while.
Too much food will cause obesity in dogs like in humans because more fat will be produced in the body, and it will be deposited in the body. Obesity will lead to many other diseases in dogs.
This is a disease condition that can occur due to obesity. Dogs who are old, obese, and less active are more prone to diabetes.
Therefore, always try to properly feed your pet with accurate nutrients according to a proper feeding schedule.
3. Skeletal muscle issues.
Usually, puppies are more prone to skeletal muscle issues with overfeeding. Hypertrophy of muscles or bulky muscle masses in the limbs can be one such issue, with overeating high protein diets.
How to tell if you have fed your dog too much?
When your dogs’ stomach is overly distended, he will show you visible discomfort. So keep a close eye on your lovely pooch if you have overfed him.
These are a few visible signs of your pet if he is overfed.
1. Hard to move around.
Your dog will like to rest more without moving a lot. This can be due to an over-extended stomach. With time, the food will digest, and the dog should be back to normal.
If he doesn’t recover soon, you might want to consider contacting your veterinarian.
2. Unable to stand.
He will also try to decrease movements due to the discomfort in the stomach. He will lie and prefer to sleep until the food is digested. Then he should be fine.
3. Hard abdomen.
This can also be a result of a distended stomach.
Now we will move to a more serious scenario. If your lovely pooch exhibits signs of bloat, you must immediately contact your veterinarian as there are no home remedies for bloat.
The following are a few signs of bloat in dogs. Monitor your pet for such signs after a very heavy meal.
4. Signs of bloat-
- Shortness of breath and rapid breathing.
- Laboured breathing.
- Swollen abdomen.
- Trying to vomit, but unable to vomit/ retching.
- Rapid heartbeat.
What should do if you accidentally fed your dog twice?
You can do a few remedies at home to make it easier for your dog to digest too much food.
Unless you suspect your dog has bloat or any other primary symptom like difficulty in breathing, Consider doing these home remedies that will bring comfort to your pet.
If you feed your dog twice, the first thing you have to do is observe and monitor him closely.
What should you monitor?
- You can observe his movements, is it very hard for him to move around?
- Watch his bowel movements. Although you might not be an expert by observing the bowel movements you can predict if there is an obstruction in the intestines.
- Watch for severe bloat, by identifying the symptoms of bloat.
After monitoring your dog, you can conclude whether he is okay or needs medical assistance.
If you observe signs of severe discomfort, expansion of the abdomen, do not waste time; contact and take your doggy friend to the veterinarian immediately.
However, if he is doing okay and you feel that he needs some help with digestion, you can do the following.
- Take him for a long walk. This will facilitate the digestive process and make him normal. Going out for a walk will also give him a chance to relieve himself by defecation.
- Do not give him milk or dairy products. These are high protein foods, which will increase the condition.
- You can also consider reducing the amount of food given to your pet in the coming days. However, before taking such a step which concerns the health of your pet, it’s always better to consult your vet.
How can you avoid accidentally feeding your dog twice in the future?
We have now understood the importance of giving appropriate amounts of food to your pet.
Now we will find out how to manage a proper feeding schedule for your pet and avoid accidentally feeding your dog twice or too much food at once.
1. Feeding schedule.
Have you ever considered this option? If you haven’t, you should try it. A proper feeding schedule will make it easier for you to prepare food and provide them at the correct time for your pet.
A usual dog is sufficient with 2 major meals per day. However, if you have a puppy, an older dog, or a pet with special requirements, you will have to give him additional food or cut off some food.
Before making a feeding schedule consult your vet as they will know the proper requirements of your pet.
2. Measured portions of food.
Some pet owners are lucky parents of many dogs. They belong to many ages and breeds.
Therefore, some owners keep bowls of food around the place so anyone hungry can take a bite. But, this can lead to overfeeding in some pets.
So it is better to give measured portions of food to your pet. You can consult your veterinarian and find out the requirements of your dog.
Then use a measuring cup or a kitchen scale to prepare your pet’s meal. This will give your pet the best quantity of food at an accurate time.
Things to be aware of.
The nutrition of your pet is one of your major concerns and responsibilities. Providing a healthy diet to pets is beneficial for both your pet as well as yourself as it makes your pet more healthy.
These are a few essential facts about the nutrition of your pet.
- The number of main meals per day required by your pet is normally two.However, this differs according to the age , dog breed, health issues of your pet.
- Puppies require a number of small meals throughout the day for their growth. The food provided to a puppy is different from that of an adult dog. It should be easily digestible but also should contain bones for the growth and maintenance of healthy teeth.
- Overfeeding or underfeeding your pet will bring many negative health issues.
- Malnutrition leads to reduced growth, weakness and emaciation of your pet.
- Overfeeding will lead to obesity, diabetes, joint problems.
- The daily requirement of food, the frequency of feeding can be best understood by consulting your veterinarian.
Proper feeding habits bring good health to your pet. This article reviews the negative effects of overfeeding your dog, how to overcome overfeeding.