Miniature Pinschers and Feeding Issues

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When your Miniature Pinscher is old enough and ready to leave the breeder, you will most likely leave with your new pup and a sufficient amount of food for a least a week. You will have done your homework and will follow the breeder’s instructions for feeding. Keep in mind that the dog’s feeding needs will change as the dogs get older.

An adult Miniature Pinscher typically eats one meal daily. We feed if more than it requires per day; it will gain weight. If weight gain occurs, there are other issues are likely to occur.

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The Min Pin is a sturdy, muscular little dog that, despite its appearance has a light bone structure. If it requires the light bone structure to manage a more than a necessary number of pounds, the Min Pin may have medical issues including pain. An overweight smaller dog is a candidate for significant joint problems.

Miniature Pinschers Facts Pet Owners Should Know

Owners should know, if their Miniature Pinscher is overweight, it is not only likely to develop joint problems but also it can have an increased risk for diabetes and breathing problems. If these medical problems develop, a Min Pin owner is likely to face significant financial output for veterinarian bills to address the medical problems.

If a thyroid problem would develop, we can usually treat it with medicine and dietary management. No dog owner wants to see their pet suffer. With the Min Pin, many medical problems can be avoided by using good nutritional management by an owner.



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Feeding instructions for the Miniature Pinscher are typically one-half ounce of food for each one pound of weight. There is some debate about whether a dog should eat “people” food. The standard rule of thumb is that table food should be avoided particularly if they are high in sugar or sodium.

If a small dog eats such foods, it can gain weight rapidly. If the dog continues to eat an inappropriate diet, sugars and sodium can build up and become toxic.

The Min Pin owner may not realize that there is a toxic process occurring in the pancreas or kidneys until serious symptoms occur that are possibly unable to be medically treated.

The bottom line is that overfeeding and feeding inappropriate foods can cause pain and several medical problems that will shorten the life span of the Min Pin.

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