Meet The Cocker Spaniel
How To Feed My Cocker Spaniel
You want to be sure you are giving your pup raw, natural food. They are living beings with digestive systems that stem from their “wolf” heritage. Processed foods do more harm than good for them over time.
Raw food tastes better to them. Its ingredients are simple, it is good for their health and helps keep their coats nice and shiny, it keeps them satisfied and happy and ultimately it saves you money – a pretty good perk! For more information on how to provide your dog a good, safe, raw food diet, check out our page here.
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For dog food in general, especially if you insist on sticking to bagged, kibble food, you want to be sure healthy meats are the highlight ingredient and that the food is not stuffed with additives or chemically created ingredients. You especially want to avoid grains and artificial flavorings. Just as you want to be careful with what foods you are putting in your body, so should you also be for your little furry companion.
Feeding Your Adult
By 6 months you will want to start reducing the amount of food you feed your Cocker Spaniel to fit an adult feeding plan (about 2 meals a day). Make it a routine, feeding your Cocker Spaniel around the same times every day. You should be feeding your Cocker Spaniel 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 cups of food a day, depending on adult size, split between the two meals. It is recommended that you avoid giving them table scraps and “people food,” as this can cultivate begging habits and a tendency for weight gain or health problems. This is a rule that should be implemented from the very beginning and be understood by everyone in the family and members of your social circle who spend time around your Cocker Spaniel.
The amount of food you feed a dog ultimately depends on their size, weight, age, build, metabolism and activity level. Be sure you know your Cocker Spaniel and his individual needs, especially when it comes to feeding. If you’re not sure, use this calculator to make feeding plans for your pup.
Health Concerns For Cocker Spaniels
- Eye problems – Cocker Spaniels can develop eyes problems, such as progressive renal atrophy (when the retina degenerates and leads to blindness), glaucoma (pressure buildup in the eyeball), cataracts (development of white film over the eye) and other eye abnormalities.
- Autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) – This is a condition where the dog’s immune system attacks its own blood cells. It can cause swelling in the abdomen and also make them ineligible for healthily breeding.
- Hypothyroidism – This is a disorder of the thyroid that can cause hormone disruption and trigger a number of symptoms, such as epilepsy, hair loss, obesity, skin conditions, etc.
- Primary seborrhea – This is a condition caused by the overproduction of skin cells. It can require medication or medical treatment.
- Allergies – Just like humans, dogs can experience and suffer from allergies. For dogs, they most often deal with contact, food and inhalant allergies.
- Idiopathic epilepsy – This condition can be inherited and can cause mild to severe seizures, which can present differently depending on the dog. This condition can also lead to other severe health conditions, which is why you should seek veterinary attention immediately if your dog starts having seizures.
- Canine hip dysplasia – This is when there is an abnormal formation of the hip socket, which often leads to pain or lameness.
- Patellar luxation – This is a condition where the knee cap (patella) can become dislocated, causing the knee joint to slide in and out of place, which can lead to pain and crippling in severe cases.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cocker Spaniels
A. Though they are warm tempered dogs, Cocker Spaniels do rank as a potentially aggressive breed. This can be due to rough treatment, high amounts of stress, lack of socializing, etc.
Q. Do Cocker Spaniels shed?
A. Yes, Cocker Spaniels can shed moderately to a lot. Proper grooming can help keep their shedding under control.
Q. How much do Cocker Spaniels cost?
A. Cocker Spaniels average around $600-800 per puppy.
Q. What to clean a Cocker Spaniels ears with?
A. It’s best to find a safe, pH-balanced ear cleaner, such as our very own Clear Me, a natural ear cleaner that can help prevent infections and reduce any poor odors, etc.
Q. What size crate do I need for my Cocker Spaniel?
A. Since Cocker Spaniels are considered medium-sized dogs, a medium sized crate should work fine. Just note that Cocker Spaniels should not be kept in small spaces like crates for long periods of time.
A. Cocker Spaniels are usually considered full grown by 6-8 months of age.