Cocker Spaniel Food and Health
English Cocker Spaniels should be fed a diet that features high quality, natural animal protein, like all breeds. They aren’t picky about their proteins; however, they don’t do particularly well with beef. They also require carbohydrates to fuel their energy and fiber to maintain their digestive health. Feeding your dog a premium-quality commercial dog food is recommended to ensure that he is getting the nutrients he needs.
The amount you feed your English Cocker Spaniel will vary and should be based on his size, age, and activity level; however, generally, this breed should eat about 1 to 2 cups of dry dog food on a daily basis. You can either feed him in one meal or divide his meal in half, feeding him twice a day. Puppies and highly active dogs should be fed more calories, while older and less active dogs should eat less. Speak to your vet to find out how much you should be feeding your dog to ensure that he is in optimal health.
The English Cocker Spaniel is generally a healthy dog; however, like all breeds, they are prone to certain health conditions. Issues that can plague this breed include progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, hip and elbow dysplasia, renal failure, dilated cardiomyopathy (a heart condition), and congenital sensorineural deafness. Also, highly active dogs are prone to injuries, and the English Cocker Spaniel is certainly energetic. Given the health issues and injuries that this breed can suffer from, you should consider investing in pet insurance. This type of insurance works similarly to health insurance for humans in that your carrier will assist with the payments of medical bills in return for your premium payments. There are several reputable companies that offer pet insurance, including Nationwide, Allstate, State Farm, and Geico. The ASPCA also offers pet insurance at affordable rates.