Is it best to feed a dog before or after exercise? Here’s the Answer

Reasons Not Walk Dog After Eating

The main reason you should not walk your dog immediately after a big meal is to allow proper food digestion. Improper digestion can induce your dog to experience the health risks described above.

There is a reason why do people and dogs get sluggish after eating? The reason is that “the body uses energy (glucose) to digest the food you’ve just eaten. Insulin and serotonin are also produced after certain meals, which can trigger our ‘happy’ and ‘sleep’ hormones,” says Robbie Clark, dietitian and sports nutritionist.

Letting your dog properly digest food with a post-meal break period is vital to ensure his energy levels feel balanced again.

We use this Pet Feeding Reminder to manage our feeding routine and remind us to provide time for our dogs to digest their food before walking them.

Can I Walk My Dog 30 Minutes After Eating

Dogs can safely walk 30 minutes after eating a small snack. Walking a dog that ate one or two treats should not cause any issues such as bloating.

According to vets, it’s advised that you should wait at least two hours after your dog has eaten a full meal before walking them. Walking your dog straight after a meal can cause your dog to bloat, lead to gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), or other health problems.

If your dog has eaten more than a few snacks, do not walk it after 30 minutes.

How Long To Wait To Feed Dog After Exercise?

How soon after exercising or walking your dog can you feed them? It depends on the intensity of the exercise or walks.

Generally, vets advise waiting at least 30 minutes before feeding your dog after a walk. However, you can provide water but should hold off feeding your dog until the thirty minutes have passed.

You should never feed your dog right after intense exercise. This may predispose the dog’s stomach to bloat or twist, especially for large breed or deep-chested dogs.6

Best Time to Feed Dog Before or After Walk – Smart Dog Mom

Exercise is crucial for all dogs, especially high energy breeds. Not providing sufficient exercise can result in boredom resulting in behavior issues such as nuisance barking, destructive behavior or escaping. Exercise is also important to keep your dog healthy. For a guide to how much exercise your particular dog needs see here.