In research, puppies that were free-fed
with other-puppy competition grew faster at early ages, but ran the risk of developmental orthopedic disease (DOD).
I also couldn't help but think about how the heritage breed I raise, American Guinea hogs, vary greatly from the more typical hog that is free-fed
for slaughter, sleeps most of the day, and matures to 600 to 800 pounds.
Young rabbits (under four months) should be free-fed
good quality rabbit pellets.
Half of the animals were randomly assigned to a group whose members were allowed to eat as much of the food as they were inclined to consume, while the caloric intake of the other group was carefully monitored and restricted to 25 percent less than the amount consumed by the free-fed group.
8 years) longer than the animals in the free-fed group and that the median age at which 50 percent of the dogs required treatment for a chronic condition was 12 years among the lean-fed animals, compared to 9.
A 14-year study showed that dogs fed 25 percent fewer calories than their free-fed
littermates lived nearly two years longer, showed fewer visible signs of aging, and enjoyed an extra three years of pain-free mobility before developing arthritis.
When S have a client who tells me her dog isn't very food-motivated, I often discover that the dog is being free-fed