How much should I feed my dog?

2021 Oct 28

How much should I feed my dog?

As much as possible!” My retriever will say. She seems to be starving for ages even though she has just finished her meal.

In general, there is no fixed rule about how much food and how often you should feed your dog. Every dog is different. The amount of food that one dog needs may be different from another, even if they are of the same breed, age, and gender.

Many dog owners tend to follow the feeding label printed on the dog food packaging. However, the label can be very misleading and confusing. Furthermore, it does not consider the activity level of your dog. I used to follow the label strictly for my dogs and they both became overweight.

There are several factors to consider when it comes to feeding your dog.

For a large breed dog, it naturally needs more food as compared to a small or medium sized dog. However, this may not necessarily be the case. How much food it needs also depends on its age? Whether it is spayed/neutered or intact. In addition, if your dog is highly active and athletics, the amount of food it requires to maintain that level of energy would certainly be much larger than a dog that lazes around on its bed at home all day.

So how much is the right amount?

As a rule of thumb, it is about 5-6% of their body weight per day spread over two meals should be sufficient. Of course, there are many different ways of calculating the calories needed by a dog. You can find different calculators online and you should take some time to work out the amount required by your dog.

If you have a puppy that just joined your family, you may have to feed it more often. A puppy needs more food than adult dogs as the food is important for its healthy growth and development. Instead of giving them a large bowl of food, it would be better to feed the puppy lesser amounts of food, 3 to 4 times a day for the first few months. Smaller portions per meal makes it easier for the puppy to digest the food. After that, make sure you reduce the amount and feeding frequency to prevent them from becoming overweight.

Extra caution must be taken by the owner when it comes to senior dogs or a dog with a medical condition. It is important to consult your veterinarian when you are working out the feeding schedule and the required amount of food for your dog.

If you tend to give your dog treats or train it regularly with treats, make sure to take that into consideration when you work out the amount of food to feed your dog per day. Obesity in dogs are still the root of many health issues. So, no matter how hard it for you is, do not overfeed your dog!

We all know very well the power of your dog’s eyes. Do not give in to their begging. Look away.

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