How much Food Should I Feed My Dog?
At some point of our life as dog owners we have all wondered how much food should I feed my dog. It is a tricky thing to measure. Too much and your dog will suffer of obesity, and the only trick he will know is “roll over.” Too little and your dog might lack the amount of nutrients he or she needs to live. If you want your dog to live a healthy life, then make sure to feed him or her properly.
The first thing you will need to do is buy good dog food. Do not be cheap, you are feeding a living being, you would not like it if someone feeds you trash, would you? Right. So make sure you are buying a good quality product.
Now that you have your huge bag of dog food, read the package. Somewhere in there is a table that shows you the amount of food your dog should get depending on their weight. But that is just an approximate, since every dog has a different lifestyle. Some exercise a lot, while others stay at home, chilling. No one but you knows your dog’s lifestyle better. By combining the information given to you in the dog food package, and your pup’s lifestyle, you should be able to determine
how much will you feed your dog.
There are some dog food calculators online for you to check.
You still may wonder “how much food should I feed my dog?” I know, it is tough, but you have to do some research as some breeds may need more food than others. The amount of food also depends on the age of your pet. Puppies tend to need more food (2-3 times a day in small portions), and they also need special food. As your dog grows this will change (adults tend to eat 1-2 times a day in bigger portions).
It is important to understand that you should watch the dog, not the food. You have to keep track of your dog, not the amount of food left on the bowl. By doing this you will understand your dog’s eating patterns. Your pup might be telling you something when he or she skips a meal.
If possible, try to weight your dog every one or two weeks, and record the process. It is as easy as stepping on a scale with your dog in your arms, and subtract the difference. If you do this, you will manage to understand the amount of food you should give your dog.
One last thing, do not be fooled by those begging puppy eyes your dog gives you when you are eating. Feeding dogs scraps is bad for them, it may cause an imbalance in their nutrition. I know it is hard to resist those eyes, but you have to do it (and, it means more food for you).
So, whenever you are left wondering “how much food should I feed my dog?” make sure to read this article.
Let us know what are your dog’s eating habits in the comment section!