How much do I feed my dog?
Almost all dog foods have feeding instructions and recommendations on the outside of the bag, and most go by weight. Although in some cases such as breed and activity level may require some adjustments.
It’s very important to consider your dog as an individual and always keep your dog at a healthy weight. If your dog is a bit on the chubby side or overweight for its weight class you’ll want to consider feeding a bit less than the recommended amount.
Underweight dogs need to be discussed with a vet because they may need to be put on more specific diets for higher calories.
Dogs that are on active schedules may need more food than the average dog. On the other side, dogs that do not get much physical activity don’t need to eat as much and they’ll be perfectly healthy.
When it comes to the type of dog food you’re giving your dog you want to consider the type of nutrition and dietary needs your dog may have.
When shopping for certain kibbles you may want to look for breed-specific foods to sustain your specific dog.
There are also healthier types of dog food that have vitamins and high levels of fat in it. If you have an older dog you may want to consider getting wet food in case your dog has dental issues. Skin and stomach sensitivities need to be discussed with your vet to come to a conclusion on dog food.
Once the type of food is discussed you now need to know how much to feed your dog and a feeding routine for your dog. Make sure the spot you put the dog food is in a quiet place and secluded. If you have more than 1 dog make sure to separate the foods to prevent arguments.
A basic recommendation is to feed your dog once or twice a day. Although, smaller dogs often need more frequent feeding with less food.
Bigger dogs cannot eat multiple times in a day because it can cause health problems if they rush their eating. Bigger dogs need to eat 1 or 2 big meals that are separated by a couple of hours.
It is also important to take into consideration that dogs can’t always eat human food because most of the time, human food can cause health issues.
Your dog should not be eating raw meat, chocolate, grapes, raisins and bones. Those foods could put your dog in critical condition and sometimes even death.
All dogs including yours probably love treats but it’s never good to over-feed them because it can be detrimental to your dog’s health.
When giving your dog treats make sure to take in account the amount of calories and add that to the daily calorie limit.