How much food should I feed my dog?

Every dog is different, so when it comes to figuring out how much to feed a dog, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. The best place to start is to check the label on your dog’s food for feeding instructions. It should give you recommended daily feeding amounts based on your dog’s weight.

Once you figure out the recommended feeding amount on the bag, you may need to make small adjustments to meet your dog’s unique needs. Here are some of the factors to consider when you’re figuring out how much to feed your dog.

  • Your dog’s weight.
    Your dog’s weight can have dramatic effects on his health, so it’s important to maintain an ideal body condition. If your dog is overweight, you may need to feed him a little less than the recommended feeding amount on the bag. Click here to learn more about analyzing your dog’s body condition.
  • Your dog’s activity level.
    The feeding recommendations on your dog’s bag of food are based on the average nutritional needs of an adult dog with a normal activity level. When you’re figuring out how much food to feed your dog, it’s important to take his activity level into account. If your dog gets a lot of hard exercise every day, you may need to increase the amount of food you give him. On the other hand, if your dog is not particularly active, you may want to cut back.
  • Your dog’s age.
    If your dog is a puppy, you will need to feed him differently than you would an adult dog. The feeding instructions on your puppy food label should tell you how much to increase your puppy’s food as he grows up. Senior dogs also have different nutritional needs, and as your dog gets older, he may be less active or have a slower metabolism. If so, you may want to feed him less food than you did when he was younger.

From feeding instructions to the ingredient list, there’s a lot of valuable information on your dog’s bag of food. Click here to learn more about how to read a dog food label. 

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