How much should I feed my dog?

Dogs thrive on routine, and even though they obviously don’t keep track of time like we do, their internal body clocks make it possible for them to tell when it’s close to the time for a routine task, like when it’s time to eat.

It’s key that your dog stays happy and healthy, so it’s essential to feed them the right type and amount of food specific to their individual age and lifestyle. Of course, historically dogs are scavengers, so they will eat whenever they have the opportunity. This, however, can be a concern as it can easily lead to overfeeding.

Feeding the right amount of food really matters and will be a benefit to your dog’s overall health and wellbeing. Feeding too little will result in your dog suffering from nutritional deficiencies. Feeding too much will eventually result in obesity and other related health issues.

All Claude & Clarence delicious dog food recipes come with full feeding guides for each recipe. It’s important to remember that the information stated is a guide, and there are many factors that need to be considered when feeding your dog. Unless stated otherwise, the feeding amounts given in a are the total recommended amount for your dog over a 24-hour period. As most adult dogs should eat two meals a day, and puppies require three or more meals per day, you’ll need to divide the amount in the feeding guide by the number of meals they’ll eat.

You need to consider your dog’s lifestyle and age when calculating the amount you need to feed. It’s important to combine this with your knowledge of your dog’s daily routine as well as considering the following:

  • Breed/size
  • Weight
  • Life stage
  • Metabolic rate
  • Activity level

 

When you’ve selected the appropriate food for your dog’s breed or life stage, this is the point you’ll need to refer to the feeding guide. It will detail how much food you need to feed in a 24-hour period. You will notice that a range is given – this is because as stated above, there are factors which will determine the exact amount you need to feed daily.

A practical example of this would be if your dog is prone to gaining weight, as you would start feeding at the lower portion size stated. During the coming days, while maintaining the chosen portion size, it would be advisable to keep an eye on your dog’s weight and adjust accordingly. If your dog on the other hand is very active, then a portion size at the upper level stated in the guide would be suitable. Again, you should adjust this amount if your dog begins to gain weight.

Remember, changing to a new food too quickly can leave the body unable to cope. It’s important that when a new food is introduced to the dog’s diet this is done slowly as the body will have time to adjust and produce the correct enzymes needed to break down food. Find out more about how to change your dog’s food.

Any dog feeding guide is just a suggestion. If you’re in any doubt or need further advice, the best way to plan your dog’s feeding routine is to consult with your vet.

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