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How much food should I give my dog?

Is your dog at his ideal weight?

One of the most common questions we receive is about how much food to feed your dog. Some of you are afraid (especially the Italians 😉 that your dog will be too skinny or on the other end of the spectrum – overweight, and will look like a nightstand because he or she has eaten too much.

One of the the main causes of obesity in dogs are dry, processed foods because it is not species specific and contains a large number of calories packed into a small amount of kibble. Dogs like to eat until they feel full and their calorie intake is often too high. This is why so many dogs fed processed food look like four-legged bedside dogs and are far from their optimal weight, while their natural, raw or cooked, diet-fed counterparts often look lean and healthy.

Recently one of my readers, Francesca, asked me on Facebook what her dog’s resting RER energy needs were. Then I thought: “I never count my RER and keep myself in good shape. Nature never intended that dogs should calculate their RER.” I remembered the boring nutrition course at veterinary college where we used to calculate the RER for cows, when in reality all we had to do was turn them out to pasture and gave them the opportunity to calculate their RER. grazing.

In my opinion, RER is mainly used by processed pet food companies that use so-called scientific methods are meant to distract us while they sell us nutritionally inappropriate, processed food junk.

So here I am, writing this blog for all those dogs who could have a better and happier life and everyone who wants to calculate less and understand more. I also thank Francesca for encouraging me to write something I should have written a long time ago.

So when the question arises of how much to feed your dog,

All you need to know is:
  • How much food does your dog need to get started?
  • How can you recognize if your dog is skinny or overweight?
  • How much to adjust your dog’s diet
  • When should you reevaluate how much you feed your dog?

If you are feeding processed foods, I suggest you reconsider. Recently I witnessed a sad example of what happens when your dog falls victim to processed food. I have been recommending natural raw or cooked diets for dogs for over 20 years now and it has become very clear that pet food companies are not telling us the ‘whole’ food truth.

A long time ago I met this very nice 10 year old laboratory and its owner in a park. Let’s call him Barley. I heard Barley had heart disease. He needed a $5,000 operation to remove his spleen and some huge tumors on his shoulder. It broke my heart to see Barley wanting to play with my dog ​​Skai but could barely move. I heard from his owner that he got Pedigree because a vet told him a raw diet was unsafe. The owner asked me if Skai was three years old. “He will be ten this summer,” I replied.

If you already feed your dog raw or cooked natural food, it will be easy to follow my recommendations. If you plan to continue feeding dried foods, read on anyway as most of the information is universal.

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How much food does your dog need to get started?

Here is an example: a dog weighing 20 kg should be fed approximately 500 grams of food, consisting of 3/4 meat (including raw bones and organs) and 1/4 vegetables.

Here’s the simple formula I use:

Body weight (lbs) x 10 = total amount in grams to feed.

So for a 50 pound dog this gives you a total of 500 grams of food per day in one or two feedings per day. If your dog is a small or more active breed, or skinny, you may need to feed more, sometimes up to twice as much, and then adjust up or down by 20 – 30% depending on how he or she copes with that amount. period of one year. period of two to four weeks.

Here is a conversion table for ounces to grams.

Us

Grams

Us

Grams

1

28

31879

2

57

32907

3

85

33936

4

113

34964

5

141

35992

6

170

361021

7

198

371049

8

226

381077

9

255

391106

10

283

40

1134

11

312

41

1162

12

340

42

1191

13

368

43

1219

14

397

44

1247

15

425

45

1276

16

454

46

1304

17

482

47

1332

18

510

48

1361

19

539

49

1389

20

567

50

1417

21

595

51

1446

22

624

52

1474

23

652

53

1503

24

680

54

1531

25

708

55

1559

26

737

56

1588

27

765571616

28

793581644

29

822591673

30

850601701

To evaluate your dog’s body weight, feel the ribs, touch the hipsbecomes your mantra.

Just follow this schedule for simplicity and adjust your dog’s food intake accordingly.

Nutrition guide for dogs

If you follow this simple schedule, chances are your dog will be at a healthy weight. However, there are some medical conditions that can contribute to obesity. Don’t forget to count all food, including treats and bones, which your dog eats. Bones have a very similar calorie density to meat.

And if you’re still not sure how much food to feed your dog, our Healthy Recipe Maker for Dogs can help do the math for you 🤓.

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