Are you a Food Lover? Even if not, you can’t deny the fact that food is one of the most important things we have in our lives. It gives us nutrients, it helps us grow and it keeps us fit and healthy. Plus, if you are a foodie like me, food is, in fact, the sole purpose of living. As a food lover, you can’t miss even a single food trend.
You probably are thinking, “Why is this person talking about humans when we are here to talk about dogs?”
Well, dogs are also pretty much like humans in case of food, don’t you think? You probably have seen them running to their food bowl as soon as we fill it. This shows how much they love their food, just like us.
However, unlike us, dogs can’t decide on what or how much they should eat. And that’s what haunts the dog owners sometimes. What if you are not feeding your dog enough? What if you are giving him too much food? And what if the food you are giving them isn’t good for them? There are so many questions regarding the food requirements of a dog.
But hey, don’t worry. We’ve made this guide to help you with this only. So, just read along and learn how much food you should feed to your pooch.
How Much To Feed a Dog?
The amount of food you should feed your dog actually depends on various factors. And this includes his size, age, level of activity, and the type of food you are giving him. But as a rule of thumb, puppies and young dogs should be given more food that is rich in fat and protein. They burn more calories as compared to older dogs, which are less active. And thus, they require more food to stay healthy.
Furthermore, if you are feeding your dog with commercial pet foods, make sure you understand the feeding guideline written on the pack. It clearly mentions the amount you should give to your dog as per his weight. However, as a small tip, you should prefer feeding them raw food, if possible.
Here are a few basic guidelines on how much food you should feed your dog at different stages of his life.
Puppies need a diet rich in nutrients, including proteins and fats, to support their growth. So, if you are using commercial food, get a product specifically made for puppies. Initially, you should feed them three times a day. But as they attain the age of five to six months, reduce the feeding to two times a day.
The amount you should feed your pup also depends a lot on his metabolism, size and how active he is. And so, you cannot be 100 percent sure of if you are feeding them right. However, as a general rule, if he is gaining a lot of weight, decrease the diet. And if you start seeing his ribs, you should increase his portion size.
When the dog becomes one year old, in most cases, he has matured completely. And this means his food requirements will probably stay the same during this phase. So here, you just need to make sure his weight remains constant and body well-proportioned.
However, just as humans, a dog’s appetite may also vary from time to time. And sometimes, he may not want to eat much. While this isn’t an alarm, you should be a little careful if it happens. If your dog’s loss of appetite is for the short term, it’s completely fine. But if it persists for days at a time, it may be because of some illness. And you definitely don’t want your buddy to fall ill, especially if he is an emotional support dog. In this case, you yourself are suffering from a health condition. And above that, if you ESA falls sick, it can be even more exhausting for you.
While most dogs, in general, are quite active, some particular ones may be too energetic. And if that is the case, they require more food in order to maintain their health. However, if a dog that is active usually decreases his activity level for any reason, such as an injury or a particular season, his nutrition requirements also decrease. That means you shouldn’t feed them as normal.
Furthermore, you should not feed an active dog just before or after their workout. Keep a gap of at least one hour on both sides. However, you may feed them some small snacks to prevent fatigue or hunger.
Just like elderly humans, elderly dogs also have much less nutritional requirements. And thus, they should be fed accordingly. Feeding too much to an elderly dog may make them fall ill very easily.
You should always feed elderly dogs as per their activity level, overall health and body size. If your dog is not much active at this stage, he may gain weight very quickly. So, be careful with his diet.