How much do I feed my dog?
Use this as a good guide :
Healthy non-active Dogs
Feed 2% – 3% of body weight per day – divided into one or two meals
(healthy non-active dogs)
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* Based on 3% for a healthy not too active dog
Healthy active dogs
Feed 3% – 6% of body weight per day when actually working or active. At this time feed food with a higher fat content to increase the energy supply. Feed 2% – 3% of body weight per day when not active or working.
(healthy active dogs)
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* Based on 5% for a healthy active dog
Puppies – small to medium breeds
Feed 3% – 5% of body weight per day – divided into 3 to 4 small meals
Puppies – large and giant breeds
Feed 2% – 4% of body weight per day – divided into 3 to 4 meals.
This is important as puppies need to grow slowly.
- Dogs should always be supervised during feeding and when they are given bones.
- Only feed uncooked bones, never feed cooked bones to your dog or bones that can splinter.
- You can adjust and “fine tune” when feeding to get your dog to its optimal weight. A rule of thumb is that you should be able to feel the dog’s ribs but not see them. However, skinny is better than obese.
- Always remember that dogs (specifically puppies) should always be slightly hungry after their meal.
Not sure how much your dog should weigh?
Use this chart as a guide.
When should I feed my dog?
Dogs should be fed twice a day, preferably at sunrise and sundown.
Can my dog get worms from eating raw meat?
It is often bandied about that dogs can contract worms (specifically tapeworm) from uncooked meat. This is often something that raw food detractors use as a scare tactic. Tapeworms are transferred by fleas. The various other species of parasitic worms can be found in anything from fecal matter and soil to raw or cooked meat that has gone off. So for example if your dog eats a dead squirrel that has been lying in the dirt and sun for a few days and becomes infected or contaminated by parasites, he may (but not necessarily) contract worms. But the same scenario would apply if his kibble had been exposed to the same conditions. Furthermore dogs’ stomachs have a higher PH than humans, making them more robust and adept in dealing with much larger amounts of bacteria and pathogens.