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How Much Should I Feed My Dog?

October 22, 2016

How much should I feed my dog?
If I had a nickel for every time I was asked this question I would have $100,000 dollars. It's a common question with one simple answer:

 

Feed your dog to the TARGET weight they should be NOT the weight they are.

 

That simple instruction can help with managing their weight. Read all the labels on your dog food bag and follow the feeding suggestions. Always use a measuring cup to feed the correct amount.  If you don't know your dogs target weight look up their breed. Click Here to find your dog. If you have a mix breed or a mutt and are unsure of their breed, See the chart below. 

Look at the following picture below to see the ideal weight for your dog.

 Overweight Dogs

 

My dog is obese, what should I do?

There are many Diet dog foods that will cut the calories and fat that you can feed and here are some more tips.

 

1. No More treats:

Cut the treats out or only give healthy treats. Carrots, apples, bananas and strawberries. Many treats are filled with fat and calories and giving them 1-3 times a day is not beneficial to their health.

 

2. Do Not Give Table Scraps:

Giving dogs human food from your plate is cause many health problems. Even just sharing your rotisserie chicken very unhealthy. That delicious chicken is filled with seasonings that dogs can not have. Also our food is higher calories that add to their unwanted weight.

 

3. Go For A Walk:

Get your dog outside. Outside of the yard, into the neighborhood and go for a walk or hike. Just like humans dogs need exercise. the backyard is NOT enough. Get out long enough daily to give them the proper exercise they need.

 

4. Watch how much you are feeding them.

After looking at the bag to see how much they should be fed, cut back on the amount you are feeding them. Always use a measuring cup to feed the correct amount. 

 

Weight Management Foods: (All links go to Chewy.com)

Blue Buffalo Healthy Weight Adult - Available in brands Life Protection Source, Wilderness

Wellness CORE Grain-Free Reduced Fat Formula

Fromm Gold Weight Management 

Fromm Gold Coast Grain-Free Weight Management

Natural Balance Fat Dogs Chicken & Salmon Formula Low Calorie 

Natural Balance Original Ultra Reduced Calorie Formula

Merrick Grain-Free Healthy Weight Recipe

Wellness Complete Health Healthy Weight Deboned Chicken & Peas

Earthborn Holistic Grain-Free Weight Control

Nature's Variety Instinct Grain-Free Healthy Weight Chicken Meal Formula

Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free Healthy Weight

Eagle Pack Reduced Fat

Castor & Pollux Organix Healthy Weight Recipe with Chicken, Brown Rice & Flaxseed

Diamond Naturals Lite Formula

NutriSource Weight Management Chicken & Rice Formula

 

 

*Always use a measuring cup to feed the correct amount. 

 

 

 

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