It can seem like a daunting task trying to figure out how much to feed you dog, especially if you’ve got a puppy! Too much food, and you are looking at potential weight issues, too little, and your pet won’t be getting the energy they need.
It is important to consider that each dog is different, and therefore their dietary requirements will be different based on their age, breed, metabolism, activity level, and many other factors. Ultimately, you know your dog and their situation best, making you the best person to plan your dog’s diet and rations.
A few good guidelines to get you started:
For the maintenance of adult dogs feed approximately 2-3% of their body weight. Adjust based on activity level and body condition.
For puppies 2-4 months of age, feed approximately 8-10% of their weight split into at least 3 meals per day.
For puppies 4-6 months of age, feed approximately 6-8% of their weight split into 3 meals per day.
For puppies 6-8 months of age, feed approximately 4-6% of their weight split into at least 2 meals per day.
For puppies 8-12 months of age, feed approximately 3-4% of their weight split into 2 meals per day.
Always keep an eye on your dog’s body condition, and adjust their rations accordingly. Should you require assistance with creating a weight loss or gain program for your dog, or further information on how much to feed your dog, please consult a Rascals representative, or your veterinarian.