Two of the most common questions about the dog food are: how much should I feed my dog? and how often should I feeding?
The answers to these questions depend on many factors including the dogs age, physical activity level, illness or medical conditions.
Therefore, the best person to tell you how much and how often to feed your dog is your vet.
However, below are some tips that can help you regarding schedules and amounts of food for your pet.
Overall, the frequency with which you feed your dog is greater when it is puppy and decreases as they grow. Unless your dog has a medical condition that requires different frequencies, the following recommendations can be used as a general guide:
- Puppies until 8 weeks of age . Until 8 weeks of age, puppies are breastfed, so it should be with his mother and siblings. After the third or fourth week they can start offering some small bites, semisolid to get them used to solid food. For this, you can mix some puppy food with water. After six weeks and can offer puppies puppy food 4 times a day (check with your vet to choose the food), but should continue to be able to take breast milk.
- Puppies 2 to 3 months of age . They receive food at least 4 times a day. In some very small breeds, such as Chihuahuas or Yorkshire terrier , you may need to feed the puppies about 5 times a day to avoid hypoglycaemia.
- Puppies 3 to 6 months of age . They receive food three times a day.
- Cubs 6 months to 1 year of age . They receive food twice a day.
- Dogs over 1 year old . The older dogs and young adults should eat once or twice a day. Some people find it easier to feed their dogs only once a day, while others find it better to give them the same ration divided into morning and afternoon.
Note that for each of these stages you have to give your dog food suitable for their age. If you do not have much experience with dogs, check with your vet to help you decide what food to give your puppy and when to switch from puppy food to adult dog food.
Also take note that it is important to give your dog food at set times. Therefore, you have to leave food on the plate only 15 minutes for dogs over 3 months or 30 to 45 minutes for smaller dogs. If your dog does not eat, simply remove and give fresh food at the following meal time. This helps regulate the digestion and also help you educate your dog to go to the bathroom .
Quantity of food
On average, adult dogs eat about 2% or 3% of their body weight each day. However, this depends on the age of the dog, the caloric value of the food in question, physical activity that makes your dog and the optimal weight for their height and body type.
As it is not possible to give general guidelines for all these factors, most dog foods offer general recommendations based on weight. Use these recommendations as a general guide and from them if you decide to give it a little more or a little less than indicated on the bag.
Please note that dogs are very active (for example, they do dog sports like agility or go jogging with you), need a little more food than dogs that do little physical activity.
In any case, it is important to weigh your dog once a month to see if maintained, reduced or increased weight. If you think your dog has a weight problem or have a question about how much you should give, consult with your vet.