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No two dogs are the same.  Some are tiny, some are large.  Some are young, some are old.  Some are playful and some prefer to snuggle.  Because every dog is different it only makes sense that every dog has very different nutritional needs.  There are many dog foods that are specially formulated for different types of dogs and their unique needs but, in addition to purchasing specific dog food for your dog, I tis important to know how much you should be feeding your dog.  While some dogs are good self-regulators and will not overeat, other dogs will overeat if given the opportunity.  Knowing how much to feed your dog can help your dog remain healthy, help you spot if they are not eating enough which can be a sign of illness, and give you peace of mind that you are taking good care of your dog.  Below is a guideline for feeding your dog, but, it is important to consult your veterinarian before making any changes so that they can offer advice based on your unique dog.

  • Puppies
    • Puppies generally are more rambunctious and energetic than older dogs. They also tend to have a faster metabolism and then, as they age, it slows down.  Because of this, puppies often require a larger portion of nutritionally dense food to provide the fuel they need.  Puppies need a lot of protein to support the rapid growth that occurs at such a young age.  Puppies may need to eat three times a day  and then, as they age out of puppyhood, between 6 months – 1 year, their feeding schedule can be reduced to two times per day.
  • Adults
    • Adult dogs, typically over the age of one, may eat once or twice a day, depending on their preferences and personality. It is important to monitor your dog’s weight and, if you notice your dog gaining weight, consider reducing the amount your feed or changing the type of food you feed because obesity can lead to a number of health problems.
  • Recommendations Based On Weight
    • Under 10 pounds
      • Smaller breeds of dogs that are less than 10 pounds are obviously going to require less food than a 75 pound dog. They often only need ¼ cup – ¾ cup of dry dog food each day.
    • 10 to 25 pounds
      • Dogs that are between 10 to 25 pounds are still considered on the small side. Because of this, they often only need ¾ cup – 1 cup  of dry dog food.
    • 25 to 50 pounds
      • Medium size dogs typically need between 1 cup – 2 cups of dry dog food each day.
    • Over 50 pounds
      • Large and extra-large dogs over 50 pounds need more to sustain their size, often requiring as much as 2 ½ cups of dry dog food each day.