How much should you feed your dog? How many times a day should you feed them? Will feeding treats lead to obesity? What foods are dangerous to dogs? Our essential guide has all the answers...
Posted: 28 February 2019
Sometimes, you ask a question and all you want is a straight answer. However, when it comes to the question: ‘How much should I feed my dog?’, the answer is rather complicated.
Every dog is an individual and how much you should feed them depends on all manner of factors including breed, age and activity level.
Of course, all pet food has a guide on the packaging, which can steer you in the right direction – but remember that this is just a guide and not a definitive answer.
The worst thing you can do is ‘guestimate’ the right amount of food. Giving your dog a little more than they need, along with too many treats and some leftovers from your own dinner, is a recipe for disaster. If this is a regular pattern, you run the risk of your dog becoming overweight, which can lead to all manner of health problems. Equally, if you don’t feed enough, your pet will not be getting all the nutrients they need and will become underweight. If you’re not sure about how much to feed, ask your vet for advice.
IS MY DOG THE CORRECT WEIGHT?
Regular weigh-ins at the vets can help keep your dog’s weight in check. Your vet will also be able to advise of the correct weight range for your dog.
In general, dogs who are at a healthy weight:
The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association has a handy Dog Size-O-Meter, which you can check out here >>
Then there’s the question of how often to feed your dog. Puppies, with their small stomachs need three or four small meals a day, while adult dogs generally have two meals a day. Sometimes, elderly dogs benefit from three or four smaller meals. The key to avoiding over-feeding is to ensure you measure out their daily ration – don’t guess it – and then divide it up throughout the day. If you feed treats for training or when out on walks, this should also be taken into account.
HOW MUCH IS JUST RIGHT? START BY FOLLOWING THIS BURGESS GUIDE
These amounts are based on what you should feed a healthy, active adult dog over a 24-hour period if you’re feeding Burgess Supadog Adult. Remember to adjust as necessary, depending on your dog’s appetite, age and activity level.
5-15kg – 135-300g
15-30kg – 300-480g
30-40kg – 480-600g
40-70kg – 600-850g
Along with portion control, it’s also important to feed the right food for your dog. Dog food has never been better researched with recipes created using the latest in nutritional science to calculate the correct balance of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and fats. The amounts of these ingredients that your dog requires throughout the various stages of their life can change – a puppy needs a different blend than an elderly dog – so this is something else to think about. Find out more feeding life stage foods here >>
DID YOU KNOW?
Another consideration is choosing a food and that suits your dog’s lifestyle. For example, a well-exercised pet Border Collie may be classed as a ‘working breed’, but he or she will not require the same nutrition as an actual working Collie who’s running about on a farm all day long.
Burgess has a great range of complete dog food, with something to suit every dog. Find the perfect food for your canine pal here >>
Here are some of the main foods that are dangerous for dogs. If you suspect your dog has eaten any of the following, consult your vet immediately.
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Sources: pfma.org.uk, petmd.com, pethealthnetwork.com