To know how much to feed your dog you should know how much calorie your dog needs. The calories your dog needs is based on the life stage it is in, the ideal body weight and how much physical activity it does.
How To Ensure That Your Dog Has The Ideal Body Condition
It is important for you to know what the ideal body condition of your dog is. Dogs with ideal body has a smooth body. There is tissue between the bones and skin. A dog than is underweight or thin has a body where you can plainly see its bones. There is no tissue between the bones and skin. Overweight dogs have bones that cannot be felt because there is too much tissue between the skin and bones.
Feeding An Underweight Dog
You can feed your dog more if it is thin or underweight (find out more about products to increase your dog’s weight) . Consult your veterinarian what is the best method for your dog to reach the ideal body condition. The cause of being thin is very complicated. Your dog can have underlying diseases that cause it to be thin or underweight. To manage the health of your thin dog it is important to bring your dog to a Veterinarian for proper diagnosis.
Feeding An Overweight Dog
If your dog is overweight it would not have a healthy life. Overweight dogs have a short life. It is important to manage the weight of your dog.
If your dog is overweight then get the 80% of the Resting Energy Requirement. You could also select a diet specifically designed for your overweight dog. You should check this to know more about weight management in dogs. It is also important to provide your dog physical activities.
Spayed And Neutered Dog
Because the hormonal balance has change if your dog is spayed or neutered it may decrease its physical activities. To keep your dog in an ideal condition it is important to adjust how much your dog eats. If your dog is spayed or neutered the energy requirement should be reduced by around 30%.
Cups And Calories
Other than knowing the calories that your dog needs it is also important how much cups should you feed your dog each day. Each dog food will have a label on how many calories it has and how many cups will it feed your dog. Most dog food will suggest how many cups you should feed your dog each day. For example a 30 pound dog food has 200 cups and to reach the daily maintaining energy requirement of your dog you may feed your dog 2 cups per day.
Since we discuss that different dogs have different energy needs, you may need to compute how much cup to really need to feed your dog. To know how many calories a bag of dog food has look for the label that contains the calorie content like this:
This means that this particular dog food has 378 Calories per cup of dog food. For example if you are feeding your dog with this dog food and it needs 296 calories per day you could feed it a cup every day. If you your dog needs 674 calories you could feed your dog two cups per day. Generally you could use this equation:
It is important to limit the food your dog eat to only what it needs. Excess in dog food can make your dog overweight and more prone to diseases. Know the calories your dog needs base on its ideal weight, level of activity and its life stage. If you feed your dog well it would have a healthy and happy life.