Is my dog eating enough? Dog parents do think about this question often. Four legged babies cannot talk, so we do not understand if they ate enough. Most new dog parents end up over feeding their dogs. Obesity is not good for dogs. Overeating causes weight gain in dogs. Dogs suffer from diabetes, energy loss, if they are carrying extra weight. Modern vets do tell their clients about feeding the dog within his required daily calorie intake. If you do not know anything about your dog’s required daily calorie intake, then read this article as I am going to talk about how much food your dog needs every day.
Here is a chart of daily calorie intakes for different breeds of dogs,
|Breed||Weight||Dry food quantity per day|
|Chihuahua, Poodle , mini dogs||Less than 10 lbs||¼ cup|
|Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, (medium dog breeds )||25 to 50 pounds||2 cups|
|Golden Retriever, Boxer||50 to 75 pounds||3 cups|
|Great Dane and other large dogs||Over 75 pounds||4 cups|
Keep weighing your dogs and follow the above food chart according to his weight. Remember more foods do not mean more love. Your dog does not really need extra food. Overweight dogs do not live long. Like humans extra weight can kill a dog. So be careful when you are feeding your dog. If your dog is eating home cooked meals then please follow the cup sizes mentioned on the chart for specific dogs.
Important tips: Some of us adopt rescue dogs who are malnourished. These dogs may need more foods than mentioned on above chart. However, you must talk to your vet about your rescue dog’s calorie requirement per day.
P.S. Do not feed your dog more than three times a day.