How Do You Know How Much to Feed?

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    How do you know how much to feed a dog? Do you follow the recommendation on the side of the bag/can? For Penny, who weighs 45 lbs., the bag says to feed 3 1/4 cups/day -- I feed her 2 cups/day, which is what they recommend for a 30 lb dog. The vet always tells us she's overweight but she's nearly always weighed between 43 and 45 lbs. I had her on 1 1/2 cups/day for 6 weeks to see if her weight would reduce. She looks the same to me.

    For Dio we feed him 1 cup/day but the bag says for a 20 lb dog to feed 2 1/2 cups day. It's puppy food (his last bag). Sometimes they are full on what I feed them but the past few days Dio has been hungrier so I've given him 1 1/4 cups.

    They get fed around 11am and 4pm. They get a mile and half walk nearly everyday plus lots of run/chase around the yard, weather permitting. So how do you know if you are feeding them enough but not too much?
     
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    Dogs will never turn down food so don't ask them if they're full.

    Our dog, a 45 pound beagle mix gets a cup of dry in the morning and half a can of canned in the late afternoon plus a few snacks during the day and whatever he can snatch off the street during our 2-mile daily walk before I can stop him.

    Whatever you do, pay no no attention to the instructions on the dog food bag. They're just trying to sell you more dog food.
     
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    i would ask the vet. that's what we did with the bunny.
     
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    That's probably the best bet.
     
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    Oh, I know they'll eat until they explode. But when they let you know in no uncertain terms that they're still hungry is it ok to give them a bit more? Do dogs get hungrier on some days vs others, like people?

    Penny has a certain 'mouthy' bark she does when she's hungry; Dio gets really bouncy-all-over-the-place when he's hungry (he's new and we're still figuring out his cues). I just fed them their evening meal a good hour before I figured they'd eat. Now they're both settled down so I can only assume they were truly hungry.
     
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    Whenever I tell the vet how much we feed they just say 'ok'. Guess I'll have to ask them, rather than just tell them, eh? We also have a new vet so they might be more communicative . . . which is one of the reasons we have a new vet.
     
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    Here's another way you can look at it.

    If your dog weighs 30lbs and you weigh 150lbs, he's 1/5 your size. think about how much food you eat per day and divide it by five and that will get you in the ballpark.

    And don't foget that a dog's processes are alot less complex than yours.
     
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    zoom I don't go by the recommendations on the bag.. I go by age and how active they are. You know by looking at their little bodies. my JRT got so fat he could not jump. he's getting older too, I cut his in half and he's back to jumping and he looks good.
     
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    We have a bowl on the kitchen floor and they eat when they feel like it. My two beagles are pretty active hunters so they don't get fat. One likes to eat at night the other in the morning. Taco, the Mexican Mouse Hound doesn't eat enough to make a sparrow fat.
     
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    I have never fed my dogs what was recommended on the bags.

    If your dog is very active then it will need more food if not so active it will need less.

    The best way to feed is to monitor your dog's weight. and get to an amount where he maintains his ideal weight at his given activity level.
     
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