Dog Health & More
Monday April 27th, 2009
No single food is right for every dog. Be willing to try different foods until you hit on the one that's right for your dog. You'll know by his bright eyes, shiny coat, and healthy energy level.
Tip: Garnish dry food with a small spoonful of canned food, a little meat, or cottage cheese to add pizzazz.
Probably the best way to use canned food is as a flavor enhancer for dry food.
Tip: Find recipes that have been vetted by a veterinary nutritionist.
Base the amount you feed him on how he looks. Not by how hungry he acts. Dogs are con artists. If they can make you think they're hungry or need more food, they will.
Some general guidelines:
(The following assumes the food is high-quality; you'll need bigger amounts for low-quality food.)
Less than 10 lbs 1/4 to 1/2 cup
10 to 20 lbs 1/2 to 1 cup
20 to 30 lbs 3/4 to 1.5 cups
30 to 40 lbs 1.5 to 2 cups
40 to 60 lbs 1.5 to 2.5 cups
60 to 70 lbs 2.5 to 3 cups
80 to 90 lbs 3 to 4 cups
100 to 150 lbs 4 to 5 cups
More than 150 lbs 4.5 to 6 cups
Twice a day, and try to make it about the same time every day because dogs like routine. If he still hasn't eaten it after 20 minutes, take away his bowl so he learns to eat it all at once.