Size really is a big issue in terms of how much to feed your dog. For example, recently there was an article listing Chihuahua as one of the best companions. However even they come in different sizes. I have a friend who has one that is 2 pounds and another friend who has one that is 10 pounds. You wouldn’t feed a 2-pound dog as much as you would a 10 pound one.
Many people will give different types of answers based on their experience with their dogs. However, the scientific facts related to the feeding aspects in the case of dogs need to be given emphasis during the feeding activities maintained in the case of dogs.
Usually, the puppies should not be separated before they are eight weeks old. However, some times the orphaned puppies may exist. Usually, about five percent of the body weight may be taken as criteria for the quantity of food to be given to the puppies. However, the amount that is consumed by the dog varies with the size of the dogs also.
However, one can have a thumb rule of feeding the puppy goes until you see visible fullness of the abdomen to a moderate degree. If you are going on feeding the animal without giving emphasis to the animal’s stomach appearance, then the puppy may experience some kinds of digestive upsets and diarrhea may occur in them.
This may cause many inconveniences to the owner as well as the puppy. Unlike adult dogs, the puppies need to be fed with restricted amounts of food but in more frequencies. However, once the age advances, the amount may be increased to some extent but the frequency of feeding is often decreased in many occasions.
A dog on a raw diet may consume only two to four percent of their body weight. Just observe closely the feeding pattern of the dog and the body condition of the animal. If the dog becomes obese, just reduce the quantity of food and if the dog becomes thin, then have an increase in the feeding items.
As mentioned earlier, puppies and adolescent dogs eat more than adult dogs. Likewise, the geriatric dog eats less than the adult dog due to the reduced movements of the dog. However, remember to restrict the amounts of protein during the feeding of diet to the aged dogs.
Here is a quick reference chart which gives the amount you should feed your dog based on their weight.
- 1/3 cup per day if they weigh 3 pounds
- 1/2 cup per day if they weigh 6 pounds
- 3/4 cup per day if they weigh 10 pounds
- 1 cup per day if they weigh 15 pounds
- 1 2/3 cups per day if they weigh 20 pounds
- 1 3/4 cups per day if they weigh 30 pounds
- 2 1/4 cups per day if they weigh 40 pounds
- 2 2/3 cups per day if they weigh 50 pounds
- 3 cups per day if they weigh 60 pounds
- 3 1/2 cups per day if they weigh 70 pounds
- 3 3/4 cups per day if they weigh 80 pounds
- 4 1/4 cups per day if they weigh 90 pounds
- 4 1/2 cups per day if they weigh 100 pounds