Our dogs have much different eating patterns and dietary requirements as us humans. For this reason, it can often be difficult to gauge how much food our dogs need. Here is a guide and a few tips for when it comes to feeding your 4-legged companion.
|Typical Breed||Weight as an Adult Dog||Dry Food||Dry Food Mixed with Can Food|
|Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terrier, Toy Poodle||Up to 10 pounds||1/4 to 3/4 cup||Cut dry up to ½ the amount and substitute the same volume with a can|
|Miniature Poodle, Scottish Terrier||10-25 pounds||3/4 to 1 cup||Cut dry up to ½ the amount & substitute the same volume with a can|
|Cocker Spaniel, Beagle, Springer Spaniel||25-50 pounds||1-2 cups||Cut dry up to ½ the amount and substitute the same volume with a can|
|Collie, Boxer, Labrador, Golden Retriever||50-75 pounds||2-2 ½ cups||Cut dry up to ½ the amount and substitute the same volume with a can|
|Great Dane, Malamute, St. Bernard, Mastiff||Over 75 pounds||2-4 cups||Cut dry up to ½ the amount and substitute the same volume with a can|
Good Basic Feeding Tips
- Dogs should be fed at the same time every day. Feeding at the same time will keep your dog on a bathroom schedule. Ask your vet how many times a day you should feed your dog.
- Feed your dog the same type and brand of food every day. Unlike humans, a dog’s digestive system cannot handle changes in food. It can cause upset stomach and diarrhea.
- When switching to a new food gradually transition him to the new food by mixing portions of both foods until you slowly phase out the old food. Your dog may experience diarrhea if his food is suddenly changed.
- If you are mixing water into dry food you should mix 4 parts dry food to 1 part water.
- Keep fresh drinking water available at all times. Change the water at least once a day, more for dogs who drool.
- Keep food and water bowls clean.
- Don’t overfeed your dog.
- Follow the guidelines on the dog food package for recommended feeding amounts.
- Monitor your dog’s weight and activity level, and make feeding adjustments as necessary.
- If your dog has loose stool feeding sweet potatoes is a natural stool hardener. Unlike some medicines, giving too many will not make them constipated. They sell sweet potato chips for dogs in a lot of pet supply stores.
Interesting bits of info…
- Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds. Humans have about 9000 taste buds, and cats have about 470.
- Dogs have water taste buds, something humans do not have.
- Dogs do not crave salt the way humans do.
SRC: Find the complete post here: www.dogbreedinfo.com/feeding.htm
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