Measuring the exact amount of food for your dog can be tricky sometimes. If they are not fed enough it can result in nutritional deficiencies, and if they are fed too much then they start to add on the kilos (not to mention the risk of the various weight-related health concerns like diabetes, cushings, skin problems and heart problems).
So, how do you know what amount to feed your pet?
Unfortunately, the right amount of food you should be giving your dog is not set in stone and varies relying on factors such as their weight, the type of food, meals given per day, their metabolism and the amount of running around they do. We can understand why many find this a difficult factor in caring for their dog.
Many food labels will give you an estimate of how many cups or grams to give over a 24 hour timeframe, often measured by the weight of your dog. Divide this number by the amount of meals you give them daily and also consider you dog’s lifestyle.
For example, a very inactive Labrador would require less than an active Border Collie of the same weight. Also, if your dog puts on weight easily it can be a sign of a slow metabolism and therefore less calories are needed beause less are burned.
Just to make sure, weigh your dog every week to determine if he or she is increasing and keep a diary to record your findings. Adjust their food intake accordingly, but make sure that it is a gradual adjustment as anything significant could leave your furry friend feeling hungry and miserable.
Checking their weight
The best proven way of checking your dog or cat's weight is to actually weigh them on a scale.
By sight, a healthy dog should have an hourglass figure when looked down upon where the waist is slimmer than the chest and hips.
From the side the belly should tuck up
By feeling you should be able to detect the ribs with only light pressure.
Talking to your local veterinarian will give you professional advice specific to the circumstances of your pet.