You likely know that keeping your dog healthy, happy, and active requires a diet of high-quality food. But do you know how much dry food you should be feeding your dog? When it comes to providing your dog the right amount of food, overfeeding or under-feeding can lead to lifelong health issues.
So, if you’re unsure of what a healthy portion of kibble is for your best friend, we’re here to help! This article will clarify the factors that go into determining how much to feed your dog.
Does My Dog’s Portion Size Really Matter?
Long story short: absolutely. Providing your dog the right amount of calories can prevent a multitude of health issues.
When You Don’t Feed Your Dog Enough
Restricting your dog’s calories can cause malnutrition or a nutritional deficiency . A lack of overall calories or a specific nutritional need can lead to an unhealthy coat, lethargy and lack of energy, organ failure, and even death.
When You Feed Your Dog Too Much
It can be difficult not to express affection for your dog with treats and a bit of extra kibble. However, overfeeding your dog can be disastrous for your dog’s wellbeing.
Once your dog becomes overweight or obese, they are at higher risk for:
- Joint issues, including ligament tears and osteoarthritis
- Spinal issues, including slipped disks
- Heart failure
- Trouble breathing
- Dermatological problems
- Depression caused by reducing the quality of life and the inability to partake in the activities your dog once loved .
How Can You Tell If Your Dog Is Eating Too Much or Too Little?
The easiest way to determine if you’re feeding your dog enough is to assess your dog’s body condition score. You should be able to feel your dog’s ribs when you rub over their chest. Your dog’s tummy should also nip inward in front of their hips and behind their rib cage. However, your dog is too thin if their ribs, hip bones, and spine are highly visible.
How Much Dry Food Should I Feed My Dog Per Day?
Determining the right amount of food to feed your dog each day is more complicated than many dog owners realize. You have to take into consideration many different elements, including, your dog’s:
- Metabolic rate
- Type of dry food
- Activity level
- Meals per day
We recommend weighing your dog to get an accurate feeding amount. Then you will want to read the feeding guide on your dog’s food packaging (or you can calculate your dog’s daily food need using our calculator).