How much dry food should I feed my dog?

Updated February 21, 2017

Dog food manufacturers recommend how much food to give a pet each day. This information listed on the bag is for the average healthy adult dog and is subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines. Most manufacturers recommend feeding a dog once or twice daily (split the daily serving into two portions). The more a dog weighs, the more a dog will eat, according to recommended daily feeding amounts. Feed a dog weighing 5.44kg. or less 1/2 to 1 cup of dry food each day, add another 1/2 cup for 13- to 9.07kg. dogs; feed 1 1/2 to 2 1/3 cups for 9.53 to 15.9kg., 2 1/3 to 3 cups for 16.3 to 22.7kg., 3 to 3 1/4 cups for 23.1 to 34kg., 3 3/4 to 4 2/3 cups for 34.5 to 45.4kg. and an additional 1/4 cup food for every 4.54kg. over 45.4kg..

Try Not to Overfeed

With the vast number of snacks and treats on the market, it can be easy to overfeed a dog. The daily food guidelines are for a dry-food only diet. If a dog is eating snacks, table scraps or canned food, decrease the amount of dry food. If a veterinarian has suggested weight loss for a pet, give less food. A dog with a low activity level may also eat less than the recommended guidelines and a very active dog may eat more.

Bottom Line

According to "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats," one in three dogs is overweight. To keep your pet from getting chubby, feed a quality pet food and keep recommended daily feeding amounts in mind. Exercise your pet daily and avoid too many snacks.

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