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- How much food can I give in 1 day to an adult dog?
- How much food can I give in 1 day to a young dog?
- How much food can I give in 1 day to an older dog?
- Is there a problem with giving too much food?
- This amount is close to half of what I have been giving my dog, and I am worried he is getting enough nutrition.
- My dog will not eat food unless it has been mixed with milk or canned food.
- This food seems difficult to eat for dogs with small mouths.
Guidelines are as follows.
For dogs up to 15kg, about 1.2% of body weight
For dogs more than 15kg, about 1% of body weight
Since there are individual differences in the breed and activity, please be sure to keep an eye on the weight and stool of your dog. If your dog is gaining or losing weight, you will need to decrease or increase the amount of food accordingly. At the same time, if the stool is too loose, the amount of food being given is too high, and likewise if the stool is too hard, the amount of food is too little.
However, please increase or decrease the amount little by little over a sufficient period of time, since changing the amount of food suddenly can be a burden on the body. When you enter your dog’s weight in the "adult dog feeding amount approximation table by body weight", it automatically calculates a more detailed guideline for the value. Please use this tool.
Since a young dog will continue to grow every day, it is important to continue to increase the daily or weekly amount according to their growth. Until around age 1, please give extra food to your dog. However, if you find your dog is gaining too much weight or getting diarrhea from overeating, you will need to be a little more conservative with the amount. Since particularly important time in skeletal development, it is a good idea to offer slightly more than referenced to your dog. If your dog is having trouble chewing the food, please try crushing it or soaking it in warm water before offering.
The general principle is to reduce the amount by about 20% to 30% less than the amount for energetic adult dogs. Since the digestive capacity is lower, eating too much can cause failure in the stomach, intestine, kidney, etc. Poor protein quality especially can become a burden on the emissions function of the kidneys, making them prone to failure. However, dogs who are still active after 8 years old, suddenly reducing their amount of food by 30% may cause a drop in their physical strength. Make sure to observe your dog’s activity level, weight, and daily stools while controlling their amount of food.
There is no particular problem, but it is best for adult dogs to stay slim. Please control the amount of food if your dog is obese.
FINEPET'S dog food has a digestion and absorption rate of 87%, which is the highest rate in the general dog food market. It also has a carefully balanced mix of vitamins and minerals. As long as the body gets the required amount of nutrition, the amount of food your dog will eat will naturally become used to this amount. When first switching dog foods, please make sure to allow for some adjustment time, and if your dog seems restless and wanting more, you can try to mix some unflavored white rice and boiled cabbage in with your dog’s food.
Adult dogs do not have the enzymes to digest the lactose allergen in milk, so please do not mix their food with milk. If your dog will absolutely not accept food without milk, please use milk specifically for dogs (or at least milk with the lactose removed).
FINEPET'S dog food and other dry foods are good for the your dog’s healthy teeth and jaws, but if your dog cannot eat dry food because it is too hard, one method is to temporarily crush and soak it in lukewarm water until they get used to eating dry food.
In breeds such as Papillon and Yorkshire terrier, you often here that these dogs’ mouths are too small so they either accidentally swallow the food or cannot eat it properly. In this case, please try breaking the food into fine pieces with a hammer or soaking the food in lukewarm water. However, we continue to stress that only feeding your dog soft foods is not good for your dog’s teeth and you should gradually help them get used to eating dry food.
Also, originally a dog’s canine teeth are well developed, and rather than eat by chewing well using the molars, dogs use their canines in order to break food into appropriately sized pieces that can then be slurped. If your dog appears to be seems to be interested in slurping their food, there should be no problem as long as they can use their throat.