Individual Calorie Requirement
Every dog is different and its individual daily calorie requirement will depend on its life stage, its breed, its health, its activity level, its environment and whether or not he or she has been neutered.
Neutered Dogs Require Less Food
Neutered, spayed or castrated dogs have a 25% – 30% lower calorie requirement than entire or unneutered dogs, so require slightly smaller meals to enable them to maintain a healthy weight.
Remember, there is proven scientific evidence that overweight dogs are likely to live a shorter life as well as being more susceptible to illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis and cardiovascular disease. (Read more).
In general terms though, a dog should eat between 2 and 3 percent of its bodyweight per day, with small dogs perhaps needing more and large dogs perhaps requiring less.
Toy breeds may need as much as 4 – 5 percent of their body weight daily, while giant breeds might eat as little as 1½ percent or even less.
How do I know if My Dog is the Correct Weight?
In an ideal world, your dog should have an abdominal tuck when viewed from the side and an obvious waist behind the ribs when viewed from above. You should be able to feel the shape of your dog’s ribs beneath a thin layer of flesh, without actually seeing them.
Personalised Feeding Guide
Entering your dog’s details below will enable us to create a Personalised Feeding Guide for your dog. (Remember the result will give you the total amount per day which you will need to divide by two if, like most of us, you feed your dog twice a day).
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