Online Holistic Nutrition Guidebook | Part 6
How to decide what are the right quantities to feed your dog.
In terms of nutritional needs, every single dog is different.
A customer explained to us that they had two collie pups, litter mates, both males. The owner had been feeding the exact same amount of food to both pups but one was losing weight and the other gaining weight. “What should I do?” he asked. The basic answer was simple: reduce the quantity of food for the one getting fat and increase the quantity for the one getting thin.
The answer might seem obvious but it illustrated precisely how the energy requirement of each animal is different.
If a dog (or cat for that matter) does not eat all food presented at one go, the animal is probably getting too much to eat. Reduce the quantity until all is consumed and the pet is looking for more.
With ‘fussy-eaters’, exercise discipline basically as you would with a child. Think of how we deal with a child of, say, 4 years. We don’t sit them down at the table and present them with a bowl of broth and a bowl of ice cream and leave it to them to choose. We present the savoury first and then the sweet afterwards.
If your pet has been neutered, the nutritional requirement is significantly reduced; however, people tend to keep feeding the same quantity of food and the pet gets fat.
Similarly, the older pet has a reduced energy requirement; it does not require a different kind of food, it simply needs less.
The quantities outlined for feeding are only starting points and need to be adjusted up or down depending on individual needs. The level of exercise is another consideration and one which can vary considerably depending on climate and weather.
Suggested amounts to feed your dog.
Weight of Dog/Amount per day
- 1 to 5kg / 20 to 50 grams per day
- 5 to 10 kg / 50 to 100 grams per day
- 10 to 20 kg / 100 to 200 grams per day
- 20 to 30 kg / 200 to 300 grams per day
- 30 to 40 kg / 300 to 400 grams per day
- 40 to 50 kg / 400 to 500 grams per day
Amounts may vary depending on age, exercise and other factors.
A supply of fresh clean water should always be available; preferably bottled or filtered water.