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It doesn’t matter which stage of life your dog is in, their weight is very important to their overall health. In younger dogs and older dogs especially, it can be hard to calculate their daily dietary needs. Your dog food should include information about how much they recommend to feed your dog each day, but just like humans have individual dietary needs, so does your dog. If you’re unsure about what food you should be giving your dog, checking out a site like Jug Dog may help you to figure it out. Maybe you’re asking yourself, “How much should I feed my dog each day?” Our Rottweiler, Kitty, is a good example. Her dietary needs will not necessarily be met by solely following the directions on the side of the bag. Kitty only eats Wellness® Complete Health™ Line dog food. They only use high quality protein and include essential vitamins and nutrients, so she can easily sustain her busy life here on the farm. Here is my not-so-cut-and-dry answer to how much you should you feed your dog each day.
When deciding how much you need to feed your dog each day, you need to take a few things into consideration:
- Dog’s age
- Activity level
- Bioavailability of food
- Protein/fat ratio
Wellness® Complete Health™ only uses blends of high quality proteins, grain-free carbohydrates, select fats, and nutrient-rich fruits and vegetable, to provide the energy and nutrition your pet needs. Not all protein sources are equal; if your pet doesn’t digest it, why are they eating it? When you feed a high quality food such as Wellness Complete Health, less of the food goes to waste.
Wellness products contain wholesome and natural ingredients. They uses fruits and vegetables such as chickpeas, flaxseed, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, apples and blueberries. It contains protein and essential vitamins and nutrients in every bite. Wellness uses conscious ingredient sourcing and high quality standards to help ensure optimum nutrition for your pet.
Our dog Kitty is 10 months old, she might seem full grown to most people, but she’s still growing. A Rottweiler isn’t considered mature until it reaches 2 years of age. She has reached much of her adult height, but her body will continue to fill out and she will gain more muscle mass. Kitty requires more calories per day than an adult dog of the same size. She also is very active in our home and on our farm, which increases her daily calorie needs.
In a dog of ideal weight, you should easily be able to feel their ribs, but rib bones should not be prominent. Your dog should have a waist when viewed from above, and they should have a tuck up behind their ribcage. You should be able to tell the difference between muscle mass on a muscle dog and fat deposits. Fat will not be as firm as muscle. If you aren’t sure about your dog’s weight, make an appointment with your veterinarian and they can help show you what to look for.
Being overweight can contribute to many health conditions in both dogs and puppies, similar to the same health conditions obesity causes in humans.
We love our Kitty, and we want her to live a long, happy, healthy life. The best way to encourage that is to make sure she eats a high quality food, drinks enough fresh water, gets daily exercise, proper training, and lots of love.
You also have to remember to include treats, snacks, and Dog Training Treats in your dog’s daily calorie allowance. Just like snacking can cause unwanted weight gain in humans, it has the same results for your pet. When you answer the question, “how much should I feed my dog each day?” you’ll need to factor in treats too. Kitty loves her Wellness Complete Health Grain Free dog food enough that we also use it as training treats.
Wellness Complete Health dog food is full of quality protein for more energy, prebiotics and probiotics to support healthy digestion, Vitamin A & E to support a healthy immune system.
Here are the feeding guidelines for the specific formula of food that we use. Notice that it says guidelines; you can use the information to estimate the amount. You will ultimately have to determine the exact amount your pet needs, usually through trial and error.
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