The cheapest and lowest quality feed. Its composition is poor. Mainly the feed mixture consists of cereals and corn.
The lack of meat is compensated by the presence of soy. Such food for a dog is not nutritious (calories range from 250-300 kcal) and not healthy.
In order for the animal to still receive all the elements necessary for its vital activity, add additional mineral and vitamin supplements to the pet’s menu.
Puppies eat more often than adult dogs, but as they get older, the number of meals decreases, but the portions, on the contrary, become larger. We offer you a detailed table that describes how many times a day to feed a puppy from 1 month to a year and a half.
|Age||number||Single serving (g)|
|Over 1.5 years||2||1500-2000|
This category includes the best dog food. They are distinguished by a special balance and a large percentage of meat components. They do not contain soy, and corn is added in a minimal amount.
Therefore, you can give super premium food to your pet all the time. You don’t even need to buy additional vitamin supplements, since the finished granules contain all the necessary elements in full. The energy value of such a product is 360-450 kcal.
What determines the daily rate
The daily feed rate is calculated taking into account the following characteristics:
- weight (normal, underweight, or overweight);
- the amount of physical activity during the day;
- obesity tendency.
These 4 factors are key, it is from them that you need to build on each time when calculating.
Don’t count on the charts that appear on any food package. The dosages in them are very often overestimated, in addition, when they are compiled by the manufacturers, not all the necessary indicators are taken into account.
In addition to the indicated mandatory points that affect the calculation of the daily rate, it is worth paying attention to purely individual moments. These include:
- living conditions (in the house or on the street);
- growth rate (depends on the breed);
- recovery period after illness.
The number of feedings and the amount of servings depending on the age
Young and adult animals need different amounts of energy consumed. It is logical that the number of approaches to the bowl and the portions themselves will not coincide for two generations. Now we will try to find out how much dry food should be given to the dog per day, based only on its age.
For adult dogs
An adult is a pet that has reached the age of one. From this point on, it must be slowly transferred to two meals a day.
And since you will have to feed the dog less than usual, then the question will arise of drawing up the correct portion size, so as not to overfeed the dog, but also not to leave him hungry.
|Daily allowance for an adult dog|
|Feed class||Volume of one serving (g)|
Feed class and energy value
The classification has identified three types of feed. They differ among themselves in composition, quality properties, calorie content and balance.
So that you can choose the right food and include it in your dog’s diet with peace of mind, we suggest that you carefully study each class.
Feeding dogs: norms, time, diet
The correct diet for your dog is one of the most important factors affecting your pet’s health. Dogs are unpretentious animals, refined taste is alien to them, so the owner’s task is to choose not only tasty, but also healthy food in accordance with the physiological needs of the pet. Needs are individual: they depend on age, workload, place of residence, time of year. A normal diet should include both animal and plant foods, fats, proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates, trace elements, mineral salts.
How to calculate the amount of food?
For adults, the rate of consumption of natural food is 3-4% of the weight. Accordingly, we calculate as follows: for a 15-kilogram dog, 15×0.04 = 0.6 kg or 600 grams of food will be required (0.04 is a coefficient denoting a percentage of body weight divided by 100%). 2/3 of the diet. meat and dairy products and 1/3. cereals and vegetables. For aging individuals, the amount is reduced to 2.5-3% of the mass, puppies are given more. up to 6%.
As for food, 400-600 grams of premium dry food is enough for large individuals (30-65 kilograms) per day. Medium breeds (15-30 kilograms). 300-400 grams. Representatives of small breeds (up to 15 kilograms). 150-300 grams. If the dog participates in sports competitions, hunts, then more feed can be given.
How to feed your dog?
The ration should consist of 2/3 of meat and offal and 1/3 of food of plant origin. Natural feed:
- Meat. lamb, beef, goat, horse meat. You can give raw, but pre-frozen meat and sometimes boiled. Cut into slices, you do not need to mince. Young meat is “scraped” into fibers. it is more convenient to do this if the piece is well frozen. Pork and fatty chunks of chicken cannot be given, but cartilage, tendons in limited quantities can be;
- By-products. udder, necks, liver, lung, scar. Give the liver and lungs no more than once a week, since raw these by-products are hard to digest, and it makes no sense to cook them;
- Bran is an excellent source of fiber (dietary fiber), very beneficial for dog digestion. They can be given along with meat or dairy products;
- Oil. you can gradually mix vegetable oils into meat porridge. sunflower, pumpkin, olive, linseed;
- Bones. Tubular bones should not be given as the dog may choke on them. It is best to cook broth on the bones. it turns out rich and nutritious. You can feed dogs cartilage and epiphyses of bones, give spongy chicken necks;
- Porridge. you can give cereal flakes (rye, oat, wheat), barley, rice, buckwheat, mixing it with vegetables, meat or fish. You can also cook porridge in broth, add raw quail or chicken eggs to it;
- Vegetables. carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, cucumber, pumpkin, beets, cabbage. You can boil with porridge or just grate raw. It is also useful to give greens. salad, parsley, dill;
- Dairy products. low-fat cottage cheese, kefir, yogurt, yogurt, milk is given only to puppies, since it is not assimilated in adults;
- Fish. no more than once a week, choose low-fat varieties of sea fish;
- Vitamin feeding. it is better to consult a veterinarian and choose the right complex.
You can feed your dog ready-made food. canned food, semi-dry or dry food. You cannot abruptly change one type of feed to another, you can give something new only in small portions. Choose quality feed. only they contain the required amount of trace elements.
When and how many times to feed the dog?
Large dogs eat more, but the calorie content of the portion can be purposely reduced. If the dog has to work a lot (sled, hunting breeds), and also if the dog is young, more food will be needed. It’s easy to find out if your pet has enough food: put a rationed portion in a bowl, after 15 minutes the container can be removed (even if there is food left). The dog should always have fresh drinking water. If the dog, after eating the prescribed portion, continues to bark and beg for food, the amount can be slightly increased.
Often, adults are fed twice: morning and evening at the same time. It is best to give food after a walk. then the pet will eat with appetite. 1-2 times a month, you can organize a fasting day, but often the dog itself knows when it needs to cleanse the body, so if the pet has no appetite for a day or two, this is quite normal.
Puppies up to 3 months old are fed every 4 hours according to the regimen, young individuals 3-7 months old. three times a day, then they are transferred to two meals a day.
Feeding Tips for Dogs
In the morning, it is better to give porridge with vegetables and meat, dairy products, try to diversify the pet’s diet, but do not mix, for example, meat and fish. In the evening, it is preferable to give only meat and vegetables, give less porridge, it can be seasoned a couple of times a week with olive or sunflower oil.
Fruit is not given to the dog, the exception is unsweetened apples. You cannot feed your pet with scraps from the table, sweets, smoked meats, boiled bones. Food should be warm and mushy. You can give dog biscuits and hard biscuits to animals. these are good for teeth and gums.
There should always be a bowl of fresh water on the dog’s dinner table. this is especially true if you are feeding dry or semi-dry mixtures. And is it worth reminding that all products should be fresh and of high quality. only such food will be really wholesome and nutritious.
As a rule, an adult dog is fed 2 times a day. in the morning and in the evening. Such a schedule, among other things, is also convenient, because many people go to work in the morning and return only in the evening.
Of course, you can feed the dog 3 times a day, which some owners do. This cannot be called wrong, but it is not recommended to do more than three meals a day.
How to calculate a dog’s diet according to the table?
The question of how to calculate the diet for a dog often arises before the owners. This is sometimes necessary to protect the pet from overeating, while not leaving him hungry, or to stock up on food for a specific period.
Feeding rates for the use of industrial rations for dogs are already defined by the manufacturer and are clearly indicated on the packaging. As a rule, they are presented in the form of a table, where several weight gradations are provided. Sometimes recommendations are also given for animals of different ages and activity levels.
Calculation of the daily value of dry dog food
To determine the daily rate for feeding a dog with dry food, you need to know the age and exact weight of the dog. In addition, the size of the animal, its lifestyle (active / domestic), character and breed play a role.
Consider also the fact that feeds of different classes have different levels of energy value, which also affects the calculations. For example, super premium food is usually higher in calories than economy food.
So how much dry food should you give your dog a day? The answer is usually contained directly on the packaging of the food you have purchased: manufacturers write how much of their product a dog needs per day, based on its size. True, these are still average norms. you may have to give your pet a little more food, or a little less.
How much food does a dog need per day?
How many dry granules a dog needs per day is not an idle question. After all, the best effect of feeding with a dry diet is achieved only with proper use.
The composition of the food is strictly calculated (at least for high-quality premium food and above), and the division into groups by age, size and physical activity of the dog is made for a reason.
Each brand has a feeding chart on the back of the package. It indicates how many grams a dog should be given per day, depending on its weight (puppy food still has a distinction by age).
How to understand that there is enough feed?
In order for the pet to have enough energy, nutrients and at the same time there is no excess of them, be sure to follow these norms. After observing the dog for a week, you can increase or decrease the dose, but only slightly. It is impossible to exceed the norm by two (or even three) times.
If you think that 250 grams per day is too little for your pet, fill the food with water and see then how much it swells. It grows to the same size in the gastrointestinal tract.
In addition, the concentration of nutrients per 100 grams of feed is much higher than in the natural food that you gave before.
Monitor your pet’s condition. On good dry food with normal physical activity, animals do not get fat, but maintain the correct body weight. If in a week or two feedings you notice that the dog has gained weight, this means:
By mistakenly buying food for puppies or active service dogs, your pet will consume a diet with more protein and fat than it needs. Accordingly, body weight increases.
Foods for small breeds are higher in calories than foods for medium and large dogs.
The same is true if the pet is losing weight. Wrong quantity (small), wrong variety, etc.
How to measure the right amount of pellets?
Look at the table on the package, pour it into the glass to the indicated number on the desired column. this will be the required amount.
Since a plastic cup is not very durable, you can additionally measure the correct level in the bowl, this will be more convenient.
How much water should a dog drink?
It is very easy to calculate the required amount of water. There should be two, two and a half times more water than dry food. For example, the daily drying rate is 300 grams, i.e. water will need 600-800 gr.
But you don’t need to force your pet to drink if he doesn’t want to. It is enough that he always has fresh and clean water available.
Remember to control the bowl, if the dog drinks too little (as much or less), add something tasty to the water, such as broth.
As you can see, it is very easy to determine the required dry ration rate, just know a few rules.
Titova Ekaterina (instructor of the Doggy Center)
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Every dog is unique
It is important to understand that the manufacturer’s recommendations for feed dosages are average values. The real needs of animals may be slightly higher or lower, depending on age, health, temperament and external conditions.
For example, outdoor watchdogs need more food in the cold season than their cousins from warm apartments. In contrast, older animals often have to cut back on their diet.
The need for food also decreases after sterilization (castration) surgery, as well as with some hormonal disorders.
To avoid overfeeding, monitor your dog’s shape and weigh it monthly if possible. In addition, the complexion of the dog can also be determined with the hands: with normal weight, the ribs should be palpable, but not protrude.
If you see that your dog is losing weight or gaining weight on the recommended diet, it is advisable to adjust the feed dosage by 10–20% in one direction or another.
In cases where this does not help, it is prudent to seek advice from a veterinarian.
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Calculation of the rate of feeding rations for dogs “Akana” and “Origen”
Take, as an example, the table compiled for feeding dogs with the Acana Wild Prairie Dog from the Regionals line, which is 70% animal-based.
As you can see, you don’t need a calculator and complicated math to calculate your dog’s diet. It is enough to know the current weight and activity level of your pet.
Dogs with one or more hours of physical activity in their life should be fed according to the recommendations in the “Increased Activity” column.
The rest will be satisfied with the rate indicated in the right column. “Reduced activity”.
Feeding dosages for puppies of different ages, pregnant and lactating dogs are listed at the bottom of the table:
- at 1-3 months, puppies need a double norm of an adult dog of the corresponding weight, at 3-6 months it needs to be increased by 50%, at 6-11 months. by 25%;
- in the first half of pregnancy, the dog needs a rate calculated by weight, plus 25% on top, in the second half of pregnancy. plus 50%;
- during lactation, the amount of food for a four-legged mother is not limited. Leave dry food freely available and refill the bowl as soon as it is empty.
How many times a day to feed the dog
Considering the above, let’s figure out how much you need to feed an adult dog per day and on what schedule.
How to calculate the daily allowance for weight?
The daily nutritional requirement for an animal will be determined by a combination of several factors. For example, based on the age of the dog and its size. This is also influenced by the characteristics of the reproductive system, since castrated and neutered animals experience a much greater appetite and hunger, and therefore need a special diet. Let’s take a closer look at all the features of determining the daily portion of dog food.
For adult dogs by weight
Serving size for adult dogs is determined not only by the weight category, but also by the degree of activity of the animal.
- For a two-kilogram animal leading an active lifestyle, 60 grams of food will be enough, and even 30 grams will be enough for a four-legged stay-at-home.
- Individuals whose weight reaches 5 kilograms, with active walking, a portion weighing 100 grams is needed, while an animal with a calm lifestyle will only need 60 grams.
- 160 grams is the daily daily portion of a 10-kilogram animal leading an active lifestyle. But a sluggard of the same weight category will have enough and 120 grams of dry food.
- For an active animal weighing 20 kilograms, the average daily portion should be approximately 300 grams, and for a passive pet. 180-200 grams.
- A dog weighing 30 kilograms needs a good portion of food. 400 grams, provided that the pet is regularly exercised. In their absence, 250 grams of feed will be enough.
- For a 40-kg dog, the serving size should be carefully selected in accordance with his lifestyle: for active dogs. 450-480 grams, for passive dogs. about 300 grams.
- 50-60 kilograms is a fairly large weight for a dog. Usually such pets are large, strong, but not very mobile, therefore, when calculating the daily ration, it is necessary to take into account training and training. For animals exercising more than 60 minutes a day. 550-650 grams of feed, for those whose training lasts less than 1 hour. 350-400 grams.
It should be borne in mind that the data presented here are averaged data, and each dry food manufacturer indicates on the packaging the recommended serving sizes for both one-time feeding and the daily allowance.
It’s no secret that puppies are more voracious than adult dogs, so it is especially important to correctly calculate the correct dosage when feeding them.
The first complementary feeding with dry food should be started from 1-1.5 months, gradually introducing the product into the diet and reducing the proportion of mother’s milk. From 1.5 to 3 months, the puppy should already completely switch to independent feeding, and during this period the daily feed rate should be equal to the double rate of an adult animal of the same breed. As the puppy grows, it needs a lot more nutrients.
For babies aged 3 to 6 months, portions should become smaller and instead of double the volume per day, one and a half will be enough. The main thing is to regularly take measurements in order to make sure that the puppy’s weight is being added correctly and without excess. Particular attention should be paid to 4-month-old animals, since during this period there is a sharp jump in their growth.
From 6 months to 1 year, portions should also be gradually reduced. The approximate daily dosage during this period is 1.25 times the norm for an adult dog. And starting from the age of one, the daily daily portion should be calculated solely on the basis of the breed characteristics and weight category of the dog.
It is worth noting that puppies are fed hourly in small portions. So the animal will feel full throughout the day, and the food will gradually enter the body, without stressing the stomach and digestive system.
How much food should you give your dogs a day??
Each owner cares about the health of his pet, especially when it comes to a growing puppy, the body of an adult dog or the health of an already aging animal. Feeding is an integral part of the healthy development and proper functioning of all organs of the animal, therefore it is very important to pay special attention to compiling the correct diet, taking into account the amount of feed consumed.
It can sometimes be difficult to determine the norm, but it is imperative to do so, as malnutrition and overeating can cause major health problems in an animal. Let’s take a closer look at how much food should be fed to the animal’s body every day and how to maintain a balance.
During pregnancy and lactation
During pregnancy, the dog’s body needs special support and a special feeding regime, since the animal’s strength is spent not only on the natural process of life, but also on bearing offspring.
If the owners have the opportunity, it is recommended to purchase special feed for animals in position, but if this is not possible, then the daily portion of feed should be slightly more than with normal feeding.
As a rule, the amount of food is determined based on the activity of the dog, and also taking into account the fact that a pregnant dog should eat 30-50% more food than a regular animal.
As for the lactation period, here you need to treat the diet with special attention. Since at this time the dog’s body is most stressed, and most of the nutrients and vitamins are spent on feeding the puppies, it is necessary to provide it with free access to food in any quantity.
Overeating in this case is excluded, since the animal will eat based on the needs of the body.
Dosage by brand
Many manufacturers set their own daily dosage for dog food. Most often, detailed instructions are located on the back of the package, and you can measure the required amount using a measuring cup or a special measuring spoon. If there is no such tool, then you can use an ordinary tablespoon, which on average holds 20 grams of dry food without a slide.
Let us consider in more detail the dosage of feed from various manufacturers in the form of a table.
Pedigree is an economy class food that veterinarians do not recommend feeding pets, but some still prefer it.
Calculating the number of calories per day
Here are the calculation formulas and a reference table.
Calculating the number of calories per day for dogs weighing up to 2 kilograms PU (kcal / day) = 2 [70 x (mass (kg.) 0.75]. Where 0.75. Is the power to which the current weight should be raised) Calculation of the number of calories per day for dogs weighing 2 or more kilograms of PE (kcal / day) = 2 [30 x (mass (kg.)) 70]
An approximate calculation of calorie intake per day, depending on the weight of the dog:
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The table of calorie consumption in accordance with the weight of the pet will open when you press more details.
Calculation: How much food to give the dog
Determination of the feeding rate in grams
And finally, the final of our calculations.
We multiply the calculated number of calories by the “weight” of one calorie. Continuing the example with the poodle, we consider: 232 (kcal) 0.25 (gram / kcal) = 58 grams of dry food per day.
Do not forget to compare the obtained result with the “factory” calculation indicated on the package. If you observe a strong discrepancy, then the food was chosen incorrectly. Giving your pet a little bit of high-calorie food or plenty of dietary food is not the best idea. In addition to calories, the pet receives trace elements with food, the lack or excess of which can also affect health.
Despite the fact that we tried to determine the energy consumption of the dog as accurately as possible, the calculated indicator still remains approximate. In most dogs, the real energy requirement is in the range from 65% to 135% of the “table” norm. Therefore, you, as a responsible owner, must constantly monitor the nutritional status of the pet and, if necessary, adjust the daily portion of dog food to a smaller or larger side. And do not forget to consider the calorie content of treats if you give them to your dog.
correction factor correction
correction factor correction
After you have calculated the PU, this indicator must be adjusted depending on the characteristics of the pet’s behavior. Remember, at the very beginning of the article, we said that every dog is an individual? So let’s determine her individual calorie needs! To do this, multiply the calculated PE size by one or more coefficients from the table.
After multiplying the PU by the individual coefficients, we get the number of calories your pet needs to receive per day. For example, a lazy poodle weighing 2.5 kg, who lives in an apartment, will need 2900.8 = 232 kcal per day. It remains to “translate” them into feed.
Converting Calories to Required Feed
We are looking for information on the calorie content on the package. Please note that it can be specified in terms of 1 kg or 100 grams. Our task is to determine how many grams of feed contains one kilocalorie of energy. For example, let’s take a feed with a caloric content of 4000 kcal / kg. Divide 1000 (gram) by 4000 (kcal) and get 0.25 grams. This figure will not change until you change feed, so you can write it down with a marker on the package.
Wet feed: calculating the amount of product
The portion volume of wet food is calculated in the same way as dry food: the daily dose of the product, which corresponds to the weight of the animal, is divided by the daily number of meals. In this case, as noted earlier, it is necessary to take into account the degree of activity of the dog, age and other factors. Information on the average amounts of wet dog food per meal is shown below:
|Pet weight, kg||The need for a dog in feed, g|
|Up to 5||410||205-137|
There is a way to check that the correct amount of food is being measured regardless of what food the dog is eating. Ideally, the pet should eat everything without a trace, and then not give up the treat. If he chooses the most delicious cuts, leaving the food in the bowl, the portion can be reduced. If the animal eats all the food and gains weight, you also need to reduce the portions. In the event that a four-legged friend licks the bowl clean and after that begs for something edible, the amount of food should be increased.
How many times a day should the puppy be fed??
There are certain nutritional standards for puppies up to 1 year old, which should be adhered to by each owner of such a pet. When determining the daily frequency of feeding a dog, you need to follow a simple rule: the younger the pet, the more often it needs to be fed. You need to give food to a four-legged friend strictly according to the schedule, information about which is presented in the table:
If you stick to this eating pattern, your puppy will grow up to be a healthy and active dog. This should be done in order for the dog to delight the owner for a long time with a good mood and vigor, since his life expectancy largely depends on nutrition.
How often should an adult dog be fed?
How many times a day should an adult dog eat? The dog should be fed twice a day: in the morning and in the evening. Some owners of these pets give food to their four-legged friend 3 times, but it is better not to do this and stick to 2 times feeding.
For pregnant bitches, there is no need to change the feeding schedule during the first weeks of gestation. The daily dose of feed is increased only in the second month of pregnancy. The amount of food during this period should be increased by 1.5 times. At the same time, it is recommended to give food to the expectant mother not 2, but 3 times a day. In the last weeks of pregnancy, the frequency of feeding increases up to 4 times.
How to calculate the feed portion?
A dog’s diet can consist of ready-made dry or wet food, as well as natural food prepared by the owner. At the same time, they cannot be mixed, the dog can only be given one type of food. There are certain norms for calculating the volume of a portion of natural food, dry and wet food. If you follow them, the dog’s nutrition will be complete and balanced. accordingly, it will be healthy and active.
How much dry food does a dog need at one time??
On the packaging of the feed, manufacturers indicate information regarding its dosage. To calculate the amount of product per meal, it is necessary to divide the daily dosage corresponding to the weight of the pet by pure feedings per day. The resulting figure will be the volume of a single serving. The daily norm for pets up to 6-7 months exceeds the norm for adult dogs by 1.5 times.
Calorie content of finished feed and natural products
Calorie content is an important factor that determines the energy value of a dog’s diet. It is useful to know that 100 g of economy class feed contains 250–300 kcal, premium class. 300–350 kcal, super premium. 350–450 kcal. Data on the energy value of different types of ready-made dog food are presented in the table:
When preparing your own dog food, you should focus on the nutritional value of each product. The calorie requirement of a dog is calculated based on age, weight and physical activity. The table provides data on how many calories a pet needs per day on average:
|Dog age, months||The number of calories a dog needs per 1 kg of body weight|
If your dog is exercising for about an hour a day, he needs to increase his calorie intake by 1/3, corresponding to his age and weight. Pregnant and lactating bitches, regardless of whether it is a pug or a great dane, require 1/4 more calories than pets that are not carrying offspring. Obese animals, on the other hand, are reduced in calories by 20-25%, for older dogs. by 10-15%.
How many times a day do you need to feed an adult dog and a puppy, how much food to give: table of norms by age and weight
Feeding dogs at different ages has certain norms. Frequency of feeding is also important. So, the puppy needs more frequent meals. Having decided to get a dog, you must first study the rules for feeding these animals. If you ignore them, this will negatively affect not only the appearance of the dog, but also his health, significantly reducing his life expectancy.
What determines the daily feed dose, portion size and frequency of feedings of the dog?
The pet’s diet should be formulated in such a way that it does not remain hungry and does not overeat. To do this, you must be able to correctly determine the volume of a single serving of food and know how many times a day to give the animal food. The daily feed intake depends on:
- the energy value of the product;
- living conditions of the dog (dogs living on the street require more high-calorie food).
When calculating the feed dose, it also takes into account whether the pet is pregnant or lactating. When determining the volume of a single serving, 2 main factors are important:
- The weight of the animal. Larger dogs (Great Dane, St. Bernard, Chow Chow) need more food than smaller dogs (Pekingese, lapdogs, pugs).
- Physical activity level. The more active the dog, the more food it needs to replenish energy. If an animal weighs 5 kilograms and spends less than 1 hour on the street every day, it needs about 60 grams of feed (in granules). If the duration of physical activity exceeds 60 minutes per day, the portion of food must be increased by at least 30 grams.
How much dry food to give a puppy at 2 months?
The amount of dry food a puppy needs per day depends on the breed, that is, its size as an adult, and its actual weight at a given time. You can determine the daily allowance according to the table contained on each package of dry food, and there is no single figure, because each product is slightly different in composition and calorie content.
How to find the treasured number?
The tables on the packages of all dry food are built approximately the same, but there are still slight differences between them. They depend on whether the diet is intended for puppies of all breeds or only for very specific ones. large, small or medium.
First, let’s look at the feeding norms for a diet designed for puppies of all breeds, and consider them using the example of Blitz food with chicken.
|Puppy age in weeks||Puppy weight, kg|
|Daily rate, grams per day|
So, as you can see, in order to determine the RDA, you will definitely need to know the weight of your puppy. We advise you not to rely on sensations, but to weigh the baby. this is definitely recommended to do not only to calculate the rate of dry food, but also to monitor its development.
So, we take the puppy in our arms, get on the floor scales, which usually give an error of only 100 g, then we do the same procedure again, but without the pet. The difference between the obtained figures will be the weight of the puppy.
Then you need to find in the left column the baby’s age in weeks (2 months is eight weeks) and the weight, say, 1.5 kg. in our table, it corresponds to the value “1-2” kg. The treasured figure will be located at the intersection of the two corresponding lines. It doesn’t matter that it varies from 108 to 112 kg, the amount of feed you need will be in the middle. 110 g.
The situation is a little simpler with the table of feeding norms for a ration intended for dogs of different sizes. Let’s look at the example with Blitz food again, only this time for small and medium-sized puppies.
|Adult dog weight||6-12||12-16||16-28||28-35|
|0.5-1 kg||54-108 g||47-84 g||42-84 g||–|
|1-2 kg||108-111 g||84-91 g||84-91 g||72-84 g|
|2-3 kg||111-166 g||91-136 g||91-136 g||84-108 g|
|3-5 kg||166-274 g||136-245 g||136-188 g||108-166 g|
|5-10 kg||274-406 g||245-377 g||188-330 g||166-245 g|
|10-15 kg||410-547 g||377-493 g||330-439 g||245-354 g|
|15-25 kg||547-708 g||493-627 g||439-566 g||354-467 g|
Here you no longer need to know the current weight of the puppy, but just have information about its weight in adulthood. It can be found on any breed site or ask the breeder.
Knowing that your puppy will weigh 5 kg when he grows up, you need to determine the right figure in accordance with the age of the baby. Since the spread of values is often found in the tables of feeding rates, the average values should be taken into account. So, using the tables, you can determine exactly how much dry food to give a puppy at 2 months a day.
How much dry food to feed the puppy at a time
This is a very important point, because dogs should not be fed, like cats, by giving them all or even half of the daily allowance at a time. Puppies at 2 months are fed about five times a day. that’s how many parts you need to divide the daily norm. It is not necessary to do this exactly, the puppy can eat a little less in one meal and more in the other, this is not scary, the main thing is that the food of a young dog is never freely available.
If the puppy has not finished eating or even refused to eat at all, the bowl should be removed immediately before the next meal. Most dogs do not control their appetite, they must learn from childhood to eat strictly at a certain time and know: if you have not finished eating, you will not get anything until another time.
This not only reliably insures the puppy against overeating, but also forms the correct eating habits, eliminates the risk of later encountering begging. one of the most unpleasant traits of a dog’s character, which does not arise by itself, but is actively “brought up” by the owner.