How Much Should I Feed My Pet?

Updated: Jun 16

Do you feel unsure about how much food your pet needs on a daily basis? When you feed processed food, the bag gives some guidelines about how much to feed and when you feed raw, there are some basic instructions as well. But what if I told you, it’s not just about what it says on the bag? In today’s blog, we are going to talk about the best way to feed your pet to ensure they are getting enough (or not too much) and why feeding the exact same amount every day might not be the best approach.


There Is No One Size Fit's All When It Comes To Feeding

We get a ton of questions about how much food to feed pets. And it’s always a really tough question to answer. The reason being that animals are individuals with their own unique metabolisms and energy levels. Factors that go into deciding how much to feed include age, weight, what their ideal weight should be, exercise and, even health challenges can affect the amount of food your pet needs. My best advice: FEED THE ANIMAL IN FRONT OF YOU.


Let me explain.


Whether you feed raw or something else, it’s important to make a daily assessment about what to feed. This is especially true for animals that do performance sports or have very active lives. It’s also true for young animals who are constantly growing and changing. What you fed yesterday might not be appropriate today. So while we can give you charts and labels with feeding recommendations, it cannot take the place of your observational skills. All things must be considered in order to make decisions about how much to feed your fur family members.


The Determining Factors For Feeding

  1. Age

  2. De-sexed Pets Vs Intact Pets

  3. Breed

  4. Weight

  5. Activity Level

  6. Health Challenges

  7. Caloric Value Food

Age

Whatever age your pet is, it matters for determining how much to feed. Young puppies may eat anywhere from 4-6% of their own bodyweight at certain stages of development. Adults can range in their caloric needs depending on whether they are sterilized vs. intact, giant breed vs. miniature, a working dog or just a companion, healthy or suffering from health challenges. In their senior years, pets can have a reduction in their metabolism which often results in them needing less food.