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How Much Food is Right for My Dog?

When you read the label on the bag of dog food, do you follow the recommended amount per serving? 

These amounts listed are for the average dog in that weight range. It doesn’t take into account what isn’t “average.” 

If we’re looking at an average, it would be somewhere in the middle. But to get this average, not everything is within that middle range. There are also highs and lows that come along with this. It’s important to know where your animal stands in this sense. 

In terms of appetite, the lows would range somewhere along anorexia. Maybe your dog doesn’t have an appetite at all and you have to try to hand feed them so they eat something. 

On the other end, you have the ravenous eaters that are by the food bowl 24/7. And of course, in the middle are the average pets. They eat when you put the bowl in front of them, but know when their stopping point is. 

When you know where your pet stands in terms of appetite, you can take the serving size recommendations on the label with a grain of salt. If your pet has a huge appetite, you wouldn’t want them going hungry and would of course feed them extra. 

The same goes for the opposite end of the spectrum. If your pet struggles to eat, it may be difficult to feed them the full serving size listed. It’s crucial to listen to and know your pet so that you can feed them the appropriate amounts. 

The important thing here is to try and figure out where your animal stands. Aside from just eating there are other important curves of life that are useful to know where your animal stands. Examples include: 

  • Appetite (Rarely eating to always eating).
  • Thirst (Rarely drinks anything to the ones gulping down water any chance they get). 
  • Ease of stool passage (Ranging from constipated to frequently passing multiple times a day).
  • Reactivity to stimuli (Startles easily to anything new all the way to barely able to get their attention). 
  • Reactivity to foods (Can only eat a limited diet or they feel awful all the way to eating whatever is in sight). 
  • Body Temperature (Can never get warm enough ranging to loving the snow and being in freezing temperatures). 

The point of listing these is that it’s important to know where your animal stands. Not everything is a “one size fits all” and knowing where your pet is at on that curve can help you. This is especially true if you ever hire a veterinary homeopath to help your animal. They will need to know specifics about your animal in order to treat them, and the list above will especially help with that.

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