Dr. Diane Krumanaker, Montgomery Animal Hospital - "How much should I feed my pet?"

Dr. Diane Krumanaker, Montgomery Animal Hospital - "How much should I feed my pet?" 1: How old is your pup? Growing puppies need food labeled for growth. Once your pet is spayed or neutered, switch to adult food because their metabolism will slow slightly. Pregnant and nursing mothers need growth food. Adult and senior dogs should eat food labeled for adult maintenance only. If the food is labeled "for all life stages" it is too rich for all but the most active adults because it's actually meeting the needs of growing or nursing dogs. 2. How is the food tested? The AAFCO statement will tell you whether the food is formulated to meet the needs of... or if feeding trials were conducted to test the food. Feeding trials are usually preferable to formulation since they prove that none of the ingredients were toxic. So, how much food do I give? Most important - your pet needs less food than the label on the bag says. A very general rule of thumb: 10lb dog - 1/2 cup per day 20lb dog - 1 cup per day 30lb dog - 1 1/2 cups per day 50lb - 2 1/2 cups per day 75lb dog - 3 3/4 cups per day 85lb dog - 4 cups per day

Dr. Diane Krumanaker, Montgomery Animal Hospital - "How much should I feed my pet?"