Dog Food Calculator


The Dog Food Calculator below can help you estimate the proper serving size for your pet. It’s based upon a study published by a respected veterinary institute.1

To use the calculator, you’ll need to know your dog’s ideal weight. This is what you believe your pet should weigh.

You’ll also need to know the number of calories in the specific dog food you’re feeding him.

Dog Food Calculator
Step 1
Your dog's ideal weight

pounds   kilograms

Step 2
Your dog's activity level

Step 3
Your dog food's calories per serving

kcal / cup

The calculator’s formula2 uses a dog’s metabolic weight to suggest an approximate serving size.

Dog Food Calculator

The Dog Food Calculator was designed for adult dogs only… not for puppies. 

And it should never be used for pregnant or lactating females.

Small breeds are considered adults at about 9 to 12 months of age. And medium breeds at about 12 to 14 months.3

However, large and giant breeds shouldn’t be fed as adults until they reach around 1 to 2 years — depending upon the breed.4

Overweight Dogs

If you believe your dog might be overweight, be sure to choose the “Overweight” option for “Your dog’s activity level”.

Otherwise, the recommended serving size will likely be too high.

And for help, be sure to visit our Best Dog Foods for Weight Loss article.

Senior Dogs

Older dogs have significantly lower energy needs than younger ones. So, it’s easy for them to put on extra weight.

In general, small to medium dogs are considered seniors at about seven years of age.  However, larger breeds reach senior status much sooner — some as early as five.5

Converting From Calories
to Serving Size

Once you’ve entered your dog’s ideal weight and activity level, you’ll know the number of calories per day.

However, to convert calories into something you can use, you’ll need to enter the number of calories in your dog’s food.

The number of calories in a given amount of dog food is known as its metabolizable energy (ME, for short). It’s usually reported somewhere on a dog food package like this…

  • Calories per cup (kcal/cup)
  • Calories per kilogram (kcal/kilogram)

By the way, the calculator assumes you’re feeding your dog just once a day.

If you prefer to feed your dog twice a day, be sure to divide your result in half so that both meals add up to the full daily calories suggested.

The Bottom Line

Since every dog is unique, it’s impossible to predict the serving size that’s perfect for each pet.

So, start with the package’s feeding instructions — or the amount suggested by our calculator.

And be sure to weigh your dog every few weeks.

Then, simply adjust that suggested serving size up or down to reach and maintain your pet’s ideal weight.

Sure, it’s a little work. But in the end, it’s the only real life method you can scientifically rely on.

Final Word

This tool is intended for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional veterinary advice.


  1. Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition (1999), Canine Life Stages and Lifestyles, The Waltham Course on Dog and Cat Nutrition, p. 14
  2. ME (kcal/day) = 110 (body weight in kilograms)0.75 to maintain a typical adult dog
  3. Iams, “How to Transition Your Puppy to Adult Food
  4. Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition (1999), Canine Life Stages and Lifestyles, The Waltham Course on Dog and Cat Nutrition, p. 4
  5. Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition (1999), Canine Life Stages and Lifestyles, The Waltham Course on Dog and Cat Nutrition, p. 16

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  1. Sandra Statner says:

    Your post caught my eye because I also have a 5 year old pug, weighing 17lbs (another runt). I currently feed her 1/4 cup dry food 2x a day. Her doc just put her on Royal Canin Urinary SO dry food because she had a bad UTI. The bag says to give double what I normally give her. Pugs have a tendency to get fat (all my previous pugs were overweight) and I want to keep her weight down to 16 – 17 lbs. I came here to this calculator and it came out to be about .7 lb (2x) a day (more than double what I give now). I will discuss with her vet.

  2. See this website that provides calories / cup for popular brands.

  3. Ok, that makes more sense then. I don’t have much experience with freeze dried food. I did, however, just buy some freeze dried tripe. Hoping it’s not as stinky as the frozen stuff.
    The feeding charts are only a guide line. Sounds like you are getting it figured out though. Best of luck with your pup!

  4. It’s worked out for my pugs to eat 2% of their body weight per day and they’ve been eating raw for a couple of years. It might be 1.5% during the summer for low activity and 2.5% during months they get exercise (Oct-April).

  5. Storm's Mom says:

    Are you sure you got 0.41 cups/day and not 0.41 kg/day (which would work out to 1.7 cups/day)? When I inputted the MEKcal/kg for the Chicken (1583 – the # in the line above kcal/oz on their website), I got 0.31kg/day for a 16lb dog, which works out to 1.3 cups/day…which sounds about right.

  6. If you’re saying that 147 kcals per ounce is accurate, then I’d agree with the DFA recommendation of .41 cups per day.

  7. Storm's Mom says:

    Which specific variety of NWN are you feeding? It sounds like you might be using the kcal/ounce total for your dog’s entire daily intake. The kcal/ounce amount you’re supposed to use doesn’t take into account any dog’s weight, it’s just the amount on the package, not multiplied by any amount.

  8. Zoe May Puglet says:

    Yes, you are correct. The kcal/oz of Northwest Naturals Frozen Nuggets is 48 kcal/oz. I should have stipulated that I was speaking of the kcal/oz of Northwest Naturals Freeze-Dried Nuggets which are 147 kcal/oz. If you read the labels for each you’ll see those numbers are accurate.

    Thanks for your input. 🙂

  9. Zoe May Puglet says:

    Thanks for replying so quickly. Yes, I did double the kcal per ounce and it is 147. I recalculated and once again got 0.41 oz (1/2 cup) per day. I then calculated using the Northwest Naturals feeding guidelines for “weight maintence/weight loss” for a 16 lb dog and got 26 nuggets per day, and when I crushed and packed the 26 nuggets into an 8 oz measuring cup I got exactly 1 cup/8 oz (Two servings of 1/2 cup/4 oz a day). That’s the calculation I expected based on past experiences with both Primal and Stella & Chewy’s, so as you can imagine the calculation I got from the Dog Food Advisor reeeally had me scratching my head!

    I just spoke to my vet (a highly respected DVM who feeds his dogs Northwest Naturals) and he confirmed that the Dog Food Advisor calculation I came up with was wrong and the Northwest Naturals calculation I got is correct. I don’t know why the Dog Food Advisor calculator came up with such a low number (4 oz a day would be perfect for my friend’s 8 lb Chihuahua but would starve my 16 lb Pug!). In any event I need to go with my past experience with other raw freeze-dried foods plus my vet’s expertise.

    Anywho…Thank you for your input. 🙂

  10. Crazy4cats says:

    Yeah, I think that DogFoodie is correct. Your calories per ounce is way too high if you are feeding their raw frozen nuggets. They only average about 50 calories per ounce.

    Here is a link to their website:

    I bought a small battery operated kitchen scale that is helpful when trying to determine how much to feed when the manufacturer uses weight as their measurement. I like NW Natural Nuggets. Good luck!

  11. I’m sure you’ve double checked, but that kcal per ounce sounds really high to me.

  12. Zoe May Puglet says:

    I’m sooo confused. I just started feeding my 5 year old Pug Northwest Naturals Nuggets. She’s currently 17 lb but her ideal weight is 16 lb (she’s a runt). So I input 16 lb for her weight and “Typical” activity level. According to NWN the “Caloric Content” is 147 kcal/oz. There is no information on kcal/cup anywhere on the bag. Therefore if I convert ounces to a cup (8 oz = 1 cup) I get 1176 kcal/cup. So my calculation is based on a 16 lb dog, typical activity level, and 1176 kcal/cup. But when I click on “Calculate” I’m told “Your dog requires 487 kcal/day; Feed your dog 0.41 cups/day.” That’s clearly not right, so what am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance for help.

  13. DinaKouveliotes says:

    What is the definition of active vs highly active for the dog food calculator?

  14. How’s her body condition, Wendy? What are the kcals on the food you’re feeding? It sounds like you’re feeling quite a bit. Your dog isn’t that much bigger than mine and she’s getting well more than twice what my dog gets.

    What you need to figure out is why she lost hair in the first place. Food intolerances, seasonal allergies, etc., can all contribute to hair loss. If she’s been cleared by the vet and has no medical issues; ie: thyroid, you might look at a more limited ingredient food with appropriate levels of protein and fat, that’s a bit lower in carbs. You might also consider adding an Omega 3 supplement in the form of salmon or krill, or even better feed tinned sardines two or theree times weekly.

  15. my dog is a shepherd/Russell Terrier mix, was told she was going to be a
    small dog…she now weighs 97 lbs at 1 year 2 months, and was told to feed
    her puppy food til she was 1 1/2 years old at 11 months old. She eats 5 1/2 cups a day, and will eat more if she gets the chance. I changed her to hill’s
    science adult and she lost her hair on her back end and legs. Switched back to Hill science puppy food and all hair came back. She is approaching that 1 1/2 mark and dont know which food to feed her to keep from loosing her hair again and if I only feed her the 4.38 cups / day as recommended she will be eating the other dogs food. I need help finding her a food she will like and will fill her up at her recommended amount, so she wont be a pig dog.

  16. Jessica Martin says:

    make sure you’re using the correct measurement in step three. Theres a good chance you’ve got it set to kcal/cup and put in the measurements in kcal/kg

  17. For toy breeds, yes. All others, no. But food wise, you dog’s intake may or may not be at an adult level.

  18. depends on mature size of the dog. large breeds aren’t fed as adults until a year. giant breeds are sometimes fed as puppies even up to 2 years of age.

  19. Tessia Mason says:

    Isn’t at 6 months when a dog is considered an adult?

  20. Even when you enter everything right, this calculator is based on adult weight. There is no setting for puppies.

  21. Storm's Mom says:

    What size dog is she? I do find that I feed a bit less than the calculator, generally…

  22. April French Leavitt says:

    I am feeding her an adult portion. Now it recommends to feed her 3 1/2 c a day which seems super high. She’s almost at target weight

  23. Storm's Mom says:

    No problem! If the kcal/cup listed on the bag is significantly different than 400kcal/cup (more than a 25 kcal/cup difference), input try that number above rather than using the 400kcal/cup as a guide.

  24. Tessia Mason says:

    Thank you!

  25. Storm's Mom says:

    I put 400 kcal/cup for a 32lbs active dog, and I got 2.33 cups/day.

  26. Tessia Mason says:

    This is what I had put

  27. Storm's Mom says:

    As mentioned in the post above, I’m guessing that you also put in the kcal/kg instead of kcal/cup, or
    forgot to click on the radio button to change to kcal/kg. The kcal/cup # should be somewhere between 350-500, while the kcal/kg number would be up over 3000.

    To answer your question, I would feed her the adult portion.

  28. Storm's Mom says:

    I’m gonna guess that you put in the kcal/kg instead of kcal/cup, or forgot to click on the radio button for kcal/kg. The kcal/cup # should be somewhere between 350-500.

  29. Tessia Mason says:

    I am confused. A little help please! My pitbul mix puppy just turned 6 months today and weighs 32 lbs and she is active. How much should I feed her? I used the dog food calculator but it doesn’t sound right. 0.27 cups once a day?

  30. April French Leavitt says:

    So this is recommending to feed 0.32 cup a day. She is almost an adult. Will be one in a couple of weeks. Should I double that because she’s a young adult or keep as is? I put she’s active

  31. LabsRawesome says:

    It depends on the calories per cup of food, and if the dog is active or not.

  32. Not my dog. It depends on activity level and the number of calories per cup. My 12 lb dog eats foods that have about 500 calories per cup and she get 1 cup and is very fit and trim.

  33. Daniel Knox says:

    1 cup is still to much for a 10lb dog!

  34. Daniel Knox says:

    don’t feed at the high end of recommended amounts unless your dog is very active!

  35. Daniel Knox says:

    cut her food by 25% and check her weight weekly it’s different for every dog….my dachshund was eating 1 cup a day and he was 20.2 lbs i had to cut him to 1/2 c….i cut him to 3/4 daily no weight loss….cut him to 1/2 c daily and he lost weight….weight loss only happens when they are in a negative caloric balance just like us humans….then you need to maintain proper feeding….i just started feeding him 2/3 c daily and will watch to see if he gains or his weight remains static.

  36. Dog Catered Dinners says:

    A further idea, as working in the field you, I can appreciate your time constraints (the fact you still care for your girl, truly shows your a good mum).. 🙂

    Back to the idea, if possible (and I have know idea what your area is like), see if a local health food cafe etc could prepare the meals, for both of you 🙂 pick up and feed.

    A good kj count per day for her, working on light activity is about 1240kj to 1280kj if that may help.

    Once she losses the weight you want her to, just adjust her food (increase it). The meal make up in my previous comment is about
    1391.19kj with beef and

    1117.45 with chicken.

    Enjoy and keep on doing a great job as mum and surgeon.


  37. Crazy4dogs says:

    I found this link for feeding puppies, but I’m not sure how reliable it is. The key to feeding a large breed dog (I’m assuming GR means Golden Retriever) is not to allow them to grow too fast too quickly to prevent bone and joint disorders. I’m also including a link to DFA’s info on large breed puppy food and there are some of the discussions on the forum side of this site on large breed specific puppy foods. Good luck with your pup! 🙂

  38. Hi Leia’s Mom,

    Here is a comprehensive article on weight loss.

    Caloric needs can vary greatly from any calculated value. My preference would be to determine how many total daily calories she is taking in now and then decrease by 20% and adjust as necessary for weight loss.

    You may need to move to a diet designed for weight loss to ensure all her nutrient needs are met during the weight loss phase. Feeding a food lower in fat than Acana WP will allow you to feed a greater volume which can be helpful with satiety.

  39. Hi

    Welcome to DFA, could you take a look at my back please 😉

    Have you considered feeding Leia a dehydrated or canned food diet? They are both much less processed and much more aligned with a dog’s natural diet than dry foods.

    They are plenty of people here who would be happy to provide you with some suggestions.

    You could also take a look at the 5 star canned and dehydrated foods that are reviewed right here on DFA.

    For a more in depth look into dog foods you could take a look at the Editors Choice section and see if joining would be of benefit to you.

    Good Luck!!!

  40. I think you get a great dog mom award too…

    Have you looked at Orijen or other higher protein foods. For a long time it was believed that protein caused weight gain but that is all changing. The Journal of Nutrition has two good papers on the topic. If interested, they are
    1. “High-Protein Low-Carbohydrate Diets Enhance Weight Loss in Dogs”
    2. “Weight Loss in Obese Dogs: Evaluation of a High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate Diet”

    The protein amounts in these diets could be hard to achieve with kibble only but freeze dried or canned diets could be added to, or fed instead of, kibble.

    Edited to add — She is absolutely adorable!!!

  41. My 12 lb dog eats 1 cup of Acana, but she is very active, so maybe 1 cup will be a good amount for your dog. After you have fed it for a week or so, re-evaluate your pups weight. You may need to adjust the amount you feed a few times before you find the correct amount. I live in FL too and find that I have to adjust food amounts according to the time of year as well as our activity level.

  42. Leia's_mom says:

    Wow!!! This is AMAZING. I am really blown away. However, I am a full time neurosurgeon, and seldom have time to cook for myself, let alone pre-pare ALL this for Leia (not that I wouldn’t want to, trust me I would!).
    When I do have fresh cooked meals at home when she isn’t at the hospital with me, she gets it mixed in at home, but I don’t have time with the hours I work (sometimes 36 hour shifts) to make these meals!
    I wish I was as good of a dog mom! But I Acana is great because it can come to the hospital staff from where leis sleeps with me!

  43. Dog Catered Dinners says:

    Hi Leia’s Mom.. I run Dog Catered Dinners (Australia) (refer Facebook page) so probably not an option for you, however depending on how much work you want to put in, this may be a diet that works for Leia.

    Please note I am unsure if there are any allergies, so to ensure that this issues is addressed I would feed for 4-5 days the following (I will explain as I go)

    1st week -, Make up boiled SWEET POTATO (gold med (orange) and TURMERIC (good for skin and round health about teaspoon per kg)) looks the most appealing to our eyes) and PUMPKIN (I use butternut (I think you refer to it as butternut squash), you can cook both with the skin on just a quick clean. First day just give her a tablespoon keep the normal food as is (this just to test for allergies). If you notice no adverse reactions (she may have a little diarrhoea as this is a new food, however if she shows no other systems like lethargy, drinking excessive water, refusing to eat any food, vomiting. I would feel comfortable that it is just the new food. For the following 4-5 days reduce the normal dog food by about 30 grams and replace with the sweet potato and pumpkin mix (cooked is easier for a dog to absorb the nutrients from the food.)

    2nd week – Make a mix of BROCCOLI, CABBAGE, CARROT, CAULIFLOWER, CARROTS, GREEN BEANS, TURMERIC (good for skin and round health about teaspoon per kg). Do as the above (reduce by approx 30 grams), however if there is some sort of reaction, you may have to test each component to see what Leia is having a reaction to.The only difference is do not include the sweet potato and pumpkin and maintain the current dog food feed.

    3rd week – Make up beans, BORTOLIO BEANS, KIDNEY BEANS, YELLOW SPLIT PEAS, CHICKPEAS. The Kidney beans maybe the ones that dont agree, but they should not cause any harm. In the stools if you not the Kidney beans have not been digested, just exclude from mix. Do as above however, reduce the food of about 40g and replace with about 20grams for beans.

    4th week – cooked meat/poultry or really fresh raw (chicken breast or turkey, red meat or fish – later on you can mix it up, one week chicken/turkey, the next fish, then back to meat) (I like cooking my meat as it kills bacteria). Test (unless you already know she can handle it) as above, however this time you remove the remaining amount of food you would feed her of dog food.

    Example, if you give 100 grams of dog food in one meal, once you remove the 30g veggies, 30 grams sweet potato and pumpkin, 20g beans you are left with 20 grams. You would give her 20grams meat, if you give her 150 grams of dog food in one meal, then increase by about 10% on each for every 10 gram so it would be 45 gram for veggies, 45 grams for sweet potato and pumpkin mix and 30 grams of beans, with meat being 30 grams.

    This may change over time as Leia looses weight and you want to increase one and decrease the other, however this is the approximate ratio.

    5th Week – replace the dog food with the above, as a total meal (add green lips mussels and reduce the meat or replace the meat fully with them every so often, again massive health benefits for skin and processing of other foods).

    As the food is really healthy I would reduce her food to about 250 grams per day either 125 twice or 250 grams in one meal. If this seems to low and Leia is really hungry give her the below snacks. Try and not give to much pineapple and apple as they are high in sugar, but if you give a good mix then you should be okay.

    If you are concerned about reduced calcium in her diet, once she starts eating the whole dinners, grind up egg shell (as fine as possible and 3 or 4 days a week sprinkle this over her meals (1 or 2 meals).

    Snacks would be pineapple, apples (not the core as the seed have cyanide in them), blueberry/strawberry/blackberry/raspberry (blueberry is the best however), paw paw (papaya) , carrots, banana, fresh green beans, roasted chickpeas to name just a few.

    It will probably take about 1 month to notice a weight loss.

    You should also notice that her fur remain soft and lush and she will have more energy (sometime I regret this in my puppies but that is all part of being a parent).

    As with children, even if she turns her nose up at she will eat it especially if you serve it with a little bit of warmth. The above can be served cold in summer and heated in winter. Once you start noticing the weight lose and you want to mix the meals up even further, try giving her minced chicken frame as breakfast or as one meal a day (I feed twice and heaps of foods, lots of healthy treats). I have two large dogs and they are very healthy you can see them on my facebook page.

    The above takes effort, however the results are well worth it. Good luck and feel free to contact me if you have any question.


  44. Hmm, so this calc recommend 1.10 cups of food a day. Opinions anyone? My 32lb small one year old goldendoodle, Leia, who is overweight, she should only be 25-27 pounds can’t shed those extra pounds! I’ve recently switched her to Acana wild P because it’s what I’ve narrowed down to (and she loves it) I’m trying to up her walks but living down here on south miami it gets quite unbearably hot. I would think 1 cup of acana wild prairie a day would be too much for her if i want her to loose about 4-6 pounds? Ah! I am stressing out I just want Her to be lean and healthy 🙁

  45. Lawl Gamings says:

    Since this calculator doesn’t work for puppies, does anyone know one that I can use for my 3 month old GR?

  46. Whats their definition of active and very active lol. My dog runs 4 miles/day. Would that be very active or active?

  47. Andrea Marie Price says:

    If I used that calculation my dog would be fat as a tick..

  48. DogFoodie says:

    No worries. Glad you got it figured out. 🙂

  49. Opinion02122 says:

    I forgot the last entry and thought I had deleted my comment, sorry!

    Thought for the day:
    Lost yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamonds minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone forever.

  50. DogFoodie says:

    I just tried it and it’s working fine. Did you enter the information for each of the three steps and then hit the blue calculate button?

  51. Opinion02122 says:

    Calculator not working

  52. No problem Karen.

  53. Karen Mitchell says:

    Sorry Dori, that I mucked up. It was meant for someone else.. It’s turned up twice!

  54. DF. I can only think that she meant her post for someone else. I think she’s giving me reasons to rotate and telling me to eliminate kibble. Her post to me makes no sense so she must have not meant to reply to me? If you read her post again you’ll see what I mean. Thx

  55. DogFoodie says:

    Dori feeds a rotation of raw foods, Karen. That’s her choice.

  56. Karen I think you’ve misread my reply to a conversation I was having with losul. I do not feed anything processed whatsoever. No processed foods and no processed treats. I haven’t in over 4 years. I use organic fruits and vegetables as their treats. I don’t feed kibble, canned, or cooked foods. I do at times give them cooked veggies if I happened to have cooked any, sometimes I puree them and sometimes their fed raw. So I’m not sure I understand your reply to me.

  57. Karen Mitchell says:

    Why rotate? Omit kibble altogether. They don’t need it.

    How would it be if your human doctor told you to NEVER eat any fresh fruits, vegetables or minimally processed grains or meats, and only eat canned, boxed and other heavily processed foods?

  58. Karen Mitchell says:

    Eliminating kibble from their diet fixes everything. You will see a dramatic change by omitting them altogether.

    How would it be if your human doctor told you to NEVER eat any fresh fruits, vegetables or minimally processed grains or meats, and only eat canned, boxed and other heavily processed foods?

  59. just wanted to add this about about calculated metabolizable energy;

    “Because this Atwater calculation method uses averages, it will underestimate the ME content of foods that are highly digestible, and overestimate those than have less than average digestibility.”

  60. Jimmy Muchetti says:

    Calculator didn’t work but I got the idea..

  61. Crazy4dogs says:

    I love the days when the raw/cooked is already prepared & I just have to pull it out of the fridge! 😀

  62. Crazy4dogs says:

    I know, right? Thanks Dori! I’ll take a look! 🙂

  63. Crazy4cats says:

    Hahahaha! I just bought mine a few months ago at Target. It wasn’t that expensive. I get the buying everything for the pets problem though. I already spend more time on their meals, I think, than for us humans! :/

  64. Silly you. Everything’s for the dogs you know that. Check out amazon. They’re incredible cheap, digital. Mine came with the batteries that I haven’t had to change and it’s over a year since I bought it. I use it twice a day. Takes up absolutely no counter space. Handy little gadget. I used to wonder and think, kitchen scale???? What on earth would I want a kitchen scale for, I’m not weighing my food. Then came the foray into the world of raw feeding and realized…AHHHHH that’s why I need a kitchen scale.

    Edit: Here’s the one I have. They raised the price a bit but still well worth it.

  65. Crazy4dogs says:

    OK, now you guys are gonna make me want to go out and buy a scale! I already have a food dehydrator, a crock pot and a pressure cooker. And they’re mostly for the dogs! LOL!

  66. Crazy4cats says:

    I feed NW Naturals as “meal mixers” as well. I have a little battery operated kitchen scale that I use to weigh them. I think it’s actually pretty accurate!

  67. Crazy4dogs says:

    LOL! I just read this Dori! I’m slightly anal retentive. I do measure the cups of food and I have big dogs so I can eyeball the canned toppings. On the raw, I mostly buy the patties or cut the patties by measuring the roll and marking the portions. I love Northwest Naturals, but hate counting out the little nuggets since I’m in the 50ish range. 😉

  68. I feed commercial frozen raw in rotation as everyone at this point is sick of hearing about. I do weigh on their kitchen digital scale that I bought dirt cheap on Amazon each and every meal. It takes a couple of seconds twice a day. Anal retentive???? Yep! That’s me I guess. Commercial raw frozen foods that I feed in rotation are really high in protein and fats so I feel it’s in my three dogs best interest that I actually weight their bowls, do the tare, and add their food. Depending on which of my dogs I’m filling their bowl, I feel between 2.5 – 3 % of their body weight broken down into two feedings a day. Maybe it’s different with raw, it’s not too good to just eyeball raw foods especially for toy breeds but I also think for any breeds over the long haul.

  69. Crazy4dogs says:

    Yeah, on this front I’m just not that anal retentive, which is amazing since I am with so many things. I just don’t have a need to weigh.

  70. C4D, today’s digital kitchen scales are usually very accurate, mine is accurate within +/- 2 grams. That’s about +/- 1/14 ounce. Not accurate by any means to weigh milligrams , but plenty accurate enough to weigh a cup of dog food.

    Linda could ask Diamond how much a cup of their dog food weighs, but for the food I gave as an example, if they say it weighs anything different than slightly more or less than 93.6 grams or 3.3 ounces, then I would know that one or more of the 3 figures given cannot be true, the kcal/kg, the kcal/cup, or the weight given of one cup.

    I’ve actually seen a couple of dog foods post all 3 figures on their website, and there’s no way possible all 3 figures could be true.

  71. LOL! I’m not that anal retentive to suggest anyone actually count the number of cups in a bag, or to even weigh the food each time served. But it doesn’t hurt to weigh a cup the first time to check!!!

  72. Crazy4dogs says:

    Very nice Losul! Unfortunately, I’m not that ambitious. 🙂

  73. Crazy4cats says:

    Hey, smartie! I think you just got 8 more days out of that bag!

  74. Crazy4dogs says:

    Losul is right. Not all of the sites have this, but I do use Earthborn in my rotation and they have the actual weight of an 8 oz cup of each formula for their kibble. Kibble weight can even vary by formula. As an example, their formulas, per their website vary between 3.9 – 4.9 ounces per 8 ounce cup.
    To add to the mix, among the kibble brands I use the calories per cup can vary by as much as 125 kcals/cup.
    If you do want the actual weight per cup, you might contact Diamond to find out the weight unless you have a very accurate scale.

  75. you are so smart! Thank you.

  76. Hi Linda.

    I think your scale isn’t accurate. I always weigh the different kibbles/brands before I use them, and to check for the manu’s accuracy, per the cal/cup given. The kibbles I have used always weighed in between 3.3 and 4.4 ounces, (or approx 90 to 125 grams) depending on the brand, size of kibble, puffiness of that particular kibble, etc.

    With the figures given by the manu, in this case Natures Domain, and i used the turkey meal and sweet potato formula, I can come up with how much a cup of their food SHOULD weigh, and how many cups SHOULD be in the bag.

    3590 kcal/kg and 336 kcal per cup are the 2 figures given.

    Take the 35lb and convert to kilograms. 35lbs = 15.876 kg. Your 35lb bag should contain 56994 calories. (3590 cal/kg x 15.876 kg = 56994 calories in the bag)

    Take the total cal. in the bag and divide by 336. That will give you the number of cups that should be in the bag. 56,994 divided by 336 = 169 cups. Should be 169 cups of this food in a 35lb bag.

    To figure how much one cup of this food should weigh, using the figures given by the manu, we know that each 1 gram of this product should contain 3.59 calories (3590 divided by 1000). Take the 336 cal/cup and divide by 3.59. Each cup of this product should weigh only 93.6 grams or 3.3 ounces.

    The above should also explain why a calorie per volume measure (cal per cup) should only be used as a guideline for how much to feed of that particular product, nothing else really. It’s only the calories per weight that should be used to compare costs to feed, caloric density, etc.

  77. I just want to know how many cups of dry kibble dogfood are in a 35 pound sack of Kirkland’s Natures Domain. I know how many cups my dogs need and get to maintain an ideal weight..How long will a bag last if I feed 9 cups per day to 5 dogs? By my food scale, each cup (a volume measure) of kibble weighs 6 ounces. Was not a math major–so 6oz, x 9 cups= 54 oz per day; 35# bag = 560 oz….which is about 10 days worth…Do you think this is correct? At $30 a bag, That means I am spending $90 per month on kibble alone.

  78. Crazy4cats says:

    It just worked for me. Did you fill all three required fields, including calories per cup?

  79. The calculator is not displaying results. Please fix! Thanks!

  80. Barb Z says:

    I used the BalanceIT website for my male Bichon who had food allergies. I chose sweet potatoes and alaska salmon. The allergic reactions stopped immediately ( continuous ear infections, hot spots, and vomiting 3-5 times a week on average). I kept him on the homemade regime for the remainder of his life. What I stopped using was BalanceIT’s powdered vitamin/mineral supplement. First of all it was crazy expensive, but the real reason was that I called the company one day and asked if their “made in the USA” claim meant that all the raw ingredients were sourced from the US. The man kept repeating ” All our supplements are 100% made in the USA”. I finally told him I was going to make my question very clear: were any of the raw ingredients obtained from China? After a long pause, he replied “Yes”. I thanked him, and hung up. Threw out the remainder of the supplement, did some online research on canine multivitamins. Found a suitable one that I could actually buy locally and included one with his morning meal each day. He was a healthy and happy dog without the expensive supplement they suggest is essential.

  81. Crazy4dogs says:

    My dogs eat less than any calculator has come up with on any site.

  82. Vanessa Austin says:

    The calories in her food (chicken, beef, liver and fat) comes to approximately 210 calories per cup.

  83. LabsRawesome says:

    Hi Vanessa, I used your stats (10lb active dog and used 400 cal per cup since you didn’t post the calorie info, and 400 cals is about average) This is the info I received- Your dog requires 389 kcal / day
    Feed your dog 0.97 cups / day Nowhere near the 2 cups that you reported.

  84. Vanessa Austin says:

    This is far from accurate. I have a 10 lb active dog. This calculator said to feed her about 2 cups of food. I feed her raw and only about 2/3 cup of food a day….any more than that and she starts to get fat. 2 cups would make her a big fat barrel of a dog. People really can’t rely on a calculator like this to give a fair and accurate amount to feed their pet. Look at breed standards, aim to have your dog appear like that. If it is a mixed breed, talk to your vet and discuss how to get your dog to ideal weight. I see way too many overweight dogs nowadays because of quality and quantity of food fed to them.

  85. Crazy4cats says:

    She’s SOO cute! Good luck and thanks for posting the pic!

  86. My fur kids certainly eat better than me some days! My cat is on a raw homemade food and he’s a lean mean kitty machine. This is her during our last snow storm in March. She’s 53 pounds with a goal weight of 28. So far, she’s down 1/2 lb in one month. Her joints can’t handle long walks or short runs, so getting her to exercise has been tough. Joint supplements should hopefully kick in soon and help her out with that. I’ll have to circle back around with another photo once she sheds 10 lbs+. 🙂

  87. Crazy4cats says:

    That’s awesome. What a lucky dog! Sounds like she is eating better than my poor neglected human family! It would be great if you could post before and after pictures. Thanks for sharing the useful information.

  88. I recently adopted a chubby 6 1/2 yr old beagle – and boy, was she spoiled by her previous owner. Poor girl is twice the size she should be. I started her on a dry diet food (Instinct Healthy Weight) and have recently switched her over to a home made diet, she was hating the diet food and I didn’t like that she was protesting the bland kibble. I’ve paid a small fortune in supplements for her homemade diet, but I really cannot wait to see the results. Her vet eagerly anticipates her weigh in each month. Everyone is excited to see how well the new diet plan goes. is a phenomenal site that allows you to build home made recipes geared to your pets needs (and what you have available at home). She gets fresh boiled chicken, brown rice, frozen carrots and green beans, a bit of olive oil, and some fresh fruit on top. I buy Nutripro dog supplements that mix into a wonderful gravy that she gladly wolfs down. Her homemade food, with supplements, costs roughly $40/month. Way cheaper than the high grade bland diet kibble I had her on in the beginning ($60/bag!).

  89. theBCnut says:

    Just keep an eye on her body condition and adjust up or down as needed. It’s best to keep them on the thin side, especially while they are still growing.

  90. Crazy4dogs says:

    You might not like my answer but: Feed him less and excercise him more. Did you use the calculator above to see if you are feeding the correct calorie amount?

  91. I have a dog that is 5 years old small frame weighs 30lbs. How can I make him lose weight

  92. Hi we have a 7.5 week old puppy, breed is a mix of corgi, jack russel terrier, yellow lab, and another unkown breed.

    The vet estimates her adult weight will be approximately ~25-30 pounds. Currently she ways 4 lbs.

    We have Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy Toy Breed food (521 kcal/cup).

    How much should we feed her, and how often?

    This calculator looks useful, but unfortunately does not appear to be for puppies.


  93. I have had people going extreme lengths to figure out dog nutrition, foods to give with the perfect macronutrient ration but get stumped by the simple question of how many times a day to feed a dog. Here is an article on my blog that simplifies this simple question

  94. Crazy4dogs says:

    You don’t have the kcals of your food listed. You have to look @ the kcal of your food both wet and dry and put those into the calculator to get a guideline of how much you should feed. All calculators are a guide, not exact. Also this calculator is for adult dogs, not puppies.

    The best guide for a puppy is to look at her and feel her body. You should be able to just feel her ribs but not see ribs or hip bones or feel his backbone easily.
    You list your dog as 67 kgs. That would equate to approximately 147 lbs. 6.7 kgs would be about a 14.5 lb dog. There is quite a bit of difference between feeding a smal vs giant breed puppy. Is your post missing a decimal point?

  95. keempersit90 . says:

    my dog is 6 months old…weighs 6 7 kgs…female..I divide a wet food can(150g) in 2 … mix each half 50 50 with dry food,and feed her twice a day.. plus some treats in between,… but she seems hungry …and she is super active … should I feed her more??

  96. Robin, I think that is common with dogs to always want a little more. My boxer is the same way after finishing his food he has to go see if any of the other dogs have left him anything. If she is at a healthy weight than you know she is getting enough to eat and is just wanting food not needing it.

  97. Robin Gerhardt says:

    I feed my 70 pound GSD female 3 cups twice a day and she eats like that is not enough, She looks at he other dogs bowl and waits for anything left. Its like she doesn’t get enough.What should I do?

  98. Dog_Obsessed says:

    What’s not working about it?

  99. Crazy4cats says:

    4 cups a day sounds like too much to me. I plugged your dogs weight in with typical activity using 409 calories per cup and the calculator came up with 3 cups per day. Is your dog very active or need to gain weight? Do you know how many calories the previous food you were feeding has?

  100. Princess is spoiled says:

    I fed my two year 59 lb Lab/mixed Fromm surf and turf grain free dry dog food. It has wild salmon,duck and chicken. Also, of course veggies and fruits. It has 409 kcal/cup. My vet told me to feed her 2 cups twice a day when before when I had her on another dog food she told me to feed her only two cups a day. And do not follow the dog food bag. The dog food bag for my dogs weight is only 2 1/8- 3 cups a day. I am about to take my dog food up there and have them look at it. I am feeling frustrated.

  101. myOWNcompass says:

    The calculator is not working.

  102. If his ribs are sticking out and he feels boney then I would say that you are underfeeding him. You should be able to feel his ribs by lightly pushing in on skin, muscle, fat over his ribs but in no way should they feel boney. You shouldn’t be able to feel in between each rib. If you know how your bigger dogs ribs should feel than you know how your small dogs ribs should feel. Looking straight down on him he should have somewhat of an hour glass figure and you should be able to feel his ribs exactly in the same manner that you feel your larger dogs ribs. Whatever food you’re feeding your dog you should look at the label or their web site to see what the recommended amount of food to feed. That’s only meant as a guideline. If you think he feels too thin than I would feed him a bit more at each meal time. Continue to do that until you get his ribs and body to feel as you know they should. In my opinion it’s impossible to calculate exactly how much each individual dog should eat per day divided into however many meals you feed. Each are individuals. Some are power houses of energy and others are real couch potatoes. Some owners are hikers and bikers with their dogs others just let them out in the yard for bathroom purposes. Also their metabolisms are going to be different. FYI the calculator on this site has always said that I should feed my dogs much less than I actually do and my girls are all at optimum weights according to their vets and myself. I don’t weigh my dogs, I do it by feeling their bodies. If they feel a little heavier I feed a little less or vice versa. I’m always tweaking their meals to keep them at optimum weights. A lot also has to do with what you’re feeding them also. Grain inclusive, grain free, dehydrated, freeze dried, commercial raw, home made. There are just too many variables for a food calculator to tell you how much to feed your individual dog. Anyway, that’s just my opinion. Forgot to mention that I have three toy dogs.

  103. Interesting. I have a question for those of you with more knowledge about small breed dogs. (I think I may be underfeeding my toy aussie?) The results for my 50lb dog was way too high while the results for my 13lb toy aussie are right on but I’m afraid that I might not be feeding him enough. Ive always had bigger dogs, I know how they should look and how their ribs should feel to tell if theyre at a good weight.(their vets have also confirmed theyre ideal weight) Ive only had my toy aussie for a couple months now (hes 8 months old) and his ribs feel like they stick out a lot more than my 50lb dog He just feels more bony overall than my bigger dog. he also shakes a lot when he is excited or nervous or cold and I dont understand why, my bigger dogs never shake! Can someone provide some insight? He has a vet appointment in two weeks but I dnt want to wait that long to find out.

  104. Wow, this was helpful. My highly active beagle pointer mix has a ravenous appetite and, according to your calculator, I’ve been under feeding her. She thanks you, too! I was following the feeding guidelines on the dogfood bag and she was just hungry all the time. Now her appetite is slowing down a bit (she’s actually taking the time to taste her food instead of swallowing it whole) and she just seems more content. Thank you!

  105. Hater & Molly's Mom says:

    I think like people dogs just have different metabolisms. You are doing something right if your vet said they are both at a good weight.

  106. Dog_Obsessed says:

    Some dogs have very different calorie needs from what you would expect or from each other. If they’re weights are both good and they are healthy, then just keep doing what you’re doing. 😀

  107. I was hoping to find a concrete answer to feeding amounts. Our 3 yr German Shepherd (57lbs) currently eats 1 C (409 kcal) per day, that is 1/3 of the amount (1230 kcal) by your calculator. Our vet says her weight is perfect; she has no health issues. She is an incredibly active dog. She gets 2 small treats/day (20 kcal ea).
    Our 13 yr German Shepherd (51 lbs) eats 5 C/day (2045 kcal/day) + 2 sm treats (20 kcal ea) her vet says her weight is perfect. She eats more than double the calculator recommends (calculator says 951 kcal/day). Her activity level is that of a senior dog in slow motion. How can there be such a difference in the amounts. Her only health issue is arthritis (takes metacam).

    How can there be such a difference?

  108. Very true, but within a brand, the canned food is almost always higher protein than the dry.
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  109. I think you have over generalized the difference between wet & dry food. To say wet automatically has more meat is in error. It really depends on the brand. Most low end wet dog food with “meaty” chunks & lots of fillers has way less meat than a high end dry food.

  110. Dog_Obsessed says:

    No matter how many Calories in your dog’s food, the amount of Calories are still the same. I didn’t realize it at first either, until I got bored and put in 10000000 kcals/cup and the Calorie needs were the same. 😀

    It’s weird that the food doesn’t say on the bag or website how many Calories it contains. What food is it?

  111. Dogs on dry food still have to get their teeth cleaned. Tartar on teeth is a function of the carbs in the diet and the mechanics of chewing. Kibble has a lot more carbs than canned and most dogs don’t actually chew their kibble. Also, when it is chewed, kibble explodes as soon as enough pressure is applied to it so while it may scrape the very tip of the teeth, it doesn’t get any where near the gum line, and that’s the part that actually needs cleaning. Yes, canned food costs more, but you are paying for more meat, which is more appropriate for dogs to eat.

  112. It can be difficult for cats to drink enough water, I know. Have you tried putting water over her dried food? Perhaps a salt free broth?

    Veterinary prescription food is formulated to be deficient in the minerals she has an over abundance of that forms the bladder problems, so in that way it is ‘crappy’. You want her body to use the ones in her system, instead of adding more. But that’s why is it prescription only. They’re made with only the simplest, bottom line ingredients so as not to add other problems.

  113. I think that wet food is mostly water, therefore you’re paying for that water
    making wet food quite a lot more expensive than dry food (per pound of
    nutrition). I also think dry food is a bit better for their teeth. But
    she’s your dog, do what you think best.

  114. I said in my first question that I was looking for the number of calories my dog needs.

    I said in my second comment That I already knew how many cups my dogs eat each day to maintain their weight. My dog food does not list how many calories it contains, nor can I find it on their website.

    But yes, finally, by inputting a random number I was able to get an answer, so thank you.

    Who would have thought that plugging in a random number would give me the info I needed? Forgive me for being stupid.

  115. Crazy4cats says:

    Glad to hear it! I like using calories as a guideline rather than the feeding guidelines on the bag since I rotate kibble and different brands have different ideas on how much a dog should eat.

  116. Jennifer Stanfill says:

    I figured it out

  117. Crazy4cats says:

    Well, using this calculator, a dog with a typical activity level would need about 1,145 calories per day. Most people split their dogs’ meals into two a day. This would just be a starting point. You also have to take in to account anything you may mix in to their food. Or any treats that are fed throughout the day would also need to be subtracted from these calories. Do you know how many calories per cup the food you are feeding has? They can vary quite a bit. I’ve seen from 330 to 530 calories per cup.

  118. richard j bonafede says:

    my 6 month old chocolate lab weighs in at 64 labs as of yesterday very active, both parents were around 60 lbs, feed him 2 cups of food a day plus a ton of water when thirsty how much bigger do you think he will get. Amesed

  119. Jennifer Stanfill says:

    @ Jules my chi loves instinct she will eat only half cup, have great flavors like duck , rabbit ( her fav)

  120. Jennifer Stanfill says:

    Have a 50 lb lab , how much should I feed him and how many times a day? Little overweight?

  121. Dog_Obsessed says:

    Your totally right, treats can make a huge difference in the amount of calories a dog is receiving. Treats should not make up more than 5-10% of a dog’s daily calories, but that can still be a big difference. This calculator is a bit on the high side for my dog as well, depending on the food. It is just a guideline though.

  122. UpChuck.Liberals says:

    Don’t forget TREATS COUNT as calories in. Getting the calories of treats is hard on a good day. As an FYI for my 10 year old Mini Schnauzers this calculator is off by almost 1/2 cup/day to the high side. All though one of them would love to be fed double the 1 cup/day he’s getting plus 2 small treats at bed time.

  123. Dog_Obsessed says:

    You have to enter the about of calories per cup in your dogs food. It should say on the bag. If you are just looking for the calories per day and not the amount to feed, then just enter a random number into the kcal/cup box.

  124. Ok, but when I enter the weight and the activity level and press calculate, nothing happens. I don’t want to know how many cups he needs., we’ve got that figured out already.

  125. The line immediately above the line that tells you the quantity of food, tells you the number of kcals your dog needs per day.

  126. This tell me how many cups of food my dogs need, but I’m looking for how many calories my dog needs, where can I find that info?

  127. katherine says:

    no do it as if she is 6 pounds and then see if she loses it to fast add a little more food then less and less untill she is at her wanted weight and keep feeding her that amound and i would say to give her a higher protein diet bc she is so active and that will help her lose weight too

  128. Wet food is not always the best option, due to the high fat. Go to a local pet store and purchase dry food, it is the better option. Good luck!

    PS, I also have a Chihuahua. 🙂

  129. Try calculating for overweight and also calculate for normal and the weight she is supposed to be. Compare those to how much you are currently feeding her and feed the one that is slightly less, but closest to the amount she has been eating. If she starts loosing weight at that amount, then stick to that for a while. Only use a lesser amount if she doesn’t loose weight or stops loosing before she is at her goal weight.

  130. I have an overweight chihuahua mix who is about 11lbs and the vet wants her at about 6lbs. She eats EVO wet food split into 2 meals.
    I’m not sure if I should calculate for overweight (which she is) because she is also fairly active. She goes on a 10-13km walk at least once per day with our german/husky puppy so to keep up she is basically jogging. So I don’t want to under feed her but I need her to loose weight. Should I continue to calculate at overweight?

  131. What about puppies?

  132. Pt Klawitter says:

    My beagle was very over weight due to his thyroid. He is on meds but still needs to lose weight. The vet cut his food back and told us to feed him green beans. The beans are very low calories and high in fiber to make him feel full.

  133. Cynthia says:

    Slowly weaning Tweek the fat chiuahua onto the Premium Edge Healthy Weight Reduction Formula, so far so good, I think she’s starting to notice the taste difference but so far it’s not bad enough to put her off her food. Still giving her green beans & zuccinni w/her meals, she loves that.

    Psycho the cat is doing MUCH better, has been switched from her crappy canned food to a grain free food by Merrick, she loves the Duck one. Yes I know it has carrageen in it but after everything she went through, it’s way better than the vet prescribed food. They don’t know what was wrong w/her she was vomiting constantly, had been put on canned food when she developed UTI’s after being on the Blue Buffalo Dry.

    hope everyone here is doing good!

  134. Thank you so much!

  135. Crazy4cats says:

    Check out and They have a lot of good info on cat nutrition. : )

  136. Cynthia says:

    Carrots have a lot of sugar in them & are starchy, a no no for a dog trying to lose weight. My other 2 dogs have done great on blue buffaloe’s wilderness but Tweek got fat on it, she’doing well so far on the Premium Edge. On an unrelated note, our cat became seriously ill last week nearly died. Cat food nutrition information is harder to come by than dog food information.

  137. Julia Sieben says:

    I have toy Pomeranians and one had a terrible tendency to be overweight. I found for my small pup, 1/4 cup of Taste of the Wild twice a day, and baby carrots as a treat. Carrots are one of the best treats for dogs since no fat, very low calories and tons of vitamins. Raw, baby carrots are wonderful for their teeth. At age 16 my pom has never lost a tooth. If your dog needs a softer treat, or you want to mix with your dry for a wet filler, cook and puree the carrots and add to the feed. I have had great success with this for 30 years. Also Taste of the Wild has no grains and is a high ranked feed without breaking the bank account. I avoid Blue Buffalo at all costs. My dogs love the lamb and the venison versions of the feed.

  138. Thank you, Dori. That means so much to me.

  139. Thank you so much. That is Sue. I lost her to cancer in 2012. I hadn’t changed the photo since. I now miss both her and Karma dearly. Thank you for your kind words, Betsy.

  140. Cynthia says:

    Hi Mamie, none of these dogs seem to like canned pumpkin, I’ve tried it several times, it was my vets first sugesstion, I buy a can now & then hoping they will like it, you just never know!

  141. Cynthia says:

    Hi Dori, I look for no salt added & buy it when I can but when I can’t find it I rinse them really well. I did not know that about tomatoes thank you, she doesn’t get a lot of them maybe 1/4 when I do give them to her, will becareful for sure thank you!

  142. Betsy Greer says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Britt. From what I can see in that tiny little picture of what I suspect is you and your pup, she knew she was well loved. Hang in there. One day this won’t hurt as much.

  143. Having gone through what you’re going through more times than I’d like to remember, I know you don’t think so right now, but you will get through this. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.

  144. Thank you for your reply, Mamie. So sorry for the loss of your cat. Thank you for your kind words. Hugs back to you.

  145. Thank you for your sympathy. I’m so lost.

  146. Thank you very much. I am sorry for your loss as well. My heart hurts so much.

  147. theBCnut says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I lost one to kidney disease 3 years ago. It was a very hard way to lose one. Please take care of yourself.

  148. theBCnut says:
  149. Britt. So very sorry for your loss. We all know how heartbreaking it is to lose a dear friend and companion.

  150. So sorry to hear Britt. I know the loss of a pet is heartbreaking. I had a cat pass from kidney disease too, so I know too well how hard it can be. She is at peace now. hugs to you

  151. Be careful feeding too many tomatoes organic or otherwise. They are considered a high histamine food. I think someone makes a canned green bean without salt. Can’t remember who at the moment but I think I’ve seen in on the shelves at Publix or Krogers.

  152. Thank you for the information. Unfortunately, kidney disease and other ailments took my pup from me just yesterday. I am heartbroken. I will share your link with others. Thank you for taking the time to reply.

  153. Cynthia says:

    This is not entirely true. If you read the articles they break down the contents of the food & tell you if it’s enthusiastically recommended, highly recommend, etc,. Read the entire article & they explain questionable ingredients. I switched my over weight dog to the Premium Edge Healthy Weight 1 Weight Reduction because it was “Highly” recommended vs Iams Healthy Natural Weight Control because of the lousey ingredients they put in their food, Dog Food Advisor gave Iams a 2 star rating for the following reason: “Iams Healthy Naturals Weight Control is a grain-based dry dog food using a modest amount of chicken by-product meal as its main source of animal protein… thus earning the brand two stars.”

    You have to do your homework here.

  154. theBCnut says:

    Considering how processed it is, your dog is still getting all the sugar from it. A better way might be to add some veg that is not pureed, like green beans. Dogs have trouble digesting whole veg pieces, because they don’t produce cellulase to breakdown plant cell walls, but when the veg is cooked and pureed, the dog can use it. Of course, pumpkin has other things going for it besides just bulking up a meal.

  155. I was giving exactly what the calculator showed. So i guess i’m doing it right!

  156. Hilary’s complete and balanced is a great homecooked diet. Follow her recipes and use her supplements. I’ve been doing it for 5 years now!

  157. Canned pumpkin is also a good way to reduce calories while still acting as a ”filler”.

  158. Cynthia, i have a 5 pound chi, and i homecook for him. Originally it was because of allergies, but with all those recalls, i sure am glad i do! I do the Hilary’s Complete and Balanced recipes and supplements. The amount I’m giving him seems to be perfect according to the calculator, then again, the cookbook tells you exactly how much to feed and if you want you dog to lose weight, just feed a little less. You don’t want him to lose too fast either.

  159. theBCnut says:

    The calculator has to do with calories, not stars, however, for almost all of the foods star rating does correspond to calorie content, since higher star ratings mean higher meat protein and higher meat protein usually means higher fat.

  160. Rogue Elephant says:

    The dog food calculator for this site baffles me.
    Since a 5-star food should be much more nutritious than a 1-star.
    Whether dry or canned.
    And since I always mix dry and canned.
    2-star dry and 3-star canned v. 4-star dry and 2-star canned?
    Or 5 & 5 v. 1 & 1?

  161. Cynthia says:

    Tweek will not eat the royal canin & if you look at it, it doesn’t look tasty! I’ll be happy to get her to 10 lbs or even if as in your case 10.3 would be great. She LOVES zucchini so I buy lots of it & steam it for her, also buy her canned organic tomatoes by the case @costco, they don’t have any onions in them, she loves green beans, canned only so I drain the liquid & then rinse rinse rinse to get as much sodium off as possible

  162. good morning cynthia – lexee was around 6 lbs too, way back when, for the life of me i can’t get her lower than 10.3 lbs without starving her, if i cut back too much on the calories she is hungry. the royal canin she will eat for a while then she gets tired of it, so then i switch her over to orijen or acana, both senior formulas (the fat is lower). i sometimes mix about 2 tsp of medi-cal gastrointestinal low fat can – she really likes this can food – doesn’t like to many others – her vet told me she doesn’t need to be on a weight loss food, which is a good thing, she doesn’t like any of them, so orijen, acana and royal canin are the only 3 dry foods she likes and will eat, believe me she has been on many over the past 4 yrs.

  163. Hi sharon, sorry I don’t know how Imissed your posts here. Tweek weighed 6lbs when we got her, I figure 10 lbs is a good target to, aim for I don’t think she’ll ever get back to 6 lbs again, she was about a year old when we got her from the shelter. She didn’t like the royal canin, I’ve never had a pet who did.

  164. Thanks, lol she’s a brat, causes all of the trouble in the house. The shelter assessment said “not into play, wants to be a lap dog” oh she’ll sit in your lap but boy is she playful, just shy at first.

  165. Crazy4cats says:

    I try to feed my cats mostly canned food to try and avoid blockages. I feed mostly the budget friendly stuff and of course the cheaper the food, the more they love it. I try to feed some lower calorie dry to make sure the large males get enough to eat. So far so good! Good luck with your chubby pup. I’m sure she’s adorable!

  166. Thank you! I used to get super freaked out by the constant pet food recalls, Blue Buffalo has had it’s share of recalls, & the prescription foods get recalled you just stay ontop of them. Even feeding top quality food doesn’t guarantee your pet won’t develop a problem. Psycho the cat was on Blue Buffalo Grain Free & developed crystals in her urine & became blocked up. As you know, this is NOT cheap food! Both the emergency vet & my vet recommended friskies canned urinary formula or the Purnia Proplan Dry Kibble. She got blocked up on the Proplan so I put her on the Friskies canned urinary tract, easily purchased at petsmart & she’s been fine. At the same time we had a 15 year old deaf Persian in Renal Failure who was on prescription food & not enjoying it at all lol. So it was nice to not have 2 pets on prescription food. At first I felt bad giving Psycho “kitty crack food” but it just goes to show that sometimes those other brands are not always what they claim to be.

  167. Crazy4cats says:

    Excellent! I have used Premium Edge for my chubby cats on occasion. I think the guaranteed analysis and the ingredients look great. It is made by Diamond, however. Luckily, I live in an area that has not been affected much by their recalls and it has been two years since. Hopefully they have cleaned up their act. Just keep informed of recalls, just like you would for any food you are feeding. My cats didn’t love Premium Edge at first, but did eat it. It probably took them a while to get used to the lower fat level. It was much lower than the previous kibble I was feeding. Good luck to you!

  168. Cynthia says:

    Hi Crazy4Cats, thank you for your reply. I’ve tried the Core, unfortunalty no one here can keep it stocked & Tweek didn’t seem to care for it all that much. I’ve never seen Anament anywhere here. I did finally decide on Premium Edge Healthy Weight 1 Weight Reduction Formula. Found it on Amazon, bigger bag than I normally would buy for 1 dog on 1 food but they didn’t have a smaller bag, I can probably freeze it to keep it fresh, continue adding veggies, though this food is high protein low carbs she might not need them, will see how she does as I wean her onto it. Stepping up the exercise for sure, treats are minimal, 1/2 stick of a low fat pupperoni a day isn’t a lot, that’s all the other 2 get as well, & they only get them when the Pekignese DEMANDS them (yes we give into the special needs terriorist) everyone here is a rescue, even Psycho the cat!

  169. Crazy4cats says:

    Well, you are going to have to decrease calories either by feeding less or feeding a kibble that has less calories. I see Natures Variety has a weight management kibble now. Have you thought about trying that one? Also I’ve heard mention of Wellness Core and Anament having great low calorie foods. You can also try cutting out some of the extras which I know is hard when the other dogs are getting them. Sounds like the exercise is good. I wish you luck!

  170. Forgot to add she had blood panel done 2 years ago it was fine, we’ve been battling this that long. She always sems hungry, makes me feel bad for her but none of them are allowed anything other than their food, the other 2 do just fine on blue buffalo, she got fat on it!

  171. Hi thank you for your reply. She weighs 15 lbs, I would be happy to get her down to 10lbs at this point. She is a rescue, I think she has some Corgie in her. She can be quite active, loves walks which obviously we need to increase, she probably could do 2, 20 minute walks a day & still have energy to burn. She walks well on the treadmill, which is a bonus. We’ve noticed she’s having trouble jumping up onto the couch so it was a big reminder to get her slimmed down.

  172. Crazy4cats says:

    Have you done a blood panel to have her thyroid levels checked? Hypothyroidism is fairly common in older dogs. If there is no medical issue, then it is a situation where more calories need to be burned than consumed. It’s such a simple solution, but so hard to actually follow through on for both humans and pets alike!

  173. oops sent another reply to myself instead of you

  174. also how much should your chi weigh – my vet figured out that lexee should get 200-210 cals/day –

  175. hi cynthia – i too have a chihuahua 5 yrs – actually a chi/yorkie x – 4 yrs ago my vet at the time said that lexee was about 2 lbs overweight – well that nearly sent me over the edge – so since then until about a couple of months ago, i was all over the map with finding the right dog food that she would eat and also lose weight.
    she is very picky – recently 2 vets told me that her current weight is good and to maintain her at this weight – 10.5 lbs – this is the weight she has maintained for the past 4 yrs – currently she is eating royal canin moderate calorie dry, but that could change at any moment if she decides she doesn’t like it – she also gets 4 – 20 min walks/day

  176. Cynthia says:

    I have an over weight chiuahua mix she is 7, she’s been on every “diet” dog food & not losing weight.

    I feed her 1/4 cup twice a day supplemented w/squash or green beans or tomatoes, currently she is on nature’s valley instinct, turkey.

    As for treats she gets 1/2 of a pupperoni a day when the other dogs get a treat, they are on blue buffalo wilderness with red meat grain free. I see from reading here blue buffalo is not liked by dog food advisor, which surprises me.

    But anyway I need help w/the over weight dog. What should I put her on?

  177. We have a 17 year old cat that lost a lot of weight in the last year. We had blood tests done on her, and it came back that it’s a thyroid problem. She has been on Thyroid medication for about 1 1/2 weeks, and the difference in her weight and activity is very noticeable!
    Definitely worth having the testing done!

  178. Thank you, Jean. The vet recommended one human Centrum multi-vitamin per day. I have been giving her that dose in the morning each day. Do you have any thoughts on this vitamin or suggest others? Thanks so much, Jean. I appreciate your comment.

  179. I wouold note to be sure that the multi vitamin she is receiving is appropriate, as human vitamins contain what would be a serious overdose of a few minerals.

  180. That is pretty darn huge! My Pit adult is 50 lbs, and her lab/pit sister is about 40. You can look at his shape to see if he is overweight. his tummy should curve up at his rips so that he has a slim waist~! Id google a picture to see that shape. Also, just take him to the vet and im sure theyll have recommendations for you. If he is a picky eater (and really all dogs) once you find a healthy food choice for him that’s all he should be eating, no human snacks.

  181. theBCnut says:

    I agree with Betsy. At her age, you have to think about what would cause a loss in appetite, and unfortunately, kidney disease is the first thing that comes to mind and cancer and tooth issues are not far behind. Blood work is in order, for sure. If it is just an appetite problem, mixing in some canned food should help.

  182. Betsy Greer says:

    Hi Penny,

    I would be concerned about unexplained weight loss. Has your pup visited the vet for a check-up recently?

  183. Penny Sale says:

    I have a 14 year old jack russell terrior that is losing alot of weight. I’m concerned for her and am not sure if there is anything I can do to improve her appetite.

  184. Thanks, Akari. This scares me, as she’s just not how she’s been for so long. It seems like over the last year we’ve had to transition to a new normal. She’s my world. Thank you for the tips. I will continue to use them. I’m also going to get a couple different types of dog food today, too. I need to keep trying.
    Haha! Your green bean story made me laugh! Thanks for sharing.

  185. I don’t have any recommendations for you, sorry. For now, I would just keep mixing it up. Different low sodium broths, different canned foods, different kibbles. Buy smaller bags of dry, and get different brands and flavors of canned and broths, and keep her on her toes. Some one will come along that can give you some.

    I can’t believe she doesn’t like green beans! All my dogs have been suckers for them. Had green bean plants in the garden one year and had to watch the dogs really close when they started to put out beans because the dogs would take mouth fulls of the plants and walk off! Tore the plants right off the fence, those brats….

  186. Hello Akari,

    Thanks so much for the reply. Yes, I have tried all those things. They work for about a week, then she no longer wants the kibble or wet food. I have tried the freeze dried food and the same thing happened. The chicken and rice with a multi-vitamin is still acceptable to her. I agree with you; it is awfully unbalanced. I want to do my very best for her. Do you have any references/suggestions for homemade food? She is not a fan of carrots and green beans so far. I will try sweet potatoes and broccoli tomorrow. Thank you again for your time. I appreciate the support.

  187. Hi Antonio,

    Thank you for the reply. I understand and am trying to go with her new flow. Any suggestions as to ensuring she is getting the correct nutrition for a senior pup? I’m having a hard time finding consistent information regarding homemade food. Thanks again. I appreciate your time.

  188. Antonio Fisher says:

    Remember just like human foods some dog foods are more appealing to the dog than others. The dog might be burn out on the current diet.

  189. hi, I have a lab, boxer, pit mix and he is a very picky eater , he is 10 months old and weighs 66 pounds are we doing right

  190. Hi there. I have a 14-year-old Black Lab./Australian Cattle Dog/Shepherd mix. She struggles with Vestibular Syndrome and simply getting older. Her activity has slowed down, but she still enjoys 30 minute walks a few times a day. She is no longer interested in kibble, and that is okay. I am now feeding her chicken and brown rice. The vet recommends 3/4 rice to 1/4 chicken twice daily, but now that her appetitie has come back a bit, she still seems hungry. Any ideas on how much I can safely feed her given her disinterest in kibble? She has always been on the slender side; about 40 lbs. her entire life (I’ve had her since she was 1 1/2). Any suggestions/recommendations are appreciated. Thank you!

  191. Annette JoAnn says:

    Hi what you need to be looking at is the cal. Per cup.. You may need to switch foods. Fromm has many choices so I recommend going to your local natural food store and asking which is best.

  192. theBCnut says:

    You think you’re worn out. I just did battle with a HUGE spider, legs about 6 inches across! We have these giant spiders that are attracted to our bathroom. That IS NOT the time to have to deal with these things!!!!!

  193. Crazy4cats says:

    Oh, you just wore me out reading that. I’m going to go have a snack. LOL!

  194. theBCnut says:

    No, the difference is in what you are trying to accomplish and how. Humans are less likely to overeat if they eat small meals often and it keeps your metabolism reved up so you burn calories better. That will help you to not add even more weight, but it won’t help you to burn fat. To start your body burning fat for energy, you have to deplete the glycogen stored in your liver, which takes about 20 minutes of heavy exercise. Any exercise after that, and before eating again, should be burning fat, especially if you are keeping you heartrate up, but not exhausting yourself. But if you don’t exercise long enough and you replenish your glycogen stores by eating, you don’t burn the fat that is already deposited. Same thing with a dog that is not getting enough exercise. Dogs do move to burning fat easier and more naturally than people, but they still use glycogen before burning fat, so you want to take longer before replacing the glycogen..
    When humans diet, they often lose muscle mass instead of losing fat, so while they did lose weight, it didn’t really do them any good.

  195. Crazy4cats says:

    So, when humans are trying to lose weight, it is commonly suggested to eat more smaller meals through out the day. Is it different with dogs and cats?

  196. dchassett says:

    Hi LuannD. I’m not familiar with Fromm’s different formulas so my question is are you feeding your dog a grain free food. If not, you can try the Fromm’s grain free food. That should definitely help some. You don’t say how old your dog is but I have a 14 1/2 year old Maltese on a high protein, moderate fat, low carb diet. She’s not the most active of dogs but even with arthritis and degenerated discs mid spine she’s still having the time of her life, running, playing, etc. She also has tons more energy now than when she was on a grain inclusive food. When she was eating grain inclusive foods all she did was sleep most of the time and I just figured she was old. Not so, it was her diet. Seniors and puppies do not need special diets, that’s an old myth and a very current marketing ploy.

  197. theBCnut says:

    Since she is 4 lbs overweight, it is definitely too much for her. Feeding guidelines are only a guideline, not a law.
    Is there a reason that you feed 3 times a day? This makes it difficult for a dog to burn fat, so if there isn’t a reason for it, I would cut back to feeding twice a day.
    One way to increase activity when the weather is too nasty to spend time outside is to make her go after each piece of kibble. Call her to you and give her one, then throw or roll one across the floor. then start over.

  198. Thank you Cat Crazy, this gives me something to go by. No, she is getting no extras, even though it breaks my heart. The weather here is still a little too rough to get her out for a walk for too long a time, but once it breaks we will be getting good walkies. I will look into how many calories/cup, as I have to make a food run this week. 🙂

  199. Crazy4cats says:

    Well, when I put 11 lbs for an inactive dog in the calculator, it comes up with 300 calories per day. So, if you feed 3 times a day that would be 100 calories per feeding. How may calories are in a cup of food? Are you feeding any extras in addition to the food? Also, have you had her thyroid checked? Typically, if they are not losing weight, you need to either feed less, or exercise more. Or… there might be a thyroid issue. Good luck!

  200. I need a simple answer to a very simple question, but cannot find it anywhere, and now I am practically giving up. I have a senior, inactive female mini dachshund, who weighs 15 lbs. Her vet wants her down to 11 lbs. My doxie eats a food for senior/low activity (Fromm’s). She eats 3 x day and only dry food. I am feeing her according to the bag, but it seems like an awful lot of food. Right now, I am feeding her 1/8 cup or approx. 2 ounces per meal/6 ounces or 3/8 cup per day. Does this sound correct for a small dog to lose weight on? Someone out there knows the answer … please help!

  201. Lori Mironov Hauck says:

    My vet told me yesterday not to listen to the bag recommendations. Due to it my 13 yr old German shepherd has to lose weight. I am literally disgusted over it because I blame myself for over feeding because I was following the “guidelines” so do what you’re doing as it sound like it is working. My boxer is fit and eats the same amount because he is hyper and very active compared to the gs. So don’t let the bags fool you! P.S. I use a great Food Blue Buffalo Freedom., because it is grain free and the boxer breaks out in dog acne and it worked. I also put 1/4 jar of stage two chicken purée baby food mixed with water on their foods as gravy to boost the protein level to what it should be for weight loss. But for the boxer it is fine as his caloric level is high and he works it off. Best of luck to you! Lori Hauck

  202. the calorie calculator is basing its assumptions on prior studies, and this may need some tweaking. the best way to determine if your dog is over/underweight is to look at their body shape, and from your definition it appears your dog is perfectly normal. don’t take anything too literally.

  203. Gene Pierson says:

    Yes, good point she is spayed. My wife keeps telling me we need to feed her more but I keep saying we need to go by her look more than the guide and calculators online. Her ribs aren’t visible. (Now, when we got her from the shelter 1.5 yrs ago her ribs were visible. So I just keep referring to her condition when we first got her). And she has gained weight. My theory is if we have been under feeding her, then why would she have gained weight? (I think she has maxed out at 37 lbs.). Thanks for your response!

  204. Pattyvaughn says:

    Is she spayed? That slows a dogs metabolism. It’s pretty accurate for my dogs and I believe Hound Dog Mom says it is low for hers. This calculator is really only a starting place. There is no way to accurately guess how much any particular dog needs to eat other than by their own body condition. There are too many variables to consider.

  205. Gene Pierson says:

    Hi I’m a dog owner. My family and I own a healthy 37 lb wire haired terrier. The calculator says she need around 1,000 calories per day. But we have been feeding her 1.5 to 1.75 cups of Taste of the wild at 360 calories per cup. So that’s on sverage 600 calories per day! 400 less than what the calculator recommends. And this 2 yr old dog is ACTIVE. She gets 2 walks per day. Plays rough with me and the kids at least once per day. AND in warm weather she runs with me about 3 miles 2ce per week. She looks great by the way. Often people tell us how great her “figure” is – she really looks like a dog should look. I should post a pic. I guess my point is this calculator and many guides on the food bags (even Taste of the Wilds guide) are just wrong. They are way higher than what they need to be.

  206. James Herron says:

    This is a great calculator and I think it is pretty accurate. The problem is that people are lazy and don’t feed their dogs the right foods. They also don’t get outside enough to play with their pets. If your dog needs a diet you may want to check out:

    I’ve found that people who aren’t the best pet owners still really love their dogs but just need a push in the right direction!

  207. overfeeding significantly reduces expected life span, just like in humans, i’m very careful with our pooches intake. love this site and am always returning. btw just to share, Dr Sophie HE @ has a calorie calculator that takes into account the dog’s breed and age.

  208. Crazy4cats says:

    I’m sorry, I should have asked you what you are feeding and if you know how many calories are in a cup also. But when I plug in 18 lbs., for a senior dog it comes up with 435 calories, for an overweight dog it calculates 339 calories. So, most likely right around 400 calories per day. So, if you feed twice a day, 200 calories per meal. But, remember every dog is different and this is just a starting point. You may have to adjust depending on how your dog does. If you are feeding kibble or canned, the calories are often listed on the bag or can. Or can be found on the company website. Good luck!

  209. 17-18lb

  210. Crazy4cats says:

    How much should do you think he should weigh?

  211. How much and whats a good food for my 15 yr old inactive peek-a-poo??

  212. How much should i feed my 15 yr old peek-a-poo, hes not active anymore and is getting fat

  213. Crazy4cats says:

    I second Labs post. I just bought a 50 lb bag of the Victor joint health grain free for $74. Not bad for a 5 star food. I had to special order the 50 lb bag as the store doesn’t stock it. With large dogs, it’s nice to have a bag last more than a few weeks. I also top with Kirkland Cuts in Gravy or some raw nuggets. Good luck!

  214. LabsRawesome says:


    Anatolian life, I have been having great results with Victor. If you can get it locally, it’s pretty cheap. I pay $38.99 for 30lbs of the Grain Free Ultra Professional. If you don’t mind a little grain, the Active Dog & Puppy ALS is $34.99 for 40lbs. They receive 4 & 5 star ratings on DFA.Here’s Victor’s site, I like their Protein Source Card.

  215. Anatolian life says:

    What is the least expensive of the best foods does anyone know? 3 big dogs currently on Purina One Beyond which got 3 1/2 *. Would like to feed them better without killing my budget. 2 large dogs.

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  223. Pattyvaughn says:

    LOL, again!! We’ve all been there!!

  224. Pattyvaughn says:

    LOL!! I know. This was 30 years ago, so I can’t do anything for this guy now.

  225. lol

  226. We have two beagles, 9 & 10. One has been “diagnosed” as garbage gut! Yes, it does exist, he will eat himself literally to death. Also, get rid of that crap food, no grain, no corn will help with the scratching also. We can attest to that. Giving them fishoil pills (non mercury, burpless) will help as will a raw egg on their food.

  227. sorry that was meant for Jennifer above 😉

  228. We have two beagles, 9 & 10. One has been “diagnosed” as garbage gut! Yes, it does exist, he will eat himself literally to death. Also, get rid of that crap food, no grain, no corn will help with the scratching also. We can attest to that. Giving them fishoil pills (non mercury, burpless) will help as will a raw egg on their food.

  229. Lillian Mcleod says:

    does anybody know the fat contents in ceasers chicken/rice dog food ?

  230. Betsy Greer says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Tell me what your dog weighs and I’ll see what I come up with.

  231. My dog needs three cups of food a day and is on a high protein diet because he is so active. No matter what I entered it told me I needed only 1 cup a day… he lost weight on just 2 cups let alone 1 cup would be starving him, haha

  232. Pattyvaughn says:

    It’s high for some dogs and low for others. It really can’t take into account every dog’s metabolism.

  233. this is definitely off.. it claims I need to feed 5 1/2 cups (tried and my dog got FAT) she really only needs 3 cups

  234. Sorry, Sweetpea318, your information is incorrect. Please be sure to check the Wiki reference for Waltham to confirm your claims.

    #1: The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition still exists and is located in Leicestershire, England. It is not owned by Royal Canin but by Mars, Inc.

    #2. You said, “Pet food is actually calculated in kcal, not calories”. Unfortunately, your information is incorrect. In pet and human nutrition science, kcal is the same as calories,

    #3. You said, “My source is a veterinarian” To that I remind you the formula used to compute these figures and operate this calculator is based on research results published by a team of veterinarians in a peer-reviewed journal and is still current.

    #4. You said, “This website is based on someone’s opinion.” To that, please remember that whether we’re discussing movies, books, restaurants, art, or pet food, every review on every website is based upon someone’s opinion. For that is the nature of reviews.

    By the way, it’s obvious in your closing remarks that you have not read the many articles posted throughout this website that explain the AAFCO nutritional profiles. So, you may wish to visit my FAQ entitled “AAFCO Nutrient Profiles“.

  235. Sweetpea318 says:

    *to meet
    Want to know how your dog is for weight, look at their body condition score (there is a 5 point or a 9 point scale). And feed what the bag suggest for your dogs ideal body weight.

  236. Pattyvaughn says:

    The Wellness that she is thinking of trying is better than TOTW and isn’t made by Diamond.

  237. May I suggest, being that you seem to desire to want to feed your a dog a more natural & holistic dog food. I’m not a sales person or rep of any kind, but I have seen what these commercial dog foods can do to even the healthiest of dogs. Dogs are meat eaters as before we domesticated them, they ate like that of the wolf for example. All these food today are highly processed & have way to much chemicals and grains in them. Please try the brand of dog food called ” Taste of The Wild” it’s an amazing dog food & if you don’t have a natural dog food store in your area it can be found at Ace hardware, & online as well.. I feed my dog a mix of that & a lil slightly cooked ground beef. Raw foods are excellent for dogs, and they are superior to optimal health. They have small large intestines & thus don’t ecoli & samonelia sorry if I spelled that wrong. I think mixing the dry food I spoke of, with a lil beef rather raw or slightly cooked is the best, but many feed their dogs 100% raw. Which can be costly, though the benefits are high. Good Luck & I hope you give this food I recommended, a try. We have warm hearts for cold noses, Chris

  238. Pattyvaughn says:

    At her age, I would feed 3 times a day, but I would try 1/2 cup 3 times a day to start with. 40 lb dogs often eat around 2 cups a day, so 1 1/2 cups may still not be enough. Just watch her body condition.

  239. I’m not sure how big she is going to be. We have no background history on her. The vet said she might get to be around 35 pounds. Is there a good amount to start off with? I was thinking about switching her to Wellness Complete Health. Is 1/2 a cup twice a day a good starting point? Or should I feed her 1/4 a cup three times a day to start off?

  240. Pattyvaughn says:

    How much you feed depends on several factors, like your pups metabolism, how many calories are in the food you are feeding, and how big your pup will be when it’s grown.

  241. I have a 13 week old puppy that I found a little over a week ago. She eats very quickly, so I bought her a slow feeder bowl. I’m not exactly how much to feed her. She is at a good weight at 16 pounds. Any suggestions on the amount?

  242. Pattyvaughn says:

    I always fed my puppies about what I expected them to eat as an adult. My very active Border Collies eat close to 3 cups a day. I would expect your lab to have a slower metabolism and therefore not eat as much as it could. Some labs eat 6 cups a day. Just feed an amount that keeps muscle on the pup, but no fat. Growing puppies are better off on the thin side.

  243. oh ok, so maybe just try a 1/2 feeding tomorrow at noon? does 1 cup 3 times a day sound like a lot for an 11 pound puppy? that’s the same as my senior 110 lb lab eats lol ( he eats 1.5 cups 2x a day)

  244. Pattyvaughn says:

    I usually wait til a little older to cut out the mid day feeding, but that’s how I know when it’s time to cut it out. They stop wanting it. If she is part BC, it is normal for them to be quit thin while growing, and it’s just fine, healthy even to not carry any extra weight while the joints are forming.

  245. my puppy is only 11 weeks old and is a mix breed, maybe spaniel if some sort and border collie shes a rescue so I have no idea how big she will be full grown, right now shes about 11 lb. atm she’s up to 1 cup of dry food 3 times a day, she was at 2/3 cup but was starting to feel boney so I upped it 4 days ago, and she filled out nicely, but today she wasn’t interested in her mid day feeding.

  246. my dog is only 11 weeks old and she’s a mix breed, maybe spaniel and border collie, I’m not sure how much I should be feeding her, she started ar 1/2 cup 3 times a day then went up to 2/3 cup 3 times a day the 1 cup 3 times a day just recently because she was feeling bony , but today she wasn’t very interested in her mid day feeding.

  247. A six week old pup should still be with its mother til 8-10:weeks old. You can feed some dog food but should supplement with puppy formula.