How much food does your dog get? How big are they?

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    Skye G
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    Just wondering if those here tend to have hard keeping or easy keeping dogs …It can be a struggle w/ the hard keepers, especially when they’re not too food motivated, like my girl. I’ve got a system these days to keep her eating and keep weight on her though. =)
    She’s 53lbs and gets 2 cups twice a day of Canidae All Life Stages(468cal/cup), plus a bit on the bottom of the bowl of whatever 400cal+ canned food I feel like buying.
    She could probably stand to gain a pound, but she’s at a pretty good weight generally speaking.
    What about you all?

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    Anonymous
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    I have never had a dog that has not been eager to eat. Unless they are sick.

    My 10 pound dog eats almost as much as my 20 pound dog. Both are fit and trim.
    I don’t count calories, for myself or my pets. I don’t believe packaging is accurate for one thing, and another thing, just like people, some dogs are blessed with a good metabolism and some aren’t.
    Of course I use common sense, adjust amounts accordingly, offer a healthy diet and provide adequate exercise.

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    Anonymous
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    I just realized I hadn’t answered your question.
    They get about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of kibble with a tablespoon of cooked chicken or some other topper, usually cooked lean meat or a glob of wet food twice a day. Maybe a bite of something midday and at bedtime. One weighs 10 pounds, the other 20 pounds.
    I have a senior that has to have frequent small meals and they all give me the look….otherwise I might not give them the extra bite (midday and bedtime)

    Ps: These 2 are walked at least 2 miles per day.

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    Skye G
    Member

    Thanks for responding! That sounds pretty reasonable for a dog w an average metabolism, maybe slightly higher or lower. My parents 25lb Cocker Spaniel w/ a slower than average metabolism gets slightly under 1/4 cup twice a day of the Natural Balance Fish and Sweet Potatoes at 380cal/cup, w/ a generous helping of green beans mixed in. She is constantly ravenous.
    I’m pretty big on calories, probably not least because I am in recovery from an eating disorder, and calories were at one point my entire life. I do agree w you that the labels are most likely a bit off, but probably not by much, at least IMO. I think it’s a little part of the puzzle of dog nutrition, probably not too important for easy keeping dogs, but for hard keepers like mine I feel like its something I should pay attention to.
    Again, thanks for the input. =)

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by  Skye G.
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    Pitlove
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    My 68lb pitbull eats one 13.2oz can of wet food twice daily with a half cup of Precise Holistic Complete on top. He has weighed in the last several months (maybe 6 or more) 66 lbs then 64 and now 68 and has looked the same the whole time. Extremely muscular and very trim and fit.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by  Pitlove.
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    Skye G
    Member

    Thanks for the input!
    I meant to say My family’s Cocker gets 1/3 to slightly under 1/2 a cup twice a day, two just under 1/4 cup scoops. She got just under 1/4 cup when she was 40lbs working her way down to the 25lbs she’s at now. =)

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by  Skye G.
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    InkedMarie
    Member

    Mine are easy keepers for the most part and are lean at eating 8-9oz each per day.

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    DogFoodie
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    Mine are painfully easy keepers. One of mine gets about 325 kcals per day and the other about 1,000 kcals per day.

    Because I rotate a lot of different foods of different types, it’s important for me to keep track of the kcals I’m feeding rather than a volume measurement.

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    pugmomsandy
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    The pugs eating kibble here get 2/3 to a rounded 1 cup per day. Occasionally, a young whipper snapper will get 1.5 cups per day. And most days there is some canned topper. The raw fed pugs get 6-7 oz per day. The pugs range from 15-27 lbs (I think. Haven’t weighed the big one in a while).

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by  pugmomsandy.
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