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How Much Food to Feed My Dog — Based on Breed and Size – Dogster

How much food you feed your dog is a more important question than you may think. When incorrect, the caloric and nutritional makeup of your dog’s food and treats can have an adverse effect on his standard of living and overall length of life. Discuss the topic with your trusted veterinarian in an open and honest dialogue. Together you can come up with a plan that will allow you to help your dog remain healthy.

How do I know how much to feed my dog?

When looking at the amount of food per day a dog should have, your vet will look at a number of different data points:

  • Age
  • Activity level
  • Breed
  • Size
  • Weight
  • Health conditions or disease
  • Living environment

In 2021 the AAHA updated its Nutrition and Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. It includes nutritional assessment screening evaluations and energy requirements versus caloric intake calculations your vet can use to keep your pet within a healthy weight.