Every dog owner has to face this issue when they get a new dog, change the wet food brand, or mixes some other food varieties and natural dog treats into the dog’s daily routine. So, you are not alone in this dilemma.
Finding the exact amount of wet food your dog should eat is not easy. Multiple factors contribute to determining the proper quantity of a dog’s wet food. Here is the list:
- Weight of your dog
- Dog size
- Other nutritional elements in the eating routine
- Dog’s activity level
As every dog is different, so it would more be a judgment than a concrete answer. However, here are a few indicators that can help you make an expert analysis.
Your dog should have an hourglass figure when seen from the top. From the side view, the chest should be closer to the ground as compared to the tummy. Moreover, if you can see your dog’s ribs, they are weak, but you must be able to feel them for confirming their healthy physique.
Why is it important to care about the dog’s wet food portions?
If your dog is not getting the right amount of food, The dog will suffer from malnutrition. But if you start overfeeding, then below are a few diseases you are exposing your dog to:
· congestive heart failure
· labored breathing
· Cushing’s disease
· skin disorders
Understanding the dog food labels:
Every brand will provide you with the recommended portion size based on your dog’s weight. So, it would be better to know your dog’s weight to give the optimal food quantity.
On average, you can give 1-3 ounces of pet food for a dog weighing 3 – 3.5 pounds. The ones with higher body weight will need more.
PPT Tip: Don’t assume the recommended diet to be a meal size. It is for the entire day, and you’ll have to break the recommended daily portion into 2-3 meals, depending on the eating habits of your pooch. A puppy would demand food more frequently, so plan accordingly.
How many calories does a dog need?
You might satisfy your dog’s appetite with the recommended food quantity, but how many calories does a dog need?
Again, it depends upon the activity level, size, and breed of the dog. But we can play with the estimates here.
A little 10-pound pooch might require 250-275 calories in a day, whereas an adult dog of 70 pounds might need 1000-1050 calories.
So, does the wet food cover the calorie requirements? Yes, in most cases, it does. But, to be sure, you can match the calorie chart, your dog’s weight, and the calories in the recommended portion size.
Can I use the same portion size as that of the kibble?
No, it usually doesn’t work this way. The calorie count and the nutritional value differ in both food types. Wet food is more likely to be full of protein and fat whereas dry food contains a higher quantity of grains and starch.
To find the right size of wet food, you can use the recommended portion size on the label for a rough estimate. Then mix it with your gut feeling to account for the subjective factors. This formula will ensure you get the optimal food quantity for our lovely little pooch.