So, you’ve decided to keep your dog on a wet food based diet. You may be looking at different types and brands of dog food. If you’re confused about which food to select and how much food your dog should eat, don’t worry, we did the research to help you figure out what will work best for your dog.
How much wet food should I feed my dog?
The answer to this question will depend on a variety of factors. In order to determine the right amount of food, consider these questions:
- What size and breed is my dog?
- How old is my dog?
- Is my dog over or under weight?
- How active is my dog?
- How many times per day does my dog eat?
The larger the dog, the more food they will need to eat each day. Some dog breeds also may require more food than others due to faster metabolism or energy level.
Younger dogs need more food than seniors. As dogs age, their metabolism slows down. You may want to re-evaluate your dog’s caloric needs as they get older.
If your pup is not at its ideal weight you’ll want to work with your vet on a diet plan specific to your pup. If your dog needs to gain weight, you will want to work with your vet to help them pack on the pounds the right way. If your pup needs to lose a few pounds, your vet can help with a diet and exercise plan to get your pup back on the right track.
If your dog runs, hikes or competes in sporting events like agility, flyball, or dock diving they may need more calories, especially when they’re competing. Talk to your vet or a knowledgable nutritionist to make sure your dog is in optimal shape to compete.
Some dogs eat 2 times per day and others may eat 3-4 small meals. If your dog is a breed that is prone to bloat, you may split your dog’s food into more frequent meals. Remember to take the total amount of food your dog needs to eat per day and divide it by the number of meals you’ll be feeding. This way you won’t accidentally overfeed your pet.
Most wet food will have guidelines based on your dog’s age and weight. Puppies who are still growing will need to eat more than older dogs. The guidelines on the packaging are simply recommendations. There are many reasons your dog might need to eat more or less than the package recommends. Consider your individual dog’s needs when determining serving sizes.
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4 Wet dog food feeding tips
1. Determine the right portion size for your dog
Using the questions above to guide your thinking, determine the right amount of food fo your pup. For example, let’s say your dog is a 45-pound 2-year-old mixed breed dog who is on the leaner side. The can suggests for dogs who are 35-45 pounds that they eat 2 cups of food per day, you may decide to feed your dog 2.5 cups, as that is the recommendation for dogs 45-55 pounds and you think your dog needs a little more food to keep his weight stable.
2. Decide if you want to mix wet food with dry dog food
Some dogs enjoy the benefits of both wet and dry food. You can mix them together or put the wet food on top of dry food. This is sometimes called topping. It can make dry food more exciting for your pup. Remember to factor in overall nutritional value when deciding how much of each to feed.
3. Provide fresh water for your pup
Your dog should always have access to fresh, clean, water, no matter what type of food they’re eating. Keep your dog’s water bowl clean and full throughout the day. Dogs generally don’t like water that has been sitting too long, so remember to change their water frequently.
4. Create a plan to take care of your pet’s oral health
To prevent tooth decay or food getting stuck in your pup’s teeth, ask your vet about brushing your dog’s teeth with an enzymatic toothpaste. Dogs need to be sedated for dental cleanings. You don’t want to put your dog under if you don’t have to, so try to keep up with the cleanings to minimize the number of professional cleanings your pet will need.
Potential health problems caused by overfeeding dogs
Overfeeding your dog has some potential health risks. Overweight dogs can quickly become obese. Obesity can also lead to cardiac diseases as well as:
- Heart Failure
- Skin disorders
Your dog’s nutrition plays a big role in overall health and preventing diseases. Use the questions outlined here as a guide to determine the right amount of wet food to feed your pet. If you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s nutrition or what you’re feeding speak with your vet or a qualified nutritionist. Your pet will lead a longer, happier and healthier life when they’re well-fed and nourished!
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