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PostSubject: Amount of food   Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:57 pm

Usually in dog forums in the nutrition sub-forums I see members occasionally ask how much they should be feeding their dogs. We all know it depends on the dog and their livestyles.

Do you guys follow the guidelines on the bag or have you moved slightly away from what it says to fit your dog's weight better? In my case I know that for Junior we have to feed more than the recommeded because he doesn't keep on weight very easily and he loves to run, whereas Sheetza is lower because she tends to put on weight easier and that is dangerous for doxies.

What about you guys, do you feed more or less than recommended and why?

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PostSubject: Re: Amount of food   Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:57 pm

They put feeding instructions on the bag!?!??!! ROFL

I started with that many many many years ago!!! But over the years I have figured out about what they need based on the size of the dog and their energy level.

If I change food for some reason, (Ive only go it 3 times in 15 years) I watch the amout of waist and monitor the weight for a few months to make sure they dont change more than a pound or two.

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PostSubject: Re: Amount of food   Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:08 pm

Hahaha, yes I do believe there is instructions there ROFL

I myself don't use them now either, but at the very begining its a good start, but after that its all up to how your dog reacts to the amount. Just a little common sense, take away if they are gaining weight and add some if they are loosing it. Thats kind of why I'm always surprised to see people ask how much they should be feeding their dogs. :p

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PostSubject: Re: Amount of food   Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:13 pm

Betterdog4u wrote:
They put feeding instructions on the bag!?!??!! ROFL

I have never noticed feeding instructions on a dog food bag but as funny as it sounds, better safe then sorry. I wouldn't put it past somebody to try feeding their dog the whole bag at once, like they need to put on plastic bag "Keep out of reach of children." Sad but effective. I haven't read the instruction manual, I put food on a dog bowl till it hits the top but not over-flowing and my dog eats what he wants and if he gets full he stops. If he eats all of it, I will give him another bowl in the afternoon or late evening and he is content.
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PostSubject: Re: Amount of food   Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:55 pm

I've never noticed it was writting on the bag..i just read what's in the food and give him the amount the vet has recommended, lol...
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PostSubject: Re: Amount of food   Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:10 pm

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I've never noticed it was writting on the bag..i just read what's in the food and give him the amount the vet has recommended, lol...
Most commercial foods have a "recommended cups per day" on the back of the bag and its usually based on the weight of the dog. pale

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PostSubject: Re: Amount of food   Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:42 pm

Betterdog4u wrote:
schnauzkyLVR wrote:
I've never noticed it was writting on the bag..i just read what's in the food and give him the amount the vet has recommended, lol...
Most commercial foods have a "recommended cups per day" on the back of the bag and its usually based on the weight of the dog. pale

I can see where that would be a problem affraid

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PostSubject: Re: Amount of food   Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:06 pm

Steven_L wrote:
Betterdog4u wrote:
schnauzkyLVR wrote:
I've never noticed it was writting on the bag..i just read what's in the food and give him the amount the vet has recommended, lol...
Most commercial foods have a "recommended cups per day" on the back of the bag and its usually based on the weight of the dog. pale

I can see where that would be a problem affraid
It is. The food bag says I should be giving Neka 5 cups day. She gains weight if i give her 4 per day. affraid

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PostSubject: Re: Amount of food   Tue Feb 09, 2010 7:01 pm

Betterdog4u wrote:
Steven_L wrote:
Betterdog4u wrote:
schnauzkyLVR wrote:
I've never noticed it was writting on the bag..i just read what's in the food and give him the amount the vet has recommended, lol...
Most commercial foods have a "recommended cups per day" on the back of the bag and its usually based on the weight of the dog. pale

I can see where that would be a problem affraid
It is. The food bag says I should be giving Neka 5 cups day. She gains weight if i give her 4 per day. affraid

Yes and the more weight they gain the more they feed....vicious cycle, thats where common sense is supposed to come in! Help!

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PostSubject: Re: Amount of food   Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:03 pm

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Yes and the more weight they gain the more they feed....vicious cycle, thats where common sense is supposed to come in! Help!
That's why the bag says: SUGGESTED SERVING ... it keeps them out of court when an owner with less than normal common sense is left in charge of feeding. ROFL affraid Frustrated

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