How much raw food should a 15 pound dog eat? Tips and Tricks

How Much Raw Food to Feed a Dog?

Feed approximately 2-3% of your dogs weight daily and split this between two meals. For example, a 50 pound dog would need ½ to ¾ of a pound raw dog food per meal. Very active or working dogs may need more and less active “couch-potato” dogs may need less. To calculate the appropriate amount of food to feed your dog, take your dogs weight in pounds and multiply by:

  • .02 (inactive/need to lose weight)
  • .025 (normal activity/maintain current weight)
  • .03 (for very active pets, or to gain weight)
  • If youre feeding commercial raw dog food, choose a format that best suits your dogs needs. For example, medium to large dog parents prefer patties and chubs because of the larger size, whereas small dog parents often prefer medallions or smaller patties.

    Feed at least 5% of body weight daily (about ¼ lb per 10 pounds of body weight). This can be split into at least 2 and preferably 3 meals per day.

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    Your dogs dietary needs vary by activity level, metabolic rate, age, breed, outdoor temperature and other variables. It is important that you observe your pet closely and increase or reduce food quantity as needed for proper weight.

    A word about dog poop:

    Since there is less bulk and filler food going in, there is less poop coming out. Some people get concerned that their dog is not going enough. Just because your dog poops less does not mean that he’s constipated. Less stool is the happy result of feeding Raw.

    If your dog seems to be straining or uncomfortable, adding a spoonful or two of canned pumpkin or some shredded raw carrot or sweet potato should help.

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