How much raw food should a 40 pound dog eat? Simple and Effective Tips

How Much Do I Feed My Puppy?

Feed puppies anywhere from 2-3x the amount an adult dog of the same weight would eat. For example, a puppy that weighs 10 pounds would eat 2-3x the amount a 10 pound adult dog would eat.

Feed very young puppies 3 or 4 times per day. Older puppies generally do just fine with twice-daily feedings.

Just like adult dogs, there are several factors that play into the amount of food to feed your puppy: age, weight, anticipated adult weight, breed and more. Observe him or her closely and adjust food quantity as needed.

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.

    For example:

    Say you determined 40lbs was your dog’s ideal, adult body weight. If your dog currently weighs about 40lbs (give or take a pound or two) – high five! Your dog is at a healthy weight already, so skip this step. But if you’ve determined ideal body weight, then activity level and find: • Your dog’s body condition is not ideal, • Your dog is overweight, • Or your dog is significantly underweight Then you might want to adjust for either weight loss or weight gain.

    When increasing or decreasing food, start with small increments like .25%, .5% and so on. And never expect your dog to gain or lose weight overnight or in a week’s time. Have patience. Consider these adjustments for the following weight categories:

    • Start with 2.5 – 3% for slight weight gain. • If more is needed, increase incrementally (to 3.25%, then 3.5%, and so on) until ideal body condition is achieved. • Feed in 3-4 smaller meals • Add extras if needed – bones, digestible raw meaty parts, bone broth, or goats’ milk

    These dogs are malnourished. Often coming from rescue situations, they may look like walking skeletons. Consult with your veterinarian as these dogs may have special health considerations.

    • If your dog is heavy feed 2% and decrease incrementally as needed to reach proper body condition. • Exercise!

    • Feed 1.5% – 2% and decrease as needed. • I don’t recommend falling below 1.5% • Exercise!

    Raw Food Meal Sizing For Dogs Explained

    What remains unclear is how much raw food you’re supposed to feed. Up until this point, you’ve heard varied suggestions and aren’t sure where to start. Don’t worry. The question at the forefront of every newbie’s mind, “How much food should I feed my dog on a raw diet?” is answered with a simple formula. Here’s what’s even more amazing: