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If you are a pet owner, you must know that mealtime is the most exciting time for your furry family member. And, when you are feeding your pet with EcoPet food, you are not only adding a boost of flavour to your dog’s kibble, but you are also adding fresh and healthy foods that they need to live a healthy, long and happy life.

However, there is always that one question that stands in the way: how much should I feed my dog?

If this question is bothering you, here are some critical factors that can help you to ensure your dog is eating properly.

1. Weigh Your Dog

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One of the most simple and easiest ways to determine how much your dog should eat per day is by measuring out their food based on their body weight. His or her current weight can be determined as part of a scheduled examination, or you can simply stop by a facility to weigh your dog.

If you got this done with an exam, it would be great also if you could ask the vet’s opinion on your dog’s weight and whether the amount and type of food that you are giving your pet is appropriate or not.

Now, it is normal that smaller dogs would require less food compared with larger ones. However, below you will find a recommended feeding schedule for how much and how often dogs should eat a day, based on their weight:

Toy Dogs (Under 10 Pounds)

Traditionally, toy dogs refer to those small dog breeds that can wriggle their way straight into your heart and onto your lap. But, with their adorable looks and big personalities, they can easily stand out from a crowd. Some examples of these breeds are Pomeranian, Havanese, and Yorkshire Terriers.

  • If these breeds weigh 3 pounds, they should be fed 1/3 cup of food per day.
  • But, if they weigh 6 pounds, they should be fed 1/2 cup of food per day.

Small Dogs (10-20 Pounds)

Even though there is a fine and pretty blurred line between toy and small dogs, it is still good to know that dogs that are larger than a toy breed and weigh between 10- 20 pounds are regarded as small breeds. For example, Boston Terriers, Dachshunds, Shih Tzus, and Pugs are all small dogs.

  • If these breeds weigh around 10 pounds, they should be fed 3/4 cup of food per day.
  • If they weigh 15 pounds, they should be fed 1 cup of food per day.
  • If they weigh 20 pounds, they should be fed 1 2/3 cups of food per day.

Medium Dogs (30-50 Pounds)

Australian Shepherd, Bull Terrier, and Collie are considered as medium breeds that require more quantity of food than the small breeds.

  • If these breeds weigh around 30 pounds, they should be fed 1 3/4 cups of food per day.
  • If they weigh 40 pounds, they should be fed 2 1/4 cups of food per day.
  • If they weigh 50 pounds, they should be fed 2 2/3 cups of food per day.

Large Dogs (60-100+ Pounds)

German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, and Bernese Mountain Dogs are considered as large dogs.

  • If these breeds weigh around 60 pounds, they should be fed 3 cups of food per day.
  • If they weigh 70 pounds, they should be fed 3 1/2 cups of food per day.
  • If they weigh 80 pounds, they should be fed 3 3/4 cups of food per day.
  • If they weigh 90 pounds, they should be fed 4 1/4 cups of food per day.
  • If they weigh 100 pounds, they should be fed 4 1/2 cups of food per day.
  • Now, if your dog weighs over 100 pounds, you can add in an extra 1/3 cup of food.

2. Determine Your Dog’s Activity Level

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Suppose your dog is a very energetic and active one that always herds the neighbourhood children to the bus stop. It is evident that such dogs need more calories than those adorable lapdogs (whose daily exercise consists only of climbing onto your lap).

3. Figure in Treats

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We often like to give our furry friends one or two treats per day. However, did you know that, as per most veterinarians, your dog’s caloric intake should be limited from snacks to 10% of your dog’s daily diet? This number is supposed to be deducted from your dog’s daily meal calculation.

If you have successfully been able to determine how much food to feed your dog, why don’t you check out EcoPet, which can provide you with a range of options for adding flavour and nutrients to your pet’s kibble?

Just like us, our pets deserve the freshest foods. The curated range of fresh raw meat available at EcoPet is specially formulated for your pet’s optimal health. However, when it comes to handling and serving raw meat, there are specific guidelines that you will need to follow!

#1. Keep Everything Clean 

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Let me ask you one thing. When you prepare a delicious meal for yourself, do you usually cook in a dirty and messed up kitchen? Of course not! Instead, you always make sure that all your food preparation surfaces and utensils are clean. The same should also apply when cooking for your pet!

Below you will find quote from T. J. Dunn Jr, an expert in veterinary medicine, who explains why cleanliness is required when dealing with raw pet food:

“Almost all the raw pet foods you purchase have bacteria present on or in them. Only specific strains of specific bacteria have the potential to cause disease and then only when their numbers develop to fairly high levels. But if pathogenic bacteria are present when the consumer purchased the raw food and the consumer ignores safe handling procedures, those organisms may proliferate to a point where their numbers may cause disease. The organisms may also proliferate on utensils, containers, cutting boards, washcloths, anywhere there is organic material upon which to grow.”

As a result, experts recommend washing your hands before and after touching the raw meat. It is also essential to clean your pet’s food bowls (either before or after their meals) and all the dishes, cutting boards, and other utensils used in the meat preparation process with hot soapy water.

#2. Portion Control

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How do you know how much raw meat to feed to your pet? This is one of the most asked questions and I would say it’s a very important one too. Why? Because overweight dogs don’t live as long as dogs with balanced weight.

According to some experts, one crucial pet feeding guideline is to aim to feed your pet 3-4 % of its ideal body weight, split into two meals per day. However, there are other vital factors that need to be considered. For instance, for pets that need to put on weight or those that have higher nutritional needs, you will have to increase each meal’s amount, while for those that need to lose weight, the amount per day will have to be reduced.

You can also go scientific and use a feeding calculator. In this way, you will be able to plan your pet’s meals beforehand.

#3. Storing the raw meat

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Suppose you bought a huge amount of fresh raw meat for your dog at EcoPet. It is evident that you cannot feed all the meat to your pet in one day. So, you will need to store it properly.

Now, when it comes to your fancy steaks and gourmet chicken breasts, you tend to keep them in the fridge until you decide to cook them and the same applies to your pet raw food.

Until you decide to feed the raw meat to your dog, you will have to keep it frozen. For example, you can take the EcoPet raw meat, put it in secure packaging like a covered plastic container and store it in your freezer. This will prevent bacterial growth and reduce the chances of spoiling. Moreover, when the raw meat is being kept at a consistent temperature of 0 °F, it will prevent microbial growth, including yeast and mould.

But, always remember, if you are going to serve the food to your pet, make sure to serve it fully thawed.

So, now that you are aware of the safe handling techniques, you can go ahead and choose one of the finest fresh raw meats available at EcoPet!

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