If you’re like most pet people, this post should strike a chord because, at some point in your life, you’ll live with a pet whose weight or appetite is problematic.
"How much should I feed my dog?” That’s one of the top questions clients ask me during well-puppy visits. It also happens to be a top Google search term, right after “How much should I weigh?”
Although Google can be a great resource for some things, it’s not likely to help you much in this case. The answer, you see, is different for every pet. Sure, there are rules of thumb, but that’s exactly how pet owners get into trouble. Case in point: If you assume the directions on the side of a bag of kibble are gospel, chances are you’ll have a fat dog in no time.
The good news is that the right answer for how much to feed most pets can be boiled down to 10 simple rules.
1. Invest in a Nutritionally Balanced Diet
Whether it’s a veterinary nutritionist’s recipe or an off-the-shelf commercial formula recommended by your vet, stick to something that’s nutritionally balanced. (It will usually say so on the side of the bag or can.)