How Much Do You Feed Your Dog?

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  1. JacksonsMom

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    I know another thread was made before similar to this, but cannot find it.

    Ever since Jackson got sick one night in late July and stayed in the hospital overnight, he suddenly became a good eater. lol. This was a dog that would let dry food sit for days, was just very picky. So now he has a good appetite. He used to only eat 1/2 cup per day of Acana but that was also when he was getting a lot more treats (higher in fat too) and wet food also higher in fat.

    Anyways, since then, he's been eating 3/4 cup per day. I can't imagine giving him any less, as he doesn't seem satisfied until he eats about that much, and he's not a scarfer still, plus he runs a lot and is active in general. I just wanna make sure I am not over-feeding and don't want him to start gaining. For reference, Acana bag suggest for a less active dog (1 hour exercise or less) between 12-22lbs to be fed 1-1 1/4 cup of food (and I know the bags are often way over estimates).

    So;

    What Food?: Acana Prairie and Grasslands and Pacifica
    Kcal/cup: 430 kcal/cup
    How Much Per Day?: 3/4 cup
    Weight of Dog: 16lbs
    Age of Dog: 3yrs old
    Activity: Pretty active - generally at minimum 1hr of exercise per day
     
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    Wow he eats a lot lol

    Dekka ~ 1/4-1/3 of a cup (12 pounds)
    Seren ~ 1/2 cup (11 pounds)
    Kaiden ~ 1/2 cup (16 pounds)
    Bounce ~ 1 cup (18 pounds)
    Dash ~ 1.5 cups (21 pounds)
    Sport ~ 1.5-2 cups. (I think about 40 pounds)

    all are pretty active.

    This is currently for the costco grain free. Its low in fat and fairly low calories. They all ate a little less when on orijen. Right now they are also getting salmon oil to help up the fat content.

    Oh and as of really recently Dekka is getting a freeze dried food called K9 naturals.. haven't figured out how much she is going to need on it. She says its delicious and always wants more. Not sure if she is still hungry, or greedy :D
     
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    What Food?: Nature's Variety Instinct Rabbit
    Kcal/cup: 482
    How Much Per Day?: 2/3 cup per day
    Weight of Dog: 29.5 pounds
    Age of Dog: 6 years old today!! :D
    Activity: Meh, we walk on a flexi once per day and he runs around like a banshee and plays tug. Nosework too. So not all that active on a regular basis.

    On raw he gets fed between 4-6oz per day. We are working through some tummy issues to get him back on raw.
     
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    Mine are both raw...but

    Marley - 12 year old lab mix ~80lbs
    no longer active
    ~ 1 - 1.5 lbs a day....I dont actually weigh.
    I cut down more recently as his energy has really dropped so it may be a bit lower than that...he is looking really good though IMO for his age and tendency to be pudgy (weird body type)

    Ivy - almost three and right around 120 lbs
    has moment of activity but not an active dog
    she has between 2 and 3 lbs a day
     
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    Shamoo: 1.5-2 cups a day.
    Inactive. Will be 14 next month. She's a spayed 40lbs or so.

    Arnold: 2-3 cups a day.
    Moderate to inactivity. 7.5 yrs old. He's a neutered 65 lbs or so.

    Backup: 4-5 cups a day.
    High activity. 2 yrs old. He's an intact male and 55 lbs or so.

    Sloan 4-5 cups a day.
    High activity. 1.5 yrs old. She's an intact female and 45 lbs or so.

    Of dehydrated food varying from Artisan Chicken, Artisan Lamb, and a few HK blends. I'm not sure what that rehydrates to without looking at the bag. All of which are around 450-500 kcal/cup.


    ETA weight, age, activity.
     
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    What Food?: Nature's Domain (fish formula)
    Kcal/cup: 336 kcals/cup
    How Much Per Day?: 2 cups
    Weight of Dog: 38lbs
    Age of Dog: 3yo
    Activity: Moderate (free running in the yard, training several times/week, hiking/swimming on weekends)

    Aeri
    What Food?: Nature's Domain (fish formula)
    Kcal/cup: 336 kcals/cup
    How Much Per Day?: 3 cups
    Weight of Dog: 40lbs
    Age of Dog: 13 months
    Activity: Moderate (free running in the yard, training several times/week, hiking/swimming on weekends)

    Snipe
    What Food?: Nature's Domain (fish formula)
    Kcal/cup: 336 kcals/cup
    How Much Per Day?: 2 cups
    Weight of Dog: 27lbs
    Age of Dog: 8 months
    Activity: Moderate (free play in the yard and house, hiking/swimming on weekends)

    Ziva
    What Food?: Honest Kitchen Thrive
    Kcal/cup: 510 kcal/cup (dry)
    How Much Per Day?: 1 cup (dry)
    Weight of Dog: 24lbs
    Age of Dog: 4.5yo
    Activity: Low currently (free play in yard, occasional agility competition)

    The three bigger dogs do usually get one meal of THK a day, but with the holidays they've just been getting the Nature's Domain to make things super simple. The amount of kibble they eat is the same as the amount of dry (prior to rehydrating) THK they will eat. We're also experimenting with NorthWest Naturals premade raw.
     
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    I wouldn't worry too much about this - you're going to notice if he starts gaining and you'll be able to cut back some.

    What Food?: Taste of the Wild, random varieties
    Kcal/cup: I'm not sure, would have to look it up

    Murphy
    How Much Per Day?: 2 cups
    Weight of Dog: 45 lbs
    Age of Dog: 8 yrs old
    Activity: Eh. Kind of active.

    Tipper
    How Much Per Day?: 2 cups
    Weight of Dog: 20-25 lbs
    Age of Dog: 3 yrs old
    Activity: Very active

    Mu
    How Much Per Day?: 1 cup
    Weight of Dog: 20-25 lbs
    Age of Dog: 2 yrs old
    Activity: Moderately active

    Tipper and Mu are essentially the same height and weight but Tipper's metabolism is insane. When we first got her we started with 1 cup a day, same as Mu. She was waaaaay too skinny for awhile until I got it through my head that she needed more food than Mu. I originally thought it might just be an adjustment period to ToTW (she was on Science Diet at her foster home).
     
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    What Food?: Raw.
    Kcal/cup:
    How Much Per Day?: 0.8 lb-1.2lbish. I go a lot more just by sight than measuring.
    Weight of Dog: 38.4lb
    Age of Dog: 21 months
    Activity: Very Active.

    Kaylee

    What Food?: Kirkland dry
    Kcal/cup:
    How Much Per Day?: 1-2 cups depending on the activity
    Weight of Dog: 80lb
    Age of Dog: 4 years
    Activity: Sedate
     
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    They range from 336 to 370 kcals/cup

    Venison/bison being the most calories. Lowest is either fowl or lamb, can't remember off the top of my head.

    I'm just gonna go crawl under a rock now, it's slightly embarassing that I know those without looking. :eek:
     
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    Dance:

    What Food?: Acana Wild Prairie, Grasslands and Ranchlands
    Kcal/cup: 425-460 kcal/cup (depends on the formula)
    How Much Per Day?: Just under 1 cup per day (split into two meals)
    Weight of Dog: 30lbs
    Age of Dog: Almost 5 years old
    Activity: Moderately active (more active on weekends/days off work)

    Keira:

    What Food?: Acana Pacifica
    Kcal/cup: 430 kcal/cup
    How Much Per Day?: Just under 2 cups (split into two meals)
    Weight of Dog: 58lbs
    Age of Dog: 4 years old
    Activity: Moderately active (more active on weekends/days off work)

    Ripley:

    What Food?: Acana Lamb & Apple
    Kcal/cup: 421 kcal/cup
    How Much Per Day?: Just under 3 cups (split into two meals)
    Weight of Dog: 73lbs
    Age of Dog: Almost 3 years old
    Activity: Moderately active (more active on weekends/days off work)

    You know, I've never actually looked closely at the kcals before. I didn't realize Dance's rotation varied that much. But it doesn't seem to affect her. And Ripley's only been eating the Lamb & Apple for just over a month, and it has fewer kcals per cup than what he had been eating, and it hasn't affected him either. For him there isn't that much difference, but for Dance there is a pretty big jump between say the Wild Prairie and the Ranchlands.
     
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    Harleigh is a bit chubby for me right now, so she's getting less than normally.

    What Food?: Back to Basics Turkey
    Kcal/cup: 402 kcal/cup
    How Much Per Day?: 1-1.25 cup
    Weight of Dog: 63 pounds is what I like. She was in her 70's after crate rest, but I'm not sure how much she has lost yet.
    Age of Dog: 2 years 10 months :p (3 in February)
    Activity: Moderate (usually 2 mile walk/day, fetching, running around, agility, etc)

    She gets raw most nights for supper.
     
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    What Food?: Pre-made Raw
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    How Much Per Day?: 1/4lb per day
    Weight of Dog: around 13-14lbs
    Age of Dog: 3 years
    Activity: Active, 4 classes a week plus homework, working at the store, and some walks.
     
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    Todd
    What Food?: Burns Lamb and Rice
    Kcal/cup: Doesn't say
    How Much Per Day?: 1 cup AM, 1 cup PM with 200g tinned meat
    Weight of Dog: 32kg
    Age of Dog: 11
    Activity: Low - 40mins a day maximum.

    Lucy
    What Food?: Burns Lamb and Rice
    Kcal/cup: Doesn't say
    How Much Per Day?: 1 cup AM, 1 cup PM with 200g tinned meat
    Weight of Dog: 28-29kg
    Age of Dog: 2
    Activity: 1 hour a day.

    Katy
    What Food?: Pets at Home's Advanced Nutrition
    Kcal/cup: Doesn't say
    How Much Per Day?: 1/2 cup AM, 1/2 cup afternoon, 1/2 cup night, each time with 100g tinned meat.
    Weight of Dog: No idea!
    Age of Dog: 19 weeks
    Activity: 1 - 2 hours a day.
     
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    What Food?: TOTW - Salmon
    Kcal/cup: 364 kcal/cup
    How Much Per Day?: 3/4 cup
    Weight of Dog: 26 lbs
    Age of Dog: 6-7ish
    Activity: an hour a day
     
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    What Food?: TOTW, various flavors
    Kcal/cup: 336 to 370 kcals/cup (thanks PWCorgi! lol)
    How Much Per Day?: just shy of 2c/day
    Weight of Dog: 45 lbs
    Age of Dog: 9
    Activity: fairly inactive

    Mushroom
    What Food?: TOTW, various flavors
    Kcal/cup: 336 to 370 kcals/cup (thanks PWCorgi! lol)
    How Much Per Day?: 1.5c/day
    Weight of Dog: 57 (fat) pounds
    Age of Dog: 9
    Activity: couch slug

    Steve
    What Food?: grocery store raw
    Kcal/cup:
    How Much Per Day?: A pound, give or take. More on days he's been extremely active.
    Weight of Dog: 40 lbs
    Age of Dog: 3
    Activity: go go go
     
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    What Food?: Wellness Small Breed
    Kcal/cup: 420 kcal/cup
    How Much Per Day?: 1/2 cup (split into 2 meals)
    Weight of Dog: 7 lbs
    Age of Dog: 6 years old
    Activity: kind of a bum

    I was feeding her 2/3 cup per day, but she started getting a little chunky. So I switched to 1/2 cup per day and she's back to normal.
     
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    I rotate through a variety of grain-free kibbles, canned food, dehydrated, and premade raw, so everything changes on a day to day basis...but for an example, this is what they got today.

    Missy
    What Food?: Fromm Surf & Turf (dry), Sojos Beef (dehydrated), Instinct Beef (raw)
    Kcal/cup: 422 kcal/cup (dry), 65 kcals/oz (raw)
    How Much Per Day?: 1 cup dry w/3 spoonfuls dehydrated (morning), 1 cup dry w/2 oz raw (evening)
    Weight of Dog: 75 lbs
    Age of Dog: 5yrs, spayed female
    Activity: Moderate - about an hour per day of walking, plus free play in yard

    Jack
    What Food?: Fromm Surf n Turf (dry), Instinct Beef (canned), Instinct Beef (raw)
    Kcal/cup: 422 kcal/cup (dry), 42 kcals/oz (canned), 65 kcals/oz (raw)
    How Much Per Day?: 1/3 cup dry w/1.5 oz canned (morning), 1/3 cup dry w/1 oz raw (evening)
    Weight of Dog: 22lbs
    Age of Dog: 4yrs, neutered male
    Activity: Moderate - about an hour per day of walking, plus free play/fetch in yard

    I would say that Missy got ≈974 calories today, plus Sojos (I couldn't find the calories online), and Jack got ≈409 calories today. However, they also get stuffed Kongs 4-5 times per week, and I'm not about to figure out the calories that goes into all of that lol.
     
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    Nessie
    What Food?: Fromm Four Star Chicken a la veg
    Kcal/cup: 370 kcal/cup
    How Much Per Day?: 4 cups (split into two meals)
    Weight of Dog: over 100lbs
    Age of Dog: 1 year
    Activity: lazy to moderate (puppy)


    Loki
    What Food?: Fromm Four Star Chicken a la veg
    Kcal/cup: 370 kcal/cup
    How Much Per Day?: 3-4 cups (split into two meals)
    Weight of Dog: between 115-120lbs
    Age of Dog: 8-10 years ?? (rescue)
    Activity: lazy
     
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    Juno:

    What Food?: Natures Domain
    Kcal/cup: No clue!
    How Much Per Day?: 3 cups (stupid fast metabolism)
    Weight of Dog: 50 lbs
    Age of Dog: Almost 3 years
    Activity: Ehh maybe moderate at best, I've slacked off

    Lucy:

    What Food?:
    Kirklands reduced weight or whatever they call it
    Kcal/cup: No clue
    How Much Per Day?: 1/2 cup, when I feed her
    Weight of Dog: 11 lbs
    Age of Dog: 6 years
    Activity: Not active. At all.
     
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    What Food?: Raw and Orijin Red Meat
    Kcal/cup: No clue about raw; 483(?) for Orijin
    How Much Per Day?: Varying amounts with raw; 1 1/2 cups with kibble (3/4 cup per meal).
    Weight of Dog: dunno. Probably a bit more than he should be at the moment. I like to try and keep him around 55lbs, he's probably about 60.
    Age of Dog: 7 years
    Activity: Moderate, about to be a lot more active when I can start taking him to work.
     

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