Optimising Your Dog's Diet: How Much To Feed a Day

Optimising Your Dog's Diet: How Much To Feed a Day

Knowing How Much Raw Dog Food to Feed
This article is your one-stop resource for understanding the right amount of high-quality, natural raw dog food your dog needs daily.

 

Why Percentage-Based Feeding Works Best

Our feeding calculator simplifies the process, providing you with the precise amount based on your dog's body weight – a crucial factor in raw feeding. While high-calorie foods might meet energy needs, they often fall short in nutritional balance. Our approach ensures your dog receives the right balance of nutrition and energy.

Mastering the Percentage Method

Firstly find out the the weight of your dog.
Our feeding calculator is based on the average dog, who will need 2.5% of bodyweight a day.
If you have a smaller dog, under 8kg, you may find that 3% of bodyweight suits your dog better.
A much smaller breed or toy dog may even need 4%.
Large dogs usually 2% and very large 1.5%.

It's advisable to start with these guidelines and adjust by 0.5% to find the perfect balance for your dog's individual needs.

 

Seeing the Difference with Raw Food

Switching to a raw diet can significantly improve your dog's metabolic health and weight balance. You'll notice the difference as they begin to thrive on our natural, raw food.


Quick Reference Feeding Guide

4kg (at 4%) is 160gms – around 1/3 of a chub daily
9kg (at 2.5%) is 225gms – just over ½ a chub daily
11kg (at 2.5%) is 275gms – almost ¾ of a chub daily
14kg (at 2%) is 280gms – almost ¾ of a chub daily
17kg (at 2%) is 340gm – just over ¾ of a chub daily
20kg (at 2%) is 400gm – 1 chub daily
25kg (at 2%) is 500gm – 1 and ¼ of a chub daily

Calculations are based on our 400gm Chubs.

This is the total daily amount, you can feed once or twice a day.
Any greens added would not be taken from the amount, it is safe to adjust for eggs and raw meaty bones. You do need to continually adjust and monitor, just like we eat ourselves, fresh food aligns itself to this very well.


Adjusting for Weight Management

For Weight Loss
Reduce the percentage slightly and focus on leaner meats. Avoid grain-based foods and treats that spike insulin. Adding a canine Kelp supplement could also aid in weight management.


For Weight Gain
You can adjust the % for weight gain, however usually the best way to encourage weight gain is to alter the foods that make up the daily meals.
Adding some plain, everyday breakfast Oats* to your dog's meals (just a dry handful, or two handfuls for bigger dogs) is often all that is needed to provide a safe & small insulin release and thus laying off fat within your dog metabolism. This really does help.


Resources
You can use this simple search engine statement below to determine the daily amounts for those percentages. Type into your search engine: What is (chosen %) of (weight) kg in grams? Click return and you have the daily amount.

For Puppies, please visit our Feeding Puppies blog.

For Storage info please see our Will the products fit in my freezer? info on the feeding guide page.

Head to our adult dog feeding calculator: https://thefarmersdog.uk/pages/the-raw-feeding-guide
(A reminder, our feeding calculator is based on the average dog, who will need 2.5% of body weight a day.)

*(Oats would not be recommended for dogs with yeast issues.)

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