So you’ve decided to give your puppy the best start in life by choosing a raw fed diet, but now you’re probably wondering how much you should feed to help grow a healthy puppy into a strong dog.
Stop guessing and work out the correct amount, it’s easy. A lot of guides will recommend feeding 2.5% of the dogs ideal adult weight, this may be great in theory however every dog is different so it may be difficult to guess this weight.
The most accurate way is to feed an amount based on bodyweight percentage. The following table has been devised by Add Ridyard after studying several breeds over a period of time.
|Age in weeks||% of bodyweight to feed|
|7 – 10||8 – 10 %|
|10 – 16||7.5 – 8.5 %|
|16 – 20||6.5 – 7.5 %|
|20 – 24||5.5 – 6.5 %|
|24 – 36||4.5 – 5.5 %|
|36 – 56||3.5 – 4.5 %|
|56 – 68||3.5 %|
|68 +||2 – 3 %|
Weight figures kindly provided by Ann Ridyard at The Dog’s Diner.
Start off by splitting their daily amount into 3 meals per day. Once your puppy is 6 months old, you may look into changing this to 2 meals per day.
Remember, every dog is different and what applies to one may not apply to another. Dogs have different metabolic rates, activity levels, and breed requirements so bear this in mind.