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And no, it's not directly proportional to the amount of love you have for him. Too much food can make a dog obese, the typical gorging Labradors are a good example with huge barrel bodies and a head that looks smaller than the rest of the body and too little food can make dogs look miserable with their ribs visible from a distance and SOS written on their face.
Adult dogs generally need to be fed twice a day whereas pups might need to be fed three to four times a day. The amount of food to give to your pet is based on his caloric requirement which in turn is calculated by the weight and physical activity of your pet. Too much mumbo jumbo? Thought so. Basically all you have to do is figure out the exact weight of your pet and what kind of lifestyle he has. Is he active, hyper active, inactive, working, growing, pregnant, or geriatric? The amount of food will be affected by it but for a general measurement here is the Kilocalorie requirements of average healthy pets:
Note: These recommendations are for guidance only. Cats are individuals and some may have higher or lower requirements in order to maintain an ideal, trim body condition.
Note: These recommendations are for guidance only.Dogs are individuals and some may have higher or lower caloric requirements in order to maintain an ideal,trim body condition.
Now comes the tricky part, figuring out what food contains how many calories. You can either go for packaged pet food which shows the amount of calories in each serving or give home made food checking the calories of the ingredients beforehand. But if you go for a homemade diet make sure to keep it balanced containing enough fibre and water content.
Now you have an idea of how much food you need to be giving your pet, to keep him in perfect shape and health.