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How often should I feed my dog?

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The frequency of feeding your dog depends on factors such as age, size, breed, and overall health. Here are some general guidelines:


Puppies usually require more frequent meals due to their rapid growth. Feed them 3 to 4 times a day up to the age of 6 months.

Adult Dogs

Adult dogs typically do well with two meals per day. Some dogs, especially larger breeds, may do well with one larger meal or two smaller meals.

Senior Dogs

Older dogs may benefit from two smaller meals to help with digestion and to meet their nutritional needs.

It's essential to consider your dog's energy levels, activity level, and any specific health concerns when determining their feeding schedule. Additionally, be mindful of the type and amount of food you're feeding, as this can impact their overall health.

Your dog food should have a feeding chart on the back of the packet or on their website. Keep in mind that this is a rough guideline, and you may need to feed your dog more or less than is suggested.

Some dogs do well with ‘graze feeding’ whereby we leave dry food down and they eat it when they choose. However, this is not appropriate for dogs who are over their ideal weight.

Keep in mind that individual dogs may have different needs. Regular vet check-ups can help you adjust your dog's diet and feeding schedule as needed throughout their life. If you have specific concerns or questions about your dog's dietary requirements, consult with your veterinarian for personalised advice.

Dr. Linda Simon

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