How much and how often to feed your small dog
It's important to feed your small or toy breed dog the right amount of food at proper intervals, but that can be tricky, as feeding requirements vary greatly from one dog to another. Feeding guides on the food can or bag are just a starting point. It's critical to your dog's health that his physical condition is monitored regularly and the feeding amount is adjusted as needed.
Ask your veterinarian which of these three feeding methods is best for your small dog:
Free Choice: Food is available to your dog at all times.
Time-Limited Feeding: Food is available to your dog for a limited time.
Meal Feeding: A measured amount of food is available to your dog at specific meal times each day.
To help keep your adult dog healthy, we recommend following the simple steps in this cycle:
- Weigh your dog.
- Feed based on feeding guides and veterinary recommendations.
- Evaluate your dog's physical condition using our body condition scoring system every two to three weeks for the first six months.
- Adjust the amount you feed accordingly.
- We suggest that you or your veterinarian evaluate your dog's physical condition every few months. For some dogs, your veterinarian may suggest more frequent evaluations.