How Much Should I Feed My Fifteen Pound Dog?

Getting feeding amounts correct is important for health.
Getting feeding amounts correct is important for health. (Image: cocker au bord d'un lac image by Sophie Hurel from

Overfeeding Can lead to Weight Problems

It is easy to overfeed a dog. Many owners offer a quantity that looks right in the food bowl, without weighing their dog or checking recommended feeding rates. As a result, up to 17 million, or 40 percent, of U.S. dogs are overweight, according to Reuters. Excess weight puts undue strain on joints and internal organs.

Underfeeding Leads to Weight Loss

Feeding too little food results in poor growth or weight loss. A dog's ribs should be felt when lightly stroked, and a distinct waist seen when viewed from above. If ribs are plainly visible, the dog should be weighed accurately and the result compared against breed standards.

Bottom Line

Correct feeding rates depend on the type of food and the age of the dog. A growing pup needs more nutrition than a senior dog. In general, according to the PetHealth101 website, a 15-lb. dog should receive about 550 daily calories. The bottom line is always look at the suggested feeding rates on the bag of meal, weigh the dog and feed appropriately.

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