Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Discussions and Dog Talk Forums > Dog Food and Recipes


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-07-2012, 09:00 PM
*blackrose's Avatar
*blackrose *blackrose is offline
"I'm kupo for kupo nuts!"
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 5,988
Default Question about feeding amounts

I was recently informed by a pet-drug company sales rep that if you weren't feeding within the recommended guidelines on the back of the bag of dog food (say, for a 50 pound dog 2-3 1/2 cups of food a day or what have you) that your dog wasn't getting the entire amount of nutrition it needed from the food it was consuming.

True, or false? I'm inclined to believe false, but wanted to get other opinions.

I ask, because Chloe only eats a cup of food a day and she is a 45 pound dog. That is what she is maintaining her weight at (she's actually still a bit too heavy for my liking), so that is what she gets. If I fed her the recommended 2 cups of food a day she'd be fat as a blimp. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't depriving her of nutrients because of that.
__________________
Cynder, Daddy's girl Little Lab muttly and Abrams, Momma's boy Chesapeake Bay Retriever
~*~ DOB 1/28/2006 ~*~ DOB 4/11/13 ~*~

Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-07-2012, 09:08 PM
Fran101's Avatar
Fran101 Fran101 is offline
Resident fainting goat
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Boston
Posts: 12,296
Default

False. They push more food than necessary because they want to sell more food. typically. It also varies a lot depending on activity level. a 50 pound coach potato is going to need a lot less than a 50 pound working dog.

Each kibble is pretty identical ingredient wise. So it's not like when a kid doesn't finish his plate/only eats his mashed potatoes and leaves his vegetables.. the kibbles are all the same, so regardless of how MUCH they eat, they are still getting all the nutrition from all the ingredients used to make each kibble. Their body might NEED MORE of it to work, but either way, it's all there.

If she is maintaining weight and doing well on 1 cup then 1 cup is what you should be feeding. All the nutrition is in there and her body is telling you she has enough food and calories to work just fine
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-07-2012, 09:13 PM
Emily's Avatar
Emily Emily is offline
Rollin' with my bitches
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 2,115
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fran101 View Post
False. They push more food than necessary because they want to sell more food. typically. It also varies a lot depending on activity level. a 50 pound coach potato is going to need a lot less than a 50 pound working dog.

Each kibble is pretty identical ingredient wise. So it's not like when a kid doesn't finish his plate/only eats his mashed potatoes and leaves his vegetables.. the kibbles are all the same, so regardless of how MUCH they eat, they are still getting all the nutrition from all the ingredients used to make each kibble. Their body might NEED MORE of it to work, but either way, it's all there.

If she is maintaining weight and doing well on 1 cup then 1 cup is what you should be feeding. All the nutrition is in there and her body is telling you she has enough food and calories to work just fine

That. And it's about the ratios of then nutrients, I would assume. As long as the dog is getting enough calories to maintain a healthy weight, and as long as the food is balanced, there's nothing to worry about.

Did you ask him if feeding a skinny dog more than recommended makes them overdoes on vitamins? LOL That was my first thought.
__________________

Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-07-2012, 09:17 PM
olliethemutt's Avatar
olliethemutt olliethemutt is offline
<3 my soldier
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Georgia
Posts: 155
Default

My poor dog must be nutritionally deprived then..lol We feed her twice a day, but she usually only eats once. I think he was full of it.

Am I supposed to just shove the food down my dogs throat?????? -_-
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-07-2012, 09:19 PM
AdrianneIsabel's Avatar
AdrianneIsabel AdrianneIsabel is offline
Glutton for Crazy
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 8,893
Default

I have honest to god never looked at recommended amounts. lol
__________________
Sloan von Krigbaum IPO1 CGC BH CD NA NJ PD MJ-N RATI RATN 3/7/10 -
Shamoo NJ-N RATI RATN 3/1/98 -
Phelan du Loups du Soleil CGC RATI 6/15/13 -
Chili Brigades Brover 5/23/14 -

Arnold CGC TDI FD 6/29/04 - 07/05/13
Backup CGC HIC CD SRD SJ-N RATI 12/29/09 - 07/05/13

You were amazing, we did amazing things.


Harmony Canine, relationship based training.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-07-2012, 09:25 PM
Red.Apricot's Avatar
Red.Apricot Red.Apricot is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Southern California
Posts: 2,725
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AdrianneIsabel View Post
I have honest to god never looked at recommended amounts. lol
This... until now. Elsie's supposed to get 2 cups/day.

She gets almost 5.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-07-2012, 09:54 PM
Emily's Avatar
Emily Emily is offline
Rollin' with my bitches
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 2,115
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by red.apricot View Post
this... Until now. Elsie's supposed to get 2 cups/day.

She gets almost 5.
she's going to od and die!

ETA: Sidenote, I feed raw so no cup measurements, but for perspective, Mackenzy (37lbs) eats LESS than Keeva (22.5 lbs). Macky gets 8 oz/day and Keeva gets 10-12 oz/day.
__________________


Last edited by Emily; 10-07-2012 at 10:06 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-07-2012, 10:00 PM
Southpaw's Avatar
Southpaw Southpaw is offline
orange iguanas.
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 7,021
Default

That's the first time I've ever heard that before. Wonder where that info came from? I mean, yeah, lots of dogs would get fat on the recommended amounts... so what are we supposed to do to keep them at a healthy weight if this were actually true? (which it's not).
__________________
And if all of it is for naught, well at least I took a shot

Juno 2009 :: Happy 2000 :: Lucy 2006 :: Cajun 2013
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-07-2012, 10:05 PM
Red.Apricot's Avatar
Red.Apricot Red.Apricot is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Southern California
Posts: 2,725
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Emily View Post
she's going to od and die!
Better starve her so she doesn't!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-07-2012, 10:19 PM
JessLough JessLough is offline
Love My Mutt <3
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Ontario
Posts: 13,160
Default

False.

Roseys not that far off... she gets about 2 cups a day, the bag says 2 1/4 cups lol
__________________
Ella: 3 year old female ferret
Nacho: ~8 year old male ferret

Goodbye, Rosey. You were the best girl I could have asked for. 10/15/96-03/08/13
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:24 AM.


1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site