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How often should you feed your dog?

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Usually, adult dogs should be fed once or twice a day. Most large-breed dogs should be fed at least twice a day so they don't overeat and get bloated.

Experts agree that treats and table scraps should never be more than 10% of your dog's daily calories. Overeating can make your dog overweight. And that can lead to health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

Your veterinarian can help you figure out the best diet and feeding schedule to keep your four-legged friend healthy.

From: The Facts About Dog Nutrition WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

ASPCA: "Nutrients Your Dog Needs," "Feeding Your Adult Dog," "Feeding Older Dogs."

AVMA: "Raw or Undercooked Animal-Source Protein in Cat and Dog Diets."

Merck Manual for Pet Health: "Providing a Home for a Dog."

VMRCVM Veterinary Teaching Hospital: "Nutrition for the Adult Dog." 

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

ASPCA: "Nutrients Your Dog Needs," "Feeding Your Adult Dog," "Feeding Older Dogs."

AVMA: "Raw or Undercooked Animal-Source Protein in Cat and Dog Diets."

Merck Manual for Pet Health: "Providing a Home for a Dog."

VMRCVM Veterinary Teaching Hospital: "Nutrition for the Adult Dog." 

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on June 14, 2018

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