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When should I use the portion control method for feeding my dogs, and how should I do it?

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If your dog can’t seem to stop eating, try portion control feeding. First, ask your vet what your dog’s ideal weight is. If you are using a commercial dog food, feed your dog the amount printed on the bag that fits with its ideal weight. Sometimes, however, the suggested amount is more than your dog needs. Your veterinarian can calculate the exact amount to feed.

You can feed your dog 1-2 times a day. It’s best to give two meals 8-12 hours apart. Serve half of the daily recommended amount for each feeding.

SOURCES:

ASPCA: “Feeding Your Adult Dog.”

Lauren Beebe, DVM, Killingworth Animal Hospital, LLC, Killingworth, CT.

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine: “Nutrition for the Adult Dog.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 14, 2018

SOURCES:

ASPCA: “Feeding Your Adult Dog.”

Lauren Beebe, DVM, Killingworth Animal Hospital, LLC, Killingworth, CT.

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine: “Nutrition for the Adult Dog.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on May 14, 2018

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