|Barked: Tue Jan 16, '07 7:05am PST |
|Normally I don't allow my dog to dictate how much he gets to eat, because I see his appetite as something no different than a little toddler child. If I give Snowy something yummy, he'd probably stuff himself until his tummy bursts if I'd let him. If I give him something nasty, he'll probably fill him self up with water and just flat out refuse his food.
I did read once, however, that dogs should be given more to eat during extreme hot and cold weathers, because they use more energy while panting or keeping themselves warm. I think the suggested guideline was around 10-20% more food. However, I suspect that this applies to dogs that are frequently kept outdoors, or those who maintain their normal exercise level despite extreme weather conditions (typically, we excerce our dogs less when the weather is nasty).
If you are interested in changing your dog's daily ration, you can always stick to a new plan for a few weeks, monitor your dog's weight carefully during that time, and see how it works out for your dog.
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