|Barked: Wed May 30, '12 7:55pm PST |
|I have a 7lb and an 8 lb chihuahua. taggert is my 8 lb dog, and he is absolutely ideal. He gets 1/4 cup per meal. foxxy gets 1/8 cup per meal despite weighng only a pound less. She's 1lb overweight still! We're on fromm grain free right now, and we're staying on the brand for a while because we love the kibble size and the taste.
you really have to watch not the cup amount with the tiny dogs, but the actual calories of the food. Every brand and every recipe also has a different number of calories per cup.
dog food calorie calculator
use this calculator to figure out how much your dog will need per day. For example, using it Foxxy needs 158 calories per day,, taggert needs 290. that does fit pretty well with the feeding amounts I was doing before looking it up. Per cup, Salmon tunalini, which is their rotation for this month, is 407.34 cal/8oz.
for my dogs, I level off the amounts to 1/4 cup for fox and 1/2 cup for tag, which means that they're getting a little less than they need according to the bag, but since they're incurable scroungebeasts, they make up for that miniscule amount in a single dog treat, or a bit of a scrap, or a little piece of raw chicken. We're dealing with animals that would be getting their daily calorie amounts with 1-2 human sized servings of pringles (16 crisps per serving @150 cals per) that's a tiny mount of food! And why so many people wind up with obese chihuahuas.
Edited by author Wed May 30, '12 7:57pm PST
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