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Practical Feeding Recommendations Handout

Practical Feeding Recommendations Handout

Practical Feeding Recommendations Overview

This handout will help you to learn more about pet food storage, how much to feed your pet, treats and snacks, and other pet nutrition information.


Download our Feeding Recommendations Handout for an in-depth look at this pet health condition and how you can partner with your veterinarian to prevent against it.

Practical Feeding Recommendations Handout Summary

How much should I feed my pet?

First look on your pet’s food packaging. Different manufactures will often tell you how much to feed your pet. Those guidelines are based on an average pet. How much your dog or cat needs can vary by up to 25%. It all depends on the pet’s breed, body type, environment, and activity level.

How often should I feed my pet?

  • Puppies & kittens: feed 4-6 times each day
  • At 50% full grown: feed 3 meals each day
  • Adult dog & cat: feed about twice each day

Does it matter how I store my pet’s food?
You want to store your dog or cats food so it maintains its freshness. Before even buying the food, check the packaging for a “best by” date. Also, don’t buy more food than your dog or cat can eat prior to that “best by” date. If you have one tiny dog, don’t buy a 40-pound bag of food.
Store the food in a cool, dry place. It’s best to put the pet food in a storage bin you can seal closed.

Any food left uneaten each day should be thrown out and the bowl should be cleaned. Any wet food can be kept covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.

What snacks and treats can I give my pet?

  • Use treats designed for dogs or cats. Don’t give your pets people food as a treat.
  • Purchase low calorie treats.
  • Use treats as a reward. It promotes good behavior. Treats shouldn’t be used to distract a dog when they’re doing something undesirable.
  • Treats don’t always have to be food. Treats can be belly rubs or playing with your pets favorite toy.

Learn More

A nutrition specialist at your local Banfield Pet Hospital can help you put together a healthy diet for your dog or cat. The nutrition section of banfield.com is another great resource for making sure your pet is eating right.