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As canine nutritionists, we know there’s no shortage of answers and advice when it comes to food. That’s why, to keep things simple, we’ve rounded off the most important Bep Ben feeding-related questions.
This way, you can understand more behind portion sizing and weight management, to ensure your dogs live long and healthy lives.
Just like humans, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Every dog is different and unique. How much to feed depends on factors like your dog’s breed, age, daily activity level, and whether they are neutered or intact. Furthermore, you have to take their personality and preferences into account. You could have a picky eater that requires encouragement, one with a sensitive stomach, or an overzealous eater that requires boundaries. With different needs and situations at play, it can be confusing as a pet parent. You’re responsible for feeding your dog the right proportions and nutrients, but it can be tough to know just how much food your dog really requires.
Below is a feeding guide for Bep Ben fresh dog food. Do not use this guide for commercial dog food (kibbles/wet dog food) because of the difference in caloric density.
According to the MSPCA-Angell, an international leader in veterinary medicine, they recommend feeding about 3% of body weight for adult dogs per day, to begin with.
Each Bep Ben roll is 400g. Please slice the appropriate amount for your dog and divide the daily portion based on the amount of times you feed your dog per day.
Daily Portion / No. of times fed per day = Grams per feeding
(150g/2 times a day = 75 grams per feeding)
Remember, these are just starting points. You will need to adjust up or down based on your dog’s body condition and whether they are gaining or losing weight. We’ll show you how to assess your dog’s body condition below.
Puppies have different dietary needs than adult dogs. Growing puppies require more calories, fat, protein, and essential nutrients per kilogram because their bones, brains, and other organs are developing.
That’s why it’s extremely important you pay attention to:
Quality of Food: Puppy food has a higher nutrient profile and requires a more stringent quality standard. You’d be happy to know that Bep Ben’s fresh dog food is formulated for all life stages. It exceeds the AAFCO minimum nutrition standard required for puppies as well as adult dogs. You can feed your puppy Bep Ben as they slowly wean off their mother’s milk.
Below, we’ll go into detail concerning how much you should feed your dog and how many times you should feed them a day based on their lifestage.
As with feeding any dog, when it comes to nourishing a young puppy, there is no-one-size-fits-all formula. Remember, it’s important to provide sufficient nutrients for your growing puppy, but avoid feeding them too much food.
That’s why you need to get the calories right.
How often should you feed your puppy?
We recommend you structure meal size and time - feed a correctly portioned amount of food to a young puppy around 4 times a day until around 6 months. Frequent small meals are easy for puppies to digest, and can keep their energy levels steady. While puppies grow quickly, they can still gain too much weight. Work with your vet and use the body condition tests to ensure your puppy is in a healthy weight range.
How much Bep Ben to feed your puppy:
Adopted Dog/ Unsure of Adult Weight:
If your dog is adopted and you’re not sure of the breed, or if your dog is a mixed breed and you’re uncertain of the predicted adult weight, the animal humane society recommends you:
A healthy dog is a lean dog. If you’re not sure whether your dog is overweight, healthy, or underweight, here’s a simple way to find out.
Stand behind, or slightly straddle your dog. Look at and feel their ribs, feeling all along their rib cage. You should be able to easily feel, but not see each rib, and your dog should have a waist or a tucked up area in front of the hind legs.
The Standing Test
While you’re behind or straddling your dog, take a look at their shape from above. Gently run your hands down your dog’s body from their rib cage to their hips. Look for the pelvic bone and feel their lumbar vertebrae or spine.
Your dog is:
If your dog’s body condition isn’t ideal, have a look at our article on Weight Management for Dogs to learn more about the calories you should feed them per day.
Puppies (before 4 months) may not have a defined waist and may have a rounder belly, and other marks of a healthy, fast-growing pup. After 4 months, you can begin tracking their body condition using the same standards as an adult dog.
These tests are extremely helpful when it comes to gaining an accurate picture of their body condition because weight alone doesn’t tell the whole story. If you’re having difficulty reading your dog’s body condition, please contact us. These tests work for almost all breeds (except English Bulldogs and Pugs due to their stockier shape and excess skin).
Did you know that excess weight is one of the biggest health threats pets face? If your dog is overweight, they face a lot of health consequences including arthritis, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, heart failure, high blood pressure, and cancer. A few kilograms might not be such a big problem in human terms, but they can be a major health hazard for dogs.
At the same time, it’s important your dog isn’t too lean because they could be losing muscle mass and healthy body fat. It’s hard to know what the right amount is, but if you portion control and continually assess your dog’s body condition, you’ll quickly find out the optimal serving size for your dog.
The amount you feed your dog also depends on the quality of your food. Dogs are just like humans; for good health and well-being, you should always provide healthy options like fresh vegetables and lean protein as opposed to a diet of fries and hamburgers.
Thankfully, Bep Ben is the freshest and healthiest dog food available in Vietnam.
Our food contains a mix of:
With Bep Ben, your dogs will receive healthy, nutrient-dense meals. We avoid fillers and byproducts, unlike cheaper local alternatives and commercially available dog food.
In summary, knowing how much to feed your adult dog or growing puppy can be challenging. We recommend focusing on these three key takeaways:
Remember, if you run into any problems or have any questions, our support team is always here to help.
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