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How much food a dog needs varies depending on the dog's size. For instance, if the dog weighs 5 pounds, it should eat slightly more than a half cup of dry food daily, according to Nature's Logic. The activity level of a dog also needs taken into consideration for feeding amounts.


The amount of food to feed a dog varies depending on the dog's age, activity level, size and type of food. Puppies typically require more food than adult dogs because of the amount of calories they burn. Commercial dog food includes basic feeding guidelines on the packaging.


There are many human foods that should not be given to dogs, but chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts and mushrooms are among the most dangerous. Some foods that are safe for humans contain substances that are toxic to dogs.


Because puppies require a diet that is rich in protein, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins, they should be fed puppy food until they are at least 1 year of age. After 1 year of age, puppies can be gradually transitioned to adult dog food.


An adult dog should be fed twice in a day, but puppies need to be fed up to four times in a day. Adult dogs must be provided with meals in the morning and the evening. For puppies, follow the directions of a veterinarian.


The exact ingredient list of canned dog food varies dramatically by brand and diet, but in general, wet food consists of meat chunks and gravy. Pet food manufacturers usually use offal, which is the head, feet, liver, kidneys, intestine and stomach, sometimes mixed with vegetable protein for shape.


To make homemade dog food, place 6 cups of water, 1 pound of ground turkey, 2 cups of brown rice and a teaspoon of dried rosemary into a large Dutch oven. Use a fork to break up the ground meat, and bring it to a boil over high heat.


Popular brands of dog food include Merrick, Iams and Diamond. Merrick includes a wide range of meats, such as buffalo, venison, salmon and lamb. Iams has chicken, cornmeal and whole grain sorghum. Diamond prides itself on healthy dog food at reasonable prices and includes chicken, brown rice and bar


The amount of food to give a puppy depends on the puppy's breed and size, according to Dog Breed Info. The recommended amount varies from 1/4 cup to 4 cups of food per day, based on the estimated weight the puppy reaches at adulthood.


According to Vet Info, dogs generally do not eat for at least 12 hours after giving birth. While it is normal for a dog to not eat for several hours after giving birth, it is important for dog owners to provide plenty of water during and after birth.