How much should I be feeding my 5yr old female lab? I feed her dry food kibbles and bits.
Well, that depends on a LOT of factors and there's really no standard answer here. For one, it depends on how active the dog is. My 2.5 y/o 65 pound male eats between 4-6 cups of grain-free wellness. He has a very active lifestyle, however, so 4-6 cups will not be suitable for every dog.
As long as she's within the weight specs, I'd say you're doing fine. You can google female lab weight to get some baselines and apply that to your dog.
Ron, if you can afford to upgrade her food to a better quality one I would suggest starting there. A brand like kibbles and bits is a really low quality food which in turn can cause excessive stools (and not great ones) so it means you really are spending more money for food that just goes in one way & out the other without her retaining any real nutritional value. Purina ProPlan, or Purina One are good alternatives in a fairly decent price range. Agree with the above about it depending on your individual dog. Use the feeding guide on the bag for a guideline & then adjust it according to how your dog looks right now, how active she is, etc. Just don't make any drastic changes - wean her off if you do decide to change the brand you feed, don't do it suddenly, and if you add/remove the amount do that adjustment slowly as well.
You can switch food quickly - it's perfectly fine. Dogs are perfectly tolerant of food changes without massive side effects like diarrhea and what not.
There are some exceptions, but most will be just fine.
Please switch foods. K & B is NOT a good food. It's full of fillers and sugar. Consequently, you'll end up feeding more of it than you would a better food. Plus, you're picking up more stool than you would if you were feeding a better food. Try ProPlan (not the Shredded Blend) or if you cannot afford that, Purina ONE (again, not a Shredded Blend). You might pay a bit more for the food, but you'll feed less and you'll pick up less waste.
♣ Laura ♣
I agree with the others about changing her food. As far as how much per day, how much are you feeding her now? Mine (and most that I know) get 1-1/2 cups, twice a day.
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