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Q: Should I increase my dog's food

November 7, 2009 | By DevilDawg | 7 answers | Expired: 1741 days ago

DevilDawg

On weekends my husband walks Baby for 2-3 miles daily and I was curious if you think that I should increase her food on those days? I know that I should check with the vet, but I want to know what you think as well. Thanks.

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Jillian
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Nov 10, 2009

2-3 miles is actually an appropriate amount of exercise for a dog and therefore i wouldn't increase the amount of food she's getting, but it would be good to increase her exercise during weekdays. you should base how much food she gets on her behavior after finishing a meal. if she seems to be more hungry, give her about 1/4-1/2 cup more, depending on her size. if you notice on the weekends that she seems to be hungrier sooner, it's perfectly alright to split up her daily amount into more servings. some dogs are fine eating twice a day and some prefer to eat smaller meals 3 or 4 times.

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Michele Z.
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Nov 07, 2009

I think you need to take into consideration whether Baby is overweight, about "right", or underweight. (Most indoor pets tend to be overweight.) If she is overweight, the exercise without more food would be helpful in reducing her weight. If you want to maintain her weight, then extra food or a treat would be appropriate. If Baby is underweight, I think you would want to increase her food on those walking days.

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Kris
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Nov 08, 2009

I think it is great that this is something you are going to discuss with your vet. From what I have seen, Baby appears to be a healthy weight so a little more food on the weekends to maintain that may be a good idea. I am only judging from pictures, though, and I agree with Michele's answer that it does depend on whether she is currently at an ideal weight or needs to gain / lose a little.

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