How much should I feed my dog on a raw diet? c/o @dug.gus

I bet you’re eager to begin feeding a raw dog food diet.

But you feel stuck.

What remains unclear is how much raw food you’re supposed to feed. Up until this point, you’ve heard varied suggestions and aren’t sure where to start.

Don’t worry.

The question at the forefront of every newbie’s mind, “How much food should I feed my dog on a raw diet?” is answered with a simple formula.

Here’s what’s even more amazing:

If you follow the raw feeding guidelines I’m about to share with you — you can add 1-2 years to your dog’s life.

 Below, I’ll show you exactly how to do both step-by-step.

Methods for Determining How Much Raw Dog Food to Feed

Raw Dog Food Diet: How much to feed your dog c/o @mojoandfriends

There are two options for figuring out raw dog food quantity. You can either:

  1. Use a body weight percentage, or;
  2. Use calories

Some experts prefer the caloric approach but it can be confusing at first. What’s worse, it may turn potential raw feeders away…

Why? Using calories to calculate raw dog food volume can be more tedious. But most importantly, it isn’t something all raw feeders can execute. Finding reliable nutrition data for raw dog food can be difficult. It can seem next to impossible to find the calorie count for popular items items in a raw diet like:

  • Select raw meaty bones (i.e chicken backs, necks, tails, feet, etc.)
  • Less common organs and offal (pancreas, spleen, kidney, etc.)
  • Certain exotic meats

It goes without saying but, you can’t count calories if you can’t find nutrition data.

The body weight percentage option is the method of choice for many raw feeders (new and experienced) because it’s simple. It’s also works with any type of raw diet. For this reason, it’s often suggested for newbies to start with.

But once you learn how to feed raw and become more comfortable, you can always explore the other option.

The Body Weight Percentage Formula

how much raw to feed dog c/o @dug.gus

How much to feed is calculated using a percentage based on your dog’s body weight. The formula looks like this:

Feed between 2-3% of your dog’s ideal, adult body weight, per day (click to tweet).

 See, I told you it was simple. Now, follow these steps to determine what percentage to start with

  • Step 1: Determine Ideal Body Weight
  • Step 2: Determine Activity Level
  • Step 3: Adjust for Weight Control or Gain
  • Step 4: Special Considerations for Life Stages
  • Step 5: Consider Size

STEP 1: Determine Your Dog’s Ideal Body Weight

How much raw food to feed my dog in a day? c/o @mojoandfriends

The first piece of the puzzle is to have an answer to the question:

What should my dog weigh as an adult?

I can’t tell you how many people are misguided on this topic so it’s an important place to start. For some, this question is an easy answer. For others, it may not be.

Here are some tips to get the ball rolling.

Consider Breed:

Review AKC breed information. Or, do some research on your dog’s breed to learn what the ideal weight range is for males and females. From here, choose the lower number or the average number from the range provided.

If your dog is a mixed breed and you know the breeds, research them. Make your best attempt to come to a logical conclusion on proper weight.

Ask Your Veterinarian:

Your veterinarian should be able to tell you what a healthy weight for your dog would be, or at least fall within. Give your vet’s office a call or ask at your next visit.

Body Condition Should Be the Determining Factor:

Dogs are individuals, just like us.

Not all dogs are the exact same size. Some are leaner and stockier than others and their metabolisms may vary. That’s why body condition is the ultimate tool to determine a healthy weight for any dog.

What is body condition?

Think of body condition like Body Mass Index (BMI). A BMI chart uses criteria like age, sex, and height to determine healthy weight ranges for people.

Body condition serves a similar purpose, but it’s crafted with dogs in mind. It lists weight ranges from emaciated to grossly obese. And it’s based on your dog’s body condition – or shape, appearance and body fat.

Study this graphic to learn canine body condition scores. Use it as your primary guide to determine a healthy weight for your dog.

Now Write Down Your Dog’s Ideal Weight:

The number you’ve determined for your dog’s ideal, adult body weight can now be used for calculations.

For example, say 40-lbs was a healthy weight for your dog. You’d calculate 2-3% of that number. That would equal a range of 0.8 – 1.2 pounds of food, per day.

At this point you may be thinking, “that’s nice but which amount should I use?”

Good question.

We’ll use a few other factors to narrow down to an exact percentage to begin with.

STEP 2: Determine Activity Level

How much raw to feed a dog c/o @dug.gus

It’s important we take activity level into the equation. How much exercise does your dog get?

Be honest here.

The vast majority of dogs today fall into the low or average activity level. Most are cooped up at home all day while their caregivers are at work. And few are lucky to get dedicated walks, play sessions and exercise every day.

The reality:

Many dog owners assume their dogs are more active than they truly are and in turn feed more than they need to (click to tweet).

Use the following as a guide:


Most companion canines fall into this category. These are the dogs that spend most of their days lying around the house. They venture outside only to potty or for short walks and play sessions.

If you have an inactive dog you may need to feed 2% or less to maintain a healthy weight.


A dog with an average activity level may receive anywhere from an hour to several hours of exercise a day. In this case, feeding between 2-3% of body weight is appropriate, but 2-2.5% might be more ideal.


An active dog is one that gets plenty of exercise.

These dogs get out of the house more often. And they tend to exert themselves beyond routine walks or average play sessions. Active dogs generally participate in more adventures or activities with their caregivers. This could include hiking, running, biking, hunting, and so forth.

If you feel your dog is more active, than you may need to feed 2.5% or more to maintain a healthy weight.

Canine Athletes & Working Dogs

The needs of working dogs and canine athletes can vary greatly. It depends on what their doing and how often. Some might fall within normal percentages. Others may require 3.5-5% of their body weight.

Where Does Your Dog Fall?

Activity level is worth considering, but it’s not something to get too hung up on.

Most dogs fall with the inactive or average categories. In these scenarios, starting with 2% of their body weight is a good course of action. If you believe your dog is more active, consider bumping their starting percentage up to 2.5 – 3% of their body weight.

But a far more important factor to determine, is your dog’s current weight…

STEP 3: Adjust for Weight Loss or Gain

How much raw chicken to feed a dog? c/o @mojoandfriends

At this point, you have a good idea of what percentage you’ll start with.

But did you consider your dog’s current weight?

For example:

Say you determined 40lbs was your dog’s ideal, adult body weight. If your dog currently weighs about 40lbs (give or take a pound or two) – high five! Your dog is at a healthy weight already, so skip this step.

But if you’ve determined ideal body weight, then activity level and find:

  • Your dog’s body condition is not ideal,
  • Your dog is overweight,
  • Or your dog is significantly underweight

Then you might want to adjust for either weight loss or weight gain.

When increasing or decreasing food, start with small increments like .25%, .5% and so on. And never expect your dog to gain or lose weight overnight or in a week’s time. Have patience.

Consider these adjustments for the following weight categories:


These dogs are malnourished. Often coming from rescue situations, they may look like walking skeletons. Consult with your veterinarian as these dogs may have special health considerations.


  • Start with 2.5 – 3% for slight weight gain.
  • If more is needed, increase incrementally (to 3.25%, then 3.5%, and so on) until ideal body condition is achieved.
  • Feed in 3-4 smaller meals
  • Add extras if needed – bones, digestible raw meaty parts, bone broth, or goats milk


  • If your dog is heavy feed 2% and decrease incrementally as needed to reach proper body condition.
  • Exercise!


  • Feed 1.5% – 2% and decrease as needed.
  • I don’t recommend falling below 1.5%
  • Exercise!

We’re almost there. Let’s consider a few more things you should know to determine raw food volume.

STEP 4: Special Considerations for Life Stages

How much raw food to feed dog daily c/o @dug.gus


Feeding puppies raw food isn’t any more difficult. The only thing you need to keep in mind is they’ll eat more than adults to fuel their rapidly growing bodies.

When can you start puppies on raw?


Many raw-fed breeders wean their puppies directly onto raw from their mother’s milk. You can begin feeding raw the day you bring your puppy home.

How much should you feed?

There are two options to use to determine quantity:

First Option:

Feed 2-3% of expected adult weight.

Granted, this is easier to figure out with purebred puppies than mixed breeds. But if you have a good idea of how much your dog should weigh, feel free to go this route.

Second Option:

This is a good choice for those who aren’t sure what their dog will weigh. With this option you’ll feed a percentage of your puppy’s current weight.

Start by feeding 10% of your puppy’s current weight per day.

You’ll need to keep track of your dog’s weight as they grow and readjust as needed. If your large breed puppy is too big to be safely picked up at home, swing by Petco or Petsmart. They may have scales in the store you can use.

Here’s the part you need to pay attention to:

Once 10% of your puppy’s current weight exceeds 2-3% of his or her ideal, adult weight, stop. From here, continue feeding 2-3% of your puppy’s ideal adult weight.

Here’s an example feeding regimen:

  • 2-4 months old – feed 8-10% of current body weight
  • 4-6 months old – feed 6-8% of current body weight
  • 6-8 months old – feed 4-6% of current body weight
  • 8-12 months old – feed 3-4% of current body weight
  • 12+ months old – feed 2-3% of ideal adult weight

Body Condition Still Applies with Puppies:

Remain conscious of your puppy’s build and adjust the amount of food accordingly. If your puppy is too thin (according to puppy body condition scores), increase their food. And if your puppy is overweight, decrease it.

But here’s one piece of advice:

It seems as if most people today have a warped view of a healthy canine weight. That’s because 54% of dogs in the U.S are classified as overweight or obese.

Puppies will look thin and gangly as they grow. This is normal – they’re growing! Don’t you remember when you were an awkward string bean? You may hear comments from people who assert your dog is too thin. These are often the people who have no idea their dog is overweight – ignore them.

Emaciated and underweight body conditions are different from a healthy, growing puppy. Follow the chart referenced earlier (and the puppy specific one above) and you’ll be okay. And if you’re unsure, ask your vet’s opinion.

For this article tips on how often to feed a puppy.

Pregnant Dogs:

This group needs to be treated like puppies from a food volume perspective.

Once pregnancy is confirmed, you can begin to move your dog’s daily food intake up from 2-3% to 4-5%. When the puppies are born, you’ll want to stay within that 4-5% range (or you may need to increase). Prior to weaning will be the highest point for your dog’s daily food volume needs.

After puppies are weaned, your dog can go back to her normal 2-3% range within a short period of time.

Senior Dogs:

No vast difference in quantity of food with older dogs. But if your dog is less active you may need to slightly decrease food volume.

STEP 5: Size Considerations      

How much raw food should a dog eat? c/o @mojoandfriends

When determining how much raw food to feed your dog, here’s one rule to keep in mind:

Ignore linear feeding guidelines. (Click to tweet).

What do I mean by linear? Let me explain.

It’s the assumption that food volume increases linearly by size. For example, it may sound right that a 50-lb dog needs twice as much food as a 25-lb dog. Or, a 100-lb dog needs twice as much as a 50-lb dog.

But this type of thinking is incorrect.

Here’s the reality:

Small dogs eat more for their body weight than large dogs do. In fact, toy breeds and small breed dogs defy the rule.

In discussing how much to feed a small dog, raw feeding expert Lisa from Souly Raw, explains:

Smaller breed adult dogs should start at a higher percentage of food daily. Never feed less than 4 oz. a day – it’s just not enough food.”

She suggests using the following guidelines. Then, adjust for body condition as needed:

  • 10 lbs and under – 4 ounces
  • 20 lbs and under – 6 ounces
  • 30 lbs and under – 10 ounces

And with those recommendations comes one more for the small guys…

Weight Gain with Toy & Small Breed Dogs:

Most small dogs and toy breeds today are overweight.

There I said it.

Because they’re already so small, perhaps pet parents worry their dogs are too thin. The urge to “fatten up” small pets is strong among many dog owners. Toy breeds may also consume more treats on average than larger dogs. And their reputation for being spoiled with food precedes them.

If this is you, don’t feel bad.

It’s natural to provide lavish lifestyles for those we love. And perhaps we have an innate protective instinct for the small guys. But I promise you’re not doing your dog any favors by overfeeding.

Remember, the body condition chart still applies to toy breeds.

And if you’re a treat-oriented dog owner, this needs to be taken into consideration. You may need to reduce the amount you feed your dog.

Common Questions On How Much to Feed

How much raw dog food? c/o @dug.gus

When starting out with raw, these “how much to feed” FAQs come up quite often. Keep them in mind when determining how much to feed and when transitioning your dog to raw.

Is My Dog Hungry Because He’s Begging?

A healthy dog is more or less always ready to eat. Your dog is no exception. It’s natural for dogs to be interested in food that’s available, close by, or on your plate. Never use begging behavior as an indicator for hunger or how much to feed your dog. It’s pointless and an inaccurate gauge for food volume.

How Come My Dog Lost Weight on Raw?

Raw dog food may cause your dog to lose weight – even if it’s not your intention.

Especially if you’re switching your dog from processed pet food to 100% raw. This is because raw foods are assimilated differently than starch-based pet foods.

Compare this to switching from McDonalds to a diet of lean meats, fruits and vegetables. You may eat the same number of calories but still lose weight on the second diet. That’s because of the type of food and how the body processes it.

Observe your dog and adjust their daily percentage if necessary.

You May Feed Less With Raw Than With Kibble

After figuring out how much to feed, some people remark that the quantity of food seems too small. That or it seems less than what their dogs were eating before.

This is nothing to be worried about.

Raw diets are calorie dense foods. They contain more fat than kibble, which is mostly starch-based. Fat carries more than twice the calories per gram as protein and carbohydrates.

From a food volume perspective, you may be feeding less raw than dry dog food – and that’s okay.

Remember why you chose to feed raw. Now that your dog is eating real, quality foods, expect there to be some differences in how their food bowl appears.

Should I Feed Both of My Dogs the Same?

Like people, dogs are individuals.

Their metabolisms vary. So don’t expect to feed each of your dogs the same way even if they share size, breed, age or gender in common.

For example:

Thomas Sandberg of Long Living Pets has two Great Danes, both the same age and size. One receives 3% of his weight in raw food daily and the other gets 2.4%. Both amounts keep his dogs at a lean, healthy weight.

Keep in mind:

You might need to tweak the amount of raw food your dogs receive on an individual basis.

Should I Use a Raw Food Calculator For Dogs?

No. Let me explain.

While you can find plenty of quality raw dog food calculators online, I don’t recommend you use them for one reason…

I want you to use your brain.

With any new skill, there’s a learning curve. Learn how to do this yourself instead of relying on a computer program to tell you what to do. That way, you understand what works for your dog. And you know when and how to tweak their diet.

With practice, raw feeding becomes quite simple. Sure, you’ll experience the trial-and-error that’s natural to any new endeavor. But you’ll never become comfortable unless you put the effort in.

Remember, raw feeding is a lifestyle change. Be part of it.

One Last Thing: Body Condition Trumps All These Guidelines

I said it earlier but it bears repeating:

Use body condition as your primary guide in determining how much to feed. (Click to tweet).

The body percentage formula is only an estimate to get you started. It’s your job to observe your dog and tweak their food intake based on body condition and overall health.

Now, let’s talk about that longevity hack I promised earlier…

BONUS: The Secret to Longevity

How much to feed a dog raw food c/o @mojoandfriends

It seems as if some dog owners are caught up with their dog’s being “big.” Others seem to perpetuate the humor in fat or obese pets. Extremes in size and weight can be awe-inspiring and even funny.

But understand they may put your dog at risk for future health problems.

If there’s anything you take away from this raw dog food feeding guide… consider this little-known secret for longevity:

Dogs fed less live longer.  (Click to tweet).

Adult dogs with a body score condition less than 5 live 16% longer than their overweight peers.

And studies show that by keeping your dog lean and reducing food intake from early puppyhood through adulthood, you could add two years to their life.

Now it’s Your Turn

raw dog food feeding guide c/o @dug.gus

Let’s circle back to the original question, “How much food should I feed my dog on a raw diet? Now, you have everything you need to figure it out.

Ask yourself:

  • How much should your dog weigh as an adult?
  • What’s your dog’s true activity level?
  • Does your dog need to lose weight or gain weight?
  • Does your dog fall into a special life stage or are they a toy/small breed of dog?

For the vast majority of people, you’ll feed between 2 – 2.5%. But there are exceptions. Think lean and begin with the lower end of the spectrum.

And remember, this only a place to start.

Each dog is different and his or her needs may change. Understand you’ll need to make micro adjustments over time (throughout the seasons, ages, life stages, etc.).

Let’s put this into perspective… Do you eat the same amount of food every day or does it vary? Remember this is something that is easily adjusted.

Get out of your head. Choose a quantity and begin.

One more thing:

Leave a comment and let us know what percentage you feed your dog.

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Comments (24)

  • Jennifer Lockwood

    I’m curious how/if the calorie requirements differ on a raw diet. When I calculated the amount of dry food my dog should eat based on her ideal weight, activity level, and cals per cup of her current food, it said she should be eating roughly 1500 calories.
    On a raw diet it recommends approx 1.25lbs of raw food. But when I enter the typical ingredients for 1.25 lbs of raw food into a nutritional calculator it ends up being closer to 700 calories for the meal. This was with using 75% meat / 25% veggies including chicken livers, gizzards, and hearts, duck breast meat, peas, carrots, and green beans, and a raw egg. So does a dog on a raw diet need less calories, or am I missing something?

    Reply to Jennifer
    • Amy Marshall

      Hi Jennifer, good questions! In short, dry dog food and raw dog food are calculated differently. One on a dry matter basis and one on a caloric basis. I have a post on this EXACT thing coming out shortly that explains everything you need to know in detail. Hang tight! In the meantime, feel free to sign up for the email list at the bottom of any page on to be notified when this article is published :)

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  • Kathy

    Hi Amy.

    Thanks for the post. I am really new to raw feeding and at the moment, use a pre-prepared diet (Raw4Paws) based on B.A.R.F. My dog is a Cavalier King Charles cross – we think with Corgi and/or Pomeranian and/or Tibetan Spaniel, and he is fairly small (6 kilos – about 13 pounds). By my calculations this means I should be feeding him about 120 grams a day – which is not very much when you’re talking raw food.

    I love using treats throughout the day to train him – usually air-dried, but also some commercially prepared. That’s because I prefer to mix the treats up so he’s not always getting the same protein. I’m a little concerned that I may end up over-feeding him. The difficulty comes with bones too – most of these come in at double daily food portion weight.

    How do I balance it?

    Reply to Kathy
    • Amy Marshall

      Hi Kathy! For a dog under 20lbs, I suggest beginning by feeding 6 ounces. Remember, this is just a place to start. And don’t let yourself get too stressed out about the additional treats. You can always adjust for body condition afterwards if you notice he’s gaining too much weight. Consider smaller RMBs if you want to balance bone daily. A chicken neck is about 2 oz for example. Or you can always use a sharp knife to roughly chop larger RMBs into smaller portions suitable for your dog. Another options is to balance bone over a week’s time feeding a heavier bone content on some days and boneless meals the following days. I’ll have more on this coming out in a new post so hang tight :)

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  • Derek

    I completely understand HOW MUCH to feed them, but what about how many times a days? Do you break up the total amount prepared over 3 times a day? Or just feed them once a day? Are their benefits to spreading out feedings throughout the day? Or just once a day will suffice?

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  • Liz

    Great article Amy! I’m currently researching all I can about raw feeding in preparation for getting my next dog and I have found your blog very helpful :) The one topic I’ve searched high and low on the web for and I can’t seem to find advice on is getting things like fat and protein content right. I don’t know if this is coming too much from a kibble based mindset where it was always important to check these percentages on the package specifications, but I’m just wondering if this is something that needs to be taken into consideration when feeding raw? Do I need to be concerned about feeding different protein types/meat cuts that have fat contents that are particularly high or low? And if this is the case is there any difference in feeding a puppy as it grows? Any advice you have directly or sources you could point me towards to better understand would be very appreciated!
    Thanks, Liz

    Reply to Liz
    • Amy Marshall

      Great questions Liz! If you feed a premade, commercial raw dog food that meets AAFCO guidelines (or NRC/FEDIAF) then you won’t need to worry about balancing. But if you feed a homemade raw diet then yes, you’ll want to learn to balance the diet. The main things you’ll want to focus on is balancing bone (calcium/phosphorus ratio), fats (omega 3:6), and vitamins and minerals. I will have in-depth posts on all of this out soon, so keep an eye on the blog!

      Reply to Amy
  • Josee

    Hi! I’ve been reading over and over how much to feed my dog on raw and I completely understand all the ratios etc.. But it’s really hard because I have a rescue and no one seems to be able to guesstimate her breed. Most people, me included, think Kelpie. I have no idea what her adult weight should be. She’s about 7 and a half to 8 months right now and weighs 39 pounds. She was 15 pounds when we got her at 3 and a half months. She’s average to more active. I’ve calculated from formulas on other websites that I should be feeding her around 885 grams a day (5%)… Does that not seem crazy? Maybe it seems like a lot to me because I’ve never weighed her food before! Any thoughts on this would be helpful :) thanks!

    Reply to Josee
    • Amy Marshall

      Hey Josee, totally understand this can be confusing as it’s not always clear cut! You might just have to pick a number and percentage and give it a shot for a week. From there, you can adjust based on body condition. As your dog gets older as well, your vet should be able to tell you what they think a healthy weigh for your dog would be. Adult, female Australian Kelpies weigh on average between 31-46 lbs. Why don’t you start with 3% (right in the middle) of 45 lbs? Then, see if she gains or loses weight that week and if she appears to be at a good body condition.

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  • Lina

    Hi! Thank you so much for your post, I’m new to raw feeding in a country where most vets don’t recommend it (Colombia) which makes it really hard to get first-hand information. I have a 4-months-old mixed breed puppy who’s about 15 pounds and I have been feeding her 6 ounces of homemade raw a day. I think she’s too thin and I don’t know if it’s because I’m not giving her enough food, because of the puppy conditions you explain in the text or because her diet is missing something. Could you please help me?

    Reply to Lina
    • Amy Marshall

      Hi Lina, thanks for sharing! Good for you for making the switch :) If you’re unsure, I suggest you ask your veterinarian what he or she thinks your dog should weigh at this point. I also suggest you use the puppy body condition chart referenced in the article (also found here). This will help you determine if your dog is at a healthy body weight. It’s hard for me to tell you since I can’t see your dog and have no idea what mix of breeds she may be. But if she’s under weight, I’d definitely increase her food to either 8 or 12 ounces to start and see how that works. Feel free to email me if you have more questions.

      Reply to Amy
  • Silvia Livas

    I have 3 senior Maltese that weight 8lbs,10lbs and 18lbs. They been on commercial dog food for a week but, any idea how much to feed them and no knowledge on raw food. Please advice me on much to feed and how many times daily. Your respond will much appreciated.

    Reply to Silvia
    • Amy Marshall

      Hi Silvia! Good for you for considering switching your dog’s diets :) Like this article says, I would determine what the ideal body weight is for your dogs. According to the AKC and the American Maltese Association, the Maltese should be under 7 pounds (with 4-6 pounds as ideal). From your comment, it sounds as if your dogs may be overweight. But without being there, I can’t say for sure, so I think it would be best to ask your veterinarian what a healthy weight for your dogs would be. Since you have a toy breed dog, you don’t want to underfeed. I know it can be hard to determine how much to feed but the easiest thing to do is to just pick an amount to start with and see how your dog responds. I’d try to start with anything in between 4-6 ounces. Hope this helps!

      Reply to Amy
  • John Joseph Fleming

    Thank you

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  • Denise Minter

    I want to switch my dog to a BARF diet. Currently I feed him 2x day. Should I feed him a Raw diet once or twice a day? He’s a very hungry 75 pound Chocolate Lab.

    Reply to Denise
    • Amy Marshall

      Hi Denise! I like to feed my dog once per day but dogs are individuals (just like us) so you might have to experiment. If your dog currently eats twice per day, transition using the same feeding schedule. Then once he’s adjusted to raw, you can always try once per day feeding and see how he handles it :) More info on the topic can be found here.

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  • Summer smyth

    Hello, I am new to raw feeding and my dogs are on their last bag of dog food before the switch. I have a 53 lb aussie/BC mix and would be around the average exercise. I’ve researched and found I should be feeding around 1.33 lbs a day. I am going to be feeding 80/10/10. Only trouble I’ve been having is how do I calculate how much percentages of the protein, bone, and organs I should be feeding? I’m a little confused on that bit and any advise or tips would be greatly appreciated!

    Reply to Summer
    • Amy Marshall

      Hi Summer! Good question. I think it’s easiest to calculate the bone first. Most people trip up because they oversimplify the 80/10/10 ratios. For example, if a dog owner were feeding 2 pounds per day, they’ll feed .2lbs of edible bone (10% of 2lbs). That’s not correct because that 10% bone guideline is referring to plain bone in the diet and raw meaty bones have meat, ligaments, and connective tissue attached so they’re not just bone. That approach will actually cause you to feed less bones than you should. There is a simple formula to figure this out. But for estimation purposes, it usually falls between 25 -60% raw meaty bones. After bones are chosen, you’d calculate 10% of total food volume in organs (half is liver, half is other secreting organs). Then, the remainder of that 1.33 lbs per day will be muscle meat. I have a post coming out on this real soon that explains exactly how to do this and that also has a bone content calculator. In the meantime, if you want to email me I can help you figure out meat, organ and bone ratios to get started since I need to know what bones you’re feeding to give you an accurate bone content calculation. Also, it’s worth mentioning these ratios and what you feed will be slightly different when transitioning.

      Reply to Amy
  • Shirley

    I amffeding my miniature schnauzer 2/3 of a cup a day of raw. Femail That has a moderate lifestyle. Is this nough?

    Reply to Shirley
  • Danielle Bortz

    Wonderful read!

    Reply to Danielle
  • Tiana

    When I used to buy food for my dog, I usually found the info of the right amount in the back of the packet, but now that I give homemade food I am a little confused from the correct amount. Thanks for your article.

    Reply to Tiana
  • Carla

    Awesome post!
    I’ve been a raw feeder for more than 15yrs and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ve been in rescue for almost 20yrs and have successfully transitioned all my foster fail babies – various situations, ages, sizes, health conditions, illnesses, etc :-)
    I was actually researching something because I have the new blessing of a 9mo old bully type puppy and it’s been a while since I’ve had to think about raw feeding active growing puppies – that’s what led me to this article. I very beautifully reminded me that there is no clear cut magical formula for raw feeding the same way there isn’t one for us as humans. Body composition truly is the best gauge and we adjust from there – every dog, every breed, every situation is different but thankfully raw feeding allows us to adjust as needed.
    Great article!

    Reply to Carla

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