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How much, how often should I feed my dog? We've got the answers from puppy to adulthood.

So you’ve come home from the shelter with a new puppy — or maybe a scruffy, old dog showed up on your doorstep. However you ended up with this four-legged friend, how to feed and take care of it properly is likely one of the first things on your mind.

According to Wag, your dog could face unnecessary weight loss, lower energy, nutrition-related medical disorders and even death if you’re not feeding it enough food.

On the other hand, Born Free Pet Food says overfeeding your dog can lead to obesity, which is linked to heart and respiratory problems, as well as a shorter life — not to mention the money you’d be wasting on all that extra kibble.

How much should I feed my dog?

All dogs are different, but the best practice is to simply follow the instructions on your dog food bag.

The American Kennel Club says dogs should generally be fed twice a day, with a portion size based on your dog’s breed, size, age and health condition.

For example, according to Zignature dog food, you should normally feed a puppy about twice as much as an adult dog, since they’re more energetic and need lots of nutrients to grow up big and strong. Pregnant dogs also require more food than other adult dogs.

To determine portion size and your dog’s ideal feeding schedule, it’s best to talk to your veterinarian.

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How often should I walk my dog?

According to Shallowford Animal Hospital, all dogs need routine physical activity.

Many dog breeds may need to get out of the house for 15-minute walks three or four times a day — although if your dog is in good health, it might be a good idea to take them on longer walks or hikes.

Again, the best way to know what’s right for your dog is to speak with your veterinarian.

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