How much are you feeding?
As you can see, 1 pound of nutrient dense raw meat takes up far less space in the bowl than 1 pound of processed dry kibble.
When new to raw, many former kibble feeders make the assumption of maintaining their previous portion sizes. This ultimately leads to unintended weight gain as well as overspending on, undeniably, more expensive meals. But it’s important to recognize that dry food is far less nutrient dense and also highly processed- meaning pets need to eat more while ultimately still digesting less. Raw food contains a much higher level of nutrient bioavailability, so each and every single bite provides a valuable source of the protein, calcium, and nutrients pets need in order to thrive.
Many new raw feeders, and even some seasoned pro’s, underestimate the importance of weighing out their pet’s raw meals. While experience does make eyeballing portion sizes easier, knowing the exact amount being fed at each meal can help prevent unwanted weight gain/loss and also allows you to estimate exactly how long each 16, 32, or 80 oz Soul’y Raw container will last you. We suggest investing in a small food scale, most range in price from $10-$20 and can be purchased at most restaurant supply companies as well as on Amazon.
Generally speaking, we use the following equation to determine portion sizing-
Your dog’s ideal weight in lbs x’s ___%= serving size in lbs
1.5% to slim down
2% as a general average
3% to gain weight,
and up to 10% for puppies, mothers & working/active dogs
Then, take the serving size in lbs and multiply by 16 to give you the serving size in ounces
The final number is total ounces to be split into two meals.
Remember, you will always be the best judge of how much to feed your pet.
Let us know in the comments-
Does our equation match up to what you're feeding?