Dog Expert Says 80% of People are Feeding Their Dog’s the WRONG Amount. Doing this can Send Your Dog to an Early Grave.

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We humans love to show our dogs how much we care about them through food. We give them extra kibble just "because," we feed them tidbits off our plates with all kinds of fats and sugars, and we believe the dog chew companies when they tell us our dogs should get their processed, filler-filled treats and chews every day. And we get it, here at Stay Loyal we love to spoil our dogs too! But, when it comes to using food as a way of saying "I Love You," most dog owners are literally killing their dogs with kindness!

Don’t believe us?

According to the Australian Veterinary Association, nearly 50% of dogs in Australia are overweight!

Even more interesting, their studies showed "The bond between the owner and the animal is a crucial factor determining the caloric intake and subsequent body condition of an animal."

Australians really do use food as a way of saying "I LOVE YOU" to their dogs, and it’s having drastic consequences on their dogs’ well-being.

Overweight dogs are at an increased risk for many health issues, which can shorten their lifespan. Here are just a few complications that can arise when your dog is overweight:

· Hypertension (high blood pressure)

· Diabetes

· Lowered immune system functions

· Increased cancer risk

· Liver disease

· Heart disease

· Heat intolerance (many overweight dogs die on hot summer days)

· Respiratory problems

· Increased risk when under anesthesia

· Osteoarthritis

· Increased risk of torn ACLS or other ligaments and leg/hip issues due to excess weight

· Skin issues that develop in the fatty folds of the skin, including bacterial infections.


As you can see, obesity not only shortens your dog’s life span, it makes your dog’s life less comfortable. Plus, it’s going to cost you money at the vet’s as well. Keeping your dog healthy and trim not only saves you money in dog food, but it also saves you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars at the vet. And the most important thing is your dog will live longer and be happier and healthier.

INTERESTINGLY, THE AVA’s studied concluded this about the overweight dogs:

"Obesity is the product of a positive energy balance where caloric intake exceeds output, leading to adiposity. Only 5% of cases are treatable medically. 95% of cases must be treated through control of caloric intake."

This means that your dog’s obesity really is in your hands. You need to stop over feeding, look at his body condition, and feed appropriately. Wondering how to do this? Read this article on how to feed your dog and determine body condition.

And of course, you can also feed your dog TOO LITTLE, (I will stress that feeding too little is quite hard because you have to do it for a long period of time). You should not be able to count every rib, or see your dog’s hip bones. Feeding your dog too little can also have serious health issues and also lead to an early grave. That said, most dogs are overweight so be fearful of overfeeding as well as be aware when your dog becomes lean to not go too thin as well.

And don’t forget, there is that 5% of dogs that may have a medical condition, such as hypothyroid disease or may be on a medication that is contributing to the weight factor as well. So, if you have reduced your dog’s food and increased his activity level, but he is still not losing weight, you should have him checked by the vet to make sure a medication or medical issue is not at play.

The important thing is to remember to check his weight and body condition score regularly, as your dog’s needs will change throughout his lifetime. Just like you can’t eat the same diet you did as a teenager, neither can your dog.

And when it comes to showing your love, a good belly rub or a rousing game of fetch are far better choices, and your dog will love them just as much.

For more information on how to get your dog to its correct weight please click here

Taryn Chandler

Hi Robert.

I have a male Samoyed who is 4 years old (neutered much earlier than I would have preferred due to retaining his testicles so high risk of health complications). Because of this he had a very very dense double coat and even though he is groomed properly, it’s hard to give him a “body score” even when wet. I can’t even palpate his condition acutely due to his coat. Further to this, Samoyeds are chronically “starving to death” so he will eat anything and everything. I am always worried I am over / under feeding him particularly as his activity varies living on a farm. How do you recommend I keep titration his meals or at the least calculate a recommended average for his feeding to increase longevity?

RobertTaryn Chandler

Hi Taryn, So for these dogs I would weigh them and then monitor the weight every month. To start you may want to weigh every week but once you get a handle of things you will find monthly weighing should suffice. So weigh them and try to guess the body score. feed the current amount of food and then keep weighing. Adjust food accordingly.

Your comment of, "I am always worried I am Over or Under feeding him", is a common concern among us pet lovers. The point I'd like to make to you and everyone reading is that with a high quality dogfood like ours its very hard to cause malnutrition by under feeding. You would have to feed 1/4 the recommended amount for months and months and even then your dog would be fine. You would notice the dog being too thin way before your dog was malnourished. The other point you made was overfeeding. In my experience over feeding is much easier and even feeding 50% too much will lead to excess weight gain in a few months.

Back to your question Id be more concerned with over feeding than under feeding. And for your situation weighing the dog is probably the best way to monitor condition even though it is hard to get a body score on long haired dogs. If you are in doubt about your dog's body condition I'd say its better/healthier to keep your dog a little lite rather than a little fat. I hope that makes sense.


My nearly 2 yo Bichon has had Oxalate stones in her bladder. The vet recommended the Royal Canin urinary so. She was fed Stay loyal since she was 10 weeks old. Can I still feed her this?


Hi Joanne, I wouldn't go against what the vet recommends. What I will say that may help you and other people is that some dogs don't drink enough water. If your dog doesn't drink much water, and has concentrated urine all the time, then adding water to their food can help.

Eileen Day

How much should a 9 year old 7kg Xmaltese/poodle [is a diabetic on insulin] Has a mixture of dry and raw mince or chicken twice a day
Eileen Day

Lyn Uthe

Hi Rob,
I have a German/Australian Shepherd Cross. He is 4yrs very ‘solid/stocky’ body with big rear end. (I have had 7 Shepherds but this ‘cross’ is so difficult to judge.) He has an extremely dense/fluffy coat, so it is not easy to feel his ribs. He weighs 46kg. I feed 1 and 1/2 cups of StayLoyal twice a day. My 9 yr. full German who is quite slim, a smaller body also receives same amount weighs 32kg. I should say, due to my now disability I can only afford to get them walked once a week, but are very active in back yard. The only treat they receive is one air dried Roo tendon each, daily.
Can it be just different metabolism? Any thoughts or advice will be appreciated.

RobertLyn Uthe

Hi Lyn, 100%.... every dog digests and metabolizes their food differently. Your German/Australian Shepherd Cross is a much better doer than your pure GSD. Hairy dogs are hard to judge. Probably the only time you may get and idea of their condition is when they come out of the water after a swim. Or after a full body shave down.