When is a cup not a cup? No, this isn’t a Buddhist koan. But it was a question that might come up when you are trying to feed your dog correct portions of their pet food. Many vets believe that understanding how much to feed your dog is one of the biggest factors in the worldwide epidemic of pet obesity. It really matters to your dog’s overall health to get this correctly. So, knowing not only the correct amount of food to give to your dog, but how to actually measure it out, is important.

 

Confusing Labeling from the Pet Food Industry

AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) labeling instructions don’t make it easy for consumers. On pet food packaging you will see vague feeding guidelines, such as, “for a dog 40 to 60 pounds, feed 1 to 2 cups” daily.  It’s imprecise not only because of the wide range of 40 to 60 pounds for the dog’s weight, but also…

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