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How Much Food to Feed a Dog on a Raw Diet

Mychelle Blake
Bulldog licking lips

When switching your dog to a raw diet, you will need to figure out the right amount to feed him each day. It might seem harder than measuring out cups of kibble based on a food bag's label, but it's actually quite simple.

How Much Raw Dog Food Should a Dog Eat Daily?

There are a few different ways you can figure out how much to feed your dog when changing over to a raw food diet. If you're using a pre-packaged commercially made raw food diet, it generally is as easy as just following the label instructions. With homemade meals, it takes a bit more calculation on your part.

Determining Daily Food Based on Weight

A dog on the raw food diet, assuming you're preparing nutritionally balanced meals, should get about four to five percent of his overall body weight daily. These meals should be divided into two meals per day. For example, a dog that needs to eat one pound of food a day should have two daily raw dog food serving sizes of half a pound of food. Determining how much of a percentage will depend on the activity level of a dog, as a dog with a higher activity rate needs more food compared to a less active dog. The amounts to feed should be used as an approximate guide and you will need to monitor your dog in the beginning to make sure that he's not losing or gaining too much weight on the new diet. As a guide, use these percentages of your dog's body weight when determining the amount of food:

  • Three percent for active dogs and if you have a very active dog, such as a performance sports dog, you may need to go up to four percent.
  • Two-and-a-half to three percent for dogs with an average activity level.
  • Two percent for dogs that need to lose some pounds and are obese or are generally sedentary.

Raw Food Diet Daily Food Ration Chart for Active Dogs

You can use these charts as a guide in determining your dog's daily food amount based on his weight in pounds, kilograms, ounces and grams.

Weight of Dog

Active Activity Level (3% to 4%) - Amount of Food to Feed In

Pounds

Kilograms

Ounces

Grams

5

0.15 to 0.2

0.07 to .0.09

2.4 to 3.2

68.1 to 90.8

10

0.3 to 0.4

0.14 to 0.18

4.8 to 6.4

136.2 to 181.6

15

0.45 to 0.60

0.20 to 0.27

7.2 to 9.6

204.3 to 272.4

20

0.6 to 0.8

0.27 to 0.36

9.6 to 12.8

272.4 to 363.2

25

0.75 to 1

0.34 to 0.45

12 to 16

340.5 to 454

30

0.9 to 1.2

0.41 to 0.54

14.4 to 9.2

408.6 to 544.8

35

1.05 to 1.4

0.48 to 0.63

16.8 to 22.4

476.7 to 635.6

40

1.2 to 1.6

0.54 to 0.73

19.2 to 25.6

544.8 to 726.4

45

1.35 to 1.8

0.61 to 0.82

21.6 to 28.8

612.9 to 817.2

50

1.5 to 2

0.68 to 0.91

24 to 32

681 to 908

55

1.65 to 2.2

0.75 to 1

26.4 to 35.2

749.1 to 988.8

60

1.8 to 2.4

0.82 to 1.09

28.8 to 38.4

817.2 to 1089.6

65

1.95 to 2.6

0.88 to 1.18

31.2 to 41.6

885.3 to 1180.4

70

2.1 to 2.8

0.95 to 1.27

33.6 to 44.8

953.4 to 1271.2

75

2.25 to 3

1.02 to 1.36

36 to 48

1021.5 to 1362

80

2.4 to 3.2

1.09 to 1.45

38.4 to 51.2

1089.6 to 1452.8

85

2.55 to 3.4

1.16 to 1.54

40.8 to 54.4

1157.7 to1543.6

90

2.7 to 3.6

1.22 to 1.63

43.2 to 57.6

1225.8 to1634.4

95

2.85 to 3.8

1.29 to 1.72

45.6 to 60.8

1293.9 to 1725.2

100

3 to 4

1.36 to 1.81

48 to 64

1362 to 1816

110

3.3 to 4.4

1.50 to 2

52.8 to 70.4

1498.2 to 1997.6

Raw Food Diet Daily Food Ration Chart for Average Activity Level Dogs

You can use these charts as a guide in determining your dog's daily food amount based on his weight in pounds, kilograms, ounces and grams.

Weight of Dog

Active Activity Level (2.5% to 3%) - Amount of Food to Feed In

Pounds

Kilograms

Ounces

Grams

5

0.125 to 0.15

0.06 to 0.07

2 to 2.4

56.75 to 68.1

10

0.25 to 0.3

0.11 to .014

4 to 4.8

113.5 to 136.2

15

0.375 to 0.45

0.17 to 0.20

6 to 7.2

170.25 to 204.3

20

0.5 to 0.6

0.23 to 0.27

8 to 9.6

227 to 272.4

25

0.625 to 0.75

0.28 to 0.34

10 to 12

283.75 to 340.5

30

0.75 to 0.9

0.34 to 0.41

12 to 14.4

340.5 to 408.6

35

0.875 to 1.05

0.40 to 0.48

14 to 16.8

397.25 to 476.7

40

1 to 1.2

0.45 to 0.54

16 to 19.2

454 to 544.8

45

1.125 to 1.35

0.51 to 0.61

18 to 21.6

510.75 to 612.9

50

1.25 to 1.5

0.57 to 0.68

20 to 24

567.5 to 681

55

1.375 to 1.65

0.62 to 0.75

22 to 26.4

624.25 to 749.1

60

1.5 to 1.8

0.68 to 0.82

24 to 28.8

681 to 817.2

65

1.625 to 1.95

0.74 to 0.88

26 to 31.2

737.75 to 885.3

70

1.75 to 2.1

0.79 to 0.95

28 to 33.6

794.5 to 953.4

75

1.875 to 2.25

0.85 to 1.02

30 to 36

851.25 to 1021.5

80

2 to 2.4

0.91 to 1.09

32 to 38.4

908 to 1089.6

85

2.125 to 2.55

0.96 to 1.16

34 to 40.8

964.75 to 1157.7

90

2.25 to 2.7

1.02 to 1.22

36 to 43.2

1021.5 to 1225.8

95

2.375 to 2.85

1.08 to 1.29

38 to 45.6

1078.25 to 1293.9

100

2.5 to 3

1.13 to 1.36

40 to 48

1135 to 1362

110

2.75 to 3.3

1.25 to 1.5

44 to 52.8

1248.5 to 1498.2

Raw Dog Food Feeding Guide for Puppies

Puppies should be fed a bit differently than adult dogs. With very young puppies, discuss your feeding regimen with your veterinarian first. It may be much better to use a pre-made commercial brand in the beginning that is appropriate for puppies to be sure they are getting the nutrients they need in the right percentages. Calcium and phosphorus as well as protein are particularly important for growing puppies. Puppies, especially younger ones, will have problems eating some types of bones so you should avoid any thicker, weight-bearing bones and bones too large for their mouths. Providing them with calcium supplements, as well as fresh eggshells, are good sources of calcium when their puppy teeth are still coming in.

Brown and white Siberian Husky puppy eating from bowl

Raw Dog Food Serving Sizes for Puppies

Rather than using their current body weight, you want to feed puppies based on their adult weight. With purebreds, you'll have to use an estimated average weight. With mixed breeds, this will be a bit trickier, so it's best to discuss with a veterinarian to approximate what your dog's adult weight will be. Another option you can use with mixed breeds is to feed them 10% of their current body weight between two and four months of age and then gradually taper the amount down until they reach adult size using this schedule:

  • Six to eight percent from four to six months of age
  • Four to six percent from six to eight months of age
  • Two to four percent from eight to 12 months of age

Puppies should also get three meals per day rather than two, so you'll need to take the daily amount of food and divide it by three. As with adult dogs, monitor your puppy's weight, ideally using a puppy weight chart, to make sure they're not gaining too much, or too little, weight.

Raw Dog Food Calculators

Another option for calculating your dog's daily raw dog food servings is using an online calculator. There are several useful raw dog food calculators such as:

Cocker Spaniel puppy eating from a bowl
  • My Dog Rocks has a raw dog food feeding calculator that uses the weight of your dog and his body condition (i.e. ideal weight, needs to lose weight) and gives you the total amount he should eat per day and twice per day. The measurements can be done in pounds and ounces or in kilograms and grams.
  • The Perfectly Rawsome site has several handy calculators on their site. There's a calculator for recommended feeding amounts for puppies and adult dogs, as well as a canine calorie calculator and raw meaty bone calculator. These calculators work by entering your preferred unit of measurement, your dog's weight and their life stage. They don't provide instant results on screen, but provide them via email to you instead.
  • Hare Today has a simple raw food feeding calculator that uses your dog's weight in pounds or kilograms and your desired feeding percentage based on their current weight. The calculator provides the amount to feed per day and per meal.
  • There are several raw dog food calculators on the True Carnivores site which use your dog's weight and activity level to provide the amount of raw food to feed per day and per week in pounds and grams. They also have calculators specifically for puppies and pregnant and lactating mothers.
  • Pawsitive Canine Connection has a raw dog food calculator for adult dogs and for puppies that will use your dog's weight and activity level to calculate not only your daily food amount but also how many pounds of food per month you will need and an estimated cost. This can be useful for shopping for ingredients if you like to plan ahead and make several weeks' worth of food at once.

Learning How Much Raw Dog Food to Feed Your Dog

When you first start out with the raw dog food diet, it will definitely take some time to determine the exact correct amount to feed your dog. Since every dog is an individual, use these approximate amounts as a guide and keep a chart of your dog's weight for the first few weeks. You may need to adjust the food amount up or down until you've hit on just the right amount. As always, speak to your veterinarian if you're concerned about your dog's new diet.

How Much Food to Feed a Dog on a Raw Diet