Anonymous asked in PetsDogs · 2 months ago

Can dogs eat once a day, or is that not recommended?

Assuming it's enough like 2 cups or by weight.

How about a half bowl?

Trying to budget here.

25 Answers

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    They can but it’s better if you split the meal into 2, like “breakfast” and “dinner”...that may reduce the chances of bloat (i.e. what the dog in the true-story-based movie “Marley and Me” died of). Also have the bowl elevated off the ground somewhat, too.

  • 2 months ago

    well dogs only eat breakfast and dinner time . they need to be care for like taking them outside exercise every day to stay healthy and if the dogs are overweight need to still take out for walk not short one .and if you want to save some money for not over feeding the dogs. we usually will give 1 cup of dried food in the morning make sure you meature the top edge line that only good cup size for food make sure you dont over feeding them depending if they are small dogs they can lease small amount of food plenty of fresh water . make sure you take your dogs to the bathroom after 1 hour so so that they wont pee inside the house. i use small drinking cup that i dont drink from anymore just use that to scoop the dog food small cup size then will be fine . if you have 2 large size dogs like great dane big dogs. they need 1/2 half dried food and plenty of water . just dont over feed ing them . if they feel little hungry. you can give them 1 day doggy snack treat not everyday. you should give them once a week not too much because they might not eat their dogs foods . no table foods bad for their teeth.

  • 2 months ago

    Dogs should eat what they need; splitting the food into 2 or more feedings does not change the amount of food they need.

    Adult dogs should eat once a day, as much as they will eat in 20 minutes.  This is a general rule; there are exceptions.  Puppies eat more often.  Dogs with certain health conditions may need to have their food split into two or more meals.  

    You don't want your dog to be overweight or underweight, and you will observe your dog and see how it is doing.

  • 2 months ago

    I know you just want to be the best owner possible, but if you are talking about trying to cut back a vital and necessary part of their care because it can't be afforded, you must consider what is right for your pet. You need to know how much your pet needs to eat to help them thrive, not just survive and if you can't supply that, you need to give your pet to someone who will.

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  • a
    Lv 4
    2 months ago

    If you're on a budget, maybe you should get a smaller dog.

    A dog's dietary needs aren't influenced by your income. It's up to you to be responsible enough to not get a pet you can't afford.

  • 2 months ago

    You don't have just one meal a day do you? Just like us, their stomachs can hold only so much - so don't think a big bowl of food will keep them satisfied. And then - people complain about 'wasteful' dogs not eating the full massive bowl and having ants come crawling all over it to have you throw it out! Hours after eating - just like you, they will be hungry again. A budget won't work if you're filling the bowl too much - then have to throw out what the dog doesn't eat. BTW - always make sure your dog has a fresh bowl of water. Many people forget.

  • 2 months ago

    A dog requires the correct amount of food per day to maintain the correct weight whether that's in one or two meals per day,

    If you need to budget it would be better to do some research and find a food that is cheaper and you can get some that IMO are just as good but not manufactured by the big global companies.

  • *****
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Depends on the dog, some are okay with that, some aren't. One of my dogs would vomit if he only ate once a day and needs meals 12 hours or less apart. But whether they eat once a day or twice, they need the same amount of food per day, so it won't help you at all with your "budget". 

  • 2 months ago

    They can, assuming this an adult but not a senior dog and has no health issues. Feeding once a day used to be more common than it is now. Most people these days feed twice a day. If you feed once a day, don't do it within a couple of hours before major exercise.

    'A half bowl' is meaningless as an indication of quantity. How big is the bowl?

    I don't understand what budgeting has to do with how many times a day you feed a dog. The dog will require the same total amount per day, whether it's fed in one meal or in two meals. It will cost the same to feed one cup twice per day as it will to feed two cups once per day.

  • 2 months ago

    How much you feed them in that feeding is based on their size.  You would not feed a toy poodle and a great dane the same amount.  Whether you give them all the food in one feeding or split it up into two or three smaller portions is your choice.  Dogs are individuals.  Some will spread their food out over the whole day.  Others will gobble it all down in 10 seconds. (Some of that depends on whether they are the only dog in the house or have to protect left over food.)  

    Dog are omnivores, meaning they can eat just about anything a human can.  If you are on a budget, you can supplement the dog food with a slice or two of bread, any leftovers you have from your meals, etc.  They are not limited (like cats) to only eating food designed for them.  Granted, the dog food is healthy for them then "people food" because they get a better balance of nutrition.

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