Our raw meats are nutritionally more dense than store-bought kibble, so dogs and cats eating a raw diet need to eat less food. A good rule of thumb is 2.5% of their body weight, total, on a daily basis.
For example, our standard poodle weighs about 40 pounds. 2.5% of her body weight is one pound. So we give her one-half pound of ground meat in the morning, and one-half pound in the evening. (That's 8 ounces for each meal.)
Some other factors:
- If your dog is underweight, feed a little more (3% or 3.5%)
- If your dog is overweight, feed a little less (2%)
- If your dog is pregnant or nursing, feed a little more (3.5% up to 10%)
- If your dog is a puppy (up to two years), feed a little more (4% up to 10%)
Best to not overfeed. Better to start with less and then increase it gradually over time.