How Much Food Should I Feed My Puppy and How Often?

how much food should i feed my puppyThere is nothing quite as rewarding or exciting as bringing home your own little puppy, but the excitement and joy comes with its own set of responsibilities. The health of your puppy, and your dog as an adult, depends to a large degree on what you feed your puppy. Since puppies seem to be happy to devour almost anything they find and as much as they can find, it can feel a little intimidating to decide what you should feed your puppy and how often you should feed him. Naturally, the breed, age and size of the puppies will determine how much you should feed your puppies, but there are also some guidelines on how much to feed your puppies, and when to feed them. If you don’t have your puppy yet, then you should consider signing up for the “Getting a dog” course to help you decide which puppy is best for you.

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How much to feed your puppy depends on its age and development. As a basic guideline, most experts suggest the following categories when trying to determine how much to feed your puppy:

1.       0 to 8 weeks old

2.       3 to 6 months old

3.       6 months to a year or maturity

What to Feed Your Puppy – Zero to 8 Weeks Old

For tiny puppies, the very best nutrition for them is the nutrition they get from mother’s milk. You should allow puppies to stay with their mothers for at least 8 weeks and allow them to nurse when they want to. During this period, it is important that the mother receives healthy nutritious food to ensure her health and well-being, as well as the wellbeing of her puppies. Mother’s milk contains antibodies and nutrients that will ensure healthy babies.

At the age of 6 weeks, you can begin to introduce solids but start slowly with a quarter or half a cup per feeding. It is suggested that you blend your puppy food of choice with milk replacer to allow the puppies to become accustomed to the change in diet and food. If you are unsure of what food to feed your puppy, then it’s best to seek the advice of your local veterinarian – he can advise you on the best choice for your breed of dog. Once you have begun to introduce solids, you can reduce the amount of milk added to the food until the puppy is used to the puppy food. Your puppy should be eating solids by the age of about eight weeks.

From 3 to 6 Months Old

Puppies at this age have high nutritional needs and need to be fed three to four times a day. Puppy food should be highly nutritious and once again, your local veterinarian is a great source of advice if you are unsure of which food is best for your breed. Puppies should be fed regular small meals since smaller meals are easier to digest. It is also important to space playtimes in between mealtimes to ensure your puppy has time to get rid of its extra energy.

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6 Months Old to Maturity

From the age of six months, the guidelines on how much food to feed your puppy begin to vary considerably. This is because different breeds mature at different rates. Smaller breeds tend to mature at a younger age than large breed dogs and it is important to move to adult dog food when your dog matures. Puppy food is highly nutritious and packed with calories but feeding puppy food to an adult dog can result in obesity or other problems so it is important to know when you dog has reached maturity. Some of the signs to look for with regards to maturity are if your puppy starts to gain weight or begins to lose interest in the puppy food but once again, your veterinarian will be able to give you expert advice in this regard.

Once again, don’t just switch food. Take a week or two to accustom your dog to the new food by mixing adult food with puppy food to allow the dog’s system to adjust. This is the best way to prevent mishaps or digestive issues.

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