How Much To Feed A Puppy
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Your puppy will be better prepared for a long and healthy life as an adult dog if you feed him high-quality, complete, and balanced puppy food. For new puppy owners (and even seasoned ones), however, this raises a lot of questions.
When and how much should your puppy be fed? When should you stop feeding puppy food?
All of your questions about feeding puppies will be answered in this article, along with some advice and recommendations.
What is Proper Puppy Nutrition
It’s tempting to tell yourself that feeding a puppy is the same as feeding a dog. However, the truth is that food made for puppies and older dogs are very different from one another.
The rapid brain, organ, and bone development that takes place in puppies lays the groundwork for healthy functions to continue throughout a dog’s life.
Compared to adult dogs, young dogs require higher amounts of protein, fat, calcium, and phosphorus. While having too many of these can result in lifelong complications, having too few can result in deficiencies.
How Much Food Should I Give My Puppy?
Watch the dog, not the dish is a common phrase used when feeding dogs. Portion sizes should be determined by body condition rather than by how much is consumed or left over. Portion sizes depend on a pup’s metabolism and body type, and each dog has different nutritional needs.
Don’t be concerned if your puppy occasionally skips meals or picks at his or her food. It might indicate that she is ready to stop eating or that you gave her too much food, in which case you should cut back on the serving size.
Additionally, adjust the quantity you feed your dog at mealtime if you are using treat-based training. Whenever training with treats, keep the treat as small as possible.
Puppy Feeding Chart
The following puppy feeding chart will help you determine how much food your puppy needs each day. Always, we advise you to heed the advice of your veterinarian.
|Weight of Pup||6-12 Weeks||3-4 Months||5-7 Months||8-12 Months|
|3 – 5 lbs||1 – 1 1/3 cup||3/4 – 1 cups||1/2 – 3/4 cups||1/2 – 2/3 cups|
|5 – 10 lbs||1 1/3 – 2 1/2 cups||1 – 2 cups||3/4 – 1 1/2 cups||2/3 – 1 cups|
|10 – 20 lbs||2 1/2 – 4 cups||2 – 3 1/2 cups||1 1/2 – 2 2/3 cups||1 – 2 cups|
|20 – 30 lbs||4 – 5 3/4 cups||3 1/3 – 4 1/2 cups||2 2/3 – 3 2/3 cups||2 – 2 3/4 cups|
|30 – 40 lbs||5 3/4 – 7 cups||4 1/2 – 5 2/3 cups||3 2/3 – 4 1/2 cups||2 3/4 – 3 1/3 cups|
How Often Should You Feed Your Puppy
Your puppy’s growth and development are extremely important during this time. In order to meet your puppy’s nutritional needs, you must ensure that you feed it a specially formulated and balanced diet.
The essential nutrients your puppy needs may not be provided if you feed it adult food at this stage.
Usually, four feedings a day are sufficient to meet your puppy’s nutritional needs. Additionally, when your large breed puppies are 9 or 10 weeks old, you should start giving them dry food. Also, you can give the same dry food to your small breed pups by 12 to 13 weeks.
It is advised that you cut back on your puppy’s feeding from four to three times per day once she reaches the three-month mark. By doing this, you can make sure that your pup loses her potbelly and pudginess by the 12-week mark.
Continue feeding your pup “puppy-sized” portions until she reaches maturity if she is still chubby at this point.
You should only feed your puppy twice a day for the first six to twelve months. Your puppy should have been neutered and spayed at this point, which reduces her need for energy. Therefore, you can switch from nutrient-rich puppy food to adult food once this procedure is complete.
Small-breed puppies can typically make this switch at 7 to 9 months, whereas big-breed puppies can do so at 12 to 13 months. The most important thing to keep in mind is that it’s better for your pup to continue eating puppy food for a while rather than switching too soon.
AFTER AGE 1
It is advised to feed adult dogs two half portions per day after the age of one.
Dry Puppy Food vs. Wet Puppy Food
Even though dry kibble is a common option, it’s not the only one. You might come across both dry and wet puppy foods as you browse the dog food aisles.
When it comes to dry versus wet, you and your puppy might have different preferences. However, it is possible to feed your pup a mixture of the two. This means you can confidently feed your puppy either the wet or the dry formula as long as both are complete and balanced for growing puppies.
It is important to make sure the total calorie count does not fall short of or exceed your puppy’s daily energy requirement if you are feeding her a mix of wet and dry food. To determine how much wet food should be substituted for dry food, use the calories listed on the package. This makes it possible for you to calculate the amount of each product needed to meet your puppy’s nutritional requirements.
For instance, a thirteen-ounce can of wet puppy food may have 470 kilocalories and can substitute for about one cup of dry puppy formula with a similar number of kilocalories per cup. In this case, you could replace one cup of the daily dry food recommendation with a thirteen-ounce can of wet food.
Puppies’ bodies can quickly change, and they will develop at varying rates. As a result, it is a good idea to keep an eye on your puppy’s physical condition and modify calorie intake as necessary to avoid over- or underfeeding. Your veterinarian and the puppy food label are excellent resources that can assist you in creating a feeding schedule tailored specifically to your pup’s requirements.
What to Feed Your Puppy
While not all dogs are puppies, all puppies are dogs. From a nutritional perspective, this means that your puppy does not currently need dog food. Puppies need high-calorie, nutrient-dense puppy food to support their rapid growth and development at this stage of life because they grow so quickly.
Key nutrients for healthy growth are present in high-quality puppy food, including:
- Protein from high-quality sources
- Minerals like calcium and phosphorus for bones and teeth growth
- Antioxidants to nourish a puppy’s developing immune system
- High-quality fats to fuel growth and energy
- The omega-3 fatty acid DHA, to support brain and vision development
Large breed puppies can also benefit from extra nutritional support for their joints. Additionally, small-breed puppies need more energy. In order to support each breed’s unique nutritional requirements, an complete puppy food will be developed for their specific breeds.
When Do You Start Feeding Adult Dog Food?
Puppies should begin gradually switching to adult dog food when they reach their full adult height. Adding increasing amounts of adult food into decreasing amounts of puppy food should be done gradually. They should slowly transition to adult food over the course of about a week.
Most puppies can start eating adult dog food at the following age, which is usually when they reach their adult height:
- Toy breeds at 6 to 9 months of age
- Small and medium breed at 8 to 12 months of age
- Large and giant breeds at 12 to 24 months of age
How to Transition to Adult Dog Food
Thankfully, switching from puppy food to adult food isn’t difficult and does not have to take much time. In actuality, it is recommended to carry this transition , which is to combine the two foods, over the course of a week
This is done by reducing the amount of puppy food in their bowl while steadily introducing the adult food over the course of about a week. You should be at about half-and-half by the middle of the week, and by the end of the week, your pup should be completely transitioned.
Puppies should not be fed adult dog food because their nutritional needs are very different from those of mature dogs. Puppy food needs to be high in calcium to support strong, healthy bones as well as high in calories and other nutrients to support your puppy’s rapid growth.