HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU FEED A PUPPY:
I understand the excitement and trepidation that comes with bringing home a furry ball of joy. You want to do right by her and that includes making sure she is getting the correct amount of nutrition. You have to make sure that your canine friend is well fed.
First 6 to 8 weeks
During the first few weeks just like a newborn baby, puppies are supposed to be fed with mothers milk. It provides them the necessary nutrition they need so we should try our best to not separate the opuppy from its mother during the first fewdays.. The mother’s milk provides the best nutrition and provides antibodies to help protect your puppy from the disease. If due two undesirable situations if the puppy is separated from its mother then milk replacers and bottles specially designed for puppies can be found at any major pet store.
Training the puppy to eat solids :
Weaning your puppy to solid food should not be an overnight endeavor but should ideally, take place over the course of two to three weeks
First of all, one should decide which brand of puppy food you are going to be feeding your puppy. Do ask a vet for specific recommendations based on your puppy.
Puppies have high caloric and nutritional needs and so the food selected should be a high-quality brand of puppy food.
Portion sizes depend on the dog breed and the puppy's metabolism and nutritional requirements. If your dog is not taking food don't worry its probably because it wants to eliminate or it has been overfed.
How often should you feed your puppy:
Like human babies, puppies start out needing many small meals a day, of food formulated for their special nutritional requirements. Most, but not all, dogs finish meals quickly. To discourage picky habits, feed at regular times in regular amounts and don’t leave food down for more than 10 to 20 minutes.
When to stop giving puppy food:
Puppy food brands produce food which is high in calories and nutritional supplements so you want to switch to adult food once your puppy begins to approach maturity.
Smaller the dog quicker they attain maturity.
What happens if puppies eat too much:
•Puppies mostly don't know when their little tummy is full, they will keep eating causing bloating.
•Too much food makes a dog do overdrive
creating bones that grow too fast since puppy foods are rich in calcium.
•Too much eating can cause obesity in a puppy.
Puppies: Three small meals per day.
Small adult dogs: Two small meals per day.
Medium to large adult dogs: Two well-portioned meals per day.
Large to giant adult dogs: One well-portioned meal per day.
Senior dogs: One to two smaller meals.
Our puppies are masters of the "puppy dog eyes" they often trick us into feeding them treats then and now.
We should have a clear idea of how much we are feeding our puppy cause it really matters a lot. Happy feeding!!