Are you the proud parent to a brand new bouncing baby ball of fur? Well, congratulations to you! This is a very exciting time in your life and we are very happy for you! Kudos to you for the taking steps to making your puppy’s dietary needs a priority! After all, a Puppy’s diet is essential to healthy growth and development. If you’re wondering how often or how much to feed your puppy then you’ve come to the right place so keep reading.
Puppies, like their human baby counterparts, do best on a schedule. Meal time is no exception to this rule. In addition to the health aspects, Puppies need a schedule to help keep them on a routine – which will become very important in his potty training regime. According to petMD, “a puppy’s meal schedule must include three measured meals a day, preferably at the same time every day”. Now, we understand schedules are hard to keep sometimes, but do your best to stay on track with this. Veterinarians usually recommend feeding your puppy every five hours. This is for training and routine issues as well as health issues. Puppies have issues with low blood sugar so straying too far off schedule could be detrimental to your puppy’s health. This schedule should be followed until your puppy is six months old. After that, you can begin feeding your puppy two meals per day.
How much food does my puppy need?
The quantity of food that you feed your puppy depends on a few factors. First, you need to consider the size and breed of your dog. Take a look at the feeding instructions on your dog’s bag of food. It will provide some loose guidelines on just how much to feed your puppy. You can expect to feed your puppy anywhere from ¼ of a cup to 4 cups depending on his size, age and breed. However, even those feeding instructions on the bag of food are simply guidelines. Always err on the side of caution and speak to your vet if you have any concerns. Feeding your puppy too much or too little can lead to health problems later on. Next, if you feed your new puppy a high quality diet, not only will he reap the amazing health benefits, but he will require less food. That’s true, folks. Proper nutrients will give your dog the energy he needs and keep him feeling full for longer. You might be wondering why. Well, low quality dog foods are loaded with chemicals and fillers. Essentially, low grade puppy food will make your puppy temporarily full and then his body will eliminate the waste, which will be most of the food you’ve given him seen as it’s mostly fillers!
Your puppy’s diet will help him grow up to be a strong and healthy adult dog. What you do now will directly impact how he grows, as well as his health status in the years to come. Providing your dog with a high quality diet could save you a lot of money on vet visits later on. Invest in your puppy now – he’s counting on you.
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