Feeding Your Puppy

feeding your puppy

There are a lot of choices when it comes to dog food, and it can be confusing when it comes to feeding your puppy.  Consult your veterinarian if you need help.

Tips for picking a puppy food:

  • Stay away from pet food with colored kibble. It’s just there to make the food look appetizing to you.  Your dog could become allergic to the food coloring dye.
  • Feed a pet food that is specifically for growing puppies.
  • Buy the highest quality puppy food you can afford. Higher quality food has fewer fillers and more digestible and higher quality ingredients, which means less poop coming from your puppy.  For example, Purina’s lowest quality food is Purina Puppy Chow, their mid-range food is Purine ONE, and their top of the line food is Purina Pro Plan.

Once you have a specific food picked out, it’s important to stick with it and not change it up.  Switching foods can lead to digestive issues and a very picky puppy.

Tips for feeding your puppy:

  • Feed your puppy twice a day, unless your puppy is under 5 pounds, and then you need to feed it three times daily. Smaller dogs can get low blood sugar which can be life-threatening.  Feeding smaller dogs more frequently will help prevent low blood sugar
  • Allow your puppy 20 or 30 minutes to finish their meal. If they don’t finish it, pick it up and offer it again at the next feeding.  This trains your dog to eat at meal times and will help with potty training as most dogs will poop about 30-45 minutes after eating.
  • Keep your dog on a schedule. Try to feed around the same time in the morning and evening.
  • All dog foods have a feeding chart somewhere on the bag. The chart for feeding your puppy is based on the puppy’s weight at maturity and its age.  As the puppy ages, the amount you feed will increase.  The amount recommended is how much you should feed your puppy daily so divide into two or three feedings.
  • Measure out your puppy’s food with a measuring cup to prevent obesity.
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