Do you know How Much To Feed Your Dog or Puppy? Read more to find out about what the recommended feeding regime is for your dog or puppy at home.
This is a very important question you should ask yourself especially if you recently acquired a dog or puppy to your home.
Overweight dogs are likely to suffer from diseases that will shorten their lives as diabetes, oral disease, hypothyroidism, arthritis, cancer, pancreatitis and many others.
As such it is prudent for you to find out how much you should feed your dog or puppy.
1 day to 4 weeks old
When your puppy is between the age of 1 day and 4 weeks, it will entirely depend on the mother’s milk.
However, as you will notice, after four or so weeks, your puppy will develop an appetite for solid food.
At this point, you should give your puppy solid food that is mixed with water (3 parts of solid food with a single part of water) for easy digestion in a day.
6 to 8 weeks old
By balancing calcium, proteins and some calories, make sure you feed your puppy at least 3 times a day.
At this earlier stage of your dog’s growth, you must feed it a balanced meal.
After 8 weeks old
Once your dog has attained the age of 8 weeks and over, start to feed it twice a day.
3 to 6 months old
At this teething age, your puppy is likely to have eating challenges. Nevertheless, ensure it feeds well by giving it nutritious but healthy meals twice a day.
6 to 12 months old
At this age, though it may look big, your dog is still a puppy. You should continue to feed it with balanced, healthy and nutritious meals two times a day.
At this stage, you are at liberty to introduce your puppy to adult dog food. Consult your Vet for advice on the correct portions as well as the type of food.
When your dog hits 12 months, it is no longer a puppy. To have a strong and healthy dog, you should continue to give it with the correct portions of dog food two times a day.
Never give your dog a by-product of dog food.
The Amount To Feed Your Dog
Apart from knowing the number of times you should feed your dog, there are a few other things that will determine the amount of food you should give to your dog.
Those factors include the dog’s weight, life stage, and the work or activity your dog does.
Whichever method you use to calculate the amount and time to give your dog, make sure that your eats a balanced, healthy and nutritious dog food at the right age.