Feeding a Puppy

by Melissa R. on April 19, 2013

Feeding a new puppy

Feeding a new puppy

Are you getting a new puppy soon? Are you wondering how often and when to feed your new puppy? I wondered the same thing! Thankfully, my puppy’s breeder kept me well informed of what my puppy was eating, when, and how often.

It is generally recommended that you feed a puppy up to 6 months of age THREE times a day. After 6 months, you can move to twice daily. By feeding on a set schedule, your puppy will then go to the bathroom on a more set schedule and make housetraining easier and faster!

Looking to switch foods? Here’s how:
For the first few days you have your new puppy, it is best to continue feeding the same food and feeding schedule they had previously. You may then slowly start using the food you have chosen based on information you received from the breeder and veterinarian. If you intend to switch, DO IT SLOWLY! Take about a week to transition your puppy over to the new food. For instance, make a mixture that contains 25% of new food and 75% of old food and feed that for several days. Then mix 50-50 for several days, then 75% new/25% old food for several days. You should be at about a week by this time. Be sure to watch your puppy’s bowel movements – any runny stools or vomiting means you need to slow down the food transition process.

Dog Food Switching

Puppies always seem to be RAVENOUS. Be sure to feed an amount that is appropriate for your puppy. Your breeder, veterinarian, or even you should look on the dog food bag for recommendations.

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About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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