One of the most important things to do when raising a puppy is deciding how much food they should be eating. The amount of food will depend on many factors, including age, weight, and activity level. In this guide I am going to go through some different guidelines for feeding puppies so you can make an informed decision about what's best for your new family member!
It is important to avoid stressing too much about how much food to feed a puppy. Although you'll see a lot of complicated numbers on your feeding guide it is actually easy to determine healthy feeding practices for your new puppy.
How much food your puppy eats will depend on his age, weight, and activity level.
So it is important to regularly review the amount of food you provide your puppy. Unlike older dogs, the feeding amount can either increase or decrease based on age and development. With older dogs, you can rely on the amount of food going up in proportion to the size and weight of the dog. But, with a puppy this often behaves less predictably, and at certain stages of development you actually lower your feeding amounts.
How much food should I feed my puppy?
It is always important to consult the feeding guide provided by your food manufacturer. Not all puppy foods are equal and the feeding amount will vary between different food brands. Feeding guides are broken down by puppy age and if you keep track of this you can't go wrong with the quantity of food you feed them.
Puppy feeding chart explained
Although they may look complicated, puppy feeding charts are actually pretty straightforward. Our puppy feeding chart uses the expected weight of adult dog to determine how much food to feed at a given age. Most puppy food charts follow this same rationale.
Simply use the left-most column of the feeding chart to determine the correct row to use to calculate feeding amounts. As mentioned earlier, you'll need to know the expected weight of adult dog for your breed. If you're unsure we suggest using Google. Remember to consider the sex of your puppy at this stage as dogs will grow more than bitches.
Now that you know the row to use, simply use the correct age column of the puppy feeding chart to see how much food to feed. This should tell you how many grams of kibble to feed a puppy per day. It is that easy!
An example puppy feeding chart
How many times a day should I feed my puppy?
There are a few schools of thought on when and how many times per day to feed a puppy. Since puppies are constantly growing, they need more calories for their bodies to grow properly and with strength.
We suggest feeding your puppy three times a day. Use the daily feeding quantity you determined from the puppy food chart and divide this by three. That's how much you want to feed per mealtime.
How often should I feed my puppy?
Based on what we have said above you should start feeding your puppy three times per day at first, but as they get older you'll want to drop this down to twice per day. We believe a strict schedule is the best way to feed a puppy and we would advise you to stick to the same feeding times per day if possible. For example, meal times at 8 am, 2 pm, and 8 pm will provide an even schedule of food throughout the day. Try to space puppy meal times out to avoid any huger tantrums!
How much should a puppy eat?
A puppy should finish each of their meals provided to them if based on the feeding amount calculated from their feeding chart. Just like humans, some dogs have a smaller or larger appetite than others. If they seem excessively hungry after their meal you may want to supplement it with a little more food. Don't stray wildly from the feeding guide however.
My puppy isn't eating enough
When your new puppy arrives home it can be a stressful event for them. During the first few days, it can cause their appetite or digestion to be a little off-kilter. Try not to worry about this too much as it is perfectly normal. After they settle in their digestion and appetite should settle.
If it is excessively runny, shows signs of blood or carries on for too long you may want to consult your vet. They may have developed colitis or picked up something that requires treatment. They can prescribe medication or probiotics to assist.
Our Gourmet puppy food contains probiotics as standard to help develop a healthy gut biome. People often underestimate how helpful probiotics can be in a puppy diet.
If your puppy doesn't want to eat then consult our specific guide for additional advice.
Should I give my puppy treats?
During the very early stages, we think you should be mindful of using too many treats. We encourage using their puppy food as a treat instead of specific dog treats. If you want to train your puppy to sit, stand, give a paw, or anything else, puppy food can be a perfect training treat!
When sufficiently mature, functional dog treats can be a great way to provide them with tasty rewards whilst providing them with valuable healthy nutrients. Have a look at our range of functional treats here. Boost Ups work very well with developing puppies!
Should I feed my puppy raw meat?
Whilst this is not our current view, we do understand that many people prefer to use raw food to feed their dogs. We would encourage you to question where your puppy food comes from and whether it can be trusted as a healthy option for your furry friend!
Raw meats are very high in protein but also low in fibre, and can often open up the possibility of bacterial contaminants to their diet.
Our diets have been formulated to provide a developing puppy with a specific amount of micro and macronutrients to foster healthy development. Be careful of raw diets that don't consider such things.
Puppies are growing rapidly in their first year, reaching up to 50% of their adult size. It is therefore important that they have a diet that provides all the necessary nutrients for growth and development. If you want specific advice on which of our puppy foods work best with your breed then by all means get in tocuh.
In the meantime feel free to browse our selection of healthy puppy foods. They have been developed with the help of the UK's best foremost nutritionists and vets and contain ingredients designed to help puppies develop into healthy adults.
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