How to Feed My Puppy? A Complete Puppy Feeding Guide

How to Feed My Puppy? A Complete Puppy Feeding Guide

How to Feed My Puppy? A Complete Puppy Feeding Guide

Just added a new puppy to your family? Congrats! You're going to have lots of joy, but it's fraught with challenges either, especially for first-time puppy owners.

A new puppy requires as much love, care, affection, and attention as a newborn baby. You may be under too much stress during the puppy phase. When and how much should you feed your puppy? When should you stop feeding puppy food?

Luckily, you have come to the right place for advice! Our experts answer your questions and offer advice to make the transition easier for both you and your puppy.

How much food should I give my puppy?

You may follow the recommendation like "1 cup" across the board, but that's not necessarily true. Much like a size 10 varies from clothing brand to clothing brand, 1 cup of one brand of dog food can completely differ from 1 cup of another.

There’s a saying in feeding: Watch the dog, not the dish. The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center provides a neat chart to calculate your puppy’s needs based on the RER (Resting Energy Requirement).

Puppy 0-4 months

= 3.0 x RER

Puppy 4 months to adult

= 2.0 x RER

Neutered adult

= 1.6 x RER

Intact adult

= 1.8 x RER

Inactive/obese prone

= 1.2 - 1.4 x RER

= 1.0 x RER for ideal weight

Weight gain

= 1.2 - 1.8 x RER for ideal weight

Active, working dogs

= 2.0 - 5.0 x RER

From: The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center

The Resting Energy Requirements or RER, which can be calculated according to the follows:

  • Divide a dog’s body weight in pounds by 2.2 to convert to kilograms (kg)
  • RER: 70 x (Body Weight in kg)^0.75
  • Puppy 0-4 months = 3.0 x RER ; Puppy 4 months to adult = 2.0 x RER

For example, a 7kg (15lb) 8 months dog's daily calorie needs: 2 x 70 (7 kg)^0.75 ≈ 602 Calories/day.

How often should I feed my puppy?

Once you figure out the daily feeding amount, it's best to set a puppy feeding schedule. Small portion sizes and frequent meals are easy to digest for puppies. Take the total amount of food your puppy needs each day and split out into a series of smaller meals. Give those smaller portions to him at regular times each day.

Puppy Feeding Schedule for First 3 Months

Puppies grow rapidly in the first few months, so it's vital to make sure they have enough food.

It's suggested that pups start with four meals a day. Many puppies that has been weaned can start trying semi-solid food as early as three weeks.

Often during this phase dogs are good at regulating their own intake. You can try leaving food out for them to graze freely all day (note, wet or moist foods may dry out if left out too long).


Puppy Feeding Schedule for Months 4 to 6

By the time pups around 4 months old, they can eat three times a day.

Monitoring your puppy's weight in this period is crucial. They will grow quickly during these months. So avoid overfeeding, or they can become overweight.

If your pup is eating the right amount of food but isn't gaining weight, he may be infected with parasites or has some medical conditions that influence the absorption of foods. We suggest talking to your vet.


Puppy Feeding Schedule for Months 6 to 12

Between 6 and 12 months, twice daily feeding is generally sufficient for your pup.

During this period, some pups can go to adult dog food. Small breeds will finish their growth cycles and transit to adulthood. For large breeds, they will take longer to be skeletally mature. You'd start feed them food with controlled amounts of calcium.

Again, it's key to keep an close eye on your puppy's body condition. Don't overfeed them, cuz both small and large pups can be obese even at this age.


Dog Feeding Schedule for Months 12 to 18

At around this time, most puppies reach adulthood. They should get used to eat twice a day and develop an adult dog food diet.

If your pup start to become chubby at this stage, you may need to adjust the portion sizes even though you're feeding twice a day.

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