Feeding a Puppy – How Much & How Often?

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A puppy eats his food.

By Dr. Eva Evans. Dr. Evans is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a nationwide dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Taking care of a new puppy can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to understanding their nutrition needs. One of the most important aspects of taking care of a new puppy involves how much and how often to feed him.


When do puppies start eating solid food?

Puppies are typically weaned from their mother around 6-8 weeks of age. Puppies usually start eating solid food around 4 weeks old.


How often should I feed my puppy?

Puppies grow fast and they need to eat frequently. It is best to feed your new puppy three to four times per day.


How much should I feed my puppy?

The amount of food your puppy needs depends on your puppy’s age, breed and activity level. For example, small breed puppy such as a Chihuahua will need far less food than a large breed puppy such as a Labrador. The best way to know how much food to feed your puppy is to consult your veterinarian.


How long do I feed them food formulated for a puppy?

Small breed puppies should be fed puppy food until they are 6 months old. Large and giant breed puppies should stay on puppy food for up to a year or more depending on the breed.


Physical appearance of your puppy

You should be able to feel your puppy’s backbone and ribs, but they should not be prominent. If your puppy is very active, he or she may need extra food.

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Again, consult your veterinarian for the proper amount to feed your new puppy as well as for recommendations on the best brands of food for your puppy.

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