Feeding A Puppy – How Much Is Enough?
Feeding a puppy is a straight forward process if you follow a few simple guidelines.
Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting time. However, there is a lot for you both to learn.
One of the things that seems to confuse first-time dog owners the most is feeding the puppy.
The normal age for puppies to leave their mothers and go to new homes is around 6-8 weeks old. Up until this age they are dependent on their mothers for their nutrition needs.
From now on they should receive three scheduled feeds a day. After the age of around six months this can be reduced to two feeds a day. While the puppy is still growing he should be fed a puppy formulation. Once you can see he has stopped growing he can be switched to adult food.
The 'Canine Journal has recently published an article about feeding a puppy in which they outline what and how much your new pet should be fed. It is not as complex as you may think.
Here is an extract from the "Canine Journal "article
For the first six to eight weeks of a puppy’s life, he should be with his mother and nurse as he pleases. The mother’s milk provides the nutrients necessary to protect the puppy from diseases.
Once your puppy has hit the four to six week age you should start to wean him off his mother’s milk — this will take two to three weeks. To do this, select a brand of puppy food — consider asking your vet for any recommendations. Blend the dog food with milk replacer and offer it to the puppy three to four times a day. Gradually reduce the amount of milk replacer until you’re only giving him dog food, which should be around eight weeks old.
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