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Old 12-03-2010, 11:20 AM   #1
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Default How often/much to feed my new pup?

Hey guys I'm trying to find out how often/much to feed my new pup. She is a half Jack Russel/ half Chihuahua and a little over 2 months old. About a month ago she weighed 4.6lbs and now I'm guessing if shes not 6 lbs she getting close, maybe 5lbc and some change. She seems to want to eat all the time and I was wondering if any of you could suggest a feeding schedule. I have been giving her 1/4th cup in the AM after taking her out and 1/4th cup about middle of the day, another 1/4th around 5-6 PM and then 1/8th-1/4th cup later if she acts hungry maybe around 10-11PM. Any suggestions?

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First off, how much you feed depends entirely on the dog food you're using.

They are not all created equally...some foods have the same nutrition packed into half the volume of other foods.

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Beneful Healthy Growth For Puppies is what I'm using at the moment.

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my chihuahua is 4.8 and i feed her 1/3 cups a day so its 13g for 3 servings, she also gets her treats.
I feed her 6am 12pm and 6pm

I used to fed her 1/4 cups and she didnt even want to eat it all. I was told by the vet and everyone here that thats too much and it was!!! now she eats ALL HER FOOD!

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Hey guys I'm trying to find out how often/much to feed my new pup. She is a half Jack Russel/ half Chihuahua and a little over 2 months old. About a month ago she weighed 4.6lbs and now I'm guessing if shes not 6 lbs she getting close, maybe 5lbc and some change. She seems to want to eat all the time and I was wondering if any of you could suggest a feeding schedule. I have been giving her 1/4th cup in the AM after taking her out and 1/4th cup about middle of the day, another 1/4th around 5-6 PM and then 1/8th-1/4th cup later if she acts hungry maybe around 10-11PM. Any suggestions?
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How is her weight? If she looks to be at a healthy weight, I wouldn't worry too much about her being hungry. You are doing the right thing by splitting her meals up into more than 2 feedings so that her tiny tummy can be happy. And by putting her on a strict feeding schedule, it will also help tremendously with her potty training since you can monitor her food and water intake more closely

However, dogs will be dogs and most of them will always act hungry. The important factor to remember is not to give into it and keep feeding them. An overweight dog is NOT a healthy dog. Puppies will also go through some awkward growing stages, so just montior your puppy's weight and adjust accordingly if you have to. (a typical healthy dog will have a nice waistline and you should be able to feel some ribs but not really see them. an overweight dog is obvious lol)

and I also agree with Kenzie's mom on the nutrition aspect. Beneful dog food (and pretty much anything made by Purina) is on the lower end of dog foods. Beneful, while advertised to be healthy and full of great ingredients, is not. Here are the ingredients of your puppy's food:

Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), chicken, milk, rice flour, soy flour, sugar, propylene glycol, animal digest, tricalcium phosphate, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, sorbic acid (a preservative), water, calcium carbonate, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, dried carrots, dried peas, calcium propionate (a preservative), dicalcium phosphate, choline chloride, added color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 2, Yellow 6), Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.

The first ingredient is corn. That is what the majority of your puppy's food is made up of. Dogs cannot digest corn, but its a cheap filler so that's why companies use it. All it creates is more poop. There is only one real source if protein, and that is chicken, which is so far down the list of other ingreidents that is in it. Plus...animal digest? GROSS! That's whatever is in the animal's stomach at the time of slaughter, and now your puppy is eating it. Who knows what cows, pigs, chickens, etc are eating these days in dirty gross farms, and now its in your puppy.

So, to make a long story short, your puppy may be acting hungry because he is not nearly getting enough nutrients his little body needs. If I were you, I'd look into switching dog foods to something a little healthier, such as these brands: Blue Buffalo, Wellness, Canidae, Taste of the Wild, Diamond Naturals, California Naturals, etc. You always want meat to be the first ingredient.

Anyways, sorry for the novel! I'm such a stickler on dog food, hehe.

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Hi And aboard to Df I would check the bag for the breed type,age etc and also check her weight at the vets just to be sure and get a routine going ! As a puppy I would avoid late night eating to save the bowels getting full and you wake up with a mess in the house. Just my humble opinion Good Luck ATB
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Hi. A puppy that small needs four or five feedings a day, so that fourth feeding at night should be a standard feeding, and not just if she seems to be hungry. She IS hungry.

You've been underfeeding her significantly. Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies contains 390kcal/cup. Your puppy needs about 492 kcal/day for several more weeks. This means she needs 1 1/4 cups of the Beneful, per day, spread out over four or five meals.

I'd give her 1 1/4 cups per day starting immediately and for the next four weeks, and then adjust for her weight at that time. It will probably be time to adjust down to about 1 cup per day over four meals for the next two months, then gradually cutting back to what her adult feeding levels will be over the next six months after that.

If you'll check in with her weight and age in another four weeks, we can adjust how much you are feeding her, so she is getting enough nutrition for her age, weight, and stage of puppy growth.

On a separate note, if Beneful is the best you can afford, then great that you are feeding a food made specifically for puppies. There are better puppy foods out there for not that much more than Beneful. You may want to consider looking for a better puppy food. Read through my scoring system and familiarize yourself with the ingredient list on your Beneful package. Know what you are feeding your puppy.
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If you upgrade the food you will pay more per pound, but feed your dog less. Please through out the Purina and get a better food. I believe Canidae is the least expensive of those mentioned by PeytonLove. Come on, he's a chihuahua, a small bag will last a long time.

I would feed four meals a day for now and use the remainder as rewards. (measure out the daily ration and then scoop out a bunch for treats, divide the rest into meals) He should sit nice and wait for you to put his food down, then give a cue, like "at ease" or "go for it" to release him. He is old enough to learn to sit at the door, out of the way of the swing, when he needs to go out. Praise and treat. He should be rewarded when he pees and poops in the correct place, praise and treat. You can also start a beginning heel by patting your left leg and when he comes to your leg, lure him with a kibble to the exact spot you want him, then give him a kibble, and another, and another. If there is a specific spot you want him to lay in, other than the crate, place a nice little rug or towel or cushion for him and bait it with a few kibbles.

Using the kibble you know that you aren't over feeding him or giving him bad food. You can still give him super treats like a sliver of cheese or pinch of meat for new tricks.
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