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Old 04-21-2008, 10:49 AM   #1
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Question Puppy's Eating Habits

How can I make sure my puppy is getting enough food? I'm feeding her twice daily (she is 13 weeks) and the portion size is pretty large. I'm concerned though because she acts like she is always starving....I've never seen a puppy / dog want to eat as much as she does. Honestly I think she would make herself sick on food if I let her. How can I be sure that she is getting what she needs and not more or less? What would make a puppy act like she is always ravenous?
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Healthy puppies would eat themselves to death if we allowed this.

I feed mine 3 times a day, this keeps food in the stomach. It gives all night to empty which rests the disgestion which is good. You do not want a rolly polly puppy that is unhealthy. She should be fed 3 x a day till she hits her growth and starts to fill out and stop acting like a puppy.

Large ones we feed much longer, but smaller breeds you can go to 2 x a day quicker. This way she has food in her stomach most of the day, but she will still act hungry this is most normal and do not let her get into garbage, junk food, etc. I hate to see big guts on puppies, just nice and round all over.

Try doing this follow the bag for total amount and divide it to 3. Let me know how she does then. Do not start her on any human foods, scrapes, treats, etc. Only her own. You can put warm water over it and stir this helps to start it to bring up flavor and does not swell inside her as much. Keep water handy all day till six pm.
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If you are feeding commercial food (like complete dry kibble, or tinned/pouch food), there should be instructions on the packs about how much to give her at her current age and weight.......you could always divide her ration into 3 meals a day, so she doesn't feel she is going so long without food? Don't forget aswell that the instructions are just guidelines, if you think she needs more just increase it a little - if she puts on weight you know its too much, if she stays the same then you're getting the balance about right.

I have a fussy mutt who won't eat unless its freshly cooked chicken delivered on a silver platter and she is provided with a napkin, but don't be fooled by a dog who appears constantly hungry. They are usually bluffing and using their charms to get you to hand over more food, just in case starvation is round the corner.

Two things though - are you feeding her puppy food, not adult food? Puppy food will have the right concentration of nutrients for her while she is growing at this rapid rate.

Also, worming - is her worming regime all up to date? Worms can make a dog seem permanently hungry, but with a heavy worm burden she would likely have a poor coat and be off colour - and from your pics she looks fantastic!

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Two times a day is not enough for a 13 week old pup. Pups can only manage small amounts so they need to be feed more often. 3 or 4 smaller meals a day is better than 1 or 2 large meals. Plus feeding puppy food helps to give them the energy they need to grow.
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Healthy puppies would eat themselves to death if we allowed this.

I feed mine 3 times a day, this keeps food in the stomach. It gives all night to empty which rests the disgestion which is good. You do not want a rolly polly puppy that is unhealthy. She should be fed 3 x a day till she hits her growth and starts to fill out and stop acting like a puppy.

Large ones we feed much longer, but smaller breeds you can go to 2 x a day quicker. This way she has food in her stomach most of the day, but she will still act hungry this is most normal and do not let her get into garbage, junk food, etc. I hate to see big guts on puppies, just nice and round all over.

Try doing this follow the bag for total amount and divide it to 3. Let me know how she does then. Do not start her on any human foods, scrapes, treats, etc. Only her own. You can put warm water over it and stir this helps to start it to bring up flavor and does not swell inside her as much. Keep water handy all day till six pm.
I will do that....thanks. I've not been limiting her water after six. Is that something that I need to be doing?
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If you are feeding commercial food (like complete dry kibble, or tinned/pouch food), there should be instructions on the packs about how much to give her at her current age and weight.......you could always divide her ration into 3 meals a day, so she doesn't feel she is going so long without food? Don't forget aswell that the instructions are just guidelines, if you think she needs more just increase it a little - if she puts on weight you know its too much, if she stays the same then you're getting the balance about right.

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Two things though - are you feeding her puppy food, not adult food? Puppy food will have the right concentration of nutrients for her while she is growing at this rapid rate.

Also, worming - is her worming regime all up to date? Worms can make a dog seem permanently hungry, but with a heavy worm burden she would likely have a poor coat and be off colour - and from your pics she looks fantastic!

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I am feeding her pretty large portions of puppy food. She is up to date on her worming and all her puppy shots so I don't think that is affecting it. I think I will try breaking her portions up into smaller and more frequent meals.
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