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What to Feed a Puppy


Your new puppy will be used to eating 3 to 4 times a day. Ask the breeder for the feeding schedule that the pup has been used to, how much and how often. Stay as close to this schedule as you can for the first few days. Then, if you need to, gradually change the pup over to a feeding schedule that is better suited to your own schedule. When your pup reaches 6 months of age, he will only need to be fed two times a day; and at a year you can begin feeding once a day.

Try to follow a routine when feeding your new puppy. Put down the recommended amount of dry food at approximately the same time each day. Allow the puppy 15-20 minutes to eat what he wants, and then pick up the bowl. Stress of adjusting to his new home may cause your puppy to lose his appetite for the first 24-48 hours. Do not get over-alarmed if the puppy ignores or picks at his food for the first day or two, and do not try to overcompensate for this by trying to force the puppy to eat by adding canned food or other goodies to his kibble. Stress and overeating combined are sure to cause a puppy an upset stomach and diarrhea. As your puppy settles in, he will soon be cleaning his bowl. If he refuses food longer than the first day or if he refuses 2 meals in a row after eating well, then a trip to the vet is probably necessary.

The first signs of Parvo are lack of appetite, lethargy and diarrhea. Rather than free-feeding (leaving food down all the time), feeding on a regular schedule will allow you to keep better tract of your pups overall health and will set up a better routine for house-training. Always take your puppy outside to potty shortly after he finishes each meal.



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