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All you need to know to start feeding your new puppy the right way.

You just brought your new dog home.  You want the new member of your family to enjoy a long and healthy life.  

He has just been separated from his familiar environment and you realize …..you don’t know what, how much or when to feed him?  Don’t despair – the following guide will help you get started on the right path.  

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What should I feed my dog?

If there was one short answer – that would be “Balanced food with a taste your dog will appreciate”.  Balanced food is key to your dog’s health, growth & maintenance.  

Having said that, what you feed depends on several factors.  How old is your dog, what size is he now, what size will he be when full grown, how active is he, does he have any special needs, etc – all of these play a role in your decision.   

How Much Should I Feed My Dog?

Just as in what you feed your dog discussed above, how much you feed him also depends on the factors listed above.  As a general rule, the following chart shows a guideline for the amount of food you need to feed your dog under normal circumstances.

Recommended Daily Feeding Amounts Using a Standard 8 oz Measuring Cup

Breed size, weight (Lbs) at Maturity 1 1/2 to 3 months old 4-5 months old 6-8 month old 9-11 months old 1 -2 years old After 2 years
Amount of food in number of. cups
3-12 1/2 – 3/4 3/4. – 1 1/4 2/3 – 1 1/3 Feed as adult Feed as adult Gradually change over to Adult dog food formula thats right for your dog.
13 – 20 1/2 – 1 1 1/3 – 1 2/3 1 – 1 1/4 1 1/ – 1 1/3 1 1/4 – 1 1/2
21 – 50 2/3 – 1 1/4 1 3/4. – 2 1/3 1 1/3 – 2 2 1/3 – 2 1/2 2 1/3. – 3 1/2
51 – 75 2/3 – 2 1 3/4. – 3 1/3 1 2/3. – 3 1/4 2 3/4. – 4 3 – 5 1/4
76 – 100 1. – 2 1/4 2 1/3. – 3 1/4 3 1/3 – 5 1/2 4 1/2. – 6 6 1/2 – 9 1/3
101 and over Minimum 2  1/4 +  Additional 1/2 cup for every 10 lbs of Dog’s weight over 100 lbs. Minimum 3 1/4 + Additional 1/2 cup for every 10 lbs of Dog’s weight over 100 lbs. Minimum 5 1/2 + Additional  1/2 cup for every 10 lbs of Dog’s weight over 100 lbs. minimum 6 + Additional 1/2 cup for every 10 lbs of Dog’s weight over 100 lbs. Minimum 9 1/3 + 1/2 cup for every 10 lbs of Dog’s weight over 100 lbs.

How Often Should I Feed My Dog?

For most dogs, feeding twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening—preferably 12 hours apart is recommended.  Consistency – feeding at the same time as your breakfast & dinner is idea for both – you and your new pup.    

Source:  purina.com

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