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    How Often Should I Feed My Puppy?

    After weaning, puppy's feeding schedule should start with three meals per day until he is at least four months old. However, this doesn't mean you should feed your dog more than the suggested daily amount. Portion out his daily allotment into three smaller meals. Once your puppy is around six months old, switch to two daily feedings, one in the morning and one in the evening.


    Puppy Portion Size

    Just because your puppy is growing doesn't mean he should overeat. Dogs can be at risk for obesity even at an early age so it's important to feed your puppy the right portion for his size and age. Portion recommendations listed on food labels are just guidelines, so be sure to check with your veterinarian if you are unsure of the appropriate amount.


    All Grown Up

    Food made specifically for puppies is loaded with added nutrients and formulated specifically for the needs of a growing puppy. Once your pup is fully mature, it's important to switch to an adult formula to ensure that your dog's diet is properly balanced.


    The Treat Factor

    If you are training your puppy, be cautious not to give too many treats. Even if they are tiny, they can quickly add up after an hour of working on "roll over." Make sure that you factor in the caloric and nutritional value of treats when determining your puppy's daily food intake. You might also consider using food kibbles as training “treats.”


    Teething Troubles 

    When your puppy starts teething from around 3 to 6 months old, he might seem to lose his appetite or become finicky because of discomfort in his mouth. Continue to feed him his regular meals, but consult your veterinarian if teething seems to seriously affect his eating habits.


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