What am I supposed to do about feeding my puppy?

What am I supposed to do about feeding my puppy?

Food is a big deal for your little guy. He’s growing fast. So puppies should be fed accordingly. Here are some helpful morsels.

Puppy Feeding Do’s and Don’ts

DO feed your puppy three times a day—morning, mid-day, and night—for the first six months. For older puppies check the product label to determine the appropriate food amount. Sometimes twice a day is enough.

DO consult the feeding recommendations on the packaging of your puppy food.

DO be sure to feed your puppy his last meal of the day early enough that he can digest and still go outside to relieve himself (around 5 p.m.).

DO feed your puppy a healthy, well-balanced food designed specifically for puppies, such as Purina® Puppy Chow®. Note that puppy food has a different balance of nutrients vs. calories to help them grow. (Click here to learn more about choosing the best food for your puppy.)

DO wean your puppy to dry food. Puppies start to nibble on solid foods at 3-4 weeks of age. Keep moistened puppy food (three parts kibble to one part water) available to him at all times until fully weaned (6-8 weeks of age).

DON’T ignore your puppy’s body condition, behavior, and waste. He should be playful and energetic and have a thick, shiny coat. Just because he’ll always be eager to eat doesn’t necessarily mean you need to feed him more.

DON’T feed your dog puppy food longer than necessary. Around age one, many puppies can begin eating adult dog food, though some large breed puppies may need to go longer on puppy food, such as Purina® Puppy Chow® Large Breed Formula. (To see our article on switching to adult food, click here.)

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