How Much to Feed?

@Java09 (3085)
United States
April 28, 2010 5:53am CST
I have a lab mix puppy,that's seven weeks old,and I'm wondering how much to feed her.I don't want to make her over weight ,because I do know Labs will over eat,even when they're not hungry.How much food should I be giving her at each feeding?I feed her dry Purina One.
5 responses
• United States
28 Apr 10
Purina One's feeding guidelines on the back of the bag are a pretty good guide. Split the amount they recommend daily into two feedings and you should have a healthy, happy puppy.
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
28 Apr 10
I should read the back of the bag,I never thou8ght of it.Thanks for letting me know.I want to feed the puppy the right ammount not too much or too little.Thanks
• United States
28 Apr 10
There should be a chart with the puppy's age and weight. Sometimes they factor in breed size also. If that comes about with a lab you would select large dog.
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
30 Apr 10
I found it,it says one cup at each feeding three times a day for her age because she is growing.Thanks
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
Be sure that they will going to have the right amount of protein and calcium nutrition for your dog is just as important to that of any other family member, if you care about your dog as much as most people do.Dry food in popular with some since its not messy but heat in the storage and shippin can destroy its vitamins, you have to stored in in a proprer way.
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
30 Apr 10
That's a good point you brought to my attention.I know they sell plastic containers to store dog food in.That may be why.I think I'm gonna look into getting a storage container.
@nafmdt (40)
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
Hi Java09. Your puppy is a large breed kind. For seven weeks old puppy, they must be feed three times a day. I have a dog which is a crossbreed type of a shihtzu and a dachshund. I get to feed her three times a day with eukanuba dry puppy food. She has her ideal weight, and she's healty. I also get to give her a vitamins and some treats for her training. Her vet told me that after 6 months, I should be feed her twice a day.
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
28 Apr 10
I heard that puppies should have three meals because they're growing.I'll be taking her to the vet May 8th,so maybe they'll suggest vitamins for her.Thanks
@junrapmian (2170)
• Philippines
28 Apr 10
In my experience with my dogs, I feed them twice a day, just a cup of dried dog food, in between I give them a glass of milk, that's what the vet told me. I used to feed them 3 times a day, but they get overweight and the doctor told me to reduce it to twice a day. Overweight in dogs can lead to high blood pressure. Do consult your vet to be more sure about this.
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
28 Apr 10
I have a vet appointment for her for May 8th,maybe they can help advise me.Twice a day sounds enough to me.I do know large breeds tend to over eat,so I don't want her to get fat.Thanks for the advice,it'll be some help to me.
@dragon54u (31184)
• United States
28 Apr 10
I always fed my puppies twice a day, once a day is not enough for growing dogs and even for adults. And don't feed Purina One. Of course, it's up to you but most dog food in that price category and below use "animal digest" (look at the ingredients) which is ground-up shelter animals, inedible parts of farm animals and other horrid stuff. Your puppy is eating other dogs! Follow the instructions on the package for daily feeding, divide in half for breakfast and supper. If she or he is still hungry and you don't want to feed more packaged food, feed them vegetables like green beans which are cheap and very low calorie but high in nutrients. My dogs love broccoli, green beans, mushrooms, cauliflower, etc.
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