What's the real amount of food to feed our dogs?

Discussion in 'Labrador Puppies' started by FoxRedLab, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. FoxRedLab

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    Does anyone have a guide to the correct amount of food to feed our puppies?

    We are currently feeding him 70g 3 times a day at 11 weeks old (210g a day).

    He will be 3 months old next week and want to make sure we give him the correct amount. He currently wolf's down his food in seconds and probably could eat the whole bag given the chance. He never cries for food (apart from when we let the water mix it up for 5 mins).
     
  2. Ryakki

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    I don't think there is a specific mass applicable at any age. Different variables such as type or food, size of dog, amount of exercise, metabolism... all need to be factored in. Most kibble bags come with a guideline then you have to judge it yourself.
    If you can see his ribs then give more food. if his belly sticks out give less. I have seen people say that you can judge if a dog is overweight by feeling his ribs but all ribs feel like ribs to me. xD
     
  3. Jo Laurens

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    If you search on the forum, you'll see this is one of the most commonly-asked questions - much to the frustration of many!

    It is an impossible question to answer. The caloric value of different foods, changes. So 70g of one food, is not going to be the same as 70g of another. Puppies have different metabolisms, just like people - so what one puppy puts weight on eating, another puppy will be underweight on. Puppies go through growth spurts, during which they need substantially more food - and then they go through periods where growth slows down, so they then need a lot less than before.

    Feed your puppy what they need to be fed to maintain a good body weight which is neither too fat nor too thin. Assess your puppy daily and ensure you can feel all the ribs and that your puppy has a waist. You don't want a roly-poly, fat puppy...

    Do not feed what it says on the packet. This is almost always too generous and the majority of puppies will put on too much weight, eating that amount. It is in the interests of the manufacturers to get you to feed more of their food, after all....
     
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  4. Jo Laurens

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    If you can feel ribs, you're doing ok. If you can't feel individual ribs, the dog is overweight.
     

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