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How Much Should You Feed Your Puppy?

Commercial diets take all the guess work out of feeding your puppy and can be such a great option for busy pet parents.

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When feeding a commercial diet to your puppy, you will follow the guidelines on the pack to start with, this is because commercial diet recommendations are based on how many calories are in that specific formula.

If you are finding that your puppy is underweight or overweight on the guidelines suggested by the manufacturer, you can increase/decrease your dog's intake based on their body condition.

When feeding a commercial diet to a dog, we recommend you rotate between flavours and brands so to not only to provide nutritional enrichment to your dog but also to avoid limiting their nutritional intake to just one set of nutrients found in one specific formula.

When feeding a commercial diet to your puppy, you will want to make sure it is suitable for puppies, to find this out, you will look at the packaging and see if it says it is suitable for dogs of "all life stages" or specifically for "puppies" - most commercial diets these days are formulated for "all life stages" but it is important you double check, for Australian's, you can learn more here.

Puppies up until 6 months of age are generally fed 3 times per day where possible and small dogs may require up to 5 meals per day whilst growing because they can be prone to glucose drops - speak to your breeder/vet for more guidance.

10-12 months of age signals the end of the critical growth period, this is the period where most of their growth is completed.

Puppies who are toilet training would do well to consume their last meal of the day at least 4 hours before bedtime so they can toilet before bed.

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