• New puppy feeding. HELP!

    Profile photo of lizforanimalrights16

    Over a year ago

    I just bought a new puppy yesterday and I just have a few questions that anyone who has ever cared for a puppy may please be able to answer. The main question is regarding feeding. Where I bought her, Petland, they gave me a whole bag of puppy kibble and 3 cans of wet food. I just don’t know which to feed and how much. I know that at 5 months, they said I should feed her three times a day, I got that settled. However, should I feed her both wet and dry food and how much of each? Thanks you very much for all your help.

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  • Profile photo of frankieD

    Over a year ago

    Word of advice, if your puppy is doing well but he may have trouble eating his food then give him a 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of cooked white rice with his meals. This makes dogs strong!

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  • Profile photo of Zaydi

    Over a year ago

    First off, dogs don’t need to have wet food unless they are very underweight or the dry food isn’t providing sufficient nutrients to keep up with a puppies growing body. How much to feed is also very dependent upon what breed of dog this is? Is this a working/herding dog breed, or a small breed?
    You can also overfeed on certain nutrients if there is an overabundance of protein in the food which can cause growth problems in some breeds leading to bone growth abnormalities such as hip dysplasia in larger breeds. Another reason why you should not feed dry AND wet food.
    Coming from someone who has worked a long time in the animal industry and animal shelters, please adopt next time. We do get a lot of puppies in shelters.

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  • Profile photo of peta2

    Over a year ago

    Hey @lizforanimalrights16,

    You can definitely send an email to CIDinfo@peta.org and they should have some useful info for you!

    Also, remember, next time you want a companion animal make sure you’re going through an adoption service (like a shelter) and not buying one from a pet store!

    Thanks, and I hope you’re enjoying your new furry friend! CIDinfo@peta.org will have some tips on caring for her!

    ~Liz from peta2

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  • Profile photo of LittleLotte

    Over a year ago

    This page has lots of helpful advice:
    http://www.pdsa.org.uk/pet-health-advice/puppies-and-dogs/diet#when-should-a-puppy-start-to-eat-solid-food

    It basically says that from 6 months, puppies should be down to two meals per day and how much you feed her will depend on her weight and type of food – it should say on the packaging how much she should have per day based on her weight.

    With all my companion animals, I’ve always fed a mixture of wet and dry, either giving wet in the morning and dry in the evening (or vice versa) or wet one day then dry the next; to give variety.

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