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Old 05-18-2009, 03:24 PM
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Default How much to feed a puppy?

It seems like he is always hungry.
I feed him 3 times a day, 1/2 to 3/4 cup dry per feeding.
Black lab, 8-9 weeks old, about 15-20 lbs.
Lots of snacks and treats between meals.

He has been wormed and is healthy looking, not skinny.
But it seems like he is always hungry, so I'm concerned I might not be feeding him enough at meal time.

Any advice?

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Old 05-18-2009, 03:28 PM
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If he looks good, and is a good weight, I'd imagine he's getting enough.

Labs have BIG appetites and can get obese very quickly if you're not careful.

If you want to fill him up, then bulk his meal up with HEALTHY, LOW CALORIE snacks... like green beans or chopped veg.
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Old 05-18-2009, 03:37 PM
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Thanks Dizzy.

Jack will eat anything, even banana's! I'll try the green beans, good idea.
I've given him cooked carrots, he loves them too.

Is there a good rule of thumb, like:

X number lbs. of body weight = feed X number cups of food.

The dog food bag says 1 cup per day! Jack is eatting much more than that.
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Old 05-18-2009, 04:06 PM
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It's calories.. One variety of kibble often doesn't have the same calories per cup as the next. Grain free kibbles are often higher a cup so you feed less.. Lower quality kibble is often less calories a cup therefore you need more.

Think my two needed 2 or more cups of iams a day... When on Orijen they needed a cup.

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Old 05-18-2009, 07:17 PM
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Raw veggies have more nutrients, too - like raw carrots, broccoli, etc.

But yeah, I agree about labs always having an appetite! I knew a lab mix who escaped her crate one day and ate TWENTY POUNDS of dog food. By the time her owners got home she was so bloated she couldn't move, they had to rush her to the bet to get the food surgically removed. You'd think she would've stopped when she became uncomfortably full, but NO, not a LAB!
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:31 PM
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i guess i just always let both my sibes free feed when they were puppys and there a fine weight just right actually not overweight at all. probably just the breed though.
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Old 05-24-2009, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by lizzybeth727 View Post
Raw veggies have more nutrients, too - like raw carrots, broccoli, etc.
But make sure you puree raw veggies first in a food processor or a blender! Due to their carnivorous teeth and short digestive tracts, dogs cannot properly chew/digest Veggies and access those nutrients unless they're cooked or pureed. I take all of my over-ripe/leftover Veggies from the week (mostly Broccoli, Kale, Baby Spinach, Tomatoes, Carrots, etc) and puree them, then seperate them into Dixie cups and freeze them. You can feed them as Veggie popsicles or thaw them and add to daily meals.

What brand of food are you feeding? Are you sure that the 1 cup is for puppies, not adult dogs? That does not seem like much for a 9 week-old, 20 lb puppy!

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Old 06-02-2009, 03:19 PM
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Hi, sorry I haven't written back, this pup keeps me busy!!

I'm now feeding him plenty, he's growing like a weed!

I have a ton of questions to ask, but I never seem to find the time.
When Jack sleeps is the only chance I get to breathe, lol.

Thanks so much for your answers, they helped me alot!
I'm now feeding him 3 cups a day, plus treats.
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Old 06-02-2009, 03:41 PM
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Be careful not to overfeed...Labs will ALWAYS tell you they're hungry. They have no "Oh, gee, I think I'm full" switch.

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Old 06-02-2009, 04:46 PM
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Most dogs you will never get them full. They will always eat when food is available, even beg for it. This is a survival mechanism for wild canids. They live with feast and famine and when food is available, they eat as much as they possibly can. No guarantee of what tomorrow brings.

This is not so handy with our domestic dogs when they beg and plead with those big liquid eyes, however, feed your puppy by his body condition, not his appetite.

Also as a long time raw feeder, I do not pulp vegetables and fruits. It is okay if you want to, but not essential especially if they are just additions to an otherwise balanced diet.
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