Healtchare & Nutrition Forum for your puppy's health

Overeating? March 26, 2019, 12:07 pm

        I don't know how much is appropriate to feed our almost 11 week old cavapoo. He weighs approx. 5 pounds. I am worried I will overfeed him.  How many times a day should I be feeding him now? Our vet appointment is April 8th      
Category: Nutrition

Answer:

        The average would be 1- 1 1/2 cups per day in4 feedings.  Here is the way I like people to go:
appetite

There are a few guidelines of  adequate consumption that are just as important as the actual volume of food eaten.  During the transition to a new home it is extremely important that your puppy eats frequently, you should offer food at least each 1-2 hours during the day and each 4 hours overnight.  Allow your puppy to eat whatever it wants in about 5 minutes or so.  Keep in mind your puppy's appetite will vary during the day, and day to day,  just like us.  Leaving dry food available as nibble food is a good idea unless you have other pets that might take advantage too often.
 Once you are confident your puppy is eating regularly you can begin reduce the number of feedings.  By the end of the second week shoot for about 4 feedings per day.  
Your puppy's attitude will generally tell you if he is eating enough: if he eats regularly, eliminates normally, plays energetically for a while and then sleeps things can't be too bad.  If you feel there are changes to this pattern let me know as it could be a signal that something is up.  A decrease in consumption coupled with a decrease in activity spells trouble.