Healtchare & Nutrition Forum for your puppy's health

How much food July 9, 2020, 7:48 am

        We have a havanese puppy that is 11 weeks old. He is 4 pounds and we feed him 3 times per day. Each time we give him 4 table spoons of nutrisource small and medium breed puppy food that consists of chicken and rice. We just moved to 3 feedings, how many spoons should we give him per feeding. He sometimes leaves about 1/4 of the food leftover. Should we force feed the rest to him or give him a syringe of gerber and Karo syrup.      
Category: Nutrition

Answer:

        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 to 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.