Q: Am I feeding my puppy enough?

October 28, 2012 | By Tosha P. | 1 answer | Expired: 1182 days ago

Tosha P.

Cadence is a 5 month old Labrador Retriever/American Pit Bull Terrier mix.

I have her on the Innova diet. Both canned and dry foods. The recommended serving size is 1 1/4 dry food cup for her current weight. (17-20 lbs at her age.) I feed her parts of that in 3 separate meals, two of the meals I add about 1/6th of a cup of the wet food. (Eyeball measuring. ;) )

Which I know is plenty of food for her, in theory. But she eats like she's starving and tries to steal Pumpkin's food! (My kitten.)

She's grown 3" and approximately doubled her weight in the last month and a half. So she's growing fairly rapidly. I don't want to hinder her growth or anything! Any insight would be wonderful!

The rescue shelter we got her from actually told us that she's one of those, the ones that'll eat until there's no more food. Which is unfortunate, and makes it even harder to gauge. She's rapidly gained weight since we got her, so I don't think I'm underfeeding. She looks nice and healthy. I might keep up with what I'm currently feeding for now.

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Oct 28, 2012

Recommended serving sizes listed on the bags of food is a good place to start but then you need to make adjustments based on the growth rate and activity level of your pet. Some puppies aren't very active and require less than the RDA. Some are live wires and burn up so many calories that they require quite a bit more. The growth rates and appetites of young animals on a good quality food are primarily dictated by their genetics. You don't want to feed too much and artificially accelerate their growth as this leads to bone and joint problems. At the same time, you don't want to feed too little and stunt their growth. My vet always says to feed them the amounts they want and let their bodies dictate their needs in their first year of life. Look at their bodies, ask yourself if they look too thin or too fat and adjust the food accordingly. If they act like they're starving, feed a little more and see if that satiates them. I free feed all of mine and give them about a third of a can of wet food twice a day. Sometimes you have dogs that will just eat until the food is gone so you can't do it with those.

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