Q: How much am I supposed to feed my Morkie???
Before I used to just leave out her food but she is only 6 months and weighs 7.2lbs. Her parents are both under 7lbs. How many times a day should I feed her and how much! I just started feeding her only twice a day (once in the morning and once at night) but leaving water out at all times. Is that fine for a 6 month old puppy??? And at her two servings how much should I give her? I have a scoop for her food that tells you in cups how much food is on the scoop so I can measure it! I don't know how much is ok so she is not over weight also I do not want her starving!
Nov 10, 2008
If you are feeding a high quality food 1/4 to 1/3 cup 2 times a day should be about right for a pup that size. I would start with the 1/3 cup serving for a couple weeks and assess her weight. You want to be able to feel their ribs when you rub their sides, you shouldn't have to dig down through fat! If you are able to see the rib cage, you should not be able to see more than a slight shadow of a rib or two. If they are a little heavy, feed the smaller serving for a week or two and reassess. Your vet can help you determining the proper weight too. Always go with your dog, and how they are carrying their weight, versus what the dog should weight, or what the parents weighed.
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Nov 10, 2008
How much you feed depends on what type of food you are feeding..the higher quality, the denser the nutrition the less you need to feed. I have had dogs that we "free fed" (filled up there bowl when it was empty) and it worked for some. Others I have had to be very careful about how much I fed, and altered it according to what the activity level of the day was. As another zootooer said you should be able to feel, but not see the ribs (with a long hair breed this may be harder...your dog should feel "sturdy" its ribs should be smooth bumps not drastic ridges). Sounds like your dog has been growing, don't worry too much about parent weights...however your dog is probably slowing down his growth, so you MAY need to cut down on feeding (especially if you have started training and use treats). The biggest thing is exercise....make sure your puppy gets plenty of exrcise, and you should never have to worry about an overweight dog.
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