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Find out more about your dogs
Like all growing children, puppies need a lot of calories to fuel their fast growth. Especially in the first five months when their bodies grow the quickest to fit into those big paws.
The amount of food your puppy needs depends on their lifestyle and breed. For example, is your puppy active or lazy, is it a Chihuahua or a Great Dane?
Some of the premium dog food brands have developed special puppy formulations. On these products you'll find labels and advice explaining how much, and how often, you should feed a puppy.
And because dogs can vary so much in size - picture a solid 80kg Mastiff next to a petite 2.5kg Chihuahua - there are also special foods for different growth and development requirements.
Your veterinary clinic staff can help you choose the most appropriate food for your puppy as well as tell how much to feed them and how many times a day.
Vets use a body conditioning score to evaluate whether dogs are overweight or underweight. It ranges from 1 for emaciated, to 5 for obese.
It's normal for very young puppies to have a bit of baby fat, but after the first 8 to 10 weeks, most should have a score of around 2.
Do a quick home assessment to see if your puppy rates close to 2 on the body-conditioning scorecard. If your puppy is close to their ideal weight, you:
If your dog is pregnant, the amount of food you give her shouldn't change. But it's more important than ever to ensure she has a balanced diet with the essential elements for good health. Overfeeding or underfeeding can be detrimental to her health and the health of the developing puppies. Learn more about pregnancy in dogs.
Loss of appetite is one of the most common signs of illness in dogs. Many puppies will refuse to eat even if they are slightly uncomfortable from an injury, upset stomach or illness. Others will only stop eating when they're seriously ill.
If your puppy is eating less over a few days, you should see your veterinarian.
Merck Veterinary Manual
Royal Canin Canada