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Old 03-19-2017, 05:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We have been feeding our (4 lb) Penny a little over 1/4 cup of puppy food per day since we got her at 10 weeks. Friday we went to the vet and asked if we need to feed her more because she's 6 months now. He said to feed her 3/4 cup a day because you can feel her ribs still and she's a puppy so she's burning off the calories.

We were really surprised to hear that we need to triple her food and so we began doing a bit under the amount he estimated just to not make it a shock to her system.

She loves food so she's a happy camper, and wow it was amazing to the amount of #2 that came out of her yesterday. But to my husband and I she already feels heavier. Truly. Is that even possible?
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She's a growing pup and needs those extra calories. I increased the intake of my girls around that age, I especially remember Pia getting very very thin and having to up her food to 3/4 cup a day.
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think growing teenage boy and how much they eat
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Unless she is very, very skinny, all skin and bones, tripling the amount of food is a lot ! I determine the amount to feed my dog by feeling their ribs once in a while. I would start augmenting slowly and see how she does, Imwouldn't just triple the amount in one day ! I think you're doing the right thing.

Also the amount needs to be upped to follow her growing chart. The amount should be increased regularly.
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I free feed Poppy. She is the 3 rd dog I have had who has been free fed.

She always has food available and self regulates how much she eats each day. When she was having crazy growth spurts she would eat 2-3 times what she normally would eat. When the growth spurt was over then she ate less. As she matured and mostly quit growing her food quantity has dropped considerably, to less than half of what she was eating.

She is a Spoo so her quantities were HUGE compared to what you feed your kiddo.

For a time, Poppy ate 3-4 cups of food per day....now full grown she eats about 1 1/2 cups per day. She is lean, well muscled and I can still feel,her ribs.

And, yes, the OUTPUT is much greater when they are eating much more.

Best of luck with your puppy.
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Thanks all, think we are going to work our way up to the three times the food, perhaps it's mental but we feel like she is already a bit heavier as we can't feel her ribs as much and she feels harder to scoop up :-)
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Thanks all, think we are going to work our way up to the three times the food, perhaps it's mental but we feel like she is already a bit heavier as we can't feel her ribs as much and she feels harder to scoop up :-)
When you do work your way up to that amount of food remember she may eat it all....then again she may not. Just like people, some days they are hungrier and some days not so much. Relax and go with the flow. She will be fine!
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You didn't say, but I'm assuming you are spreading the food over at least two meals a day, I still feed 3 times a day. If that's the case then I don't think increasing her food right away to 3/4 cups will harm her, they need a lot at that age.
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