A forum for owners of the Siberian Husky.
 
HomeFAQSearchRegisterRegisterLog in
Congratulations Jack and Jen B!, our August HOTM winners! HOTM - September : TBA!
Husky of the Month
Congrats Jack and Jen B,
our August HOTM Winners!
Far Away Places!





Thanks to all for this month's entries!
Forum Rules
1. Here we prefer clarity to agreement. Obviously not everyone is going to agree on a topic; here we prefer to talk out our differences in a respectful manner to ensure mutual understanding and respect.
2. Read the Stickies and Announcements. Each sub-forum may have specific rules which trump the Forum Rules in cases where there may be conflicting information. Read the rules of each board before you post so that you are clear on the expectations of the staff.
3. Respect ALL Staff and Admins. These people volunteer of their time and MUST be respected as well as their word adhered to. They are responsible for maintaining a free, open, clear and organized forum. Anyone found to be openly undermining any official ruling by a staff member will be warned.
4. Signatures: One picture only and no links. Images: To keep the forum looking neat and tidy, we ask that members insert just one picture only in their signatures. The picture should be no more than 200x500 pixels and should be of an appropriate subject, for example, your dogs and their names. Should you need assistance creating an appropriate signature, please PM an Admin and we would be happy to help! This is to ensure that signatures remain a welcome addition to our forum instead of a cumbersome distraction. Links: Hyperlinks in signatures--unless to a personal blog or photo stream of your dogs (like Flckr or Piscasa, for example)--are strictly prohibited. Please PM a staff member with any questions or concerns regarding this rule.
Rescue Spotlight
Our August Rescue is:

North Star Siberian Husky Rescue!

Top Dog Website Award Winner!

Top Website
for
Siberian

Huskys


Share | .
 

 Puppy Portions?

View previous topic View next topic Go down 
AuthorMessage
snoori
Newborn
Newborn
avatar

Female Join date : 2012-01-08

PostSubject: Puppy Portions?   Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:10 pm

So, my 10.5 week old boy is back on solid food now(finally)! However, before, when he was on the chicken and rice mix for diarrhea, he was getting fed quite a bit, because rice is just a bland filler and I wanted him to get more nutrition with the chicken since he is underweight for his age. So, now that he is on solid dry food again, the portions, which are 1/4-2/3 cup a day for a pup of his weight, seem so small and don't seem to fill him up(compared to eating more of the chicken and rice diet). I have been feeding him 1/3 of a cup 4 times a day...which is double the amount that is recommended on the bag, but he doesn't seem satisfied with even that amount...I'm afraid to let him free feed, because I think he will gorge himself and then have diarrhea because he ate too much...Is feeding him the 1/3 cup 4 times a day ok? I am also trying to help him gain some weight, because with the diarrhea problems he was having the past couple of weeks he lost weight(he is currently about 9.5-10lbs at 10.5 weeks), so I'm trying to help him catch up a little bit, without feeding him too much and getting diarrhea again. I would like him to stay on a consistent diet, but also would like to see him gain some weight...any comments/suggestions/advice for a worried mother?

*Side note* I sent in a stool sample just to make sure any parasites are gone and should get the results back today...
Back to top Go down
hypers987
Senior
Senior
avatar

Female Join date : 2011-08-25
Location : Santa Cruz, California

PostSubject: Re: Puppy Portions?   Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:58 pm

For puppies, I always just fill up the bowl and leave it down for 15 mins, three times a day, and let them eat what they need, and then pick up the bowl after the 15 mins. Most puppies eat till they are full. When Kale was little I never measured out his food and he never over-ate to the point where he had diarrhea.
Back to top Go down
http://instagram.com/kalethehusky
Huskyluv
Resident Nutritional Bookworm
avatar

Female Join date : 2009-06-23
Location : Huntsville, AL

PostSubject: Re: Puppy Portions?   Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:52 pm

@snoori wrote:
So, now that he is on solid dry food again, the portions, which are 1/4-2/3 cup a day for a pup of his weight, seem so small and don't seem to fill him up(compared to eating more of the chicken and rice diet).

1/4 - 2/3 cup a day seems way too little for a sibe pup that age. Suspect May I ask what food you are feeding so that we might be able to offer better advice?

Heck, my adult 6 lb Chihuahua eats more than 1/4 cup a day during the winter...I cannot fathom that being enough for a larger, growing puppy. Are you sure you read the feeding guidelines right? The only food I could fathom such a small amount with is perhaps Ziwipeak but I'm going to hazard a guess that the food is not Ziwipeak considering how much it costs.

_________________
Back to top Go down
snoori
Newborn
Newborn
avatar

Female Join date : 2012-01-08

PostSubject: Re: Puppy Portions?   Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:00 pm

I am feeding him Life's Abundance...it's supposed to be really good. It says to give him 1/4-2/3 cup a day according to his weight, which is approx 10 lbs...but I have been feeding him 1/3 cup 4 times a day...which is double of the daily recommendation for his weight etc.

Life's Abundance Dry Dog Food for Puppies and Dogs
http://www.lifesabundance.com/Pets/LifesAbundance/LifesAbundanceDog.aspx?realname=20077545&cat=0&hdr=&Ath=False

They don't have a tab that says "How much to feed my dog/puppy" on the site...but if you go to the food calculator and put in the pups weight it will tell you how much to feed your dog or pup a day based on weight and then it also says it on the bag. I guess since it is a quality food, you don't have to feed as much of the food as you would other brands of dog food.
Back to top Go down
Huskyluv
Resident Nutritional Bookworm
avatar

Female Join date : 2009-06-23
Location : Huntsville, AL

PostSubject: Re: Puppy Portions?   Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:12 pm

The amount for a 10 lb puppy is going to be more than the amount for a 10 lb adult. The amount you're quoting is for maintaining a 10 lb adult which doesn't apply to a growing pup like you've got. I'm on my phone now, not my laptop, so I can't look up more info at the moment.

_________________
Back to top Go down
Huskyluv
Resident Nutritional Bookworm
avatar

Female Join date : 2009-06-23
Location : Huntsville, AL

PostSubject: Re: Puppy Portions?   Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:13 pm

As I suspected, you are not feeding the proper amount for a puppy. The following is a direct quote from the information on Life's Abundance's website for their Life's Abundance Dry Dog Food for Puppies and Dogs which you indicated that you are feeding:

"FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS FOR PUPPIES:
When ready to eat solid food, begin feeding moistened kibble and “free feed” until fully weaned, between 6-8 weeks old. After weaning, feed the “Suggested Daily Amount” of dry kibble according to weight and add at least 25% more. Individual Meal Feeding: From 8 weeks to 4 months, divide the daily amount and feed 3-4 meals in a 24 hour period. From 4-6 months, divide the daily amount and feed 2-3 meals in a 24 hour period. Free Feed: Measure the entire daily amount into a dish and allow your puppy to eat at will over the course of a 24 hour period. This method of feeding may lead to obesity. Food requirements may vary for individual puppies."


If you want to see it online for yourself, follow this link:
http://www.lifesabundance.com/Catalog/ProductDetail.aspx?realname=20077545&cat=0&hdr=&Ath=False&ProductID=401008%28Pet_Base%29
Then click "Serving Size" and a pop up window will come up.
Then in the pop up window, click the link that says "Click For Feeding Instructions For Puppies, Adults & Nursing or Pregnant Dogs". Wink

You said your puppy is 10 lbs. So according to that chart, a 10-20 lb dog should get 2/3 to 1 cup per day. Let's pick an amount in between those two values like 3/4 cups per day. Add 25% to that and you should theoretically be feeding approximately 1 cup per day.

So if you're currently feeding 1 and 1/3 cups of food per day (as you said you feed 1/3 cup, 4 times a day) then I think you should be right about where you want to be feeding. Every individual is different so you'll have to keep an eye on your puppy and adjust his portions as necessary based on how he's doing. Hope that helps.

_________________
Back to top Go down
snoori
Newborn
Newborn
avatar

Female Join date : 2012-01-08

PostSubject: Re: Puppy Portions?   Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:32 pm

Thank you for that info! I didn't see that before. I think I will keep him where he is right now, because his poops are nice and solid and he is gaining weight and growing properly. He is about 11lbs now! Thank you! Smile
Back to top Go down
Sponsored content




PostSubject: Re: Puppy Portions?   

Back to top Go down
 

Puppy Portions?

View previous topic View next topic Back to top 
Page 1 of 1

 Similar topics

-
» Puppy Portions?
» blue buffalo puppy serving amount?
» Suzie B's Old Puppy :-)
» Tips for new baby with puppy
» how much should i bet feeding my puppy?

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
It's a Husky Thing - Siberian Husky Forum :: Advice and Discussion Forums :: Nutrition and Feeding-