I hope these aren't dumb questions.
We got Pumba as a four year old, so this is all new to us. We were told that he ate (a scoop which we were given - ??1/4 cup?) kibble with about a large tablespoon of canned dog food chicken on top. We can't buy the food he was on before but found similar food in Go Fit and Free and i can't remember name of the chicken (but the ingredients list is minimal and it looks and smells just like plain chicken in a bit of broth).
I was told that he was used to being fed once a day, at supper time.
He seems to be a little bit fatter than when we got him. I can feel his ribs, but they have a little layer of padding.
Is it normal to just feed once a day? What would be a reasonable amount to feed if it's only once a day? He has been trying to eat the guinea pigs' hay and kibble. does that mean he's hungry, or opportunistic?
I want to do right by him, but don't want to either over or under feed. thanks.
First of all, dogs are scavangers. They are ALWAYS hungry. So don't let him decide when/what/how often he should eat.
I think most people with small dogs (and big dogs for that matter!) feed twice a day. Even if its the same amount of food total, they have something to look forward to. And most pet dogs don't have a tremendously stimulating life. Why take that away? OTOH, if he's doing well on once a day, I doubt it would harm him to continue with that if it really fits your schedule better.
As far as him trying to eat the guinea pig's food? Doesn't mean anyting except that dogs will eat all kinds of odd stuff, given the opportunity. Kodi's favorite "snack" is kleenex. Used ones stolen from trash cans or people's purses are better.
I doubt your scoop is 1/4c, if he is eating that plus a table spoon of canned once a say. Havs don't eat much, but that's a TINY amount… about half what most of the adult Havs on the forum are eating. Check your scoop. "coops" or even "1/4c" don't really tell you anything about the caloric content of the food you are feeding, and we also don't know whether his exercise level is the same now as it was with his previous owners. So the bottom line is, if he's gaining weight, you probably want to cut him back a bit. Lean dogs are healthier and live longer.