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How much and what do you feed your puppies?

We have been feeding Wesley Science Diet puppy bites( I think there is a small breed puppy bite, that's what it is) , but it's so expensive and I'm limited on storage, so I started mixing it(gradually) with Iams puppy food. Just to make it stretch. He gets 1 1/4 cup each day(according to the bag), but my hubby thinks we're overfeeding him. I've also noticed within the last few weeks, he doesn't eat it all at one meal(he gets 1/2c AM and PM and 1/4c at noon) so I cut out the noon feeding. I just don't want to end up with an overweight dog, but I don't want him to be malnourished either.
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How old is Wesley?

My Benji is 13 months and Lizzie is 5 months. They have allergy issues so I feed them Natural Balance Duck and Potato kibble plus freshly cooked duck, sweet potato and carrots. Benji eats 1/2 cup per meal which has 1/3 cup of kibble the rest is freshly cooked duck, sweet potato and carrrots. Lizzie eats 1/3 cup ( 1/4 cup kibble + fresh duck, SP and carrots). I give them this meal in the morning and evening. They eat a snack of Natural Balance Turkey Formula treats. I cut small bite sized cubes and they eat 1/8 cup of it at 2pm. I feed 1/2 hard boiled egg yolk twice a week to both. You might want to check with your breeder what she might recommend.

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I'm getting away from any "puppy" foods completely and just sticking with the Fromm's Foods for now. At this time we are feeding Salmon A La Veg by Fromm's. Each of my dogs wants/needs a different amount, so I just try to go by their rib exposure. If I can still feel their ribs, they aren't too fat. If I can feel a very distinct groove in between every single rib (like the knuckles on your hand), then I feed more or add more fattening supplements to the food.

When my puppiess are regularly refusing a meal, I eliminate one. For me, that has usually been around 3 or 4 months old. By the time they are a year old, most of mine only eat once a day.
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How old is Wesley?

My Benji is 13 months and Lizzie is 5 months. They have allergy issues so I feed them Natural Balance Duck and Potato kibble plus freshly cooked duck, sweet potato and carrots. Benji eats 1/2 cup per meal which has 1/3 cup of kibble the rest is freshly cooked duck, sweet potato and carrrots. Lizzie eats 1/3 cup ( 1/4 cup kibble + fresh duck, SP and carrots). I give them this meal in the morning and evening. They eat a snack of Natural Balance Turkey Formula treats. I cut small bite sized cubes and they eat 1/8 cup of it at 2pm. I feed 1/2 hard boiled egg yolk twice a week to both. You might want to check with your breeder what she might recommend.

Hope this helps.
Wes is 5 months old now.
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Havee is eating Wellness chicken now and gets 1/3 cup, morning and night. That is less than the bag says. He's almost 1 year old.
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Bonnie eats about 1 cup of Eukanuba a day in two meals -- morning 6:30am and eve 5pm. She has treats during the day too. The vet tech remarked on her "full" belly the last time I took her in for shots??? I wonder if she's getting too big? She weighs about 7lbs at 5.5mo and I can feel her ribs but can't "see" them, yk?
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Kubrick eats Fromm's as well and he eats 1 cup a day (1/2 cup morning, 1/2 cup night). I can feel his ribs very well, so I know he is not overweight or too thin. That's really the best way to judge their weight (as Kimberly mentioned). 1 and 1/4 cups seems like quite a lot to me, but it's so dependent on what food you're feeding, that I'm not sure. When Kubrick was younger (and weighed less) he was getting 3/4 cup per day.


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djangos 4 in january and he's always eaten 1/2 cup dry food, i leave it out for hiim to graze all day. the bag says much more but he's only 9 lbs and not a big eater.
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I can feel Benji's ribs and he tends to regulate himself. He tends to maintain a steady weight too. Lizzie can be a chowhound and I have to monitor her intake. She gets pudgy very quickly and waddles about.

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Tori just turned 5 mos. old and weighs 5.5 lb. She eats 1/3 c. of Nutro Ultra Puppy food in the AM and the same amt. in the PM. She will occasionally leave a bit of food in her bowl, usually from the PM feeding. She's always hungry for breakfast, though. She also gets additional treats (carrots and jerky) when we're training. I forgot to mention she gets 1/2 an egg yolk daily.

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