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Most pet food companies overstate the amount of food you should feed to maintain most pet's optimal weight. Each animal's metabolism and activity level will be individual. Therefore, you should feed an amount that helps your pet reach and maintain an appropriate body size. Your puppy should have a clearly defined waist, easily felt but not visible ribs, hip and shoulder bones. If by this standard your puppy needs to slim down, back off the amount you are feeding per day by a bit (maybe try 3/4 cup per day) split into 2 meals. You must remember to include snacks in your pup's daily ration calculation. Leo did the same thing around that age and it took me a little while to work out a food and an amount that helps him maintain an optimal body size. At 9 months he weighs 11.2 lbs and eats 2.5 ounces (about 2/3 cup) of Ziwipeak Air-Dried food per day. Ziwipeak is a very rich food so the amount is probably a bit smaller than some foods. You will want to choose as high a quality food as you can because the volume consumed that will keep your pup at an optimal weight will be small and you will want to meet his nutritional needs.
Last edited by Pucks104; 11-18-2013 at 05:52 AM.