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I feel horrible as I have been under-feeding my puppy!

Well it looks like I took things a bit too literally in my attempt to do everything perfectly for our new pup. I have only been feeding him 1/3 c kibble a day (+ some treats). I think I misunderstood the amounts people said with regards to 1/3 x 3 meals a day etc.... also didn't realize from what the breeder said that the 1/4-1/3 cup a day was only for the first few days!! The acana bag had no instructions on it and I kind of heard that well those instructions are always too much anyway.

So I e-mailed the breeder and it turns out I should have been feeding him more like 3/4 - 1 cup a day of kibble in the last 1.5 weeks and I haven't been! Maybe that explains why he was so food motivated. I have been weighing him and I noticed that his growth really dropped off. He is just about 4 lbs now at almost 11 weeks old. I could also feel his ribs more but it is so hard to see on these fuzzy guys. I feel so awful, he has been hungry, snarfing up every treat and kibble, and I have been limiting his food/treats thinking I was being responsible. I thought maybe it was bad to let them eat as much as they want, that you have to feed a certain amount to get the right growth rate or something... anyway I am now feeling HORRIBLE and I'm afraid I've caused him some harm or malnutrition or something. But he will definitely be getting a lot more to eat now. Oh man. After all my research who would think this would be the thing I would totally screw up?
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He will be ok. You have realized your mistake and have corrected it. There is so much to think about when your pup first comes home it is understandable that a new owner could get things confused. Breathe deeply and move forward!


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All you can do is move forward. Good thing you realized it sooner rather than later. If it was me, I'm sure I'd be feeling horrible about it all too. Poor little guy, but what can you do...what's done is done and I'm sure he'll bounce back fine.

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Well, he certainly appreciated his big jackpot dinner meal. And is now playing up a storm. I'm just worried it might stunt his development or his joints or his brain or something like that! I have been so caught up with every aspect of puppy rearing that I didn't even think very much about the simple things like how much kibble to pour in the bowl. The easiest part!
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I'm sure he will be fine. We all make mistakes. Food amount is so variable anyway it is hard to know the exact amount.

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Thanks guys, man I am so glad the forum is here!! Now I agree with all the members who say they don't know what they would do without it! I don't have any human kids and I can only imagine how much crazier one would get if I am already like this over my puppy...
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It is easier to put on the weight than to take it off. Don't worry about it. You will soon find something else to feel guilty about.

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I used to mush up a bit of cottage cheese in Henry's lunch when he was a wee one. You could do that for a couple of weeks.
All will be well.
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Aww..don't beat yourself up about it. He will be just fine

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So puppy is happily munching 1/3 cup of kibble per meal now! Which is what I was giving him per day, before. I guess it is normal for their tummies to be quite big after they eat? His belly feels positively rotund, post meal. I have been trying not to have him playing too much but I do training during his meals to slow him down a bit and just to make the most of the opportunity. He is also drinking more water, I guess because the kibble is dry?
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