Originally Posted by Jadriannebuster View Post
I feed him 1 1/2 cup of the large breed puppy wellness food brand, I have not been doing anything else special. What would you recommend? I meant to say he's had all of his vaccinations
Thank you for your response!
So if you give him three meals a day that would be 4-/12 cups but if you gave him 4 meals it would 6 cups and 5 meals would be 7-1/2 cups.
Considering his weight a this point--I think that's too much for for him even if you only fed him three times a day.
For a puppy that age (and I would be feeding adult Purina ProPlan Focus Sensitive Skin and Stomach (Salmon and Rice) I would maybe still be feeding three meals a day but I've found that right around the 4 month mark which would be coming up for your puppy very soon, my puppies end up not eating one of the meals well. Usually it turns out to be lunch because that's the meal that has the least time between it and breakfast. When the pup starts not eating eagerly (and most of them act as if they were starving and can clean up that amount of food in a minute or two.
At that point I take the total amount of food they have eaten well, divide it by two and start feeding only two meals. Most of mine are somewhat bigger than your pup is--but even so I'd think that what my puppies get when they go from three to meals per day is right around a level four cups total for the day.
And they all get extras with every meal--I give those in the kibble and if they don't eat that I don't add anything more after they've had a chance to eat what I offered. I also add a small amount of warm water to mix every thing up and it will make the food smell better to the puppy.
What I add varies--for breakfast a puppy who is on two meals a day would get a tablespoon of either yogurt or cottage cheese. For dinner they would get either some meat (if I've found a good deal of ground beef or ground turkey--I'll cook a pound in a little water to sloppy joe consistency) freeze most of it leave a cup or two just refrigerated--a couple of spoonfuls of that or) canned food but some puppies really don't handle canned food well--so it if seems to give them soft stools or diarrhea don't give them canned food) and they pretty much always get an egg--I hardboil them and very young puppies get half an egg, bigger puppies get a whole egg.
This kind of stuff it designed to make food appealing and having a dog who eats well and quickly will be an early warning system if he's getting sick--you'll know because he doesn't gobble his food.
And my dogs don't get a lot of store bought treats--but they do get little bits of things I using for dinner--a strawberry, a piece of banana, an apple slice, a couple of blueberries a string bean, a piece of lettuce, one of my dogs loves cabbage leaves, a carrot. I don't give dogs onions or garlic--google has lots of information on that. But most of the stuff you eat, handed to your dog as a treat will thrill them.
His size and present weight may not indicate anything wrong and size ranges and ages/weight estimates are just that and some puppies much bigger and some rather smaller than the average. If the vet says the puppy is healthy I'd correct the amount of food you've been giving and see if that make him more excited about eating.
Also talking to your breeder might be helpful--she may be able to tell you if she's had puppies who seemed smaller than usual but who caught up a few months down the line.
PS I never free feed--it tends to be a not very good idea--grazing will sometimes give you a fat dog and sometimes it gives you a dog that doesn't eat well at all. And it's really hard to keep track of exactly how much food they are actually getting. So my dogs get their meals handed to them and I give a maximum of about 15 minutes for a Dobe to eat their dinner--most of my dogs are finished inside of 2 or 3 minutes and licking their lips and hoping for more. And I look at them daily to see if they look like they have reached the point they need a little more food or sometimes even a little less food. But I make the choice for them and don't leave food out for them to graze on.