How Much & How Often to Feed Your Puppy/Dog
It's important to feed your puppy the right amount of food at proper intervals. Your puppy will need the right amount of nutrients in order to grow and become a healthy adult. It's critical to health that their physical condition is monitored regularly and feeding amounts adjusted as they grow.
To help keep your puppy healthy, Hill's recommends the following simple steps:
- Weigh your puppy regularly
- Feed based on the feeding guide found on the product packaging and veterinary recommendations.
- Adjust the amount you feed as your puppy grows.
If switching your puppy to Hill's Science Plan Puppy, gradually introduce it over a 7-day period. Do this by mixing your puppy's current food with increasing proportions of the new food, until only Science Plan is being fed. Your puppy will then be able to fully enjoy the taste and benefits of the superior nutrition provided by Science Plan Canine Puppy Healthy Development.
You and your vet: Your vet is the best source of information about the health and wellbeing of your puppy. Ask your vet’s advice regularly about your puppy's weight as achieving and maintaining an ideal weight not only reduces certain health risks, but can help your puppy have a more energetic, longer and healthier life.
Ask your veterinarian which of these three feeding methods is best for your puppy:
Free Choice: Food is available to your puppy at all times.
Time-Limited Feeding: Food is available to your puppy for a limited time.
Meal Feeding: A measured amount of food is available to your puppy at specific meal times each day.
Water: Your puppy must have an adequate supply of fresh water at all times. Not having water to drink for a sustained length of time will harm your puppy's health.
Treats & titbits: Although it's tempting to give table scraps, they do not provide your puppy with the correct balance of nutrients. Try to be sparing with treats, as giving too many can lead to weight gain or nutritional imbalance.
The next step: When your dog reaches maturity, their nutritional needs will be different. You’ll need to move your dog on to an adult food that will provide the specific nutrients, vitamins and minerals in a balance that's correct for their age and breed size. Hill's Science Plan can provide exactly that. The life stage range is tailored to keep your dog in the best of health throughout their whole life.