Avoid overfeeding, especially at first. If the puppy isn't growing enough weight, you may always increase the amount of food you're giving him. This is less difficult than dealing with the repercussions of overfeeding, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or aspiration. Overfeeding can also cause obesity later in life.
Once your puppy reaches about 20-25 pounds, you can start to feed him twice a day. First thing in the morning and then again around dinner time. Avoid feeding your pup right before bedtime since that will keep him up late which won't help with his growth spurt. Also, be sure to only offer fresh water during meal times so you don't encourage him to drink too much.
Newborn pups need to eat more frequently than adults do. Consider preparing two meals instead of one when you're feeding your puppy. That way you'll avoid overfeeding him and he won't suffer from nutrient deficiencies.
Puppies that overeat frequently vomit afterwards, but even if your puppy's food stays down, it's typically unpleasant at the other end. Dogs who overeat for a couple of days should be fine, but persistent overeating can cause bouts of diarrhea that linger for weeks or even months. Make sure your pup does not eat until completely full and stop giving him additional food if he starts to vomit.
Diarrhea in puppies can be caused by many different factors; eating disorders are just one of them. It is important to understand that while most cases of diarrhea in puppies will go away on their own, there are some diseases that can be passed from dog to dog or from puppy to puppy that require medical attention. If you are unsure whether your puppy's diarrhea requires care, call your veterinarian immediately. He may be able to diagnose what is causing your puppy to suffer and help him out before things get worse.
Overfeeding can also lead to bloat. Bloating occurs when an animal eats too much food that contains a large amount of gas-producing bacteria. As these organisms digest the food, they produce gases that push up against nearby organs, potentially leading to death by asphyxiation. Avoid overfeeding by only offering small portions of high-quality food that your puppy will actually eat. If he refuses his meal, then offer again after 15 minutes. Never force feed your puppy, as this can lead to complications such as pancreas damage.
Ensure that your dog receives adequate nutrition.
Is Stunting Caused by Malnutrition? A typical issue from puppy owners is if weaning a dog off puppy chow too soon might impede his growth. The simple answer is that transitioning to adult food too soon or moderately under-feeding will not impede your puppy's growth. Either choice would be a matter of preference - you could choose either one. However, starving your puppy of nutrition too long may actually slow down his growth.
In fact, malnutrition can cause stunted growth in puppies. If you notice your puppy has little muscle tone and is losing weight even though he's getting enough to eat, see your veterinarian right away so that any necessary treatments can be administered before your puppy suffers any further damage.
You should wean your puppy at least six months old. Some dogs grow faster than others, so you might want to wait a few weeks longer if his growth is still not catching up after one full year. But don't worry about it catching up - it doesn't matter when you wean him as long as you do before three years old.
Here are some signs that your puppy is not getting enough to eat:
• Thin hair coat• Weakness• Fatigue• Slow to recover from illness• Sluggish behavior• Small stature
If your puppy shows any of these symptoms, contact your vet immediately.