Puppy Feeding Guidelines

Diet is the foundation of any animal's health. Start your puppy out on the right paw with a variety of top quality foods to support his or her growth and development, and to build a strong immune system. We recommend feeding your puppy a premium quality dry kibble like "I and love and you" Naked Essentials Puppy Formula. Our food is complete with vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and digestive enzymes making sure the body has everything it needs for proper digestion, cell function and growth will keep your puppy’s health at its peak, possibly reducing your veterinarian visits and costs in the long run.
 
Feed your puppy frequently in the beginning – at least 3 to 4 times per day (more often if they're very young). At 5 to 6 months you can slowly transition to 2-3 meals per day by gradually reducing the amount of the mid-day meal and increasing breakfast and dinner a bit. Keep in mind that at around 6 months, or at the time of spay/neuter, their growth process slows down, so watch your companion’s waistline and reduce the amount you feed if necessary. Overfeeding your puppy can set them up for health problems, such as joint issues and obesity. Puppies should be trim and fit, not chubby and round.
 

WEIGHT (LBS)
6-11
Weeks
(cups a day)
3-4
Months
(cups a day)
5-7
Months
(cups a day)
8-12
Months
(cups a day)
3
3/4
2/3
1/2
1/3
5
1 1/4
1
3/4
2/3
10
1 3/4
1 2/3
1 1/3
1
15
2 1/2
2 1/4
1 3/4
1 1/2
20
3 1/4
2 3/4
2 1/3
2
30
4 1/3
3 3/4
3 1/3
2 3/4
40
5 1/2
4 3/4
4
3 1/3
60
6 3/4
6 1/2
5 1/2
4 2/3
80
7 3/4
7 1/2
6 3/4
5 3/4
100
8
7 3/4
7 1/2
6 3/4

Do not leave food out for your puppy(free-choice) unless you cannot find a way to provide a mid-day meal when you are at work. Free-choice feeding is a set-up for unhealthy eating and elimination habits. Not only does free-choice feeding frequently lead to overweight pets, it is also a strain on their developing immune and digestive systems. If you must leave food out when your puppy is younger, be sure to eliminate free-choice feeding once he is old enough to transition to 2-3 meals per day.
 
Here are list of foods your should NEVER feed your dog:
• Grapes/raisins
• Onions
• Macadamia nuts
• Xylitol (found in gum and some peanut butters)
• Chocolate or anything with cacao beans
 
It's appropriate to feed puppy food until 12-15 months of age. At this time you can transition to "all life stages" foods and follow our traditional feeding guidelines listed on each product and product page on www.iandloveandyou.com. You can vary the amount fed to manage your pet's changing needs. You're the best judge of what your pet needs because you know the factors in play.
 
For instance, if your dog spends most days snoozing on the couch, feed less on those days; but if you take her on a 5-mile hike in the mountains on Saturday, then you'll want to feed extra food on Saturday evening and maybe even Sunday morning to help her muscles recover. If the weather is very hot or cold, your pet may need a little more food because of metabolic changes associated with those changes. Illness or injury will also alter nutrient requirements.
 
Knowing what life stages mean, and combining that with your own good common sense, are the keys to keeping your pets healthy and happy throughout their lives.
 
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