Across dog breeds puppies have different weight. At birth puppies can be as light as 120 grams and larger breed puppies can be heavy at around 550 grams.
During the first two weeks of a puppies life the puppy spend its time adapting. Life at the first two weeks is more about eating, seeking warmth and sleeping.
Puppies are fed milk by their mother. The energy needs of the puppy at this early stage is satisfied by the milk from a mother dog.
The milk from the mother dog also contains nutrients that will help the puppy grow well at this stage.
There are times that a puppy cannot get milk naturally. This happens if the mother dog cannot produce milk.
Sometimes the puppy is separated from its mother. If a puppy cannot be fed with milk naturally you should give the milk yourself.
During the first week of a puppies life you can feed your puppy every 2 to 3 hours. During the second week you can feed your puppy milk every 4 hours.
And after that you can feed your puppy every 6 hours until it is one month old. At one month old they should be able to eat puppy dog food.
One Month To Six Months
Puppies grow rapidly during the first six months of their life. Puppies need a lot of energy during this time. Nutrient should be also sufficient to support their growth.To support the growth of your puppies during this time they need to eat a lot of dog food.Before it becomes four months old your puppy may need around 900 calories if it weight around 4.5 kilograms or around 10 pounds. You can compute how much your dog needs by computing the resting energy requirement.
The Resting Energy Requirement (RER) is:
RER = 30 x body weight + 70
Puppies less than four months needs three times the Resting Energy Requirement. Your puppy needs more than the resting energy requirement because it need more energy.
Your puppy has a small stomach. It cannot accommodate a lot of food at a time. You need to divide its daily intake to smaller meals per day.
In general you can feed your puppies three times a day or every eight hours. Also, you have to ensure that your puppy gets a fresh portion each time it eats. You should allow enough time for your puppy to finish its meal. Thirty minutes is enough for your puppy to finish its meal.
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The most important stage in a dog’s life is when it is growing. At the first two weeks your dog should get all its needs from a dog’s milk. In the first six months your dog should be fed many calories because your puppy is growing fast. Your puppy needs less calories after it is six months old. Adulthood in small and medium breed dogs start at eight to twelve months. Large breed dogs becomes adult from ten to sixteen months.