Friday, November 14, 2008

How much to Feed a Standard Poodle





I just had to share these pictures with you. The black poodle is Bosco, he loves to eat. His relaxed nature shows even while dining. This is something he has done since he was just a little tyke. He does like to be comfortable.
Feeding your Standard Poodle
Dry or Wet? & How much? These are some of the questions I get asked most often. The answer is "It depends on type of food you as an owner chooses to feed and also the weight of your poodle.

Dry food or (kibble) is just fine to feed throughout your dog's life, just make sure you are giving a high quality food. Wet or (canned) food is OK, again making certain it is nutritious and made of natural ingredients.Puppies younger than 3 months should have four or five meals per day.
Puppies 3 to 5 months should have three or four meals per day.
Puppies 6 months and older should have two meals per day and this is how you will continue to feed throughout his life.

No matter which type of food you decide to feed your Standard Poodle, be sure to feed the most nutritional one's you can afford. The better foods contain less fillers so you feed less per serving, which will save you money as well. Your dog will benefit in the long run by staying healthy and that means less visits to your veterinarian. Personally, I feed my poodles Life's Abundance and Flint River Ranch, both are very nutritious and tasty.
For Life's Abundance or Flint River Ranch foods.....
FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS FOR ADULTS: Start with the suggested amount of food per day. Use the “Suggested Daily Amount” as a guideline. You can increase or decrease the amount you feed by more or less depending on your dog’s weight and body condition. Be sure to keep fresh drinking water available at all times.
FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREGNANT OR NURSING DOGS: Start with “Suggested Daily Amount” in the table below during early pregnancy. Needs will likely increase as much as 50% in late pregnancy, and may as much as triple during heavy nursing periods. Keep food available for nursing bitches at all times.
FEEDING INSTRUCTIONS FOR PUPPIES:When ready to eat solid food, begin feeding moistened kibble and “free feed” until fully weaned, between 6-8 weeks old. After weaning, feed the “Suggested Daily Amount” of dry kibble according to weight and add at least 25% more. Individual Meal Feeding: From 8 weeks to 4 months, divide the daily amount and feed 3-4 meals in a 24 hour period. From 4-6 months, divide the daily amount and feed 2-3 meals in a 24 hour period. Free Feed: Measure the entire daily amount into a dish and allow your puppy to eat at will over the course of a 24 hour period. This method of feeding may lead to obesity. Food requirements may vary for individual puppies. Check out this link for feeding amounts.

1 comment:

spotts said...

If you would like to try a sample of the food I use and trust, just email me at: susanpotts@pipschoice.com