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For more than a decade, Retha Lewis, of Royse City, Texas, has been breeding healthy English Bulldog pups and working closely with new owners on meeting their new pups’ nutritional needs.
Her advice on how to feed a puppy: “Stay on the same food for at least one month. You do not want to upset their stomachs. The whole transition into a new home, new people and new food can really stress a puppy out and cause inflammation.”
More than one meal
Up to 16 weeks, puppies are growing rapidly and require a lot of calorie-dense, nutritious food. They typically need three meals a day. Depending on the breed and expected size at adulthood, you can transition to twice-a-day feedings between 4 and 6 months of age.
Work with your veterinarian on how often to feed your pup, and always measure each portion.
For Emily Showers-Virtue, of Davenport, Iowa, the arrival of Peggy, a then 8-week-old Goldendoodle, unleashed lots of excitement in her household as well as lots of questions about the pup’s care. Peggy is now 4 months old and weighs 22 pounds, but is expected to reach 70 pounds at maturity.
“Peggy is a nibbler,” Emily says. “We have stuck with the brand of kibble fed to her by her breeder. We’ve never discussed giving her wet food, but we follow the recommended portion guidelines on the dog food bag.” Remember that the feeding guidelines posted on the bag or can of food are just that — suggested guidelines. A pup’s age, breed, health and activity level all need to be factored in to determine the portion amounts.
Read products carefully
Read labels carefully, whether it’s the main course or treats. Also, don’t go overboard in handing out the treats — break them up into small pieces. Photography ©JPhilipson | Getty Images.
Read labels carefully, whether it’s the main course or treats. Also, don’t go overboard in handing out the treats — break them up into small pieces. Photography ©JPhilipson | Getty Images.
Do read food labels carefully and select products that list real proteins as the first ingredient. “It should be an actual meat, such as beef or chicken or fish, such as salmon,” Dr. Katz says. “Chicken meal or beef meal are pre-processed meats that are less in quality than a real specific protein.”

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