How many times a day should I feed my dog?
Dr. Tory Waxman, VMD
Adult dogs should eat twice a day - morning and night. Puppies under 6 months of age (especially small breed ones) must be fed more often.
How Many Times a Day Should a Dog Eat?
For instance, puppies in general need to eat more frequently and should be fed four times per day at first, and can slowly be weaned down to twice daily feedings by about six months of age. Very small breed puppies, like Chihuahuas, Yorkies, Pomeranians, and any “teacup” varieties” will require much more frequent feedings in the first few weeks as they are prone to hypoglycemic episodes (low blood sugar).
Due to their small size, they do not have the energy reserves of larger and older pups and therefore can quickly become hypoglycemic. This can be a medical emergency. Therefore, it is very important to feed your tiny pup every 2-3 hours during the day in the beginning. If your puppy becomes profoundly lethargic at any time, they should be immediately evaluated by a veterinarian as this could be a life-threatening emergency.
How Much Should I Feed My Dog?
But if you want to learn exactly how much food you should feed your dog per serving, take a look at our dog food feeding guide that's broken up by various factors including your dog's age, breed type and activity level.
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