Puppy Feeding


How often to feed?


  • Initially, puppies need four meals a day but this can be reduced to three a day at about 12 weeks. At six months, they can have two meals a day, which can continue for the rest of their life.
  • Giant dogs will need 5 meals a day initially and this can be reduced at 12 weeks to 4 meals per day.
  • Always ensure that your puppy has access to fresh clean water.


 What treats can I feed my puppy?


Most dog foods these days are complete, meaning they contain all the nutrients that a dog needs, in the right amounts. If extra food is given, as treats, your dog must do something with the extra calories. If your dog isn’t being exercised enough, the calories will be turned into fat.


If you do give your dog food treats it is best to take it out of his daily food ration.


At other times you can show your affection for your dog in ways other than food. Dogs enjoy games, walks and affection. You don’t need to use food to show dogs that you love them.


For more information please speak with one of our veterinary nurses.