Feeding Your Welcome Acres Labradoodle
Welcome Acres Suggested Feeding Guidelines
How much should you feed your Welcome Acres puppy?
Suggested daily amounts are based on the use of a standard 8oz. measuring cup which holds 4.2 oz of this food.
|Up to 6 weeks||4 times per day|
|7 weeks to 4 months||3 times per day|
|5 months and up||2 times per day|
Suggested Daily Amount (in Cups)
|Approx. body weight (lbs)||Puppy less than 6 months||Puppy more than 6 months||Adult|
|1-3 lbs.||1/4 – 2/3||1/4 – 1/2|
|4-10 lbs.||2/3 – 1 1/2||1/2 – 1||1/4 – 2/3|
|11-20 lbs.||1 1/2 – 2 1/2||1 – 1 3/4||2/3 – 1|
|21-30 lbs.||2 1/2 – 3 1/2||1 3/4 – 2 1/3||1 – 1 1/2|
|31-40 lbs.||3 1/2 – 4 1/3||2 1/3 – 3||1 1/2 – 1 3/4|
|41-60 lbs.||4 1/3 – 5 1/2||3 – 4||1 3/4 – 2 1/2|
|61-80 lbs.||4 – 5||2 1/2 – 3|
|81-100 lbs.||5 – 5 1/2||3 – 3 1/2|
|over 100 lbs.||3 1/2 – 1/3*|
*for each 10 lbs of body weight over 100 lbs.
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 dry kibble according to weight and age as shown in the chart above. Food requirements may vary for individual puppies.
Individual Meal Feeding: From 8 weeks to 6 months, divide the daily amount and feed 2-3 meals in a 24-hour period. After 6 months, divide the daily amount and feed 2 meals in a 24-hour period.
Free Feeding: 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
Feeding Instructions for Adults
Start with the “Suggested Daily Amount” for adults as shown in the chart above. Use as a guideline. You can adjust the amount you feed by more or less depending on your dog’s weight and body condition. Divide the daily amount into individual meals or free feed (which may lead to obesity).
Feeding Instructions for Pregnant or Nursing Dogs
During early pregnancy, start with the “Suggested Daily Amount” for adults as shown in the chart above. Needs will likely increase by as much as 50% in late pregnancy, and may as much as triple during heavy nursing periods. Keep
food available for nursing dogs at all times.
How To Change Your Dog’s Food
Food changes can be life changing for your dog. If there is a new food being introduced to your dog you do not want to make the changes quick and sudden, but gradually introduce the new food and taking away the old food over a period of time.
This guide can help you make these changes that will be best suited for the dogs’ stomach. To begin the transition, mix your dog’s current food with the new food. Gradually decrease the amount of the current food while increasing the amount of new food. Continue to do this over a 7-day period.
Although many dogs will readily eat a new food when it’s offered the first time, they may still experience side effects like vomiting, loose stool and flatulence (gas). Some dogs are finicky eaters and may be reluctant to try something new, especially when it’s offered suddenly.
All cup sizes are based on an 8 oz. cup.