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    DefaultWhen do you cut back on food

    for your puppy. Boo (7mo) eats 1 cup 3X a day. When do I cut her back to twice a day?
    I'm sure she'd rather continue to eat 3x a day! ???


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    DefaultRe: When do you cut back on food

    We cut Molly back when she was around 6 months. She didn't lose interest per say, but she wouldn't beg for her afternoon meal so we weaned it out of her routine. Now she eats 1 1/2 cups 2x a day and she's no worse for the wear. She turned 7 mos old today and is somewhere between 55-60 pounds (haven't weighted her recently)
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    DefaultRe: When do you cut back on food

    When Bosco was 6 months old, he was getting 1 cup x 3 times a day. Now he's 8 months, I still feed him 3 times a day but only 2 1/2 cups; 1 cup -morning, 1/2 cup -lunch time and 1 cup at supper time. He still wants to be fed 3 times a day.


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    DefaultRe: When do you cut back on food

    I stop between 4 & 5 months. It certainly won't hurt her to feed 3 meals forever, so do it as long as you want

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    DefaultRe: When do you cut back on food

    Most sources, e.g., Giffin & Carlson's "Dog Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook," the "UC-Davis Book of Dogs," etc., recommend 3X a day up to 6 months age and then 2X a day.

    BUT, there's another variable you haven't mentioned.

    Weight is a variable in how much a dog needs to eat. But also, age is, too.

    At 2 months age, the need for food is 2X to 3X the usual amount for an adult dog of that weight; at about 8-10 months' age, the multiplier declines to 1X the adult weight.

    For instance, my Puff (YF, AKC field line, 63 lbs., dob: 8-'01) went from a cup a day up to 5 cups/day at around 7-8 months age and then rapidly decreased to about 2 1/4 cup/day, sometimes skipping meals for a day or two. (Puff belongs to the rare 10% of Labs that are self-regulating in their food intakes.)



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