How reliable are the feeding guidelines on the back of dog food packaging? According to the chart on pedigree chum puppy, My eight week old lab should be getting two and a half cans of it per day, spread over four feeds. I can barely get the thing to eat a can and a half. And it takes it so long to eat it, that it usually only gets fed three times a day. It doesn't seem like it's going hungry or anything.
Two and a half cans seems like a hell of a lot, compared to the size of the dog.
I don't feed canned food, so I really can't comment on the amount. Is there a reason you chose canned and not kibble?
An 8 week old would do just fine on 3 feedings a day. If you were feeding kibble I would be giving between 3/4 and 1 cup per feeding (unless the food was particularly calorically dense, where you might need less).
What country are you in?
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Kibble is best for bigger dogs...more cost effective. You are essentially paying extra for the moisture in the can.
How old is the dog? I know most people feed their puppies kibble and not wet food once they are old enough, but generally speaking, the guidelines are just that.. guidelines. Obviously with a puppy the proper amount of food is more critical, but you can always feed a bit more or less if the dog is too thin or a little chunky.