Feeding Your New Puppy : How much and how often?
Keeping your new family member on the same
food that I have had him / her on for the past 4 to 5 weeks of his / her life is completely up to you, HOWEVER, it is VERY important to maintain them on the same food for at least the first 2 weeks once they have transitioned to your house. Changing the food
when you first bring them home can cause GI upset, resulting in diarrhea and possible lethargy (YUCK!).
With the change of home, environment, etc. puppies’ little immune systems
can sometimes get overwhelmed. Don’t be worried this is completely normal! If after the first 2 weeks, you will want to consult with your veterinarian. After the first 2 weeks feel free to switch him / her to another food (please note I have a list of
recommended kibbles for great dane’s, if you have another food that you are looking at please speak with me first so I can do a little research on it to ensure that it fits all the guidelines for great dane’s). When / if you choose to switch your
puppy, it must be done so properly over a 7 to 10-day period. A slow transition is best, gradually adding on the new kibble with the old until you have completely transitioned 100% to the new food with little to no GI upset.
Puppies should be fed 3 times a day until they are between 6 and 8 months of age. Between 6 and 8 months you can make the switch to twice a day feeding (AM & PM). For the first 6 to 8 months I feed between 2 to 6 cups
total per day, divided into 3 meals (increased or decreased as needed based off your puppies’ personal growth needs). Then you puppy is between 6 and 8 months of age they are typically eating around 5 to 8 cups of food per day, depending on the kibble
you’ve chosen (again increased or decreased as per your puppies’ personal needs), which is divided into 2 meals a day.
I can no stress enough the use of STAINLESS-STEEL
food and water bowls. They come in a multitude of different styles (hanging bucket, rubber bottom, etc.), I use the hanging buckets that I purchase from Chewy.com, but any STAINLESS-STEEL owl will work. The reason I say stainless-steel is simple 1) they are
VERY easily cleaned and sterilized, they can be tossed into the dishwasher 2) they reduce / eliminate bacteria build up that your dog would be exposed to if using another style of bowl.