I will always yield to the veterinarian of choice, but pet parents often ask me questions about feeding their puppy. Every veterinarian I have ever come to know or read about, or watched videos about, have stated that nutrition is not a subject taught in any school of veterinary medicine.
That being said I want to bring up only one part of puppy feeding that seems to beg the question “How many times a day should I feed my puppy?”
Here is a list of observations I have made note of, and why I am convinced that feeding puppies twice a day is not the way to go.
- Tiny breed puppies must eat. They are prone to juvenile hypoglycemia which is a sudden drop in blood sugar. Lethargy, shaking, fainting, and confusion are only some of the symptoms. However, it is serious and should be addressed immediately.
- Large breed pups grow quickly or have “growth spurts” and need the nutrition of three meals.
- Hungry pups will drink more to satisfy their hunger. This in turn will of course lead to more urination. Thinking that fewer meals help housetraining, just went out the window!
- Hungry puppies are cranky and unfocused.
- All puppies sleep better when they are not hungry.
- Puppies tend to eat things on the ground but a hungry puppy will seek out anything they can swallow.
- Puppies that eat three times a day instead of two are more content with chew toys and alone time.
- Pet parents that feed their puppy twice a day, follow a schedule of somewhere between 5:00 and 7:00 m. and between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. leaving a gap of almost 12 hours. How is it possible for a puppy to not be hungry?
- Twice a day feeding may be recommended by a breeder or seller, which leads me to believe that twice a day feeding is easier for the breeder or seller and not better for the puppy.
- Puppies offered food twice a day will devour the evening meal too quickly causing health and behavioral issues.
- I’ve never heard a sensible, logical, or medically sound explanation for feeding a puppy only twice a day.