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Puppy Feeding Tips

Puppy Feeding Tips

Whenever you feed your puppy, he should have a bowel movement and he should urinate. Sometimes a puppy may need a little encouragement by rubbing his anal area, but he should always perform both acts after every feed.

The makeup and amount of his feces and urine are important clues that tell you how well you are doing when it comes to properly feeding your puppy. For one thing, the puppy's stool should be formed as it is expelled, but its consistency should be soft and pasty. The color will depend to some extent on what you are feeding him. But it should never vary from a pale tan to a mahogany brown. The inside of the stool may be yellow-brown in many cases.

Stools that are green, bluish-white or clear signal that your puppy may be sick. Even tan or brownish stools that are watery, lumpy, hard or curdled may indicate illness in your puppy. Whenever either off-color or off-form stools occur, stop feeding your puppy immediately and skip the next feeding entirely.

Upon resumption of feeding your puppy, begin the following feeding with a formula that has been diluted one-half with boiled water. Continue to feed the same quantity as you did the undiluted food. If this fails to produce an improvement in the stool, reduce the quantity you are feeding by 25 percent at each feeding. If stools continue to be off-color or off-form, consult your vet.

A puppy's urination is an indicator of his water balance. The quantity should be about the same each time the puppy urinates. It might be pale yellow to almost clear, but should never be deep yellow or orange. Also, it should always be like water and never like syrup and should smell like urine. Urine that is scanty, dark in color, or syrupy, indicates that your puppy is not getting enough water. More water should be supplied, and if your puppy is reluctant to drink additional water on its own, you need to add extra water to your puppy's formula. If the urine seems excessive in amount, unduly clear, or thin, the water concentration of the formula should be re-checked to make sure that your puppy is not getting too much water. If urine production stops altogether for longer than four feedings, take the puppy to a vet as soon as possible.

Your puppy will always tell you whether he is getting too much or too little food in several ways. As with human babies, you need to be alert for the cues. Crying can be an indicator of hunger, but is unlikely to be always accurate in and of itself. Although hungry puppies do cry, so do cold puppies, hot puppies, puppies that were disturbed from a nap, lost puppies, sad puppies, etc. Crying is simply nature's way of giving a puppy a means of telling everybody that he is unhappy. Anything that makes a puppy unhappy will probably also make him cry, even having his tummy too full.

Thus, to say that your puppy is crying because he is hungry requires a judgment on your part. And since we do not think like a puppy, we have to use the reactions of the puppy's system to determine whether or not he is getting enough to eat.

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