FEEDING GUIDELINES

Please refer to the weight chart on your bag of dog food for appropriate feeding quantities. It is important that your animals and your new dog are kept separate during feeding times.  Some animals may become protective of their food and we want to prevent an altercation between your pets. Fresh water should be available for your pets to drink at all times. We never offer cow’s milk, as dogs and cats cannot properly digest it.

PUPPY SPECIFIC CRITERIA

FOOD SHOULD BE LABELED AS PUPPY FOOD SPECIFICALLY AND BE DRY DOG KIBBLE.

Can be any flavor except fish. Food labeled for “all life stages” does not apply. PUPPY ONLY.

CRITERIA FOR DOGS AND PUPPIES
Recommended brands of DRY dog and puppy food for foster pups include:  Science Diet, Purina One, Iams, Pro Plan, Blue Buffalo, Canidae, Merrick, Halo, Natural Balance, Nutro, Whole Earth, Eukanuba, Nature’s Recipe, Diamond, Wellness, Fromm, Authority & Kirkland Signature (Costco).  Comparable brands based on quality and ingredients are also appropriate. Some brands have small kibble size for puppies which is excellent for puppies.

PUPPIES UNDER 5 POUNDS

Feed ½ cup food PER PUPPY 3x a day

(may supplement with small amounts of canned puppy food)

PUPPIES 5-10 POUNDS

FEED ¾ cup food PER PUPPY 3x a day

(may supplement with small amounts of canned puppy food)

PUPPIES 10 POUNDS AND OVER

Feed 1 cup food PER PUPPY 3x a day

(may supplement with small amounts of canned puppy food)

 

DOGS 5-10 POUNDS

Feed ¼ cup food PER DOG 2x a day

 

DOGS 11-20 POUNDS

Feed  ½ cup food PER DOG 2x a day

 

DOGS 21-30 POUNDS

Feed ¾ cup food PER DOG 2x a day

 

DOGS 31-40 POUNDS

Feed 1 cup food PER DOG 2x a day

 

 

 

DOGS 41-50 POUNDS

Feed 1¼ cup food PER DOG 2x a day

 

DOGS 51-60 POUNDS

Feed 1½ cup food PER DOG 2x a day

 

DOGS 61-70 POUNDS

Feed  1¾ cup food PER DOG 2x a day

 

DOGS 71-80 POUNDS

Feed 2 cups food PER DOG 2x a day

 

DOGS 81-90 POUNDS

Feed 2¼ cups food PER DOG 2x a day

 

DOGS 91-100 POUNDS

Feed 2½  cups food PER DOG 2x a day

 

 

Please refer to the guidelines on the back of the bag of food you purchase for further instructions on how to best feed your puppies.

If you feel like your dog is not thriving on the above guidelines, you may supplement with more dry food. DOGS AND PUPPIES WILL OVEREAT. DO NOT FREE FEED OR OFFER UNLIMITED FOOD AMOUNTS! It is fine to offer more than the above guidelines if you have an especially hungry dog, however, do not overfeed a puppy or it may cause medical issues.

TRANSITION GUIDELINES

If Bark House staff instructs you to transition your new dog or puppy to a new food, follow these guidelines to help avoid an upset stomach.

 

DAY 1

Feed ¾ diet to ¼ new diet ratio at all feedings.

DAY 2

Feed ½ diet to ½ new diet ratio at all feedings.

DAY 3

Feed ¼ diet to ¾ new diet ratio at all feedings.

DAY 4

Feed 100% new diet

 

TREATS

Please keep the amount of treats given to your pet to a minimum. Treats should only be about 1% of their daily diet.  Please do not give people food to your pets. Make sure treats are labeled safe for dogs or puppies of the age they are. Never leave your pets with treats unattended. Rawhide, leather, or bone-type treats are not recommended.

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