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      Feeding time

      Hello, I recently adopted a two month old Labrador retriever puppy and the lady that I got it from said to feed her twice a day, at breakfast and at dinner. I usually put around 20-25g of Happy dog junior dry food and I was wondering if that's right. Every time I feed her she eats the bowl clean in under a minute and I was wondering if I should feed her at lunch time too?

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      I normally feed a puppy that age 3 times daily, 1 cup per meal. (Sorry I don't know the equivalent in grams!) Just an FYI, It is not uncommon for a Lab, puppy or adult, to inhale their food and look for more. They are gluttons in fur coats, lol!

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      Many of us are in the US and, unfortunately, are not fluent in gram calculations. The food I fed my puppies say it is 112 grams per 8 ounce (by volume) measuring cup. I fed my 8 week old puppies 75-90 grams per meal, 3 meals per day, moving up to 112 grams or a bit more by 3 months of age. Are there feeding instructions on the container of dog food? I am not familiar with that food so I'm not sure what the directions are.

      I tried to look up Happy Dog food and I am not certain if this is what you are feeding. This looks like the food you would feed a puppy from 4 weeks to 5 months of age for which the adult weight is predicted to be 26 kg or more:

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      If this is correct, or similar to what you're feeding, this package indicates that a 7.5 kg puppy would get 240 grams of food per day, or about 80 grams at each of 3 meals.

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      Thank you both a lot for support. I think it would be best to feed my little puppy 3 times a day and about 20-25g per meal. I was hoping if you know whether it would be best to feed with a schedule in mind e.g that I feed her everyday at designated times?

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      I try to keep to a schedule, not a strict schedule, but I try to space the feedings out. For my puppies, I fed between 7-8 am, lunch about 12-1 pm, and dinner at 5-6 pm. Then, because their stomachs are so small and the time between dinner and the next day's breakfast so far apart, I usually gave a small snack at bedtime also, maybe a small handful of kibble or a small dog treat.

      Are you sure 20-25 grams is the correct amount? Is this a purebred lab puppy we're talking about? How much does your puppy weigh now?

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      Well I go by the info provided on the dog food packet and I don't know if this is a pure lab for I found her in a dog shelter, but from the looks of her and matching her personality to other dogs she does seem to be a Labrador, I was just thinking that whomever brought her to the shelter didn't know what they had. I have not weighed her yet but I'll try to get back to you on that as soon as I can.

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      Tried to google Happy Dog Junior dry food and the only thing I learned was that Junior is for dogs who already have permanent teeth while the kibbles meant for little puppies are labelled BABY (smartrock posted a link to Happy Dog Maxi Baby) Even searching using two languages I couldn't find any feeding guidelines, but 20-25 grams a meal seems to be awfully little: 0.70-0.88 ounces.
      However, I've found something you could find quite useful - approximate conversions, so I decided to copy-paste them here:
      It depends on the size and density of the dog food you are using, one cup can hold from under 3 ounces (85 grams) to over 4 ounces (113 grams) of food. If you are using a quality dog food this information will be listed on the label.
      Then when you search this forum, there's a lot of information about feeding puppies:

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      My two, as adults, get fed three times a day or else they'll be vomiting bile from having empty tummies. I stick to a schedule (which also helps with bathroom times, especially for puppies). Mine get fed at approx. 4:30 a.m. (yes, I get up early), approx. 10:00 a.m., and 6:00 p.m.. They also get a small biscuit right before being put to bed.

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      1 US cup = 225 grams
      If you are only feeding 25-30 grams twice a day then your puppy must be starving.
      Please check with your vet or the breeder ASAP for proper feeding guidlines.
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      Well I hope you understand me when I say that there is no real breeder cause I got her from the shelter and I'm not sure if a vet can help cause I don't speak Lithuanian, I live in Lithuania but I'm Estonian. I'm wondering if she seems healthy enough right now. And I'll up the dosage of the food that I'm giving for her sake.
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