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Nutrition 101: How Much Should I Feed My Puppy?


Next to â??how much do I feed my dogâ?, this is the most asked veterinary question. And the answer is not simple. Puppies need more calories, protein, fat, and minerals and vitamins than adults. Also they are constantly growing so meal size continues to increase. And the number of meals per day changes as puppies age and grow.

The easiest way to feed your puppy is follow the instructions on the label. These quantities are often too generous so feed at the lower end of the recommendations. The recommendations are for a standard measuring cup of dry food, not a mug, soda cup or big gulp cup. Feeding instructions for wet food are canned portions or whole cans. The feeding directions are for the entire day, not each meal.

The total amount should be divided up between 3-5 meals for puppies under 8 weeks old. And divided into 3 meals for puppies between 8 and 16 weeks of age. With the exception of giant breed dogs (Great Danes, Newfoundlands, Irish Wolfhounds) puppies over 16 weeks of age can be fed twice a day.

Adjust feeding amounts so your puppy maintains a 4-5/9 BCS throughout puppyhood. First is to feed amounts that maintain your dog at a 4-5/9 BCS throughout its life. The BCS or Body Condition Score is a visual and tactile method for assessing a dogâ??s fitness level. It actually matches complicated x-ray techniques that are used to determine body fat percentages.

As your puppy grows it needs more calories and nutrients. Re-adjust the daily amount for every 5 lb. change in weight. And remember if you change food, you need to follow the feeding instructions for the new food.

Puppies should be fed a puppy formula food until their skeleton is completely grown. Ask your veterinarian when he/she thinks your dog will be ready for adult dog food.

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Proteinex-18 Liquid Protein Grape 30 fl oz

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (4 out of 5)

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Proteinex-18 Liquid Predigested Protein
30 oz. Bottle (30 Servings)

Proteinex-18 Liquid is a predigested high-protein (18 grams per oz.) source, which means that the product is already broken down to its amino acid portions that the body can easily absorb and utilize. Proteinex-18 provides 18 grams of highly absorbable protein per ounce. Proteinex-18 is ready to use, no mixing is required, or you can mix with your favorite beverage or with foods such as apple sauce or Jell-O.

Benefits from Proteinex-18 use are:

  • Provides the highest concentration of protein (18 grams) in a small 1 oz. dose (2 tablespoons).
  • May be used by bariatric patients with food and liquid intake restrictions.
  • Easily absorbed.
  • Ready to use; no mixing required.
  • Protein source: hydrolyzed protein.
  • Promotes healing of wounds or repair of tissues.
  • Helps to prevent tissue breakdown.
  • Does not contain fat, sugar, phosphorus or carbohydrates.
  • Great taste
  • Long shelf life.


Proteinex-18 Liquid Protein Grape 30 fl oz Reviews by Customers
Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (4 out of 5)

5 out of 5 stars Great Product!!
by Mary on 5/27/2013
This is the stuff diets for healthy bodies are made of!! Taste is reason to buy PREDIGESTED protein products! Looking for a milkshake or tasty drink? Shy away from ANY healthy predigested protein drink. It is prescribed for wound healing & supplement for those unable to eat/drink due to illness!! Human bodies need this type of protein to heal and function!! Milk- based products & sugar (for taste buds) are not healthy for anyone.Tasty treats are splurges!! That is why people need to diet to begin with: too many tasty treats!! THANK YOU Diet Direct for making these much needed products available to help the "sick" heal & the well stay healthy!! THIS IS NO WASTE OF MONEY!!

5 out of 5 stars no diet
by janet on 10/2/2012
I bought this after hearing of "nodiet.com" on the radio... the price they were asking per serving (3grams protein every night) was astronomical. I figured I would need only one tsp Proteinex 18 per night to get my 3 grams. this 30 oz bottle would last 180 servings. So both my husband and I started taking it. I wish I could say it worked for me as well as my husband. It has been only 1 month and he lost 11 lbs. While I have maybe lost 1 or 2 pounds. (still going in the right direction.) I do have more energy and wake refreshed. I will not stop taking this. Oh by the way my husband is diabetic and his sugar levels have been great every morning... Good stuff. Taste isn't so bad if you don't water it down too much.

1 out of 5 stars Proteinex-18
by Lisa on 2/14/2012
I bought a bottle of Grape and a Lemon-Lime of this predigested protein based on a high review. I forced myself to try both flavors several times and I just don't see how anyone can drink this stuff? It makes me gag. I am a frequent user of the wonderslim and bariwise products and will continue using them but I am extremely annoyed about the money I spent on these two bottles that I had to throw away. What a waste!!!

5 out of 5 stars Great taste, great for the money
by Victoria on 11/28/2011
I have been with MRC for 3 months now and have lost 20 lbs. A big part of their plan is liquid protein supplements. After finding Proteinex-18, I am saving approximately 40% in cost. If you mix 1 oz with water or even add a sugar free powder drink mix to it, the flavor is great either way. I will continue to purchase this product and recommend to my friends and family!

5 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for.
by msmary on 11/7/2011
I really wanted a product to give me additional protein without a lot of calories. I mix it in my water bottle and take it to my workout!

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