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It is important to avoid overfeeding puppies of large breeds such as Great Danes, Irish Wolfhounds, and Alaskan Malamutes. Large breeds are typically at risk for skeletal diseases such as hip dysplasia. Overfeeding and excess weight can increase the stress on the skeletal system. You can use the following guidelines when feeding your puppy:
• A 10 lb. puppy should get 850 calories a day
• A 20 lb. puppy should get 1,400 calories a day
• A 30 lb. puppy should get 1,800 calories a day
• A 50 lb. puppy should get 2,700 calories a day
Each puppy is an individual and has different specific needs. Always watch your puppy's weight and adjust her feeding amounts accordingly.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|