Lexi: How much to feed a one year old miniature poodle thats between 10 and 15 pounds?
I might be getting a female miniature poodle soon, but before I do I want to make sure im ready. So how many times a day and how much food should i feed her? I would be taking her on a daily walk.
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Answer by ponders_99
Congratulations on the addition of your new dog or puppy! Here’s what you need to know to take good care of your pet, according to Wendy Hauser, DVM, of the Coal Creek Veterinary Hospital, Centennial, Colo.
Dog or Puppy Care Sheet (pdf)
Premium quality dog food and treats for the right breed and size
Food and water bowls – ceramic and metal bowls clean up better
Safe toys – make sure there’s no lead paint or breakable parts
Dog brush and comb
Pooper scooper and biodegradable poop bags
Collar with license and ID tag
Dog nail clippers
Carrier or crate
Dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste
Outdoor dog house
Make sure you have shaded areas outdoors
What to feed your puppy or dog
Adult dogs should eat premium-quality dry food. If you want, you can mix the dry food with water, low-salt broth or canned food
Dogs can eat fruits and vegetables – but never more than 10% of their daily diet. See below for a list of foods that shouldn’t be given to dogs.
Puppies need a high-quality puppy food
Avoid "people food” for all dogs and puppies
Dogs and puppies need clean, fresh water available at all times
When to feed
Puppies 8 to 12 weeks old: 3 meals a day
Puppies 3 to 6 months old: 2 meals a day
Puppies 6 months to 1 year: 2 meals a day
Dogs, 1 year or older: 2 meals a day
Large dogs: may need 3 meals a day
Dangers! Never give your dog:
Anything harder than your pet’s teeth. This includes cow bones, nylon bones and real bones. These can break a dog’s teeth.
T-shirts or knotted socks. If accidently chewed apart and ingested, they can become “foreign bodies”, causing your pet to become very ill.
Grapes and raisins
Moldy or spoiled food
Onions, garlic or chives
Salty foods or salt
Tomato leaves or stems
Different dogs need different amounts of exercise. Some dogs need a lot. Some dogs get hurt if they exercise too much. Ask your veterinarian what’s best for your pet.
When walking your pet, be careful of ice or snow, deicer salt, or hot pavement
Gently brush your dog’s fur
Play with your dog
Walk your dog, ask your veterinarian how long and how much
Brush your dog’s teeth, chew toys aren’t enough
Clean up poop
Clean water and food bowls
Feed and water your pet
Bathe your dog – if needed. Some dogs don’t need to be bathed monthly.
Have your parents or guardian:
Check your dog’s nails to see if they need to be clipped. Your veterinarian will show you how.
Give your dog a heartworm pill from your veterinarian – no matter which state you live in!
Ask your veterinarian to see if your dog needs his/her ear hair trimmed or if he/she needs his/her “anal glands expressed”
Apply a flea/tick prevention treatment if needed
Have your parent or guardian take your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup and any vaccines
Never hit a dog, they don’t understand what hitting is
Never grab your dog’s fur or tail
Don’t force a tired dog to play
Get a license and ID
Follow your city’s licensing laws
Attach the license to your dog’s collar
Have your parents or guardian ask the veterinarian to microchip your dog
Go to dog or puppy school
A trained dog is a happy dog! Contact your local humane society or veterinarian to find a training class.
Spay and Neuter
To prevent health problems, females should be spayed and males should be neutered 6 months of age
Dogs that are spayed/neutered don’t run away or fight as much
Medicines and poisons
Never give your dog medicine unless it’s recommended by a veterinarian. Keep all poisons, like rat poison, away from your pet. If you think your pet has been poisoned, call your veterinarian.
Finding the right Veterinarian
When you get your dog, have your parent or guardian take it to a veterinarian for a checkup
Your dog should see a veterinarian once a year and when you think it might be sick
How to tell if your dog is sick
You know your dog best. If your dog seems to be acting strangely, call your veterinarian
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