Last Updated on August 29, 2021 by Marco
Once a puppy is weaned from its mother, then it is up to us as their owners to ensure that they get the very best nutrition. Nutrition during puppyhood is crucial to them growing into happy and healthy adult dogs.
In this article, we will take a look at how much your husky puppy should be eating for optimal health and wellbeing.
How Much Should I Feed My Husky Puppy?
The best place to start when it comes to working out how much to feed your husky puppy is the label on the puppy food packaging.
These are handy because they tell you how much to feed depending on the weight of your pup, and as we all know, they grow rapidly!
If you are still in doubt, speak to your veterinarian about feeding your husky puppy, they can advise you on your dog’s individual needs.
Check out this handy table below, for quick and easy reference, courtesy of Grange Co-Op.
Husky Puppy Feeding Chart Based On Weight and Age
|Weight of Dog||6-12 Weeks||3-4 Months||5-7 Months||8-12 Months|
|3 – 5 lbs||1 – 1 1/3 cup per day||3/4 – 1 cups per day||1/2 – 3/4 cups per day||1/2 – 2/3 cups per day|
|5 – 10 lbs||1 1/3 – 2 1/2 cups per day||1 – 2 cups per day||3/4 – 1 1/2 cups per day||2/3 – 1 cups per day|
|10 – 20 lbs||2 1/2 – 4 cups per day||2 – 3 1/2 cups per day||1 1/2 – 2 2/3 cups per day||1 – 2 cups per day|
|20 – 30 lbs||4 – 5 3/4 cups per day||3 1/3 – 4 1/2 cups per day||2 2/3 – 3 2/3 cups per day||2 – 2 3/4 cups per day|
|30 – 40 lbs||5 3/4 – 7 cups per day||4 1/2 – 5 2/3 cups per day||3 2/3 – 4 1/2 cups per day||2 3/4 – 3 1/3 cups per day|
How Often To Feed Your Husky Puppy
Younger puppies should be fed smaller meals, but more often, than adult dogs. Their stomach capacity is small therefore they can’t eat much in one helping.
To help them take in enough food for growth, begin by feeding your husky puppy four small meals each day. These meals can be gradually reduced so that by the time they are all grown up they are having two meals per day.
Husky Puppy Feeding Guide
Firstly, always make sure your husky pup has a continual supply of fresh drinking water in a dish that they can easily access and drink from.
Learn more about: When Should Puppies Start Drinking Water?
Secondly, avoid the temptation to give your husky puppy table scraps. Their digestive systems are delicate and can’t handle scraps. Plus, over time, the feeding of table scraps to dogs can lead to unwanted weight gain. Obesity in dogs brings with it a whole host of health issues. So start good habits early.
This is not to say that you cannot cook healthy meals for your husky at home, but with a commercial puppy food at least you know that each serve has all of the vitamins and minerals your pup needs for their particular stage of life.
NEVER feed your dog chocolate, grapes, raisins, or onions. These are toxic to dogs! You can find more about what foods are toxic to dogs in this article by the American Humane Society.
Husky Puppy Feeding Guide
Dogs enjoy having a mix of wet and dry food in their diet, and the different textures and flavors can help them to stop getting bored with their meals.
Make sure you buy commercial dog food that is labelled ‘puppy’.
6 To 13 Weeks
Puppies gradually wean off their mother’s milk at the age of 8 to 12 weeks.
Puppy food can start to be incorporated when they are aged 6 to 13 weeks. At this stage, any dry kibble should be moistened for easier chewing for small puppy teeth.
Four meals a day are required at this age for your husky puppy. How much you feed will depend on their weight.
3 To 6 Months
Now is the time to cut your husky puppy’s meals from 4 to 3 times a day. They should lose their ‘puppy fat’ by this stage of their life.
6 To 12 Months
Pups that are in this age category can be weaned off three meals a day, and instead, be fed twice daily.
If you are having your husky pup neutered then this will be the age when it is performed. Neutered dogs are more prone to weight gain than entire dogs so they will need less calories. Then it is time to switch to adult dog food.
If you are not having your dog neutered, it is better to keep your husky puppy on puppy food for a little longer if you are unsure if it is the right time to switch, so that they do not miss out on any essential nutrients.
1 Year Old
Your dog is now ready to eat adult dog food! Given that puppy food is high in calories, it is not suited to adult dogs as it will cause weight gain.
Take Away Points On Husky Puppy Feeding
- Pups feed on their mother’s milk until 8 to 12 weeks of age;
- This can be supplemented with puppy food from 6 to 13 weeks;
- By 3 months of age they will be on a full diet of puppy food and water;
- Always have accessible fresh clean water available to your puppy;
- Refer to the packaging on commercial puppy food to know how much to feed your husky puppy, which is based on their weight, or seek advice from your vet;
- Feed them a mixture of wet and dry food that is specially formulated for puppies – adult dog food does not have the right bend of nutrients a growing puppy’s body needs;
- Avoid table scraps, as these can lead to unwanted weight gain;
- NEVER give dogs chocolate, raisins, grapes, or onions – these are toxic to dogs;
- Start off by feeding four small meals a day, then gradually reduce to three, then two meals per day;
- By 12 months of age, your husky puppy only needs 2 meals per day of adult dog food;
- A mixture of wet and dry food will stop your dog from getting bored at mealtimes.