Do small dogs need 3 meals a day

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    Alice B
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    I was thinking my small Yorkshire terriers may need 3 or even 4 meals a day as adults
    because of low blood sugar, I have heard this can happen with small dogs.
    I have two little Yorky pups , Bill & Ben 3 months old.

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    anonymous
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    It depends on the dog. Discuss with your vet the next time you take them in for routine care. Most healthy adult dogs (small or large) do well with 2 feedings per day and fresh water available at all times. Maybe a snack (just a bite) or two.

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    pitlove
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    For puppies, especially toy breed puppies, yes 3-4 meals per day. ALWAYS. You can absolutely continue this practice as adults.

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    Alice B
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    Do you agree with free feeding from a bowl of kibble, left down all day
    I am home all day so i can have any routine that would help my 2 little boys

    I have also heard dogs can vomit bile if their tummy is empty, how horrible for those dogs

    Then some people say FAST your dog one day a week, I don’t know how that would be good
    I would like advice on how people with small dogs plan a meal routine, & space meals apart
    Thanks for all advice

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    Acroyali
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    I dislike free feeding personally, unless you’re out of the home 8-10 hours a day.
    If you have two babes, this can make it hard to see if one is not eating as well as they should.
    If you’re away for hours, I’d say free feed but keep the puppies separate but close by one another so you can see whom is eating what, and how much, and if one goes off their food, you’ll catch it immediately vs. days later when it might be approaching the “too late” category.
    I have no problems feeding small dogs, kittens, young cats, young dogs 3-4 meals a day.
    Do not fast a puppy. Especially a toy breed.

    Fasting is a GOOD thing for grown, healthy dogs in their physical prime, but only if they’re ADULTS and in good shape (physically).
    NEVER fast puppies or seniors, and never fast cats longer than 12-14 hours.
    We fast ours twice monthly, but only health adults and never babies or seniors. This equals extending every other Sunday’s breakfast from 6:00AM to 9-10AM, and serving dinner a bit early if we can manage.
    Again, seniors and babies (large breeds. 9-12 months and toy breeds under 12 months) are exempt from this. Our large adult working dogs do seem to benefit from a fast, but the “fast” includes a lot of water, bone broth and goats milk and recreational bones.

    There’s nothing scientific about our method but when it come to feeding schedules and fasting, we err cautiously.
    For your adorable Yorkies…..forget fasting for now, feed your puppies like the growing machines they are and enjoy them! If you never fast them, odds are they’ll thrive and be happy. Yorkies are super long lived.
    Do the best you can, and enjoy them.

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    Acroyali
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    @Alice,
    Whenever we have the rare opportunity to have small breeds here (which we love), we feed 3-4 small meals per day.
    4 meals for those under 16 weeks.
    3 meals for those under 6 months.
    If the puppy thrives, we go with it and when they begin to “pick” at a noon meal or pick at their mid-afternoon tea, or begin to get pudgy, we nix that mid day meal.
    Some pups won’t stop eating no matter what. If your notice one or both of your pups are eating like champs and are losing their waist-line, don’t take it personally. Replace the mid day feed with a cookie. Or a chew, or something.
    fIf you phase it out in their aduld hood…great. They should be fine.
    If you’re like us and find that noon snack is insanely demanded by these extra small companions…. and you’re well trained, well… =) Welcome to our world!

    For a handful of fosters (and those we refused to let go of, and adopted!), we’ve found a normal dinner at 5-6-7-8PM (or whenever you feed) with a small bedtime snack helps the 2:00AM bile stuff.

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    Alice B
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    @Acroyali Thanks for the great information
    I needed company after my lovely husband passed away last year,
    So I now have great company in my little Yorkies, lots of fun for me & keeps me busy

    Both puppies love eating, I will keep portions small, I want to keep both guys healthy
    I’m feeding the boys Wellness core puppy food, 4 small meals a day

    #120190 Report Abuse
    Alice B
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    These 2 Yorkies are the first dogs I have owned in my life, that’s why I need any advice

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    anonymous
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    @ Alice B

    You may appreciate this site http://www.yorkietalk.com/
    These folks are familiar with the breed.

    PS: Please don’t free feed. Yorkies can become obese just like any other breed.

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    Alice B
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    I love the Yorkie Talk page thankyou anon101 for that link, it’s really interesting

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    anonymous
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    You’re welcome!

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    Acroyali
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    @Alice B I’m sorry for the passing of your husband. I’m sure he’s very happy and proud of you to know you are taking care of these little dogs and doing right by them and researching for their well being.

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    Alice B
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    Thank you, dear, your very kind xx Both of my sweet little boys are very healthy & love my meal plan at this time I will keep them on Wellness core puppy until they are 1 year old, lots of fun playing now.

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