Small puppies should eat about a cup or less every day.
To a new dog owner, this may seem cruel. It is these sentiments that lead a lot of us to overfeed our beloved doggies. Yes, it is actually possible to do this and it often has major, unpleasant consequences. Here is how you can tell when you are overfeeding a puppy.
Vomiting after meals
This happens when the puppy is either eating too much or too fast. The stomach may not be able to handle the large volumes especially when they are young in which case it just sends the food back up causing vomiting.
Reduced activity after eating
Many dogs like to relax a little after a meal. However, they soon bounce back energized by the meal and ready to play. If your pup is reduced to an immobile and inactive mess after a meal then it could be because they are eating too much.
Excessive weight gain
This takes a little longer to manifest but is the clearest indication that you may be overfeeding your puppy. You can tell with some subtle clues like loss of normal body contour, less palpable ribs and many others.
Untouched water bowls
More often than not, dogs drink their water after they have enjoyed their meals. However, if they are uncomfortably stuffed then they may not pay the water bowl any attention after their meals. If you notice this happening a lot then try reducing the portions so there is space in the tummy for some water.
Changes in bowel habits
Overeating in puppies could lead to an increase in frequency of pooping per day with as many as 5 number two potty breaks per day. You may also notice that the consistency of the poop during the day changes from solid and normal early in the day to soft and even diarrhea-like later on in the evening.