How Much Weight Should Puppies Gain Per Week
If you want to keep your puppy healthy and happy, you need to pay attention to her weight. When I got my first puppy, I was taken aback by how much she seemed to eat! After all, she was barely more than skin and bone; what could she possibly weigh? As it turns out, a lot. A growing puppy eats a lot because he needs all of that food for the work of building strong bones, muscles, and organs. And boy does he eat: Puppies double their birth weight in just a week or two! Although this can seem scary at first (especially if you’re used to adult dogs), your tiny furball is doing exactly what he’s supposed to do: He’s growing up fast.
How Much Weight Should a Puppy Gain?
How much weight should a puppy gain per week?
Puppies will grow at different rates, but as a general rule, you can expect your pup to gain about 5% of their body weight each week. That means that if your 8-week-old puppy weighs 10 pounds, he should be gaining about 0.5 pounds each week for the next few months (at which point he’ll begin to slow down and stop gaining so rapidly).
Watch Your Puppy’s Growing Body
You should monitor your puppy’s growth and development. Puppies grow quickly, so you need to keep an eye on them. A newborn puppy is born with all its bones and teeth, but it still needs to develop in size and strength, as well as the muscles that support their immune system, respiratory system, digestive tract… the list goes on!
Weigh Your Puppy Weekly
Weighing your puppy weekly is a good way to monitor her health and development. If you haven’t weighed your puppy yet, this article will explain the best ways to do so.
You can weigh your puppy on a scale at home by placing her in her bed or on top of a soft blanket and then weighing yourself with her (you won’t need to remove any clothing). Most scales have an “off” button that will allow you to hold the weight steady before taking it off the scale. The amount is displayed in either pounds or kilograms, depending on what type of scale it’s set up for. It may take some practice getting used to reading weights from a scale like this, but once you get used it’ll be easy! This method works well if you’re just trying to check whether or not she’s gaining enough weight each week during growth spurts or if there are any other changes in her health over time such as excessive vomiting or diarrhea that might indicate something more serious like parasites (worms) which require treatment by a veterinarian right away
Calculate How Much to Feed Your Puppy
To calculate how much to feed your puppy, first calculate the daily calorie requirement for each puppy.
- Multiply the weight of your puppy in pounds by its age in weeks. For example, if you have a 5-week old puppy that weighs 2 pounds, multiply 2 x 7 (5 weeks = 5×7 = 35). This gives you a daily calorie requirement of 350 calories per day: 2lbs x 35days/year = 70lbs; 70 lbs/day x 24hours = 1440calories/day.
- Next, take this amount and divide it by four to get an approximate average daily caloric intake. For example, if you were feeding my hypothetical little guy (who doesn’t exist), we’d come up with 350 calories divided by 4—that’s about 87½ calories per meal (so far).
Recognize the Signs of Poor Growth and Development
Recognize the Signs of Poor Growth and Development
The right amount of weight gain is important for your puppy’s overall health and well-being. Not only will a healthy growth rate help them grow into strong adults, but it also sets them up for a longer life as adults. It also helps prevent diseases like diabetes, hypothyroidism, hip dysplasia, heart disease and more. Additionally, puppies who gain too much weight are at higher risk for joint problems in their adult years because they are carrying around extra fat tissue that can put pressure on their joints later on in life.
Your puppy’s growth rate can be monitored by weighing him weekly (or monthly) until he reaches adulthood to ensure that he is gaining enough weight each week or month without going overboard into obesity territory.
Calculating how much your puppy should gain each week is a great way to monitor her health and development.
One of the most important things you can do to ensure your puppy grows up healthy and strong is to make sure they’re eating enough. Too little food can lead to stunted growth, as well as malnutrition, which can be fatal in severe cases.
Puppies should gain between 0.6 and 0.8 pounds per week until they reach two months old—this means that if your pup weighs 6 lbs when he’s born (the average weight for a male puppy), by his first birthday he should weigh somewhere between 16-20 lbs., depending on whether he is larger or smaller than average at birth. Since puppies grow at different rates depending on their size and metabolism, these numbers are only approximate; you may find that your dog reaches these milestones slightly sooner or later than expected based on his own body type and rate of development.
If you notice that your dog isn’t gaining weight as quickly as he should be—or if he seems underweight for his age—it’s time to get him checked out by an experienced veterinarian familiar with animal nutrition issues like these!
We know the first few months of puppy care can be a real challenge, but by monitoring your puppy’s weight and feeding her enough to support her growth, you are providing her with a great start in life. Just make sure to watch out for signs of poor growth so you can catch any issues before they become a problem.