Like exercise, nutrition requires consideration of age/development stage and the energy level of your hound.
In general, you will be increasing the food quantity for a puppy as he/she grows. As a general rule of thumb,
provide the puppy an amount that he/she will eat promptly. Don’t be shocked, but some of these puppies may
be eating 8-12 cups of quality dry food a day during a certain stage. Because Bloat and/or Torsion is a concern
with this breed, we avoid free feeding or feeding just 1 large meal, and instead split meals, feeding 2 to 3
times a day for an adult.
With a little puppy (8 -12/16 weeks) you will need to feed 3 to 4 small meals a day. If you cannot come home
for a midday meal, then you will need to make arrangements for someone to come over and feed the puppy. At
around 12/16 weeks to 6 months, you can move to 3 feedings a day, and around 6 months through the end of your
hound’s life move to twice a day meals. Bloodhound owners feed various types of food successfully from a quality
dry kibble, to home cooked diet, to a raw diet. To lessen Bloat, a probiotic should be included or can be added
via supplement, as well as by yogurt. The decision of whether to give human food or not is a personal preference.
There are Bloodhounds who never receive a scrap of human food, while others have it as part of the regular diet
mixed in with their kibble or home cooked meal. Also, check the percentage of protein, fat, and carbohydrate on
the dry food bag. It is recommended to stay in the upper 20 to lower 30 percentages for protein, and the 12-18
percentages for fat. You want good balance in those areas, and your specific hound’s activity level will
necessitate some possible adjustment for higher or lower contents of those three. For those feeding a home
cooked diet, or a raw diet, you will plan a balance through the ingredients you choose, and there are many books
and websites available to help with this.
We do experience some finicky eaters, most likely in the teenage and young adult stage. Assuming that you have
kept the same feeding routine, location, schedule, not changed brands of food, ruled out a medical reason, are
not over feeding your puppy, or have a female in season, the only way to increase that appetite is to increase
exercise. Sounds counter-productive, but it works (think of athletes and their training).
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