How many times per day should a 5-month-old dog be fed?


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Our question this week was: I have a 5-month-old west highland terrier, how many times a day should she be fed? She is not having regular meals cause she seems to hungry different times of the day. Some days she will eat about 8 am other times she won't eat until 3pm in the afternoon. – Julie M.


Hi – thanks for your email Julie. You wrote asking how often your 5-month-old Westie should be fed? At this age –you should feed twice a day. Then you can go to once a day feeding when he reaches a year old.

The question is – do you want to feed free choice, limited time feeding or once daily meals. I have a good article that explains the differences. Go to: Feeding Your Dog - Canned or Dry And How Often?

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.