Peoples knowledge about husky feeding will normally depend on their experiences while raising huskies. The real answers to questions about husky feeding should be found through scientific research. It’s best to refer to scientific studies as well as speaking to experienced husky breeders and a vet when making husky feeding decisions.
How Much Should I Feed My Husky?
It is best practice to keep your husky on its mothers breast milk for at least 8 weeks. This will provide your husky with the necessary nutrients for good immunity. If your husky has been separated from its mother then a good rule of thumb is to feed your husky puppy a quantity of food equal to 5% of its body weight.
One way to gauge how much to feed your husky puppy is to wait to see your husky’s tummy get full. Your husky will naturally overeat so it’s a good way to monitor their consumption. If you let your husky overeat then your husky may suffer from ailments such as diarrhea or bowel irritation. If your husky puppy has bowel problems and is not yet house trained you could be in for a big mess.
When your husky is under 2 months it is best to give them smaller amounts of food more regularly. Increase the amount of food and reduce the frequency of meals so by the time your husky puppy is 6 months old they are eating once in the morning and once in the evening.
If your husky is on a raw food diet then you should only be feeding them 3-4% of their bodyweight. This is a good starting point for this type of diet. You should then closely monitor their weight and pooping habits. A fully grown husky has a health weight range of between 45-60 pounds for males and 35-50 pounds for females. If your dog is obviously overweight or underweight then either reduce or increase food intake accordingly.
Growing huskies need more food than adult huskies. Huskies in the latter part of their life require less food because of reduced exercise and movement. As your husky gets older there it is a good idea to reduce their protein intake.
How often should I feed my husky?
How much a husky should be feed is a common question from new owners. If your husky is younger than a month and a half, your husky needs to be given milk or milk formula six to seven times a day. You can expect your husky to let you know when they are hungry with some whining or yelping.
As your husky approaches 2 months of age you should being reducing the amount of times that you give them feed each day. Your husky should start eating solids around the age of one month. It is best to mix solid food with water while they are getting used to solids. This may cause slight diarrhea but it is nothing to be alarmed about. Just stop feeding your husky for at least a few hours if they have diarrhea as a puppy.
You need to experiment a little in the early stages with how often you feed your husky pup. Stick to the basic principles mentioned above and you won’t have too many problems. It is advisable that once your husky has reach 2 months of age only to change their eating frequency a maximum of 3 times. For example you can try switch between one a day and twice a day feeding but eventually settle on a set pattern.
Teething is one reason why a husky over the age of 2 months should generally only be fed twice a day. Any more will most likely cause additional irritation to their gums. Once your huskies eating frequency is reduced it’s important to make sure that you meet their nutritional needs.
It’s not a good idea to feed your husky tinned or processed pet food before the age of six months. When introducing your pet to processed pet food do this over time. Try different brands and settle on a brand which your dog enjoys. A good way to monitor how good commercial pet food is for your husky is to check the consistency of their poop.
If your husky is pregnant, you will need to feed them more. Your pregnant husky will normally self monitor the amount that it eats. It is good to overfeed if anything as a rule of thumb but maintain daily exercise.