4 Easy Steps For New Pet Parents To Learn The Art of Puppy Feeding

10 Jun 2017 | by Amrita Bandopadhyay | Posted in: Puppy

When you bring home a puppy all cute and furry, you are so excited,aren’t you!!!! Its like bringing home a baby. There are a lot of things that you two will be sharing  in the coming years.

Watching puppies grow up is a beautiful experience.The most important part in this is played by the diet that your puppy receives. Feeding your puppy at the correct time with the correct amount and type of dog food is very important.

1. The frequency :

Feed your puppy four meals a day up until the age of four months, and then reduce its feed to three meals a day until it is six months old, when you can change to two meals a day, and keep it on this regime for the rest of its life.

4 Easy Steps For New Pet Parents To Learn The Art of Puppy Feeding

2. The food that your puppy eats has to be carefully selected :

When your puppy is just a few days old, you need to keep him on a diet of milk. Choose a good feeding bottle and use it for feeding your puppy. Keep in mind he will be graduating to solid food.

4 Easy Steps For New Pet Parents To Learn The Art of Puppy Feeding

Puppies grow 20 times faster than adult dogs and so require a special diet to aid their physical development. A specially formulated growth food is recommended which needs to be fed at evenly spaced intervals to avoid over stretching their small stomachs.  You can try brands like Royal Canin for a growth supplement.

4 Easy Steps For New Pet Parents To Learn The Art of Puppy Feeding

 3. There are three types of food that you can choose from:

  • Dry complete foods: These are ready to eat and come in a variety of flavour. There are several brands available like Pedigree, Natural & Delicious etc. The expensive ones usually have better ingredients and are safer.Remember these are synthetic food and buying cheaper stuff may be expensive in the long run. You certainly do not want your pooch to suffer due to the wrong choice of brand. Although these foods may appear more expensive to buy, you do not need to feed the large amounts you would with a lower grade food, so many of them actually work out to cost the same, if not less! 4 Easy Steps For New Pet Parents To Learn The Art of Puppy Feeding

Some puppies are not accustomed to complete dry foods immediately after weaning but will normally grow to like them with time. If your puppy does not seem to like eating dry complete and this is what you wish to feed you can try soaking the food in a little warm water to soften or mix in a little tinned puppy food, gradually reducing the quantity until he is fully weaned and accepts dry complete.

4 Easy Steps For New Pet Parents To Learn The Art of Puppy Feeding

  • Tinned Food : As with complete dry dog foods, tinned foods and semi-moist foods can vary in quality. Again choose a good quality food with an easily digestible recipe i.e. chicken and rice and choose a specialist puppy food which is nutritionally complete (i.e. does not require additional foods to be added to it). As before it is best to avoid changes in your puppy's diet so if you find a product that works for your puppy, stick to it.
  • Home-made food : Puppies need the best possible diet whilst they are growing up, as even a slight imbalance may harm their development and growth. As it is very difficult to get this balance right, you are probably better off choosing from one of the tried and tested commercial diets.

4. Precautions :

Any change in diet should be made very gradually over at least a week to avoid upset and you should try a new diet for at least 10 days before making any further changes. Some dogs appear to be sensitive or intolerant to certain ingredients and additives and this can cause a variety of problems.

Common symptoms include: Lethargy, aggressive or hyperactive behaviour,chronic skin and ear problems, light to mid-brown loose bulky stools or diarrhea,slime and jelly being passed with the stools and flatulence ,bloating and weight gain or loss .

In extreme cases they can get colitis (slime and blood in their stools) so consult your vet if this happens. As with children, the most common food in-tolerances appear to be colourings, sugars, wheat, milk and soya. Obviously not all puppies are sensitive to these things, but if the symptoms keep re-occurring, you might do well to check this out and ask your vet for advice.If you suspect a food intolerance you should avoid giving your puppy any foods or treats containing any suspect ingredients for a month or two, and then reintroduce each ingredient, one at a time, and watch for the return of any physical or behavioural changes.


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