Feeding your Puppy in the Right Way.
The nutritional needs for puppies differ for different breed sizes large breed puppies grow more quickly because of that they actually need less calcium so their bones don’t grow too fast.
Medium dogs need a careful balance of calories and nutrients to be sure that they don’t gain excess weight while small breed puppies need nutrient-dense food in small bites because their metabolism tends to be faster and they have different energy needs than larger dogs.
Another important thing to know is that what is good for humans is not necessarily good for animals because proper nutrition is critical for optimal development and because human food doesn’t offer the proper balance of nutrients puppies need.
It is important to teach your whole family that feeding your puppy or your dog table scraps is a big no-no and a major health hazard now let’s talk about feeding schedules just like babies puppies do best on a regular schedule schedules teach them that there are times to eat times to play and times to potty.
Obviously the feeding schedule will largely be dictated by your own personal schedule but no matter what it is critical that puppies younger than four months be fed multiple times per day depending on your puppy’s breed size. At around six months you can start to limit feedings to twice a day also keep in mind that eating is soon followed by the urge to go to the bathroom.
If you work away from your house and are unable to feed and walk your puppy as often as needed think about hiring a dog walker or ask a neighbor to help you keep your puppy on his schedule for more information on house training watch how to house train your puppy.
Another important nutritional determinant is how much you are supposed to feed your developing puppy even though the back of the puppy food bags usually have suggested portion sizes based on weight they are not always right for your puppy. So, it’s best to pay attention to your puppy’s body and talk to your veterinarian remember a fat puppy is not necessarily a healthy puppy just as childhood obesity can lead to adult health issues in humans monitoring a puppy’s weight is very important to ensure proper development.
Treats are another food source to consider when determining portion size it is important to limit treating to less than of your puppy’s daily caloric intake when selecting treats hard chew treats are ideal because they improve dental health through gnawing also try to save treating for training sessions to reward good behavior.
But be careful not to overdo it for more information on training watch our video puppy training basics the last part of puppy nutrition we’re going to talk about is water puppies need fresh clean water available at all times like us it is their most important nutrient you should change your puppy’s water often at least once a day providing fresh clean water greatly reduces the risk of disease. Therefore keeps your pet happy and healthy I hope that you found this helpful as you welcome your new addition into your family.