puppy feeding does not have to be difficult!
When you have a new puppy, it’s hard to know where to begin. You have to figure out where he’ll sleep, What’s going to happen when you’re out? How to get him to go potty outside? How to train him to come? How do you bath him? And when to get his shots. It’s a little overwhelming, isn’t it?
However there is one important part of puppy care that is quite straightforward and that is puppy feeding. In this article we’ll cover what to feed your puppy , how often and in what quantity.
The first 8 weeks of a puppy’s life should be spent with his mom. Mom will know exactly what to feed him and when. After weaning, your puppy becomes your responsibility .
Puppies need puppy food, not adult dog food. Ensure the food contains meat as the main item. Don’t buy any brand that has grain as the main ingredient/s. This is not what your puppy needs for healthy growth, plus the grains may upset his little tummy.
When feeding small puppies, stick with puppy food for at least the first year. After that, it could depend on your dog’s size
A dog’s stomach usually doesn’t like a lot of changes and you may notice some diarrhea if you suddenly change foods. When changing brands, do it gradually by mixing the two together so their stomach can handle it.
Puppy feeding needs to be regular – at least 3 times a day. Sometime after 8 weeks you can switch the feedings to twice per day. It’s best to feed puppy regularly at the same time each day if possible.
Dog food packaging should list feeding amounts based on the dog’s weight. If you are unsure, or if it doesn’t seem right to you, ask your vet for their recommendation. Of course you don’t want to starve your pup, however too much food will cause weight gain rather than healthy growth.
So now you have the facts and know how about puppy feeding. If you have any problems, your vet’s office is just a phone call away.