Puppy Feeding Tips For Advanced Owners

November 24, 2019

Although most people are aware of what kind of responsibility a dog craves, not all of us have the right idea of how to actually feed a canine. That’s why today we’re going to share with our readers a few tips on how to make sure their puppies receive the right nutrition.

From An Early Age

Let’s be clear here – puppies aren’t just smaller adult dogs. In case you have previous experience with grown canines, don’t make the mistake of thinking you can feed your puppy the same way you fed an adult dog, but in smaller amounts.

Perhaps they can start walking much earlier, but puppies aren’t that much different to human babies, especially those which don’t have a mother to take care of them.

First off, puppies require twice the energy intake of a fully grown dog. Depending on the breed, their diet should consist of about 30% protein, since a puppy’s body has but one goal – growing.

Of course, a puppy’s diet changes over the course of a year. Around the age of four weeks, it should be introduced to small quantities of puppy food, and in twice that age, a puppy should be able to get its full nutrition from solid food.

Finally, there’s one thing you should watch out for – disease. Depending on their size, puppies are prone to overfeeding and putting themselves at risk of various illnesses. This especially concerns bigger breeds, which are known to get hypertrophic osteodystrophy, as well as hip dysplasia. Make sure to talk to a vet before letting your puppy begin its diet.

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