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It’s a big question to ask, but it’s a necessary one for new puppy owners: what should I feed my new puppy?
There is a wide variety of puppy food on the market, in the same way that there is a lot to choose from when it comes to larger dogs. From grain-free puppy food to wet puppy food, you have a minefield to get through! Food is so vital in the early stages of puppy ownership; if you get it right early on, you’ll avoid digestive issues later. Puppy food is specially formulated to cater to the different nutrient levels that puppies require over fully grown dogs. Their calorie requirements are different, too, and choosing the best puppy food for your new pooch is very important.
At Time For Paws, we are most concerned with being able to offer you the best choices on the market, and browsing our puppy food section can give you a good idea of the brands that we carry. There are a lot of ways that you can ensure that you give your puppy the best start in life. It’s always better to give your puppy too much variety, sticking to the options that the breeder provides you to start out.
Does my puppy really need Puppy food?
When you own a new puppy it may seem like you have plenty to think about, as well as plenty to buy in order to prepare for your new arrival.
Chew toys, blankets, puppy training pads and even the food they are going to eat. The list can seem to go on and on and so you might wonder if it is necessary to purchase puppy friendly products; here at Time for Paws we know that when it comes to food, puppy really is best!
What is so different about puppy food?
Puppy food, as the name suggests, is a dog food that is specially designed with the delicate needs of your little pooch in mind. Puppies grow at a rather impressive rate and it is important that every inch of them; from their bones, muscles and joints right up to their immune system and internal organs gets everything it needs from the food.
Puppy food is packed full of nutrients some of which are absent from adult dog food. This includes increased levels of protein (up to 30 per cent more in puppy food) to help with those growing parts!;
How long should my puppy eat puppy food?
To make sure that your puppy has the best start to life it is often said that they should be on a puppy food diet until they are a year old. The only reason that you may be told to change their diet to an adult one is if they are developing too quickly and causing themselves health issues. This will be on the recommendation of your vet.
How often should I feed my puppy?
Up until your puppy is 4 months old it will need to eat 4 meals a day. Once they hit the 4 month mark then you can bring it down to 3 times a day and then at 6 months they can eat twice a day.
So what could happen if I choose to feed my puppy adult food?
You might wonder what is the worst that could happen if you choose to feed your puppy adult food? Not only will your puppy be taking in far less of some of the nutrients that it needs but this food also can cause them to have digestive issues. Adult dog food is designed to be digestible by older dogs and is often harder on the sensitive tummies of puppies.
If you choose to feed your puppy dry food then adult kibble is often much larger and has a firmer texture. This can lead to damage to the teeth and jaws of your puppy which may affect them for their entire life.
Here at Time for Paws we love dogs and puppies alike and we want to ensure that the food that you give your pooch is perfect for them. That is why we have put together this article, to ensure you know the importance of puppy food in their development.
You wouldn’t want to eat food that made you feel unwell or was detrimental to your health, so why should your puppy? Take the plunge and purchase puppy food for your pooch and they will thank you for it.
Puppy Feeding Regimes
There are a lot of feeding regimes that you could choose from for your new puppy, some of which include:
- Dry puppy food diets
- Semi-moist or wet puppy food, with or without biscuit mixer
- Home-made puppy food
The best diet that you could offer your puppy should be one that they can digest, producing dark brown, firm, formed stools. Choose a feeding regime based on your puppy and his needs, and you’ll find your feet!
Puppy Feeding Tips
Once you have browsed the options for puppy food on our website, take a look at the feeding tips below!
- Always try to stick to one type of food but make it a good quality type! We carry many brands, from Alpha Sporting Puppy Food to Eukanuba Growing Puppy Food.
- Never leave food down. If it’s uneaten after 20 minutes, take the food away to prevent overfeeding.
- Avoid any sudden dietary changes unless your vet has advised you otherwise.
- If you own a breed that is likely to bloat out, get some advice from your breeder so that you can feed them safely.
- Give your puppy space to eat calmly and slowly. You want to avoid food aggression, which is common if you take the bowl away while they eat.
- While it may look cute in the movies, avoid feeding your puppy from the table. You want to divert attention-seeking behaviors, and you’d rather not have drool all over the table!
Your puppy will be getting used to a new home, so familiar food is a good idea to ensure that they settle well with you. Check out the fantastic brands that we have on the puppy food section of our website; this includes Burns, Iams, James Wellbeloved, Autarky, Naturediet and Natures Menu and you can make the best choice for your new family member.
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Have a look at this article from the Kennel club about how to choose a puppy food.