So you have just made a wonderful decision, you have decided to welcome a puppy into your home. But how do you care for your new bundle of cute and cuddly joy? There are many things to consider and multiple decisions to be made. First up – food! What should you feed your puppy?
What Should I Feed My Puppy?
As you consider what type of food you should feed your new puppy, it is important to bear in mind the food they have been eating up to this point. When you collect your puppy ask what they are currently eating. It’s important to keep them on this food for at least a week before you consider changing it. The most important thing to remember when feeding puppies is that their digestive systems are still developing – so they are prone to upset tummies. If you decide to switch your puppies food you should try an ultra-digestible feed, designed specifically for puppies. Changing your puppies food should be done gradually by mixing the old and new foods together (check out our blog post on this topic here).
How Often Should I Feed My Puppy?
You should feed your puppy 3 – 4 times a day so that their tummy doesn’t get overloaded. Divide the daily amount of food (the pack will tell you how much you should feed per day) into 3 – 4 portions and feed your puppy their meals at regular intervals. At 6 months, you can feed your pooch 2 – 3 times per day.
How Important Is Nutrition?
Nutrition is very important in a dogs life. In the early years a puppy is constantly growing and developing. Hence, it is important that they are fed a nutrient rich and balanced diet until they reach their adult body weight. Dogs will reach their adult body weight at different ages, dependent on their breed and size. Hence, dogs have varying nutritional needs throughout their growth period. Your puppy’s growth period could be anything from 10 months (small dogs) to 2 years (large dogs). Smaller dogs have a short and rapid growth period. They require a diet high in protein and energy. Conversely, large dogs have a long and slow growth period. Although they still require a high protein content, the overall energy content needed is much lower than that of a small dog.
Check The Ingredients:
All of the information you need to know in relation to nutrition can be found in the ‘ingredients’ section of your dog food package. The average “supermarket” puppy food will contain about 30 ingredients. On the other hand, a tailor-made and nutrient-rich food will contain around 50 carefully selected nutrients. Such a food provides the right combination of ultra-digestible proteins, carbohydrates, fats and added vitamin and mineral complexes to safeguard your puppy’s current and future health.
Royal Canin combine scientific and nutritional research to provide tailor-made, puppy nutrition for dogs based on size, age, lifestyle and breed.