Puppy Feeding: A Guide For New Pet Parents
Learn and understand puppy feeding basics, choosing puppy food and feeding schedule of all ages. Read our blog to know more.
Why Do We Need To Concentrate On Puppy Feeding?
Proper and balanced nutrition is absolutely necessary for proper growth and development of the puppy. The first six to eight weeks after a puppy is born, it is vital that it stays with its mother and drinks mother’s milk. Mother’s milk is loaded with all the nutrients and antibodies to develop the puppy’s immune system and provide optimal growth. Around the fifth week you can slowly start to wean the puppy off the mother’s milk and introduce them to puppy food.
How To Choose Puppy Food?
Understand that a puppy has more caloric and nutritional needs. The puppy food should be a good brand and it should provide sufficient calcium, protein, fats, and carbohydrates necessary for the puppy’s growth. Avoid foods that are high in grains, white flour, corn syrup and added dyes. You could also discuss with your veterinarian to choose a brand that will suit your puppy. Puppy food should always be moistened with water before feeding and choose small kibbles.
Puppy Feeding Schedule:
1. Puppies age 6 and 12 weeks: Slowly wean from mother’s milk and introduce to solid food. Puppies can be fed with moistened dry food and introduce in smaller portions. They can be fed 4 times throughout.
2. Puppies between 4 and 6 months: During this age puppies are growing very fast. You need to carefully monitor their food intake. Feeding can be reduced to 3 times a day.
3. Puppies between 6 and 12 months: At this age, it is enough to feed the puppy only twice a day. Watch on the amount of calorie intake so that your puppy does not gain unnecessary weight and become obese.
4. Puppies of twelve months and over: Usually at this age, puppies would be fully grown. Twice a day feeding is sufficient enough with a well balanced diet.
A healthy dog is a happy dog. Always only feed puppy food to puppies and not adult dog food. Talk to your vet for the right quantity as per your pup’s body weight.