Welcoming a puppy into your home is one of the most joyful experiences you can possibly have. Your whole family lights up at the sight of a cute, wiggly little puppy. However, puppies are a huge responsibility, as many people compare owning a puppy to having a child. If you‘ve adopted a particularly young pet, feeding your puppy is more complicated than feeding an adult dog. Read our guidelines for feeding puppies:
Ideally, puppies should be nursing from their mothers the first six to eight weeks of their lives. However, sometimes mothers get sick or puppies get separated from their mothers. In these cases, you’ll need to bottle feed puppies milk replacers you can find at pet stores.
The last thing you want to do when weaning your puppy is to immediately switch over to solid food cold turkey. Instead, you need to gradually introduce puppy food into your dog’s diet, giving his digestive system time to adjust.
At this stage, you are gradually introducing solid food into your puppy’s diet. You’ll need to feed your puppy about four times a day to meet his nutritional needs.
At this time, you can reduce your feedings to three times a day. If your puppy still appears chubby at twelve weeks, you probably need to reduce your portion sizes.
By this time, reduce feedings to just two times a day. By the time your dog is fixed, he won’t need as much food. Smaller breeds generally switch to fewer feedings when they are seven to nine months old. Larger puppies may not make the switch until 12 to 14 months.
Puppies have different nutritional needs than adult dogs, so don’t feed them adult dog food. Puppy foods are available in both dry food and wet food forms, so which should you go with?
Oftentimes, canned food is tastiest to dogs, but it’s also the most expensive food type. Try to avoid any canned foods that are all meat because they may not meet your puppy’s nutritional requirements.
Dry food, or kibble, is the most economical choice, and you can find healthy dry foods through a little research. No matter which type of food you choose, avoid any foods with meat by-products or corn as the main ingredient.
Large-breed puppies have different nutritional needs than small-breed puppies. If you have a rescue puppy, you may not know how big your puppy will grow. Generally, any adult dogs under twenty pounds are considered small breeds, so feed them food specifically made for small breed puppies.
When it’s time to switch your puppy over to adult food, make the switch gradually to avoid upsetting your dog’s stomach.
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