Puppys: Looking After your Pup in Those First Few Months
It’s a well known fact that keeping a pet such as a dog can help improve our lives, our health and can even sustain the health of our minds during old age; Plus, keeping a dog has even been prov
en to prolong the need of care homes. That’s why it is imperative that we look after our faithful pets throughout their long and happy lives. Whether your hound is in the spring of his youth or finds himself within the sunny years of old age, it is important to get just the right dog food for him or her.
Three to four weeks of age
If for example, your young pup is around three to four weeks of age, it is time to start feeding solid dog food to your pet, though it is best at first to mix it with water or puppy replacement milk so that it is easier for your pup to digest. Not only this but the food should also cater for his age group that provides all the required nutrients, vitamins and protein.
As puppies are naturally carnivorous, it is important that they are given meats to supplement this need. Foods with well sourced, natural chicken are vitally important to your young dog as the protein levels within the food provide strong tissue, organ and muscle development which is imperative for any growing animal. Of course, every owner wants a spritely, intelligent and responsive dog; that is why the addition of vitamin E is vitally important for your dog to develop his brain and develop his natural mental ability. If you want your dog to help around the house or on the farm during his adult years, a strong supply of vitamin E throughout his youth is imperative for mental growth.
Six to eight weeks
Whilst your dog is between the ages of six to eight weeks it is important to make sure that your friend is fed around three to four times a day until around the ninth week when you can start feeding him to the average twice a day feed. If you start your dog off with dry food and he does not take to it straight away, instead of changing brands it might be an idea to continue mixing his food with water. Once that he is happy with this, start adding a little less liquid into the food until he is perfectly happy with 100% dry food; of course, if you wish to treat your hound occasionally, you’ll be glad to know that you can add specially formulated gravy mix to his food.
At around three to six months your dog may also start teething. Much like humans, this can be a painful and frustrating time period. Whilst this is happening you may find that your dog has lost his appetite; it is important however, to keep offering him nutritious food that will help speed the process along.
If your dog is going through his teething period you may find your favourite slippers in tatters or your new furniture a little worse for wear. Although most people excuse this as naughty or unruly behaviour, it is simply the affects of painful gums and your dog trying to help push the teeth through. Due to this, you can also find specially designed toys and snacks made for puppies with teething difficulties; they could just save the life of your Christmas slippers.
Sixth Months old
Once your puppy is past his painful teething stage and is now around six months to a year old, it is still important to remember that although your dog looks fully grown, like the teens of our own human years, he is still a young puppy. High quality food packed with the same nutrition that he has been receiving throughout his first few months is vitally important to make sure that he makes the transition from pup to adult with the slightest of ease. A lot of food brands within our range now contain chicken meat that is graded for human consumption; this is a perfect food source for your puppy.
After around a year or so, it may be time to start feeding him food that is specially formulated for adult consumption; many of these dishes can now be found within our quality dog food brands and all of which are of the highest quality available on the market.