Just like newly born babies, it is imperative that you feed your puppy just the right kind of food that not only fits the needs of the breed of your little friend, but also his age. Due to the fact that puppies grow up to twenty times faster than their adult counterparts, it is very important that they receive the right kind of dog food that caters for this need.
What kind of food does your puppy need?
As the quality of dog food has exploded over the past twenty or so years, you can be assured that there will be a dog brand out there that caters for your pup’s individual needs. For example, there are many foods out there that contain ingredients that are even eligible for human consumption. As puppies burn up to twice as many calories as adults, puppy food is specialised so that it contains more fatty ingredients which are pertinent for the development of your bow-wow. Orijen Puppy food for example contains foods that are biologically designed to appeal to every single of your pup’s needs.
Dry foods are excellent value and one of the best foods that you can feed your youngling as they are less likely to invoke any allergic reactions; this also means that there are many dog foods that are hypoallergenically tailored to suit individual needs; whether it is to aid a sensitive digestive system or refine the fur of a struggling coat. All of these factors need to be thought through to make sure that your dog remains at the best of health; monitoring your fluff-ball throughout this transition period is a good chance to evaluate how your pup responds to differing food types.
Not all dogs take to dry food straight away, like many animals, they are curious about new foods and tend to take their time to adjust to new things. If you find that your pup is having trouble adjusting to his new food, there are various mixtures available which you can pour onto his food which can then be rationed down so that your dog slowly gets used to the change in his diet.
How much should I feed my puppy?
Not only is the quality of the food that you feed your dog crucial to his health, but also the quantity that he receives during each meal time can affect his health. Just like us humans, if we eat too much food without regular exercise we can store up fatty deposits around our body which are can then lead to harmful side effects.
Usually a cup of dog food will be enough to keep your greedius happy throughout the day. At the age of around two months, it is time to start giving your pup proper dog food and should receive around 4-6 meals a day. As they get older, the amount that your dog receives should lessen with each month until they get to the age of around over six months where they can receive the normal amount of two meals a day. The amount you then feed your still growing pup depends totally upon his size and breed, not instead upon his appetite.
·A dog the size of say, a Chihuahua should receive around ¼ of cup of food per serving.
·A dog the size of a Cocker Spaniel perhaps, should receive 1 to 2 cups of food per serving
·Dogs that are around 30 kilograms and over, such as Great Danes or Mastiffs should receive about 2 to 4 cups of food per serving.
If you’re ever unsure about the amount to feed your dog, it is always a good idea to ask your local vet to make sure that you are not over feeding your pup.