Feeding a puppy
Get your pup started on the path to a happy and healthy life!
You are all excited - you just brought your new puppy home. You have the crate, dog bed, pee pads, the harness, the leash - and the dog food.
As puppies are in a high growth stage, they have different needs than an adult dog. This means that you should feed a puppy food that is designed for puppies. What I found to be very interesting is that puppy food is not only formulated to meet a puppy’s special nutritional needs, but formulated to limit the puppy’s growth rate. According veterinarian, Dr. Gary Richter, a puppy who grows too fast can be at a greater risk for hip dysplasia as he/she gets older.
A great resource on feeding a puppy is The Ultimate Puppy Feeding Guide . It is packed with all kinds of useful information - what kind of food to get, how much and how often to feed, how to tell if your pup is at a good weight, and my favorite: The 5 Puppy Feed Tips (below).
Don't buy too much food at once - best to buy a 1 month supply
Don't give your puppy human food - this can set the stage for trouble in the future
Transition foods gradually - this avoids a shock to their system
Switch over to adult food around one year of age - this can vary a bit by breed
Set a regular feeding schedule - get those good eating habits in early
With the exception of #4, all of these tips also pertain to adult dogs. I admit that I learned the hard way - not to change food or schedules or I end up cleaning up a big mess.
Feel free to share your thoughts on these tips and check out the guide.
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