Getting a puppy is something that all kids dream of. Puppies are small bundles of joy that bring happiness to everyone in the family. So, keeping a puppy healthy is crucial for the dog to live out their long life happily. In this article, we will be discussing all there is you need to know about puppy feeding.
How Much Should I Feed My Puppy?
Probably the most misunderstood thing about puppies is whether to feed them a lot or not. One might be more inclined to feed a puppy because of its fast metabolism and very active lifestyle. While the other might avoid doing this because they have small bodies and don’t need much food to eat.
Although there are many puppy feeding charts online, they all seem to vary from different sources. This is because puppy charts have many factors to consider, such as the puppy’s age, weight, and type of breed. So, to get the best results, try to consult with your local veterinarian where they can give the best food amounts for your dog to eat, which leads me to the next topic of every new puppy owner.
What Should I Feed My Puppy?
“What foods should I feed my puppy?”. The nourishment you should feed your puppy differs from the different types of dog breeds. Another factor would be the size of the puppy. But a commonality among these is that you should provide both big and small breeds a diet with protein, phosphorus, and calcium to help them develop more muscular bodies.
Can I Give My Puppy Some Treats?
You could also give your puppy appropriate amounts of treats. You could give them as a reward for learning a new trick or if they behave appropriately around other dogs. Just make sure that the calories they get from treats don’t exceed 5%. And never feed your puppy leftover food from the table because the food we humans consume might be very harmful to our little fur babies. Bones specifically might be the most famous food you think of when feeding your dogs, but to be honest, this is false. Cooked bones tend to break, and because of that, the broken bones might get lodged between the puppy’s mouth, or even worse, damage their throat and intestines.
Wet Food Vs Dry Food
Speaking of dog foods, is wet food better than dry food? There is no one answer to this question as both dry and wet food has their benefits. Such as it does not need to be refrigerated; it’s a lot cheaper and helps aid your puppy’s oral health. In contrast, wet dog foods tend to taste better for dogs and are easier to digest because of their high moisture content. Sources online would recommend a mixture of wet and dry food, but contact your local veterinary for advice to have the best outcome.
When Can I Switch From Puppy To Adult Dog Food?
The last dilemma for fur parents is when to switch between puppy food and adult dog food precisely. Again, this depends on the type of breed your puppy is. Big dogs tend to become adults after two years or more, while small ones become adults officially after nine to ten months.