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Puppy Basics: Feeding Tips and Tricks
Puppy Basics: Feeding Tips and Tricks

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What To Feed A Puppy?

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As a new puppy parent, you may feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information available on properly feeding your furry friend. But don't worry – we are here to help! In this blog post, we will share tips and tricks on puppy feeding, so your canine companion gets all the nourishment it needs to grow and thrive.

First and foremost, it's important to follow a consistent feeding schedule for puppies. This will help them get used to regular meals and prevent them from developing bad habits like begging for food. It's also essential to choose a high-quality puppy food formulated specifically for their age and size. Look for options containing real, wholesome ingredients and avoid anything packed with fillers or additives.

Overfeeding your puppy can lead to obesity and other health issues. It's also important to pay attention to portion sizes. And if you need help with how much to feed your pup, feel free to ask your veterinarian for guidance.

Puppy feeding chart: A guide to proper portion sizes and meal schedules for your furry friend

Puppies have specific nutritional needs that change as they grow and develop. It is crucial to ensure they get the right amount of food at the right time. Our puppy feeding chart is designed to help you determine the appropriate serving size for your puppy based on age and weight. Following these guidelines ensures that your puppy gets the nutrition it needs to thrive and stay healthy.

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Discover the perfect puppy feeding plan: How much and how many times to feed a puppy

Puppies are energetic and adorable little creatures, but they also require proper nutrition to grow and develop properly. So, how much should you feed a puppy?

Firstly, it's important to consider the size and breed of your puppy. Larger breeds will need more food, while smaller breeds will need less. It's also important to consider the puppy's age. Puppies under 12 weeks of age should be fed four times a day, while puppies over 12 weeks of age should be fed three times a day.

Regarding the amount of food, it's best to follow the guidelines on your puppy's food label. These guidelines are based on the puppy's weight and age and will ensure that your puppy is getting the right amount of nutrients. It's also essential to choose a high-quality puppy food developed specifically for puppies, as this will provide all the nutrients you puppy needs.

It's also important to remember that puppies have small stomachs and may need to eat smaller meals more frequently. If your puppy seems hungry between meals, you can offer them a small, healthy snack, such as a piece of cooked chicken or a small amount of carrot.

In summary, feeding your puppy the right amount of food at the correct time is important. Follow the guidelines on your puppy's food label and choose high-quality puppy food to ensure that your furry friend gets the nutrients required to grow into a healthy dog. Remember to consider your puppy's size and age, and offer small, healthy snacks as needed. Your puppy will grow into a healthy and happy dog with proper feeding.

Transitioning tour puppy to adult food: The right time to make the switch

The general rule of thumb is to switch your puppy to adult food when they reach around 80% of its expected adult size. This usually occurs when it is 12 to 18 months old, depending on the breed. Smaller breeds tend to reach adult size faster, while larger breeds may take longer.

To determine when your puppy is ready for the switch, it's important to pay attention to their body condition and weight. If your puppy is still growing rapidly and has a lot of energy, they are probably still being prepared for adult food. On the other hand, if they are starting to slowdown in growth and seem to be reaching their adult size, it's time to make the switch.

It's also a good idea to consult with your veterinarian for advice on when to switch your puppy to adult food. They can help you determine the best time based on your puppy's specific needs and growth rate.

In general, choosing high-quality adult food that is appropriate for your puppy's size and breed is imperative. Look for a formula rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals to support their overall health and development. With careful planning and attention, you can ensure that your puppy grows into a healthy, happy adult dog.

 

Frequently asked questions on puppy feeding

  1. How many times to feed a puppy?
  2. Puppies should be fed 3-4 times daily until they reach around 4 months old. After that, you can gradually transition them to 2 meals per day. It is important to consult with a veterinarian or a professional in pet nutrition to determine the specific puppy feeding schedule for your puppy based on its breed, age, and size.

  3. How much food do you feed a puppy?
  4. The amount of food you should feed a puppy depends on its size, age, and activity level. It is important to follow the feeding guidelines provided by your puppy's breeder or veterinarian and the recommendations on the back of the puppy food label. It is also important to ensure that the puppy gets enough calories and nutrients to support its growth and development.

  5. What is the proper way to feed a puppy?
  6. The proper way to feed a puppy is to provide them with high-quality puppy food that is specifically formulated for their age and size. It is important to follow the recommended serving sizes and frequency listed on the back of the pack, as overfeeding can lead to obesity and other health issues. Gradually introducing new foods and monitoring the puppy's reaction is important to ensure they can properly digest their meals. It is also important to always provide fresh water to ensure proper hydration.

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  • Choosing the Right Dog Food
    Choosing the Right Dog Food
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    Choosing the Right Dog Food

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    Author: Dr. Diah Pawitri
     

    When visiting the store, dog owners can get overwhelmed by the array of dog food options available, from dry kibble to canned wet food and more. These processed foods may not be appealing to humans, but they contain all the nutrients that dogs need to stay healthy. Like humans, dogs also need a variety of nutrients from their food, not just from meat as their main diet, but also from grains, vegetables, and fruits. This kind of balance is usually weighed by pet food labels in kibbles or wet food in grams for different types of dogs. 
     

    For optimum health, dogs need food that is tailored and customized to their life stages, starting from when they are puppies and all the way into adulthood. Puppies have completely different nutrient needs compared to adult dogs as they are still in their early stages of life. They need enough nutrients to fuel a speedy growth, especially after transitioning away from their mother's milk. Puppies require complete and balanced nutrition with protein to help build their tissues, fats or healthy skin, hair, brain, and vision, carbohydrates for energy, vitamins, minerals, and water.

    The need for balanced nutrients in puppies starts with the mother during pregnancy, followed by lactation and growth. Sufficient nourishment for the mother is pivotal in enhancing the puppies’ growth inside the womb and preparing them for life after birth. Both mother and puppy should receive well-proportioned antioxidants, DHA, and prebiotics to support their health and growth as provided by the IAMS product line, which contains DHA that is essential for puppies' brain development while also supporting the mother's pregnancy and quality of milk produced. 
     

    While puppies need the primary nutrients for growth, adult dog food has a different level of complexity. Adult dog food requires the same make-up of nutrients as puppies do but tailored to their specific needs. Recent research indicates that an adult dog requires at least 10% of its daily calories from protein and at least 5.5% from fat. Adult dogs need quality protein for firm muscles and a healthy immune system. Additionally, an adult diet can contain up to 50% carbohydrates, with fiber ranging from 2.5 to 4.5%. There is no specific prescribed amount of fibre for adult dog consumption daily, however, it is still one of the most important components in dog food to address constipation and support a healthy weight.
     

    Adult dogs in their prime also require a balance in antioxidants to reduce systemic inflammation and restore active muscles. They should receive Vitamin E and C to support their immune system, joint health, and prevent inflammation. As they grow older, they may be exposed to different diseases from diabetes to cancers, which can be prevented by polyphenols.  Parents to adult dogs must acknowledge the most suitable food for their loved one that is comprised of the right amount of nutrients and can look to the IAMS line as they are formulated to support healthy bones and joint health, scientifically proven for healthy digestion with a good fibre and prebiotic blend, as well as antioxidants for a strong immune system.
     

    Besides life stage, balanced nutrition should be adjusted to their breed, which give insight to different factors like weight, mouth size, and energy level. This will then determine the type of kibble and food given. Smaller breeds tend to be more active, requiring the same essential nutrients and prebiotics for a healthy body as well as smaller-sized kibble designed specifically for their smaller mouths. As smaller dogs relatively have a high metabolism, higher levels of protein, fat, and essential fatty acids like omega 3 and omega 6 are some of the important nutrients that should be available in their food. On the other hand, larger breeds require foods that are lower in fat and calories, contain slightly lower levels of calcium and phosphorus, and have a specific balance of calcium-to-phosphorus ratio to support stronger bones and muscles.  Owners can look to products like the small breed line from IAMS, containing 7 essential nutrients to build strong muscles, support their tiny immune system while protecting their healthy skin and coat, and the product line for adults for large breeds.
     

    Dog parents must acknowledge and understand the unique needs, life stage and characteristics in their dog to choose the right dog food so their furry ones can grow into their healthiest selves. Make sure to visit your vet regularly to check these components as well!