Before you bring a new puppy in your house, there are several matters to go through regarding their dietary aspects.
Before you bring a new tiny furry friend in your house, there are several matters to go through regarding their dietary aspects. Just like it will pay attention to you and bring you joy, you too will have to look out for its well-being.
Since we’re talking about puppies, we will have to be extra cautious because the care and love they get at that age determine a lot of their characteristics in the future. Just like humans, the types of foods and proportions for growing pups are just as important.
Here are four important tips to keep in mind while considering feed for those cute friends.
First things first: Make sure the puppies you bring at home have not been separated from their mother before 6-8 weeks of age. This way, they are getting the proper nutrition from their mother’s milk thus not compromising their immunity. Also, this motherly intimacy will help to build their behavior and avoid further health and behavioral complications in the future.
A young puppy should be fed at least 3-4 times a day since it will have to keep up with their high-energy behavior. Once they reach six months of age, the feeding should be restricted to twice a day. However, each breed has different needs, for which you should talk to your vet beforehand. Your vet will be able to create a suitable dietary timetable and chart according to your dear pets’ needs.
Avoid overfeeding your pups as it can cause skin, oral, and heart diseases as well as diabetes, arthritis, and even cancer in some dogs. Limit the number of treats to 5% of the entire diet.
2) Search For The Perfect Dog Food
The optimal dog food should contain equally high amounts of protein, calories, and fat to help your pet’s normal growth. Look for the ones containing antioxidants and helpful vitamins that will help your puppy’s immune system.
Puppy food is usually available in wet or dry forms that you will be choosing from based on what your puppy prefers to eat. When researching puppy foods, look for foods that will consist of every nutritional value so you will not have to invest in additional supplements or complementary foods.
3) Know Your Dog Food
Now, your puppy will not want to have the same form of food every day, so make sure you mix and match the types according to its tastes. Here are several forms of puppy food from which you can choose or combine from:
A. Kibble (Dry Food)
This is the cheapest puppy food out there. Since it’s dry, it is easy to store and does not perish easily. Also, crunchy foods keep your puppies’ teeth healthy since it helps in removing the tartar off their pearly whites.
B. Canned (wet food)
Canned foods are convenient, but they are partially nutritious. Make sure you look out for labels that clearly claim that it’s “complete and balanced.”
These foods are good as a “once in a blue moon” treat since they are heavy on preservatives and artificial flavors and colorings. Too much of them may harm your puppies’ health.
D. Home Cooked
If you are skeptical about the ingredients and like to make everything from scratch, you are availed to that option, too, but it consumes a lot of your time and energy, not to mention the costs for the organic products.
This basically consists of raw meat, bones, organs, fruits, and vegetables, and can be beneficial for dogs. Dogs can handle raw diets easily due to their short intestinal tract and strong stomach acids. However, raw diets may not fulfill all the nutrition they need, and there’s a risk of broken teeth from the bones.
F. Veterinary Diet
This is for puppies with special health conditions and is issued by the vet. If your puppy has health concerns to consider, avoid buying foods other than the ones prescribed.
Finally, avoid giving them caffeine, nuts, eggs, and salted foods that are made for humans since it poses a risk of toxicity. Also, try not to give them table scraps since that may make them picky eaters and might affect their behavior, health, and weight when they grow up.
4) Look Out For Food Allergies Before Committing to Any Dog Food
Look out for signs like ear inflammation, dull coats, rashes, chronic gas/diarrhea, vomiting, etc. If any of the signs are seen, it may imply your puppy having an allergic reaction to a specific food you are giving to them. Take them off the diet causing the allergy and see a vet as soon as possible or resort to home remedies.
This might be somewhat painful for your puppy, but you can introduce new foods and try reintroducing old foods after a few weeks to see whether they are having any reactions to it. Only do this when you are confused as to which food is causing this. Dogs are usually allergic to rabbit, beef, chicken, dairy, wheat, and so on.
However, not all of them are the same, and some of the pups even grow out of their food allergies and do not have the same reactions to the food they were allergic to as a pup.
Last but not least, always maintain the basics of keeping a designated place for fresh drinking water and train them to drink from it. Do not forget to thoroughly clean their food and water bowls regularly to avoid bacterial infestation. Opt for aluminium or steel bowls as they are better in the long run since plastic ones have to be replaced every few months.
Welcoming a dog in your family will bring tons of responsibilities along with it. And when it’s a puppy, consider the responsibilities to become twofold. But fret not! With proper research and with the help of our tips, your little furry friend will ease all of your tensions and fill your home with joy. We hope your journey with the new member(s) becomes one of the best journeys of your lives.