New Dog Owners: What And When To Feed Your Dog
Bringing home a puppy and having this new addition in your life is a wonderful thing. However, it can also be an adjustment that you and your family have to get used to. Being aware of their constant development and ever-changing nutritional needs is one of the best ways to keep them on track for a healthy and balanced life.
What Should I Feed My Pup As Soon As I Bring It Home?
When getting your pooch home from the dog breeder or shelter, you should start by feeding them the same food as they were previously on. This is only for a few days to allow the puppy to settle in. They have already been through a major upheaval, so you don’t want to make too many changes at one time. Changing your pup’s food too quickly can result in a number of issues, such as an upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea, so it is important to treat this change as a gradual process. Begin by mixing a small amount of the new food with the old, making sure to gradually increase the amount of new food over a period of a week. This way, your puppy will get used to the new flavours and textures of the new food, without any discomfort or tummy troubles.
How To Choose The Right Food For Your Puppy
The correct diet for your puppy should be high in fat, rich in protein and high in calories. Having all of these above will help to nurture and maintain your pups growth and development as they move from the puppy stage to adulthood.
Make sure that you read the packaging thoroughly. Try to find a food that not only contains high amounts of protein, fat and calories, but also contains immune system-boosting vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Puppy food comes in both wet and dry forms, so it is really down to what your puppy prefers. Dry food is made up of small pieces known as kibble, which is great for the teeth, keeps well and is easy to serve. However, if you find that your puppy isn’t getting enough water, then maybe the wet food option is for you. If you want to jazz up your puppy’s meals, then maybe try mixing them both together, to get the best of both worlds.
Make sure to do your research to find what will help your puppy grow and develop to the best of his or her ability. Make sure you look at ‘complete’ food options, which means that it has everything needed, so your pup will not require any additional food or supplements.
As your puppy grows and reaches adulthood, their diet will need to change. Once your dog reaches somewhere between 1-2 years (depending on your dog’s size and breed) they will require a totally different level of nutrients than when he or she was a pup.
How Often Should I Feed My Pup?
From the beginning, puppies should be fed roughly 3 to 4 times a day. If however, you have started feeding your puppy ¾ of a cup of puppy food twice daily, then try giving ½ a cup of food 3 times a day. Remember that your pup is only small and smaller meals are easier to digest as well as kinder on the stomach. It is very similar to humans, if you have little and often, it will prevent peaks and troughs with your energy levels as well as your blood sugar levels. Once the puppy gets a bit older and is around 6 months old, then you can move onto feeding twice a day, depending on what type of breed your puppy is.
When Should My Pup Move On From Puppy Food?
Puppy food is very high in proteins, fats and calories, so keeping your dog on this kind of food once it reaches maturity is not a great idea. Of course due to individual differences, there is no set age in which to change your dog’s food.
However, the general rule of thumb is that the smaller your dog’s breed is, the faster it will reach maturity. Once your dog does reach maturity, then change their food slowly, the same way you did when you first got them home from the shelter or breeder.
Slowly change their food, adding a little of the new food into the old, spreading this out for around a week or two.
Can I Give My Puppy Treats?
Finding the right kind of treat can be hard, however not to worry, we have created one which is not only high in protein, high in omega 3’s, allergen free but is also perfect in maintaining oral health of your pup.
Most Aussie dog owners will know how beneficial Kangaroo meat is for their dog, so here are the benefits of choosing Roo Tendons as your puppy’s snack;
- 100% natural – Kangaroo tendons have no additives, no harmful ingredients and no preservatives, unlike most pet treats available.
- Cures boredom– If your puppy is bored or restless, why not try one of these treats that will keep them busy for hours?
- Easy and Convenient– all you have to do is grab and go with no mess and no fuss.
- Suitable for all– Roo tendons are perfect for all breeds and sizes of dog.
- Rich in protein – Essential for optimal dog health as well as development.
- Allergen Free– If your puppy is feeling seasonal allergies; this treat will help alleviate some of their symptoms.
- High in Omega 3’s– Kangaroo meat is high in omega 3’s, which is perfect for your pup for the development of healthy skin, coat and immune system.
- Great for optimum dental health – not only is kangaroo meat great for your dog’s teeth; it will help keep your pup’s teeth clean and their breath smelling fresh.
The reality is that if you are feeding your pet store-bought treats, you really have no idea what you’re giving to your pup and could be jeopardizing their health in the long run. So don’t take my word for it, see it for yourself!