How to Feed Puppies
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How to Feed Puppies
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Having a brand new puppy at home can be a ton of fun but it also requires a lot of work. It is important to know what and how much food to feed your puppy in order to keep him happy and healthy. Puppies just like human babies need proper nutrition for normal healthy growth and development. Making the right choices about your new puppys nutrition will help you to get him off to a good start. Learn about a puppys nutritional needs. Puppies have a lot of growing to do so theirrequire more calcium protein and calories than andog. Therefore it is essential to feed your puppy food that is meant for puppies and identified on the label as food for Growth.
Choose a brand of dog food that uses high quality ingredients. The first ingredients on the list should be a meat protein like chicken or beef and not a grain like corn or wheat. The caloric content of the food is often found on the manufacturers website and not on the bag. There will be information on the protein fat and fiber in the nutrient analysis section. Most puppies are fed a diet in the mid 20 to 30percent protein range. 8
Use a body condition scoring system BCS. A BCS will help you determine whether your puppy ordog is at a healthy weight. A dog that is neither under nor overweight will have ribs that are not visible but easily palpated with the flat of your hand. It will also have a nice waist just in front of the hips and a flank tuck when viewed from the side.
Provide the right amount of food. The amount of food that you feed a puppy has an impact on its lifespan. Puppies that are overweight in their first year of life may potentially die 2 3 years ahead of their lean littermates.Use the suggested feeding quantities on your puppys food package as a starting point but then assess your puppys body score on a weekly basis.
Talk to your veterinarian. If you want to make sure that you are feeding your puppy the right type and amount of food talk to your veterinarian. The dog food bag may offer some guidelines but it is impossible for the dog food manufacturer to be able to tailor their recommendations for each individual dog. Your veterinarian may be able to make a recommendation based on your puppys specific needs.The best food to feed is a high quality commercial kibble designed for puppies
The best time for your puppy's first meal is around 7 a
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