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Puppy food: Puppy nutrition for your new puppies

Every puppy is full of curiosity when it comes to the world around him. But the puppy also needs the required energy in order to be able to explore this world. Almost any manufactured Puppy Food is designed in order to provide the necessary and complete nutrition. All the puppy formulas will contain high levels of quality proteins in order to support healthy organ and tissue development. Essential minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium and phosphorus are added in order to help the growth of strong teeth and bones. Even vitamin D is added so that the calcium is fixed in the bone structure of the puppy. The puppy diet also takes into account the fact that a puppy has a smaller mouth than an adult dog; therefore, the bite-sized kibbles are smaller and almost every manufactured food will make it easier for the puppy to chew. The proper chewing will be followed by the proper release of all the necessary nutrients that are to be found in the food.

The most important time to look after your dog's diet and nutritional needs is when he's a puppy. By the time your puppy is two months old he enters a period of extreme development. His skeleton and muscles seem to add bulk over night and he starts to build an effective immune system. These changes require the perfect balance of nutrients. Any deficiencies at this point can severely affect his future health. That's why he needs a nutritious diet that's specifically formulated for puppies.

Puppies grow 20 times faster than adult dogs and so require a special diet to aid their physical development. A specially formulated growth food is recommended which needs to be fed at evenly spaced intervals to avoid over stretching their small stomachs. Feed your puppy four meals a day up until the age of four months, and then reduce its feed to three meals a day until it is six months old, when you can change to two meals a day, and keep it on this regime for the rest of its life.

There are many different feeding regimes to choose from: dry complete diets, semi-moist or tinned food with or without biscuit mixer, and home-made food. Within this, there are many different qualities. The most suitable diet should be easily digested and produce dark brown, firm, formed stools.

Please remember that stability in the diet will help maintain good digestion. Any change in diet should be made very gradually over at least a week to avoid upset and you should try a new diet for at least 10 days before making any further changes.

Puppy food - Choosing the right puppy food

There are many commercial pet foods available for puppies and the quality of these foods vary. Normally the higher quality foods cost more as they use higher quality ingredients and less fillers. This means your puppy will be able to get more nutrients while consuming less food. During a puppy's growing stage is not the time to try to save money on cheaper pet food or to feed your puppy table scraps. A quality puppy food will have all the necessary vitamins, proteins and nutrients the animal needs. Don't add nutritional supplements to your puppy's diet, Not only is it unnecessary to add nutritional supplements, it could be detrimental to your puppy's health. High-quality puppy food is specifically designed to contain all the nutrients he needs during his growth phase. If you add extra vitamins and minerals, you can upset this nutritional balance. Overdoses of certain nutrients can cause serious health problems.

Premium dry dog food gives you the best value and convenience while providing your dog with high-quality nutrition. Premium dry foods come in a number of bag sizes and formulas suited to size, life stage and activity level. Dry food also helps keep teeth clean and remains fresh for long periods if stored properly.

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