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.