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How to Feed your Puppy?

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How to Feed your Puppy?

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It is quite an uphill task to decide how much and how often to feed your puppy particularly for owners who are newbies and lack the instinctual process of deciding what is right and what is not.

Keeping the instincts aside, there are always tons of guidelines to look for, before coming to a conclusion. What should I feed my puppy? What should I not feed my puppy? How often should I feed my puppy? These are the most common doubts that owners worry about. You are on the right track if these questions bother you. Don’t worry; it is all a part of petting J

I will try answering these questions for you in a very simple way. Knowing the nuances of taking care of a dog doesn’t happen overnight. It is something people learn over a lifetime. However, knowing the basics will put you on the journey. In this article, I will answer these three questions in the parlance that my readers understand easily eliminating the scientific intricacies as much as possible.

So, what should you feed your puppy and what not to?

The first thing to remember is that a puppy’s food and nutritional requirements are way different than that of a grown-up dog.  This is because a growing puppy, particularly during the first six months and one year requires food with high calorific content. It not only aids proper growth but also supports the active lifestyle of a puppy. A grown-up dog requires food for maintenance and not growth which means fewer calories. A high-calorie-dense food full of good fats and proteins is what your puppy needs.

If you closely look at your puppy’s dental arrangement, you should be able to observe how sharp the teeth are. This implies their carnivorous dietary habit. This is exactly why you should feed your puppy real meat. Always look for animal-based protein in the puppy food you buy and not proteins of plant origin. Apart from proteins, fats are another important requirement that should be met to ensure a healthy balance in your puppy’s diet. Puppy food broadly comes in three varieties – Solid, semi-moist, and moist. Out of them, solid kibble is best for a puppy because of its high-fat content. For all that jumping and running your Lil one does, it after all deserves those fats.

After proteins and fats, calcium is in the queue. The tricky part is here. Too much calcium or too little calcium both are harmful to puppies. Calcium is an important factor in the bone development of the puppy and hence you must always look for standard puppy food which ensures the right amount of calcium.

Carbohydrates are the least important when it comes to your puppy food requirements. High amounts of carbohydrates tend to get converted into stored fat which makes your puppy unnecessarily fat. This might later cause health issues like arthritis or hip dysplasia in dogs that have a genetic predisposition to these problems. So carbohydrates are a big no-no!!

Apart from the fact that the requirements of a puppy and dog are different, it is also important to remember that a man’s and a dog’s food requirements are way different too. The worst thing you could be doing to your puppy’s digestive tract is feeding the leftovers at home. NO! Strictly serve only dog food or rather puppy food to your puppy.

The next thing you would want to know is how many times to feed the puppy?

Unless otherwise suggested by a vet, it would be appropriate to feed your dog three to four times a day. It is always better to maintain a fixed schedule and a fixed measurement. The approximate intake that puppies require is somewhere between 800 to 1000 calories a day. Divide the calorie intake by three or four meals and serve the puppy at regular intervals. This instills regular food habits in the puppy which eventually helps you in training it to poop properly also. Generally, every meal is followed by a pooping session in puppies. This time management helps you take him out to poop at your convenience and also brings about harmony in the puppy’s digestion process.

The calorie intake obviously differs from puppy to puppy. Parameters like breed, age, your puppy’s likes, and dislikes, and its lifestyle should all be kept in mind before deciding what goes inside that bowl!

P.S – DO NOT forget to hydrate your puppy sufficiently. Feeding it properly is just not enough. Always provide the puppy with a good amount of clean fresh water which will keep it active and fresh all the time.

Keep these basic instructions in mind, while I prepare something more precise for my readers. I will discuss how to calculate the calories that you should be serving your puppy to ensure the ideal body weight. Happy petting!!

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