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Feeding puppy a balanced diet

Friday, October 12, 2012
posted by Jim Murphy

If you’ve just adopted a new puppy, you must feed him carefully to ensure his proper development and growth. I’ve put together some guidelines for you to follow:

  • When you purchase puppy food, the package should mention both AAFCO ( The Association of American Feeding Control Officials) and Animal feeding trials or tests. This should appear on the package or label. Most high-quality commercial dog foods provide the recommended amounts of nutrients.
  • Soften the food for your pup by adding warm water or a commercially prepared milk replacement.
  • Feed the pup three to four times a day until he is 5 to 6 months of age.
  • Consult with your Vet to find out the correct amount to feed your pup at each feeding. Sometimes the package will provide guidelines based on your puppy’ size but I would still check with your Vet.
  • Avoid overfeeding.
  • If your pup is a large breed, use dog food specifically designed for this type of dog. This will encourage slow growth. Feed him puppy food for 12 – 18 months.
  • Watch your pups weight gain. Puppies should gain between 2 and 4 grams per day during the first five months of life.
  • After the your dog is 6 months of age, feed him twice a day for the rest of his life.
  • Avoid feeding puppies cottage cheese, yogurt, commercial vitamins and minerals as they will not balance well with a commercial dog food diet.
  • Excess dietary supplements cause nutritional imbalance and medical disorders, and some vitamins and minerals are toxic in high dosages. Feeding puppies too much calcium can cause skeletal diseases.

If you have any questions, always consult with your Veterinarian.

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