Nutrition for Puppies

When you bring the new puppy home, the first thing you will want to do is feed it. What kind of food do you use? What are its nutritional requirements? Will it like what you give it? Make sure your vet is involved in its diet planning.

Again, make sure the dog's food is healthy and tasty. Try to find something for the stage of life it is in. For example, if it is a puppy, buy it puppy food. Decide on what you are going to feed it before you bring it home. This prevents last minute decisions that might not be healthy for your pet.

Dry food is quite popular. It is easy to store and usually tastes great. It is also good for helping keep the teeth of your pet clean.

Soft and moist foods are great for your dog to eat because it will eat most of the food and get the added nutrition.

Canned foods have the highest water content. These also contain less nutrition, so you may need to feed your dog more than usual to equal out the nutrition they may need.

Look at the levels of vitamins and crude materials on the label. Is there enough fat, protein, calories and other nutrients? Is the food tasty and is the price too expensive? These are things to consider when buying puppy food.

If your dog becomes finicky and will only eat certain things, this is sometimes due to change in diet. Allow the dog time to adjust. If it still won't eat, try a new food. If it still doesn't cooperate, you may need to take it to the vet for a check-up to make sure nothing is wrong.

Some people feed their dogs from the table. This is like in between meal snacking and it kills the dog's appetite when it is time for it to eat its food. So, avoid feeding the dog off the table.
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