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Newborn Puppies grow so many times faster than adult dogs and a healthy puppy can burn twice calories compared with an adult dog, so it is more important to provide them complete nutrition to fulfil their energy requirements.
Upto 4 Weeks
There is no need to separate puppies from their mother and feed them anything else other than mother’s milk because they receive complete nutrition and antibodies from their mother’s milk and it is 100 % perfect for their needs. Puppies that leave their mothers sooner have a higher rate of illnesses. If mother doesn’t produce enough milk, you can feed puppy replacement milk. It’s best to contact your vet for puppy replacement milk recommendations.
Puppies of 4 to 8 Weeks
Generally Puppies begin eating solid food when they are three or four weeks old. Puppies have high caloric and nutritional needs and so the food selected should be a high quality brand of puppy food. Manufactured puppy foods are designed to provide a completely balanced combination of the nutrients your puppy requires. Feed your puppy 3-4 times a day. Start with small quantities and gradually increase the amount. It is better to use one part of water with three parts of food, if you choose a dry food.
Puppies of 8 Weeks to 6 Months
Feed your puppy twice a day by dividing his daily food into two meals instead of three or four. By feeding on a set schedule, the puppy will then go to the bathroom on a more set schedule. After 12 weeks your puppy will be teething. Keep feeding him nutritious food twice a day. If they are allowed to overeat, they can consume too many calories, grow too rapidly and develop bone growth problems. Depending on breed, a six month old puppy can require up to twice the daily calorie intake of a two month-old.Advertisement
Treat for your Puppy
When your puppy gets a little older (8 weeks or more), using food rewards is the best way to go. However, treats should make up no more than five percent of your puppy’s daily nutrient intake.
When Stop feeding Dog Puppy Food?
It depends on the dog himself, generally Small, medium and large breeds should stay on puppy food until 12 months although some breeds reach maturity even sooner. Giant breed puppies are considered adults by 18 months of age. It is better to Speak to your vet and get his opinion. Dogs of all ages instead thinking on a puppy, adult or senior they need a balanced, high quality, natural diet. Generally good quality food is going to yield nice and should not have corn and wheat products in the main ingredients.
Tips for Feeding Your Puppies
Feeding your dog at the same time every day will improve your housebreaking efforts and will keep his potty on schedule.
Make sure the first ingredient in your puppy food is meat instead of corn and wheat.
Regardless of your dog’s age, always provide plenty of fresh water available. Keep the bowl clean and change the water atleast once a day.
Changing type and brand of food daily can cause upset stomach so it is better to feed your dog the same type of food every day.
Don't overfeed your dog, if they are allowed to overeat, they can consume too many calories, grow too rapidly and develop bone growth problems.
It is better to use one part of water with three parts of food, if you choose a dry food.Advertisement