A puppy diet should be different from a dog diet. While a puppy’s nutritional needs differ from that of adult dogs, the size per serving and the number of meals per day differ too. It is common for new pet owners to mistake the care and needs of a puppy with a grown dog.
While a puppy’s nutritional needs differ from that of adult dogs, the size per serving and the number of meals per day differs too.It is common for new pet owners to mistake the care and needs of a puppy with a grown dog.
Give your puppy some time to warm up to his new home!
Wondering how to feed your puppy when it refuses to eat initially? Firstly, don’t worry. Mostly this is due to the change of place. Be gentle and give your puppy some time to get used to his new home. Only if the problem persists longer than a few days, talk to your vet.
Puppies have fragile digestive systems. Therefore, the transition from old food to new food needs to be a slow and gradual process. Mix the new food with the old food in small amounts, increasing the amounts everyday. Continue this till your puppy’s diet only contains the new food.
Say a no-no to snacking.
Care about puppy nutrition? Then avoid giving your puppy snacks and other supplies in between meals. This will upset his diet and lead to excessive weight gain. And it will also encourage pet quirks such as begging for food between meals.
Their nose knows.
Puppies are more sensitive to smell than taste. Their sense of smell is more developed than humans. They can distinguish between four basic flavours: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. The aromas play an important role in determining the food your puppy likes. Thus, you need not worry about constantly changing your puppy’s diet.
#FoodFact: Distinguishing taste is due to the presence of taste receptors on the surface of the tongue. While humans have 9,000 taste buds, dogs have only 1,700 on an average.
Small tummy! Small meals!
While dogs only require two meals a day, puppies should be given several small meals. Depending on your puppy’s age, the meals should be scheduled at fixed times. Up to 3 meals a day can be given for puppies that are 4 months old.
In all, overfeeding or going off diet can be harmful to your puppy’s health. Before feeding your puppy, review the serving guidelines and measure each portion accordingly.
Fresh and clean!
Make sure your puppy always has access to a bowl of fresh clean water. Change the water regularly as puppies tend to play with it, which in turn dirties the water.
Everybody loves a well-mannered dog.
It is important for your puppy to acquire good eating habits at a young age. Make a separate place in your house, only for your puppy’s meals. Always place his food and water bowl in the same location. This way, he will know where to find fresh water and food during mealtime.
The transition from puppy to adulthood.
To prepare you for the later stages of your puppy’s life, we will now discuss the transition period from puppy to adulthood. As stated earlier, puppy food is different from dog food. Make sure the puppy feeding chart is specific to his lifecycle.
The transition from new food to old food should be a gradual process that takes place over a period of 7 days.
On the first day, start by mixing your puppy’s regular food with 25% new food. Every alternate day, increase the percentage of new food by 25 %. This slow transition will help promote a healthy digestive system during the diet change.
When you keep a dog, you gain a faithful companion for life. Use this puppy food chart to take good care of your dog and give your dog the healthy and happy life he deserves.