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As soon as a puppy enters your house, it brings joy and happiness to the whole household. The puppies need a lot of extra care and you need to nurture them. Before making it a part of your family, try and educate yourself on the particular breed, their food habits and various other factors. Puppies grow very fast during the first six months. So, feeding them appropriately with balanced amount of essential nutrients becomes very vital.
There are innumerable varieties of dog foods specially formulated for puppies. You should select dog foods which are approved by the AFFCO (American Association of American Feed Control Officials) as they specify the ingredients used during the processing and the feed regulations. Every sealed dog food packets provide this on their label and helps you decide the suitable one for your puppy.
Depending on the consistency, puppy foods are categorized as moist food, dry kibble and semi-moist foods and are available in sealed packets. You also have an option of getting meat-based food for your puppy or can also go for non-meat based foods which are usually made of grains or corns.
Food to meet excess demand
The energy and dietary requirements of a puppy is usually 4 times more than adult dogs, after the 2 months’ weaning period. This excessive demand for nutrients lasts till the puppy is 14 weeks old. Owing to the excessive energy requirements, a diet with balanced proportion of calcium and phosphorus should be provided. The packaged food for your puppy should have at least 30 percent of proteins and 18 percent of fat contents.
Food as per age
Avoid food products that include by-products as they are simply inferior quality fillers that may pose major health issues for your puppy. Other vital nutrients like vitamin C, E and omega3 fatty acids are also necessary for a puppy’s growth in the initial stages. Most of the veterinarians recommend chicken-based food products for puppies. 3 to 5 months prior to adulthood, puppy’s growth pattern slows down considerably. During this stage puppies need to be fed with non-growth formula food products.
Apart from a rightly proportioned food, puppies need to be fed with the right quantity of food at regular intervals. Overfeeding and underfeeding are equally hazardous for a puppy as these may cause serious health problems and affect their growth. You need to understand the breed of your puppy and its specific prerequisites. Each breed requires a separate food habit. Smaller breeds’ food intake is small; therefore they need to be fed almost 4 times a day initially and can be fed thrice a day later. The larger breeds need two complete meals a day.
Homemade is good
You can also prepare homemade meals for your puppies with proper nutritive values. While preparing such foods, be sure that you avoid certain food items which may be harmful for you puppy. Food items like dairy products, chocolates, avocado, garlic, onions, chives, grapes, raisins, macadamia nuts, excessive salt and alcohol should not be a part of your puppy’s food diet. Food products with caffeine and xylitol are known to cause liver problems in puppies. A proper meal with adequate amount of nutrients will surely keep your puppy healthy and active.