Just like your own child, your puppy too needs proper feeding and caring when it is young especially during the phase of its age between 8 and 12 weeks. It is required to be fed at least four times a day during this phase. As the puppy grows older, you may be required to taper your puppy’s feeding frequencies in due course of time. The puppies that are of the age between 3 and 6 months usually need three meals per day. The puppies of age between 6 months and 12 months require to be fed twice per day. It is understood that when the puppy turns 1 year his feeding schedule is further reduced to one meal a day precisely. However, for the grown up and very healthy dogs that are at the risk of swell up should be fed a couple of smaller meals per day instead of one heavy meal daily. The food for the puppies should invariably be the premium dry foods for the well balanced diet.
Such premium dry foods could also be combined with canned dog foods, water or soup. Some of the puppies also love having human’s foods like cooked eggs, fruits, cottage cheese and vegetables etc accompanied with their routine food as the treat. However feeding the puppies with human’s food should be avoided as it may develop unwanted problems in their health like deficit of vitamins, problems with its teeth and bones, may make it obese, developing picky eating habits as well as distressing table manners like begging for foods when some of the family members of the owner is eating his food at the table. Please always ensure that the puppy intakes lots of water and thoroughly clean the utensils used for puppy’s feeding and the foods to be given regularly.
Te nutritional requirements in puppies are not same as the grown up dogs anyway. So try to choose the right food for your puppy that contains all the necessary nutrients like vitamins, proteins, calcium and appropriate amount of calories. The ideal way is to properly check the product label while buying any puppy foods ensuring that the first ingredient in the container is meat and not meat as by-products. The puppy’s eating habits may slightly be disturbed like diminished appetite when it begins teething, which is the natural and quite normal phenomenon in puppies. However, for proper knowledge it is better to consult the veterinarian regarding the puppy’s breed type and feeding habits as even some grown up dogs up to the age of 2 years may need to be fed the puppy’s foods.
The puppy should not be fed same food product on daily basis as it may cause him the digestive problems, upset stomach or diarrhoea. Also the puppy’s digestive system usually do not accept the change in feeding schedules so better try to maintain the same schedules everyday for the puppy’s better health conditions. Even if the puppy looks sad and hungry try to avoid over-feeding him for the health reasons. Change the type and brand of its food regularly as it keeps on growing.