Best Ways to Feed Your Dog
How to Feed A Dog: The first 12 to 14 months are absolutely critical when establishing the foundations of a healthy life for your puppy. Inadequate nutrition reduces growth alters mental development and negatively affects your personality. Fortunately it is easy to give them first class nutrition. Make sure that the first ingredient of the food for your puppy is a source of animal protein of superior quality. Dogs come from carnivores although they are able to eat berries and grass but prefer meat. Therefore give your dogs and puppies a food whose main ingredient contains a source of animal protein of superior quality such as chicken or lamb.
Feed the puppies with food formulated specifically for their needs. Puppies require a certain percentage of proteins and fats and optimum levels of minerals and vitamins (levels that differ from the optimal ones for an adult dog). The consistency of the nutritional composition is extremely important. For this reason the top quality food for puppies is ideal. While your teething process lasts add water to the food. This will make it easier to chew. Your gums will be very sensitive and it is quite normal for them to bleed.
- 1 Best Ways to Feed Your Dog
- 2 10 Keys to Feed Your Puppy Correctly
Let your dog always have plenty of fresh water whatever his age. Do not forget to fill the water often. Reduce the number of meals per day to 2 or 3 when your puppy is 3 months old. Puppies do not need to eat as often as 3 months. Feed your adult dog once or twice a day. The hours of feeding should be the same every day it is important to maintain some habits. Do not be tempted by the reduced price of so many varieties of dog food. The price does not dictate the quality. Normally the brands you see in supermarkets may be less rich in their composition so your dog will have to eat more to feed.
If you give your dog superior nutrition you will have less to clean and collect. The feeding of your dog or puppy with nutro will lead to smaller and more compact stools. This is because when food requires easy digestion it is less likely to be expelled in the form of waste. Look for foods that contain sunflower oil, bird fats, or fish oil. These are good sources of LINOLEIC acids essential fatty acids that promote healthy skin and healthy hair. You’ll see that the product consistently provides some of the highest levels of linoleic acid you can find.
10 Keys to Feed Your Puppy Correctly
Giving the best possible feed to our puppy is not a whim or lack of importance but directly influences their optimal development promoting their health and increasing their life expectancy.
You know how to do it? Here are the ten keys to properly feed your puppy.
1. Special for dogs
We know it’s obvious but we should start with the most elementary because just as we would never give a puppy a cat food we should not give food for human consumption: they are perfect for us but not for dogs let alone for the puppies.
2. Quality without skimping
The second key is that the puppy’s food is of quality which is determined by the quality of the raw materials and the treatment they receive during the manufacturing process. Remember that a quality food must provide all the essential nutrients in addition to those that at first glance are not so much but that provide great nutritional benefits. These foods are called nutraceuticals and some are very suitable.
Quality food is also characterized by its high digestibility that is the body assimilates more nutrients in each ration. This allows the ration to be proportionately smaller and the feces to be less bulky.
If digestibility is important so is palatability the term chosen to define how appetizing the food is although it is not the palate of the dog that commands when choosing it but the smell.
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3. Puppy size
Due to the fact that dogs have very different sizes and that this characteristic means that each one has very specific nutritional needs the puppy’s food must be chosen according to its adult size. The classification that we have done in Royal Canin is of five sizes:
- Miniature or X-Small: dogs up to 4 kilos of adult weight
- Small or Mini: dogs up to 10 kilos of adult weight
- Medium or Medium: dogs between 11 and 25 kilos of adult weight
- Large or Maxi: dogs between 26 and 44 kilos of adult weight
- Giant or Giant: category for dogs whose weight exceeds 46 kilos once they have reached adulthood.
4. Race of the puppy
Some breeds are so special that they present certain particularities that determine specific nutritional needs. Even for some of them this type of feeding is recommended since they are puppies. This would be the case of the English Bulldog the German Shepherd or the Rottweiler but there are many more. Check the Breed Health Nutrition section for breeds that need adapted food when they are puppies.
5. Puppy age
From birth puppies go through different phases of growth. From 2 months of age puppies need a food formulated especially for them until they become adults. The only ones that skip this rule are the giant breed puppies which have “two childhoods”: from 2 to 8 months and from 8 months to 18/24 months according to each dog.
6. Respect the recommended serving
Not because the puppy eats more than one high quality food is going to be better fed, quite the contrary. To ensure that we feed our puppy correctly we must respect the recommended ration according to their estimated adult weight which is adjusted as it grows. By the way you will see that as you get older the daily ration should decrease slightly. This is because the puppy still needs a nutrient rich in nutrients but not in the same amount.
The daily ration should also be adjusted to the amount of exercise so a puppy that does a lot of exercise should eat something else. Of course puppies have their limitations when it comes to intense efforts. Be prudent and respect your time of rest which for him is as primordial as playing!
7. Fixed hours
All dogs and puppies are no exception they need routines as homogeneous as possible in all areas of their lives including feeding times. A puppy that eats always at the same times of the day will be less anxious since it ends up learning that its food is punctual. Ah giving food in the same container and in the same place every day helps create healthy eating routines.
8. Goodbye to the supplements
If a puppy receives a high quality food adapted to its age and size it does not need any extra supply of any nutrient. Especially dangerous is the additional contribution of calcium and go with the prizes that suppose an extra contribution of calories.
9. Chop our food?
Never! Do not let yourself be seduced by his little face while you eat or because he asks you. If you fall into temptation you will be lost forever since eliminating the habit of ordering food is one of the most difficult to correct. In addition they are not adapted to your needs either. See if it is important that we have dealt with it in the first point.
10. Water do not miss
According to the nutritionists water is a nutrient and one of the main ones that is why we treat it in this section. Remember that puppies can become dehydrated more easily than adult dogs so they should always have clean fresh water at their disposal. For this reason take water with you when you go out with your puppy especially now that the intense heat begins.
If you want to know which is the most suitable food for your puppy we recommend our nutritional Finder or consult specific foods Vet Care Nutrition Dog within our veterinary physiological range for dogs.