What to Feed Your Growing Puppy
What would the Internet be without puppies? (A much darker place we reckon.) There’s just something irresistible about those little fur balls. Must be that perfect combination of clumsiness and innocence all wrapped into one cute package that commands us to press “Like” whenever we see their picture.
Whatever wizardry is at play, what’s certain is that puppies are a lot of work. When they’re not chewing on that electrical cord behind the couch, they’re running around the house teething on the furniture. And with so much time spent worrying about them, it’s easy to lose focus of the essentials – like nutrition.
So to lend a helping paw to the hard-working pet parent like yourself, we’ve put together an easy-to-read guide to help you manage your puppy’s diet.
Puppy Feeding Guideline
Puppy Loves Food
Puppies have unique nutritional requirements that a generic adult formula will probably not satisfy, such as higher levels of protein (25-30%), vitamins (Vitamin A & E) and fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6). So make sure to pick up a high quality puppy formula to properly address your pup’s growing needs.
Feeding Best Practices
If this is your first time taking care of a puppy, here’s what you should know right away: those critters are ravenous (think cuddly gremlins). Resist “free-feeding” them however (overeating can lead to bone growth problems); it’s best to follow the portions listed on the bag and feed them around 3 times a day.
Easy On The Treats
Yes, we understand how tempting it is to spoil your new pup with delicious mouth-watering treats. But you should really avoid doing so. Although they might taste wonderful, they usually lack the nutritional punch those little guys need. Ideally treats shouldn’t make up more than 5% of your puppy’s diet.
What You Should Never Feed Your Puppy
First-time pet parents should know that dogs are prone to eating just about anything—even if it’s toxic for them. Usual suspects include chocolate, candies, grapes, raisins and dairy products. And please don’t give your pooch any bones – they can get lodged in their throats and cause serious damage.