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Back To Basics - Managing Your Puppy's Diet

You've got your first puppy, and you want to make sure you give him or her the very best start in life. It's really important to remember that every dog has their own unique requirements and you will get to know what your puppy likes and dislikes, but this may be a learning curve. Just like any baby, your puppy needs balanced, carefully monitored nutrition to help them develop and grow. This means giving them the best start in life possible with the right food that fulfils their nutritional needs. Puppies also have a lot of energy, which means you should provide a diet that sustains them as they grow. A little understanding of your puppy’s nutritional needs can go a long way.

When you first bring home the newest member of your family, try to go by the diet advice of the breeder or previous owner and stick to what the puppy is used to for the first few days, even if you disagree with the choice of diet and are planning to change it. Bringing them home to a new environment is tough enough without having an upset tummy due to a new diet. Instead, transition them over a period of 14 days for less upset. There are literally hundreds of puppy specific diet and a correctly labelled diet specifically for puppies usually has all of the right nutrients they need during this stage.  Ask the advice of your vet, read around topics on the breed of dog you own and choose the food you are most comfortable with. Check meat content and for fillers - it isn't our place to advise on which food to feed but as a natural dog treat, we believe that your dog's diet should be one that is most suited to their lifestyle. Barker and Barker Natural Dog Treats can be fed once your puppy is over 8 weeks of age and remember not to overfeed treats, or your dog can come to expect them!

Puppies grow quickly, but don’t think they always need food because of it. Having food always out can lead to obesity and effect their development and health. Have set meal times at least four times a day that are evenly spread out and ensure you do not exceed the recommended calorie requirement for their age and size (if you are confused about this, your vet or vet nurse will be able to help!. This will of course decrease as the puppy grows older. If your pup doesn’t seem interested in the food, that’s okay. They may just be too busy playing and getting into mischief to eat. There is no need to give treats if they don’t eat though. Barker and Barker treats are great for training but not in place of food! This is a reward and can lead them to be fussy eaters. If your puppy doesn’t eat after a day, then it’s worth having your vet check them out.

Posted On: 15/10/2017

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