Food for Puppies

Feeding Puppies: Weaning to Two Months

Mostly, when you take a new pup it will have already been weaned and so it is unlikely that you’ll need anything specifically from us, but this quick guide will be of use in case. As always, if you have taken charge of a very young puppy, we recommend speaking to a vet or seeking advice from an organisation such as the RSPCA.

Very young pups will feed exclusively on their mother’s milk until around the 4th week, at which point you can start to introduce food to their diet. Don’t just give them normal food though. If you’re using a dry dog food, mash it with a little bit of warm water until it has the same texture as porridge.

Your pup should start eating straight away with no problem, and will eat around 4 small meals per day along with still taking mum’s milk. They will start to eat more food over the next 10 days or so and their mother’s milk production will start to decrease at the same rate.

From 5-6 weeks of age, you can start to introduce normal dry dog food to your pup.

Feeding Puppies: two months to adulthood

As your pup makes the move to adulthood at around a year old, their dietary needs are essentially the same as an adult dog. Like fully grown dogs, a puppy’s diet requires a mix heavy in protein and light in carbohydrates. The best way to deliver this is through red meat – particularly lamb, beef, and venison. Red meat for dogs can be expensive, and so the next best source of protein is poultry. The poultry used in puppy food is much the same as you would expect to find in a human diet; plenty of turkey and chicken.

Fish is also a decent source of protein, but as it has a much greater water content than animal meat it is generally fed as a supplement to red meat. Fishy oils are great for your pup’s bones and fur, as they contain the necessary nutrients to promote health.

Finally, as per their adult counterparts, dog food designed for puppies is often enriched with vegetables. While vegetables are not a natural part of a young dog’s diet, they do contain an abundance of nutrients that can aid health. In particular vitamins C and D are beneficial to your pup’s digestive health. M micronutrients such as potassium, manganese and chromium are present in all kinds of vegetables such as carrots, as well as fibre (although the fibre content of veg is inferior to meat for dogs’ digestive systems).

One thing you will notice is that your young puppy will eat more frequently than an adult dog. As with adult dogs, it is important to establish a good routine. Younger dogs may need as many as four smaller meals during a day.

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