For your pet to grow healthy, cheerful and happy, you must carefully monitor its nutrition from the very childhood. We don’t advise you to feed the puppy from your table. It’s better for you to cook for it separately. After all, in the first few years of life dog develops bones, teeth, as well as all important functions of the body. With a lack of vitamins and minerals puppy may develop various health problems.
In addition, remember that, for example, a Rottweiler puppy and a Basset can’t be fed the same way. For puppies of different breeds, different weights and degree of activity, there should be a completely different diet.
Periodicity of feeding
Until your pup is 2 months old you should feed it at least 5-6 times a day, then the frequency of feeding should be reduced. Until it’s 5 months old — at least 4 times a day, until 8 months old — 3-4 (depending on the puppy’s activity), when it’s 12 months — 2-3 times a day.
First watch how your pet eats. When you see that he finished eating, remove the bowl until the next feeding. Leave only a bowl of fresh clean water.
The most important item in the menu at any age is meat (any kind except for pork — it contains too much fat). If you are on a budget, you can ask for meat cuttings for dogs in the meat department. They will cost much less than regular pieces of meat. Meat should be in the puppy’s diet every day. But it is harmful to feed a dog with meat alone. Diet must also include fish, vegetables, grains, fruits and dairy products.
Tips on how to balance your puppy’s diet:
- Once a week divide the portion of meat into 2 parts, one cook as usual, and the other feed the pet in raw form.
- 2 times a week, feed the puppy oven-baked fish.
- Make sure that meat or fish is cut into small pieces.
- 1-2 times a week give the puppy some milk and 1 raw egg.
- Feed your pet raw and grinded vegetables and fruits. The earlier you start, the easier it will get used to it.
If you decide to feed your puppy a home cooked diet, the key to success is making every meal balanced.