Feeding a puppy
How long is a dog given puppy food? What should be considered when feeding a puppy? How much food should be given to a puppy?
Puppy feeding is an important part of a dog's growth and development, which is why special attention should be paid to puppy feeding.
UP TO WHAT AGE SHOULD DOGS BE FED PUPPY FOOD?
Feeding a puppy means feeding a growing dog. Small dog breeds develop into adults clearly faster than large dogs. Small dogs are adults at 10–12 months of age, while large dogs are not adults until at 1.5–2 years of age. There are also individual differences in growth and development, which also affect the dog’s need for nutrition.
During the first vaccination visits to the veterinarian, it is recommended that the veterinarian assess the suitability of your puppy's diet.
NUMBER OF MEALS FOR A PUPPY?
When moving home from the breeder, 8–10 week-old puppies are fed 3–4 times a day until the age of about six months.
Routines are important for a puppy, which is why the aim is to always give the puppy food at the same times. It is also a good idea to have a routine to the rest of the life rhythm, which creates security for the puppy.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD SHOULD YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR PUPPY?
Puppy food should usually be high in energy and protein and contain the right amount of lime and phosphorus. Balanced feeding of a puppy is easiest to accomplish using ready-made foods designed specifically for puppies, as well as strictly following feeding instructions. If a puppy is fed home food and/or raw food, it should be checked that the puppy gets all the energy, protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, trace elements and especially minerals from the food. Fresh water should always be available.
It is important to give puppies food designed for puppies, as the food of an adult dog is not nutritious enough for the puppy. However, from the point of view of digestive development, it is good to give the puppy's intestines various stimuli. So you can safely replace about 10% of your puppy's daily food ration with, for example, PrimaDog -wet foods, such as meals or dog sausages.
When a puppy moves home from the breeder, it is a good idea to first feed the same food as the breeder has given the puppy. Moving to a new environment is always a big change and cause of stress for the dog. The food used by the breeder can be changed to other suitable dog food in stages over several days to avoid indigestion. Read more about a life with puppies.
Get to know PrimaDog puppy foods!
In the PrimaDog range, you will find two puppy foods, one of which is designed with the special needs of small breeds in mind. PrimaDog puppy foods are wheat-free and meaty complete foods that support the growth of your puppy. The puppy foods are high in energy, and contain the right amount of calcium, phosphorus and vitamins for the puppy. Puppy foods are also well suited for pregnant and suckling bitches.