When you first bring home your puppy, initially it is best to continue to feed the same food that it was fed by the breeder to avoid unsettling its stomach. If you decide to change your puppy's food this should be done gradually over a period of about 2 weeks. We recommend a complete diet that is specifically designed for puppies. The calories and nutrients required by growing puppies are very different from those required by an older dog.
- If a puppy eats too quickly it can make them sick. You can help your puppy eat more slowly by using a feeding toy. These make the puppy work harder to access its food. They are also good for mental stimulation.
- Avoid giving your puppy milk. It contains extra calories and can cause diarrhoea, and if already feeding a complete diet, the extra calcium will affect the nutrient balance. Thisis especially important for giant breed dogs.
- Keep older pets away from the puppy's food and vice versa.
How often to feed?
- Initially, puppies need four meals a day but this can be reduced to three a day at about 12 weeks. At six months, they can have two meals a day, which can continue for the rest of their life.
- Giant dogs will need 5 meals a day initially and this can be reduced at 12 weeks to 4 meals per day.
- Always ensure that your puppy has access to fresh clean water.
What treats can I feed my puppy?
- If you're feeding your puppy a complete diet it does not need any extra food in the form of treats. Treats mean extra calories which will lead to excess weight if your puppy isn't exercised enough.
- If you do give your dog food treats it is best to take it out of his daily food ration or you could use carrot sticks.
- You don’t need to use food to show dogs that you love them. Dogs enjoy games, walks and affection.
For more information please speak with one of our veterinary nurses.