5 Tips on Puppy Nutrition

German Shepherd puppy chews on a rawhide.

By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet health insurance agency for dogs and cats. 

Getting a new puppy is a fun, exciting, and at times an overwhelming experience. Puppies require lots of attention, play time, training, health care and proper nutrition. Follow these five steps to ensure that your new puppy stays on track for the best nutrition.

  1. Feed the Right Food – Puppies should eat a commercially prepared puppy food, not an adult dog food. They are growing and their bodies need a different combination of protein, fat and carbohydrates. It is important to feed your puppy only puppy food to keep him healthy. If you have a small breed puppy, be sure to buy small breed puppy food which is easier for little mouths to chew. If you have a large or giant breed puppy such as a Great Dane or Mastiff, be sure to buy large or giant breed puppy food. These breeds require a different amount of calcium and phosphorous for bone growth than smaller dogs, so it is important to feed the right type of puppy food. If you are unsure which type of puppy food you should be feeding, consult your veterinarian.

 

  1. Dental Chews – Puppies love to chew! As dogs age, they get plaque and tartar build up on their teeth. Dental chews can help reduce tooth decay between dental cleanings. If you plan to start giving your puppy dental health chews, make sure the product is certified by the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC). Look for the VOHC Seal of Approval when buying dental chews. Also, be sure to follow the product instructions and do not over feed these chews.

 

  1. Avoid People Food and Cat Food – Although it may be tempting to treat your new puppy to part of your dinner, it is best to avoid feeding any people food. Puppies have do not have fully developed immune systems, so they are very sensitive to a change in diet. They can easily develop diarrhea and vomiting from dairy, meats and sweets. Puppies also need to stay away from cat food. Cat food is very high in fat and protein. Not only can it give puppies an upset stomach, but it can also harm their bone growth.

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Feeding a Puppy – How Much & How Often?

A puppy eats his food.

By Dr. Eva Evans. Dr. Evans is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a nationwide dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Taking care of a new puppy can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to understanding their nutrition needs. One of the most important aspects of taking care of a new puppy involves how much and how often to feed him.

 

When do puppies start eating solid food?

Puppies are typically weaned from their mother around 6-8 weeks of age. Puppies usually start eating solid food around 4 weeks old.

 

How often should I feed my puppy?

Puppies grow fast and they need to eat frequently. It is best to feed your new puppy three to four times per day.

 

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Cat Breed Guide: British Shorthair

A British Shorthair cat with pet insurance from Pets Best.

By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the British Shorthair
Weight:  9-18lb (Females are typically smaller than males)

Points of conformation: Heavy set with a broad chest and short thick limbs and a large round head.  Short muzzle with prominent whisker pads.

Coat: Water-repellent coat is short, dense and soft.  Minimal undercoat.

Color: Any color is accepted except lavender, chocolate and Himalayan.

Grooming needs: low

Origin: British Isles

Behavior Traits: Quiet and undemanding.

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