There are a few things to take into consideration when you are creating a well-balanced diet for the new member of your family. Factors like age, size, breed and if they have any genetic pre-disposition can affect the nutritional needs of a puppy. Puppies can start eating four times a day so here are a few things that you need to put into consideration to get that healthy feeding routine to ensure that it grows big and healthy.
There should be a good amount of certain elements when you design your puppy’s nutritional plan. Puppies need a lot of calories as well as a fair amount of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and some small measure of fat. So make sure that you get to see all these in the labels of the dog food you buy.
Puppies have a very high caloric requirement so don’t scrimp on a cheap dog food knock-offs. And yes, there are knock-offs even dog foods. Make sure that you buy from a trusted source and develop a good relationship with your vet.
You need to establish a good feeding schedule that is spaced out evenly. Puppies need to eat four times a day which should drop to a minimum of two as they become adults. So how do you know that you are giving enough calories to your puppy?
First, weigh your puppy in kilograms then multiply it by thirty. Add seven to the result and that is the caloric requirement of your puppy on a daily basis.
Proteins. A healthy puppy generally produce 13 amino acids but they need 23 essential amino acids to grow healthy and strong. The missing 10 amino acids should be provided by their diet so make sure you provide high quality protein sources in your puppy’s diet.
Vitamins. These are extremely important to your puppy’s growth and their body’s chemical reaction. Vitamins A, D, E and K are indispensable part of any growing puppy’s diet and over all health.
Fats. When we say fats, we mean “good fats”. Fats serve as energy sources as well as carbohydrates. Carbohydrates and fats are both good energy sources for puppies but be careful on the levels that you give your puppy. Puppies need these but not too much.
Water. This cannot be stressed enough. Water is essential in many bodily functions from a way to cool themselves to metabolism. Puppies need to receive an acceptable level of hydration regularly so make sure that they have a source of cool, clean water at all times.
Proper puppy food
For obvious reasons, you need to make a big decision when it comes to choosing a puppy food that your puppy will be chowing down on for the next few months. Look for the best puppy food that has a meat based ingredients and stay away from ones that uses vegetables as their protein source.
Dogs are technically omnivores and can survive on vegetables but thrive on meat. You might have chosen a more vegetarian and that is up to you but do not pull your dog into it.
Dogs needs protein and puppies needs a substantial level of calories and that simply cannot be provided by vegetables. Dogs are descendants of wolves after all and I don’t know about you but I have never seen a wolf digging for a carrot.