Tips for a Well-Balanced Puppy Diet

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.

Detailed combination

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.

Feeding schedule

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.

Nutritional values

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.

5 Dog Food Ingredients That May Be Causing Your Dog to Gain Weight

A properly designed diet for both puppy and dogs should give your dog generally good health and minimal, if any weight gain. If you notice that your dog is getting a bit flabby, you might want to check on his diet.

Make sure that you are not feeding him puppy fob because those have a lot higher calorie content that dog food. Now, if you’re sure that it’s not puppy food that your dog is chowing down on, then look at the ingredients.

There are a few ingredients in dog food that causes weight gain and here is some of ‘em.

Starch

StarchStarch is quite common in dog food and is mostly being used as fillers that manufacturers use. It is one of their cost-saving measures and claim that starch provides the amount of carbohydrates that dogs need. It is well-known though that it is one of the biggest contributors to pet weight gain and must be avoided. That is, if you want your dog to stay fit and healthy.

Sucrose

SucroseSucrose is actually included in a lot of dog food brands and surprisingly, can be harmful to dogs. It is a type of sugar that causes dogs to gain weight, be obese and diabetic. Dogs do not need sugar so sucrose is not something that you should ever feed your dog. Always read the ingredients of the dog food that you are buying and look for sucrose.

Beets

BeetrootThis is another way that dog food manufacturers sneak sugar into the mix. Beets looks healthy in the beginning but when you realized that there are huge amounts of it in a bag of dog food, drop that brand.

This is one way that manufacturer save money but later on makes your dog overweight . They save cost while you and your dog pay the price.

Corn syrup

Corn SyrupWhenever you see corn in the ingredients of your dog’s food you should start thinking twice. Dogs do not process sugar so seeing an artificial sweetener like corn syrup in dog food is really pointless. It is also included in most soda and if it causes obesity and diabetes for humans who can technically process sugar efficiently, what do you think it will do to dog that cannot?

Grains

GrainsGrains are mostly carbohydrates and can cause humans to gain weight considerably. So seeing it on the ingredients list of your dog’s food should not make you wonder if your dog will gain some mass. Commercial dog food can contain 30% to 70% of a form of grain which is unsettling knowing that dog food should be predominantly made from meat based products.

These are just some of the know products that causes weight gain on dogs. These are not “harmful chemicals” so it is not really against the law to put it in dog foods but can obviously cause untoward effects. Personally, I would make a homemade dog food or go raw food first before I buy any dog food that has any of the mentioned ingredients above. Protein is what dogs need not sugar or too much fat so there is no reason for these products to even be close to dog foods.