Know what an adult of the breed looks like
The pet owners must know how the puppy should look when it turns into an adult. To provide the best care, research online to understand its growth cycle and assess the size of your puppy. It is one of the most important aspects of providing the perfect nutrition to the puppy. Different breed puppies develop in different ways at several stages. It is always a good idea to keep a weight check on your puppy throughout their growth. Every breed is different in terms of growth.
Growth and development stages
The development in dogs only happens in the initial year of their life. Only about 5-10% of their life compounds to growing years. Small breeds reach maturity more quickly; in about six months, whereas big dogs take about a year to reach maturity. The first half of their growth phase is the critical period as their internal organs and tissues develop in that stage. Along with the brain, immune and digestive systems that are critical for a functioning body. Hence, it is obvious, that nutrition has to be optimum at this stage because any deficiency in the growing years can lead to severe conditions.
The second phase of growth is when the puppy starts to gain some weight. Its muscles get built, and the bones start to strengthen. The diet in this phase must be calcium and protein balanced since they support muscle and bone development.
The final stage is cognitive development. In this stage, the dog learns a lot about its environment. Its brain is very active, and the exposure to new things tingles the curiosity.
Variety of food
Dogs do not need a variety of food but a balanced diet. Food is a mere survival need for them and not entertainment. They do not find variety in their food appealing. We, as pet parents, have blurred the lines between our dos and us, but the food is just a function for the dog. Hence, variety does not matter.
Breed-Specific food brands
There are a lot of food brands that target specific breeds. But all dog breeds need the same amount and quality of nutrition. The same food recipes or food brands work well for almost all of them. However, puppies require different kinds of food than adults. They need extra care in terms of nutrition, otherwise, it is the same for the breeds.
What if you feed a variety of food to a puppy?
It potentially can make them a fussy eater. A dog’s digestive system is not like the human one, and it gets used to the same ingredients and nutrients. Feeding a variety of food will put more stress on the dog’s digestive system. The system gets developed in a particular way when you keep feeding the same food. Hence, a constantly changing diet will cause frequently upset stomach and make your dog a picky eater.
Baby food- yes or no?
A lot of pet parents feed baby food to their puppies, but that can cause a lot of problems. The baby formula is highly concentrated and suitable for a puppy. The nutritional requirements of a dog are completely different from a baby. Until your vet prescribes a particular baby food, it is smart to keep it away from your puppy dog.
The preservatives in Kibbles.
The packaged pet foods contain preservatives as it increases the shelf life. However, good brands might add preservatives in very low or zero concentration. Pet owners are concerned about the effect of regularly feeding preservatives on the dog. The best will be to check the pack and assess what the food contains and are the added preservatives safe for your dog.
Perfect nutrition levels
Dogs require 42 essential nutrients in their diet in various concentrations. Even though they may not need all of them regularly but they must be stored in their bodies. A balanced diet provided all these nutrients in perfect amounts. The balance is what makes a dog healthy and live long.
Belly, Bowel, and Bone formula
To assess if your dog is healthy, use the Belly, Bowel, and Bone formula. Since these are the three key points of a puppy’s development, they can be the health indicators. Belly as in the size of the dog. Feel your dog’s belly to check if it is doing okay. The bowel is another great indication of how the puppy is doing. A good bowel movement indicates a healthy dog. The bone structure will help you assess the growth of the dog. If you suspect a fragile bone structure, then probably your dog has a calcium deficiency.
Feeding supplements to puppies
Puppies do not *need* dietary nutritional supplements as long as you are feeding them good quality and nutritionally complete food. If you believe your dog’s diet is not nutritionally fulfilling, then you may add some supplements to the diet. Consult a vet about the need and choice of nutritional supplements.
Soaking the kibble for puppies?
It is a good idea for puppies since they are young, and that way, you can introduce your dog to dry food. Soak the kibble in warm food for about 10-15 minutes as it activities the aroma and entices the puppy to eat the food. You may soak the kibble for adult dogs, too, in summers. It aids in stimulating hunger.
Boiled eggs and yogurts
Yogurt and eggs have been a question for many pet parents since they have pros and cons both. The key is balance. Eggs and Liver have the highest palatability, while yogurt dilutes the food and makes it easier for the dog to eat. Small amounts of each won’t do any harm. Anything within a limit is good if it stimulates the dog’s appetite. But overdoing any of the ingredients can be harmful as most dogs don’t settle well with dairy and too much egg has its side effects.