Caring For My Dog

 

What is the best food for my puppy?

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The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their growth and development. 

The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their growth and development. A big factor in helping support your puppy during these early years is making sure they are being fed a high-quality diet. The best diet for a puppy will be able to provide them with all the energy they need and will also help support the growth of healthy bones and joints.

What should you feed your puppy?

When it comes to deciding what to feed your puppy, you should ideally choose a high-quality diet formulated for their specific needs - which are different to those of an adult dog. It’s especially important that your puppy is getting the best nutrition in their younger years to pave their way into adulthood, so a complete and balanced diet is key. Ideally, their diet will have high-quality animal based proteins, fats, carbohydrates and dietary fibres as well as important vitamins and minerals necessary to help them achieve their mental and physical best. The best puppy food contains good protein levels to help build and maintain your puppy’s muscle mass. For larger breeds, the best puppy diets are also customised to support a longer growth phase, healthy joints and strong bones. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made with high quality animal proteins and enhanced levels of DHA, necessary for the healthy growth of developing puppies so that they can reach their full potential.

How much should your puppy eat?

Puppies have high energy requirements while they are growing, which means they need to eat a lot. However, this doesn’t mean they should eat too much. Ideally, a growing puppy should have their recommended daily intake of food divided into smaller meals throughout the day - the standard recommendation is three. Puppies respond best to routine, so these meals should be served at the same times and place each day. Different size dogs will reach adulthood at different stages of their life and so their diet will need to be tailored accordingly. A gradual transition from a puppy diet tailored for growth to an adult diet tailored for maintenance will allow your puppy to become accustomed to their new diet and minimise any digestive upsets.

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Things you should keep in mind

When it comes to feeding your puppy, you should keep in mind the size they will grow to. Different size dogs will have different nutritional needs and so their diets should be tailored accordingly. Small breed puppies will require higher amounts of energy from fats and protein in a diet to match their higher metabolic rate. Large breed puppies need controlled levels of calcium and phosphorus for strong bone development over their longer growth period. Kibble size also plays an important role in how palatable a diet is. A smaller breed puppy will need a kibble they can easily chew and enjoy. These varying needs is why the Eukanuba™ Puppy range makes a number of different puppy diets for different sized dogs, making sure your new puppy gets everything they need to help them grow into a healthy adult dog. All Eukanuba™ puppy diets are complete and balanced and work best as a sole diet or as a combination of our Eukanuba™ Puppy dry and canned products.

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How much should I feed my puppy?

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The first year of your puppy’s life is when they will be doing most of their growing and this is why their nutrition is so important.

The first year of your puppy’s life is when they will be doing most of their growing and this is why their nutrition is so important. Most puppies will undergo massive growth from birth to fifteen months, so the food they eat should help them develop to their full potential in adulthood. One of the best ways to help keep your puppy at their healthiest as they approach adulthood is to make sure they are getting fed the right amount of food to satisfy their growing needs.

Every breed is different

How much your puppy will need to eat will depend on their age, breed and individual needs. To figure out how much they will need, first take a look at the feeding guide on your dog’s food label. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made with high quality animal proteins and enhanced levels of DHA, necessary for the healthy growth of puppies of all sizes. Each of these products has an extensive feeding guide, detailing from six weeks to twenty four months the amount of food your puppy should be eating based on their weight. Generally, it is recommended to feed puppies three smaller meals a day. It is also important to monitor their weight during this time. Sometimes a lack of physical activity or a slower metabolic rate can cause a puppy to need less food than is recommended for them. If you become concerned that they are putting on more weight than is good for them, you may need to decrease the amount you are feeding them. Treats can also be a big component of raising a puppy, especially when it comes to training them. Treats should always be factored into your puppy’s daily calorie intake and should ideally not make up more than 10% of this overall amount. That’s why the Eukanuba Healthy Extras Puppy treats are tailor made for puppies and are designed to complement your puppy’s normal feeding regime.

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Moving on from puppy food

When your puppy begins to reach maturity, you should start planning to transition them from puppy food to adult food. Puppy food is generally much higher in calories to satisfy their higher energy requirements and will usually have additional nutritional supplements to help them during their growth stage. It’s a good idea to talk to your vet about the best time to move on to adult food as this will all depend on your puppy’s breed, size and individual needs. When your puppy is ready to switch, it’s important to gradually transition them to their new diet by slowly adding this food to their current puppy food. Do this over a two week course by mixing their new food in, slowly increasing the amount of adult food while decreasing the amount of puppy food to minimise stomach upsets.

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Is wet or dry food better for dogs?

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There are many different pet food options out there for dog owners to choose from but perhaps the most common consideration is whether to feed your pet a wet or dry diet.

When trying to decide what to choose for your dog, you should firstly, find a pet food that gives them excellent nutrition to fulfill their health needs, but it should also be something they find appetising.

Wet food is a great way to give your dog a hydration boost, while dry food is excellent for keeping their dental health in check. As wet and dry dog foods have many differing benefits, another option to consider is to feed a mixture of both, to give your dog a well-rounded diet that targets all kinds of needs.

What’s good about dry food?

Dry dog food is generally what most owners favour as it is usually more convenient, but there are also many health benefits to dry food that do wonders for your dog. A big plus to feeding your dog a dry diet is that it helps their dental health and can help to avoid bad breath. The texture of dry kibble encourages your dog to chew before they swallow, which improves their digestion and also helps to clean their teeth. All Eukanuba™ adult and senior diets use an S-shaped kibble that helps scrape away plaque deposits on your dog’s teeth. Our kibble is also coated in sodium polyphosphates that helps bind calcium in your dog’s saliva to stop tartar formation between meals.

 

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What’s good about wet food?

Although dry food might be a more popular choice, some owners will choose to feed their dog a wet diet to better please fussy eaters and give their dog an added hydration boost. As wet food has a rich, meaty aroma, picky dogs can be more enticed to eat (and hopefully finish) their meals. In the case of those pets that may not be getting enough water throughout the day, wet food can provide them with an additional dose of hydration because of its high moisture content. To find out more about the many benefits of wet food, head over to our the benefits of wet dog food blog to see if a wet diet better suits your dog.

 

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Giving your dog the best mix

There is no right or wrong when it comes to feeding your dog. What is important is making sure the pet food you choose provides your dog with the right amount of nutrients to meet their needs. At Eukanuba™, both our super premium dry and wet formulas work as a complete and balanced diet for all dogs at any life stage. As wet and dry diets have various individual benefits, a combination diet can be the solution to both satisfy your dog’s needs and also their taste buds. If you are unsure about what food is best for your dog, speak to your vet or get in contact with our pet nutrition advice team on 0800 420 016. 

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