What must a puppy’s diet contain?

Casandra Greer
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Puppies are primarily carnivores, but will also eat some plant foods. They naturally wean from their mother’s milk at about 8-12 weeks of age. Wild dogs feed their young with the carcasses of prey animals. In the wild, when young dogs reach an appropriate age (around 7-8 weeks), they begin to eat on their own while reducing the amount of milk they suckle from their mother.

Diet basics

The basis of your puppy’s diet should be a high-quality, balanced commercial puppy food that is appropriate for their stage of life and health, such as Exclusion. You can also rely on natural foods to provide variety. Such foods include fresh raw meat, such as diced pieces of raw lamb. Avoid giving too much raw meat on the bone as your puppy grows. This is important to prevent certain nutrient deficiencies during growth. Natural foods include raw meaty bones. Always check with your vet first to see if raw bones are appropriate for your puppy (for example, some puppies may have deformed jaws and may have difficulty chewing raw bones).

We recommend choosing only human grade (i.e., for human consumption) raw meat and raw meat bones because some raw meat products sold as pet food (pet meat / pet ground meat / pet rolls and bone products) contain preservatives that keep them looking fresh, but these can be harmful to your dog’s health. You may occasionally hear of pet food safety cases caused by thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency caused by sulfites, which can be fatal. Sausages, cold cuts, and cooked meats should be avoided because they may also contain sulfite preservatives.

Initially, puppies should be fed at least 4 times a day, gradually reducing the number of meals as they grow (adult dogs should be fed at least twice a day to avoid bloat, which can be fatal).

It is important not to overfeed puppies. Studies indicate that overfeeding puppies (especially large and giant breeds) can predispose them to muscle and bone problems.

If your vet advises that feeding your puppy raw bones is appropriate, introduce them gradually. The bone must be large enough that the puppy cannot fit the entire bone in its mouth or swallow the entire bone

Take your puppy to the vet regularly. He can weigh the puppy, assess the condition of the puppy’s body, body and give advice.

Fresh drinking water must be available at all times, but don’t give your puppy milk as it can cause gastrointestinal upset.

Feeding bones

Between the fourth and sixth months of a dog’s life, permanent teeth begin to appear and grow rapidly. Introducing fresh, raw, meaty bones at about 12 weeks of age ensures that puppies are actively chewing throughout the eruption of their permanent teeth. This chewing is important to alleviate “teething” problems and also provides several important health benefits, including maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Some examples include raw lamb ribs and flakes (but not lamb chops) and raw chicken wings. Too many raw bones can lead to constipation. One raw bone per week is generally well tolerated. “Meaty” bones are better. Such “chews” are available for purchase at the Unizoo store.

Never feed your dog cooked bones, as they can rupture, causing potentially fatal internal damage or intestinal obstruction. Bones must always be raw.

A small amount of finely chopped vegetable matter such as cooked pumpkin or carrots can be given, raw bones should be introduced gradually. The bone must be large enough that the puppy cannot fit the whole thing in its mouth or swallow the whole bone

You should always supervise your puppy when he eats raw bones.

Dogs are very fond of bones and can sometimes be protective of them, so be careful and discourage small children and other people from approaching dogs while they are eating.

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