What should my puppy eat: What he should eat and what he will eat are two very different topics, but you can do your best to try and regulate it. If you’re getting a puppy from a breeder, he’s probably between six and eight weeks old.
This means that the breeder has done the hard work in getting your pup through breastfeeding as well as weaning him from milk and starting him on more grown-up food.
Be certain to ask whoever has been caring for your puppy, whether a breeder or a shelter, what type of food he or she has been giving the puppy. If possible, try to stick to the same brand and type.
For the first week or two, you can also stick to the same feeding schedule and amount to keep the disruption in your puppy’s life at a minimum.
Some new owners think the best approach to feeding a puppy is the open salad bar approach, in which the owner leaves a constantly full bowl of food on the floor and the pup is allowed to eat as much as he wants whenever he wants. There are two problems with this.
First, it teaches your puppy that if he cleans out a bowl, you’ll jump to refill it. In other words, you’re at his beck and call. Second, remember the obesity section?
Dogs eat to survive, so your puppy will gorge himself on that bowl of food like there’s no tomorrow. His food intake should be strictly controlled through regular feedings, and puppy tummies are too small to handle all of their food at once.
Try splitting his feedings into at least two sessions daily. If you notice that he’s easily eating the whole bowl and still seeming hungry, increase his food by a small amount (preferably ¼ cup) each day until you get to what you feel is a good quantity.
You really can’t beat dry puppy food for the best overall health benefits. Not only does it provide all of the nutrients your baby needs to build bones, muscle, and a healthy body, its crunchy texture is perfect for cleaning his teeth.
If you already have an older dog in the house, you may be tempted to just feed your puppy smaller portions of regular dog food. Don’t. Puppy food is specially formulated for growing bodies and gives your new family member the best start possible.
He ate my $10,000 sofa! What am I supposed to do with this dog?
Right now, nothing. You’re too emotionally charged to correctly handle the situation. Step away for 10 minutes, then come back. There, are you feeling better?
Okay, first question:
Why would you ever consider leaving your puppy alone with a $10,000 sofa? Or even a $2,000 sofa? Puppies chew. It’s their job. They use their mouths for exploration, they have new teeth growing in, and they chew. In all likelihood, you left the house for a few hours and your pup got bored.
To avoid future situations like this, find some suitable toys to distract and entertain him while you’re gone.
Even better, start crate training your puppy. If he’s chewing, he probably also has some housetraining problems. Both can be alleviated a bit by crate training.
Warning: Do not let your puppy eat this – A puppy died within half an hour!
There are always hidden dangers out there, anyone who owns a dog knows this to be true. It can happen when you least expect it, your dog eats something which later makes them sick. It’s very important to keep a close eye on what your puppy is putting in its mouth.
David O’Connor wants to warn every dog owner about the hidden poison that killed his beloved puppy ‘Bell’.
David was walking his 9-month-old spaniel Bell along the River Conon, in the Highlands of Scotland, when Bell stopped to take a drink.
Bell drank from the river but little did her owner know the danger in the water. Thirty minutes later his beloved puppy had died.
The puppy sadly died within 30 minutes of eating this killer algae, it was dried up on the banks of the HIghland river, who would have thought it?
Warning to others
Now David has an important message for all dog owners.
“Warning to all dog owners. We lost our pup today after she ate some blue/green algae at the River Conon. The falling river and hot weather have created a danger which sadly we were not aware of. All dog owners please be aware as this is such a tragedy for Bell and our family,” David wrote on Facebook. Jesus Daily.
Dog food: Should I feed him dry food, canned food, or a mixture?
Walk down the pet aisle in the grocery or pet store and you’ll be able to tell instantly what type of dog food is the favorite among pups.
Commercial dry dog food is cost-effective, easy to measure, comes in a wide variety of flavors and types, and, as your dog would tell you if he could, feels nice on his teeth and gums and makes fun noises when he bites down. It works well for millions of dogs.
Canned dog food, on the other hand, is vacuum sealed and therefore doesn’t contain any preservatives. Some dogs love the meatier taste and consistency, which is closer to what they would enjoy in the wild.
Canned foods often contain the same amount of nutrition as dry food, but they don’t have the same dental benefits as dry food, they can be more expensive, and serving them requires more than just a scoop.
Which is right for your buddy? That’s up to the two of you. If you prefer the convenience of dry dog food and have found a brand that meets the nutritional requirements and satisfies your dog, sticks with it.
Use the same criteria when selecting a canned food, and when checking the label for nutritional percentages be certain to adjust for the moisture.
The percentages listed above apply to dry food, which means we need to figure out the dry food content of canned food, which is largely made up of nutrient-less water. If the label lists the can’s moisture content at 75%, this means that 25% of the food inside is dry.
Now whip out that calculator and try the following formula:
Nutrient percentage ÷ dry dog food percentage X 100 The result is the actual nutritional content of that nutrient, whether protein, fat, or carbohydrates. Okay, now put away that calculator.
You look nerdy and people are starting to stare. Indecisive? Many people feed their dogs a combination of both dry and moist food for the best (and worst) of both worlds.
Again, this decision is completely up to you and your dog, unless your veterinarian has instructed you otherwise. That being said, stick with your decision. Dogs aren’t as interested in variety as their owners, and their bodies aren’t made for it.
Switching your dog’s food too often can end up making him sick or even cause him to just lose interest completely in whatever you set in front of him.
If a food doesn’t seem to be working out, ease him into a new selection slowly by mixing small amounts of the new food into his current one.
Increase the amount at each feeding time until he’s eating only the new food.
Normal or Neurotic – We Just Love Our Dogs! If you’re the average dog owner, your dog is much less a pet and far more a member of your family. You delight in his silly little expressions, love taking her to the park every weekend, and snuggle with him for naps.
If you’re one of the more neurotic dog owners, you take her for manicures, dress him in sweaters and pants, drop her off for days at the doggie day spa, and spend more on his bed than on your own.
Sure, she pulled all of the toilet paper off the roll last week just to see what happened, he demolishes your furniture once in a while, and sometimes you just don’t know why she does of the things she does, but he or she is still your baby.
Bad moods pass and moments of mischievous behavior are quickly eclipsed by those big, wide, brown eyes staring up at you adoringly.
But what if something happened to your precious pooch? Would you know what to do?
Could you help her recover from shock?
Do you know the warning signs of the more major diseases and disorders?
Without seeming too dramatic, that knowledge can mean the difference between life and death for your pup. If you don’t get your poochie to a veterinarian soon enough, some diseases can be debilitating or even fatal.
But you’ve tried reading those other reference books and they were all “blah blah blah” boredom, right?
This one’s different. It’s not a complete encyclopedia of canine anatomy and biology and doesn’t read like one, so you can make it through the whole book rather than letting it sit on the shelf until you run into an emergency.
And really, do you want to be flipping through the index of a reference book when your dog is choking?
You won’t find exotic and uncommon diseases here, but you will find conditions and illnesses that crop up in canines on a regular basis.
With fun facts and quick tips, this is one manual you can read all the way through without waking up to a drool-stained keyboard thirty minutes after beginning.
Phrased as questions and answers rather than a lecture, you should be able to find the solutions to most of the basic health dilemmas you encounter with your dog.
And for emergencies, flip directly to the last chapter to find information about choking, shock, bleeding, and other urgent problems.
So read on, enjoy, and keep that precious pup happy and healthy!