Your puppy’s first few meals at home are very important.

Most reputable breeders will supply at least a week’s supply of good quality puppy food for you to bring home with your new puppy. To ensure they do not get an upset stomach, it’s best to find out what your puppy was being fed and continue to feed them on the same food for a day or two. If they haven’t been eating a premium brand of dog food, then we recommend you gradually change their diet. This will need to be done slowly over several days, mixing equal amounts of old and new food into their bowl. A puppy’s nutritional needs vary significantly from that of an adult dog and they require a diet higher in protein and fat. Growing puppies typically require about three times more calories than an adult dog of the same size and need food that is rich in protein to create new body tissues as it grows. Calcium and phosphorus requirements are higher to support bone growth and puppies need more antioxidants to support their developing immune system. DHA is important for brain and vision development.

Here are some tips for healthy eating:

  • Feeding a specially formulated light complete diet
  • Avoiding feeding table scraps and snacks
  • Stick to the recommended daily food allowance which appears in the feeding guide on the bag.
  • It is recommended to divide your dog’s daily food allowance into two or three meals depending on the lifestage of the animal.
  • It is also recommended that you keep your dog in another room when you are eating.