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Types Of Food

When you first get your puppy, try to keep them on the same diet they’ve been used to - unless of course, they’re coming off mum’s milk! In which case, here are some things you need to know when choosing the types of food for your puppy.

Every puppy is unique so there’s no one-food-fits-all. When choosing food, look for one that best matches your puppy’s age, size, breed, medical problems and taste buds. Remember that puppies need more kilojoules per serving than adult dogs. Again, consult your veterinary clinic staff to assist you in choosing the most appropriate diet for your puppy.

Should I give my puppy treats?

Giving your puppy a treat for being “a good boy or girl” can really make their day. However, rewarding good habits with fatty scraps is a bad habit you don’t want to get into. Not only could you have a fat little Fido on your hands, but it can cause long-term medical problems.

Many packet dog treats are loaded with fat and sugar. And that instant energy hit is the reason why dogs howl, beg, bark and do astounding tricks just to get their chops around one of these juicy morsels.

You’re better off giving your puppy natural foods like:

  • crunchy vegetables such as green beans and celery
  • small chunks of apples, kiwi, and watermelon in ice cubes on a hot day.

But be aware there are foods puppies should avoid like onions, garlic, grapes, corncobs, chocolate and raisins, which are dangerous or toxic to dogs.

What about meals prepared at home?

You can home-prepare foods for your puppy, but consult with your vet first to ensure you are preparing meals that contain the right amounts and ratios of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrate, fats, salts and sugars.

Don’t forget the water

There’s nothing more distressed than a parched puppy. So always make sure he or she has access to plenty of clean fresh water. Don’t give them cow’s milk. Dogs are lactose intolerant and cow’s milk can cause abdominal pain and diarrhoea. You’ll find special milk formulations for puppies in supermarkets, pet stores and veterinary clinics.