How To Feed a Puppy - How To Choose the Best Puppy Food

hi I'm dr. Katy Nelson for Iams with howdini today we're going to talk about dog nutrition and what you should look for in your puppies food just like infants puppies require different levels of nutrients than older dogs physically puppies grow fastest during the first six months the right nutrition is critical to support this rapid growth that said your puppy should only receive premium puppy food until he reaches his adult height

and weight that's typically in the first year for small and medium breeds and can be up to two years for large and giant breeds one more thing to consider is that a puppy's energy requirements can be nearly twice that of an adult dog and since their stomachs are smaller they need more nutritionally dense food formulated just for puppies to help them meet their energy needs there are three types of food dry kibble semi

moist which comes in sealed packages and moist or canned most veterinarians and trainers recommend dry kibble food because of its fat content and the fact that moist food can spoil dry kibble also helps with tartar control which is particularly important for his developing teeth when you're shopping for food there are a couple of things you want to look for and keep in mind number one look on the label for a statement that says

formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Affco dog food nutrient profiles for growth number two read the ingredients list on the back of the package and look for real meat as the first ingredient puppies grow the fastest during the first six months of life and because growth rates differ among breed sizes you need to feed a formula designed to address the needs of your puppy's breed and size ideally puppy food should

also contain animal-based protein for strong muscles the protein requirement for growing puppies is higher than that for adult dogs high-quality protein is critical for puppies to create new body tissue as they grow calcium for strong bones and teeth iron for healthy blood DHA for the brain central nervous system and vision DHA is a key ingredient found naturally in mother's milk and is important for a baby's neural development just like a baby your puppy's ability to learn

depends on healthy brain development prebiotics for healthy immune system because 65% of your puppy's immune system is in his digestive tract and high in calories for all the energy of puffy burns the nutritional needs for puppies differ for different breed sizes large breed puppies grow more quickly because of that they actually need less calcium so their bones don't grow too fast medium Reed dogs need a careful balance of calories and nutrients to be sure

that they don't gain excess weight while small breed puppies need nutrient-dense food in small bites because their metabolism tends to be faster and they have different energy needs than larger dogs another important thing to know is that what is good for humans is not necessarily good for animals because proper nutrition is critical for optimal development and because human food doesn't offer the proper balance of nutrients puppies need it is important to teach your whole family

that feeding your puppy or your dog table scraps is a big no-no and a major health hazard now let's talk about feeding schedules just like babies puppies do best on a regular schedule schedules teach them that there are times to eat times to play and times to potty obviously the feeding schedule will largely be dictated by your own personal schedule but no matter what it is critical that puppies younger than four months be fed

multiple times per day depending on your puppy's breed size at around six months you can start to limit feedings to twice a day also keep in mind that eating is soon followed by the urge to go to the bathroom if you work away from your house and are unable to feed and walk your puppy as often as needed think about hiring a dog walker or ask a neighbor to help you keep

your puppy on his schedule for more information on house training watch how to house train your puppy another important nutritional determinant is how much you are supposed to feed your developing puppy even though the back of the puppy food bags usually have suggested portion sizes based on weight they are not always right for your puppy so it's best to pay attention to your puppy's body and talk to your veterinarian remember a fat puppy is

not necessarily a healthy puppy just as childhood obesity can lead to adult health issues in humans monitoring a puppy's weight is very important to ensure proper development treats are another food source to consider when determining portion size it is important to limit treating to less than 10% of your puppy's daily caloric intake when selecting treats hard chew treats are ideal because they improve dental health through gnawing also try to save treating for training sessions to

reward good behavior but be careful not to overdo it for more information on training watch our video puppy training basics the last part of puppy nutrition we're going to talk about is water puppies need fresh clean water available at all times like us it is their most important nutrient you should change your puppy's water often at least once a day providing fresh clean water greatly reduces the risk of disease and therefore keeps your pet happy

and healthy I'm dr. Katy Nelson for Iams with howdini and I hope that you found this helpful as you welcome your new addition into your family for more information on puppy care and training visit AIIMS comm slash puppy you

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hi I'm dr. Katy Nelson for Iams with howdini today we're going to talk about dog nutrition and what you should look for in your puppies food just like infants puppies require different levels of nutrients than older dogs physically puppies grow fastest during the first six months the right nutrition is critical to support this rapid growth that said your puppy should only receive premiu...