Giving your puppy the right start by feeding a diet that meets their nutritional requirements is one of the most important things that you can do for them.
Puppies have specific nutritional needs that differ to adult and mature dogs. Feeding a diet that nutritionally facilitates optimal growth and brain development is particularly key in the first 12 month of their life.
They are especially sensitive to the effects of dietary deficiencies, toxins, and poor-quality ingredients, so new pet parents should pay close attention to the quality of the food they feed.
Ready to explore the world, puppies are generally active and have plenty of energy to burn. They require a highly digestible diet, rich in protein and higher in calories than would be appropriate for an adult dog.
GLOW Puppy Australian Chicken is exclusively sold at PETstock. This diet is full of the vitamins, minerals and natural prebiotics they need to help with their cognitive development, skeletal health and integrity whilst supporting healthy digestion.
Key ingredients to look out for on the ingredients list
When selecting a diet to feed your puppy it’s important to pay close attention to the ingredient list, making sure it provides the right nutrition. Glow Puppy Australian Chicken has 30% protein and 16% fat with omega 3 fatty acids that promote healthy skin and a glossy coat. Derived from dried algae, a sustainable source, the diet is packed with DHA which is essential in brain and eye development.
Whether your puppy is going to grow to be the size of a chihuahua, a mastiff, or somewhere in between, make sure you pick a food that provides perfectly balanced nutrition for this unique and important growth phase.
Glow recipes are crafted from natural ingredients with a strong focus on sustainability. With at least 93% of ingredients sourced from Australia, Glow focuses on the use of novel ingredients, novel proteins, vegetables and ancient grains with high nutritional value.
How often to feed a puppy
Given how active puppies are, it is recommended that a puppy’s meal schedule includes three measured meals a day providing them with their total required daily food intake.
Preferably you should feed them at the same time every day, with your puppy’s first meal at around 7 a.m., noontime for lunch, and 5 p.m. for dinner.
The last meal should always be around 5 p.m. so that your puppy has ample time to digest the food before bedtime. Stick to this basic puppy feeding schedule until the puppy reaches 14 to 18 weeks old, at which point the meal schedule should change to two meals a day (unless your veterinarian suggests otherwise).
To help ensure you keep your puppy at a healthy weight, make sure not to overfeed even if they are begging for more. You don’t want to set them up to fail by teaching them bad habits, such as begging for food, during this critical period.
If your puppy appears to be reluctant about eating food, you might try feeding them inside their crate or in a ‘safe’ spot so that they can eat without feeling threatened or distracted. This also discourages your puppy from eliminating immediately after eating to help build up their ability to hold on for longer periods of time.
Bringing home a new puppy is exciting for everyone, but it can be challenging, so there are some articles on this website for more puppy training advice, including toilet training, how to puppy proof your home, or to ensure you have everything you need to be prepared with before you bring your puppy home.
About the Author: Michael Perna has worked in the pet food industry for over 13 years and is the General Manager of Marketing and Customer Engagement with PETstock.