In our blog, in all the entries that refer to nutrition, we always insist on the importance of choosing a quality food adapted to the growth of our puppy. Now, it is just as important to establish a feeding routine for your dog. When? How? How many times a day? We explain it in a few simple steps.
1) The food must be healthy and balanced, specially formulated for puppies, and adapted to their growth speed. This means refraining from inexpensive dog foods that contain low-quality ingredients. While these foods will make your puppy appear full and satisfied, they are not providing all the nutrients his body requires. They can also negatively affect long-term growth and overall health and cause gastric upset, constipation, or diarrhea.
2) Initially, a puppy's meal schedule should include three feedings a day, preferably at the same time, and in a measured quantity. According to our schedules, the best time for the first meal is first thing in the morning, at noon for the second meal, and late in the afternoon for dinner. This way, he will have enough time to digest his feed and relieve himself one last time before going to bed. Depending on the puppy's growth rate, and always guided by our veterinarian, we will maintain this basic feeding scheme until the puppy reaches 14-18 weeks of age, at which point we will have to go to two feedings a day, unless the vet suggests otherwise.
3) Avoid overfeeding. To keep our puppy healthy, we should not overfeed him, even if he is asking for more. This is especially difficult with dogs of some breeds, who always seem hungry and are predisposed to being overweight. We must remain unmoved by his requests and supply him with only the recommended daily amount to avoid future obesity. It is very important for puppies to correctly dose the daily ration, following the manufacturer's instructions, and meticulously divide it into the determined intakes.
4) We will choose a safe place. We will feed him in a place where he does not feel threatened or distracted, near his bed or carrier if that is where he sleeps, so that he feels safe and desists the temptation to urinate or defecate immediately afterward.
5) How much time per meal? We must ensure that they focus on the act of eating. If, despite this, they do not eat their ration, after twenty minutes, we will remove the food. Correct food education will avoid a capricious appetite and a malnourished dog in adulthood.
6) Can we leave the food at your free disposal? The answer is no. In this way, it would be impossible to establish a routine of meal times and subsequent walks to educate the puppy to relieve himself outside the home. It is also completely contraindicated since they can eat more than they need and later suffer indigestion and diarrhea due to their voracity. A continued excess intake would also cause too rapid growth, with the structural risks that this entails, not to mention being overweight, so harmful in developing puppies.
7) We will always leave fresh water at your fingertips. Just as it is not convenient for him to have food in his feeder throughout the day, it is important that our puppy always have access to clean and fresh water.
8) Is it convenient to supplement your diet? Again the answer is no. Choosing a balanced and adequate diet, as we have always pointed out, supplementation can even be detrimental to your health.
9) By following these eight points, we will be following an adequate feeding plan based on a suitable diet and routine schedules that will ensure the long-term health of our puppy.
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