Feeding your puppy
It can be argued that nothing plays a more important role in healthy puppy growth and development as nutrition, so let's look at some common puppy feeding queries.
How much to feed my puppy?
Use the feeding guide found on pet food packaging as a starting point. This will show you the total daily amount to offer your puppy. Keep an eye on your puppy's body condition so that you can fine tune the amount fed, if needed. Have a chat to your veterinarian if you're concerned about your puppy's body condition or growth rate.
How often to feed my puppy?
In general, younger puppies should be fed smaller meals more frequently. This is to help allow them take in enough food for growth. Their stomach capacity is small, therefore they require frequent meals.
Start off dividing your puppy's total daily food into four small meals. Over time, the number of meals can be gradually reduced so that by the time your puppy reaches adulthood, they will be on one or two meals per day. Ensure that your puppy has free access to a continual supply of fresh drinking water in a suitable sized container.
Should I feed my puppy a home-made diet?
It can be tempting to feed a pet a diet made up of human food and table scraps. However, it's a challenge to create a home-made diet that is complete and balanced, especially in the long term. Puppies need a complete and balanced diet that is specially formulated to support their healthy growth and development. A high quality super premium pet food such as ADVANCE™ provides this peace of mind.
In addition, some human foods can be toxic to pets such as grapes, raisins, onions and chocolate.
Should I feed my puppy dry or wet food?
Dry and wet foods are equally nutritious. The feeding of both dry and wet foods is known as ‘mixed feeding’. This method of feeding provides a pet with taste and texture variety and enables them to get the benefits that each feeding format offers.
Different size puppies have different nutritional needs, so remember to choose a formula that is tailored accordingly. ADVANCE™ has a range of puppy diets to suit the various breed sizes, so you can be sure there's a diet that’s just right for your puppy.