Choosing the best food for your dog isn’t an easy task. There are hundreds of options to choose from so it’s hard to even decide where to start.
Well that’s where I come in, I’m here to help you make the best decision.
You firstly need to know that for the first 6-8 weeks of a dog’s life it’s vital that the pup stays with their mom. This is so that puppy can learn the essential life habits. A puppy can start to learn how to eat solid food from as early as four weeks, but for roughly 2-4 weeks you will see that they slowly start getting better at it. If you have chosen to get your dog from a breeder you will notice that certain breeders choose to only give you 8 weeks – this is the most recommended time, to ensure that your pup is healthy and not prone to sickness.
One important thing to remember is that a puppy would need special food which has more ingredients than what an adult dog would need.
If you simply go through to your nearest supermarket, you will notice that the food meant for your puppies are labeled puppy – so at least that part is a no brainer.
You also have the option of going through to your local vet and asking his advice on the breed of dog related to the portion of food suitable to your dog. Here you will find the top quality food whereas if you go the supermarket route, you may be getting food which doesn’t have the correct ingredients for your dog.
If you look at each packet individually you will notice several differences, these may be slight, or they may be severe. These difference include difference proteins, fats, oils, nutrients, vitamins, carbs, calcium and flavorings.
Now if you look on each product, there is an indication showing you how much you should feed your dog. This is the next most important thing alongside choosing the right food. You can buy cups which have measurements making this a lot easier for you – but other than that the basic indication is on the packet. You should be feeding your puppy three to four times a day – so if the packet tells you 50g for the day, you would then split this amount in the recommended doses.
Then before attempting to feed your dog: it’s important to check that your chosen puppy is definitely on solid food before just presuming they are and then having your puppy struggle. If your pup is healthy and is just a slow learner – you can wean them off soft food slowly. You can take the solid pellets and soak them in water till they are soft. You can alternatively buy sachets of soft food and either mix it with the pellets or even just feed them the sachet on its own. This would then be until your pup can eat solids.