Puppy nutritional advice for your pup in the first weeks and months in a new home.
Welcome to www.woof-box.co.uk and our informative blog on how to introduce your new best friend to his or her life with you, useful advice on new puppy’s first weeks and an introduction to our new puppy starter box.
The team at woof box encourage new owners to purchase our initial new puppy starter box, as it includes useful toys treats and free samples to help your new pup settle into your home.
Puppies should not eat solid food until they are at least four weeks old, between four and eight weeks they can eat a mixture of dry food and milk and then they can move to solid food after that period, your puppy should not be under 8 weeks of age when he/she comes to you.
The www.woof-box.co.uk puppy starter box includes natural pup treats which can be fed from six weeks of age, these are carefully selected as many puppy treats cannot be fed until four months, the suppliers we recommend are Fish for Dogs, Feelwells, Pooch and Mutt and Lilys Kitchen. Also included in pups gift box is a high quality snuggle blanket and a self heating puppy pad these products are both made by ancol a well know uk supplier, products may vary as new products are sourced.
Puppies love to chew and play so in the pack we have included a Beco rubber hoop which is long lasting and made from natural rubber and rice husks so is free from harmful additives it is a perfect alternative from chewing the furniture !! Oh and do not forget a gorgeous plush puppy snuggle toy.
So the breeder will have been starting to introduce solid feed from around the age of four weeks, ask what type of solid feed they are fed and try to take some home with you when you collect your new puppy this will encourage you puppy to eat and will settle quickly as will be no change in the diet.
Puppies should be fed three to four times a day therefore if you are currently feeding ¾ a cup of puppy food twice a day you should consider spacing it out by feeding ½ cup three times a day.
Smaller meals are easier to digest for young dogs and energy levels don’t peak and fall so much with frequent meals. At around six months you may start feeding twice a day for convenience.
Move on from puppy food
Puppy food is very high in calories and nutritional supplements so you want to switch to adult food once your puppy begins to approach maturity after six months. There is no set age when the switch should be made because it will vary with the breed and individual dog.
In general, the smaller the dog the faster they reach maturity, small breeds mature around ten to twelve months of age although some toy breeds reach maturity even sooner, medium breed dogs will reach maturity between twelve to sixteen months, large breed dogs can take up to two years to reach maturity.
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When making the switch to adult food, do it slowly over the course of two or three weeks by gradually mixing in increasing amounts of the adult food with decreasing amounts of pup food to minimize gastric upset.
Foods to avoid
Try to avoid foods that list corn or meat by-products as the first ingredient because meat should be the first ingredient.
Avoid feeding your dog puppy food longer than you have to. Feeding puppy food too long can result in obesity and orthopaedic problems. You will know when it is time to make the switch when you notice your dog eating less of the young dog food or if he or she starts to put on too much weight.
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