The addition of a new puppy to your family is a fun and exciting time. In order to give your new family member a long and happy life, it is essential that you choose a good diet for him. If you already have pets, you might be tempted to just feed the puppy the adult dog food you already have, but you should not. It is important that you check with your vet regarding the proper diet. Remember puppies have special dietary needs that adult dogs do not have.
There are several options that can meet the puppy’s nutritional needs. In recent years, the number of organic or natural puppy diets have increased dramatically. A raw puppy diet is another option some pet owners prefer for the new puppy. However, most choose kibble as a convenient option for the primary component of their dog’s daily diet. Therefore, in discussing a new puppy diet, this article is focused primarily on the options in kibble.
For the first few weeks of the puppy’s life, mother’s milk provides all his nutritional needs; but when it is weaning time, you should select a high-quality puppy kibble with tiny pieces. The food you select should provide all the essential vitamins to provide proper nutrition for his growth. New puppies need food three to four times daily. Moisten the kibble with water to make it easier for him to eat. Avoid adding milk to the puppy food. Milk has a laxative effect on the puppy’s digestive system. Water makes the kibble more palatable for the weaning puppy.