I am writing this article for the first time dog owners. I have seen much death in pups because of feeding wrong food. What to feed a young pup is the most asked question by any first-time dog owners during their visit to Pluto Pet clinic, Ranchi immediately after getting a dog.
6 to 8 weeks of age
At this age, a pup should get mothers milk. sometimes it is not possible to keep a pup with the mother and it is at this crucial stage a dog is separated from mother and sold to new dog owners. In such a situation, a dog should be fed a good quality milk replacer diet available in the market,
Weaning your puppy to solid food.
This is not an overnight process not you should try to do it fast. Start from 4 to 6 weeks of age. Try to introduce some good quality starter food available commercially. First try giving the starter food mixed in milk replacer, then slowly reduce the quantity of milk replacer over two weeks time and increase the quantity of starter food.
Some starter food
How often to feed Puppies should be fed four to five times a day, so if you are feeding half cup twice daily, better divide it into one-fourth cup four times a day.
Smaller and frequent meals are easier to digest for the puppy. after about three months of age introduce meat in his diet.
You may prepare puppy food at home too keeping in mind of its ingredients. An ideal puppy food should contain
40% Protein – animal meat, seafood, eggs or dairy. 10% Carbohydrates – grains and beans.
Fat – from oil or meat. Calcium – crushed or powdered eggshells; a supplement. Fatty acids – cooked egg yolks, oatmeal, plant oils, and other foods.
Please remember it should be pure meat and not a mix of meat product and corn- as a very famous dog food company has in its commercial packet food. So it is better to introduce home cooked chicken in your growing puppy's diet. after about seven to eight months your pup enters into adulthood, reduce the frequency of meals to two times a day. Switch to the adult diet slowly.