Agreatdog, Iowa Born Chow Chow Puppies, Shih Tzu Puppies and Sheltie Puppies Feeding Question
What Should I Feed My Puppy?
Puppies when born are solely dependent on their mother's milk for nourishment. As they mature their diet, nutritional needs and stomach bacterial flora changes. Their diet goes from liquid to solids and a new bacterial and enzymatic flora must develop. This development is crucial in the puppy's ability to absorb, metabolize and use nutrients to make the building blocks of a healthy, happy puppy and a great adult dog. This whole period is commonly referred to as weaning and is very stressful to a puppy.
As breeders, we introduce a feeding program that allows the puppy to adjust and thrive. This assures us that normal growth and development will occur with this puppy. We are equipped to handle this situation and will not ship a puppy that has not fully completed the weaning transition.
When you receive your puppy, it is best to continue the feeding program initially started by the breeder as this will reduce stress to the puppy and it will not have food as an additional hurdle. We include a small sample bag for this transition period. If you do not continue with the same feeding formula, a new weaning process occurs which will introduce the need for a new stomach flora and stress to your new puppy and along with adjusting to new people, sounds and smells which may cause problems.
What if I can't find your brand of puppy food?
You can gradually wean any puppy to any new food. I recommend mixing the sample bag we provide you with the new food. Check the ingredients and make sure they are similar as that will make the stomach adjust easier. It is generally not recommended to give supplements to dog food as these are typically balanced and enough nutrition for the puppy
How long should I feed a puppy food?
Typically a puppy has additional nutritional needs for about a year or less. Most premium dog foods are blended to meet those additional needs. Look for a dog food that is "100% complete and balanced". Dog feed that can print this phrase on their label, have submitted their feed for testing and it has conformed to the minimal requirements of the federal standard of identity of dog food, nutritionally speaking. The protein as well as other ingredients are available for digestion and not just a stuffer to make the product look good.
On feeding Chow puppies, care must be taken not to feed too rich a dog food that is high in protein and calcium. This will allow the skeleton to grow faster than the muscles and weak ligaments can result. On active dogs, this will make the puppy more susceptible to torn ACL and hip bones popping out. This is due to an injury and not a genetic problem.
Never feed people food to a puppy
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