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Q: How do I feed a puppy?
A: Feeding a puppy correctly means providing the right amount of calories as well as the necessary protein, minerals and vitamins for healthy growth. Puppies need more of certain nutrients than adult dogs do because they are building bones and muscles.
Most people recommend using a dog food formulated specifically for puppies, and then feeding the puppy two or three times a day. Many people advise allowing the puppy access to the food bowl for 15 to 30 minutes; then pick it up. Provide fresh food at the next meal. A dog with constant access to food can become a picky eater. Of course fresh water should be available at all times.
If you have a purebred dog, I encourage you to talk with the pup's breeder for feeding advice. Small breeds and large breeds should be fed different foods for health reasons.
There are differences of opinion on feeding puppies, just as there is about feeding adult dogs. Many people use a quality kibble with balanced nutrition, while others prefer a natural diet of meat, vegetables, fruit and bones to chew. You might want to talk with your veterinarian for advice.
Here are some online resources for you to read for more advice:
Puppy care, training and feeding:
Feeding Dogs and Puppies
And here is a more detailed article from veterinarians:
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|