I just got a new puppy! What should I be feeding her?
Ensuring your puppy receives proper nutrition is very important for her growth. For the first several weeks your puppy will be nursing from their mother. This is important as mother’s milk includes antibodies that the puppy needs to fight off diseases. By the time that you’ve brought your puppy home (8-10 weeks), your puppy will have been weaned from its mother and will have started on puppy food. Ensure that the brand you’ve selected is high quality with a good source of protein, calcium and calories to help their busy bodies grow. Those chow-down large breeds grow at a different rate than small breeds! The smaller the dog, the faster they reach maturity. You should consult with your veterinarian as to how long your puppy should stay on puppy food. A food with too much protein can result in an unbalanced ratio of calcium to phosphorus and for a large breed puppy, this could result in abnormal joint development where their bones grow too fast and it can result in developing arthritis later in life. Transitioning your puppy into adult food must be done slowly over a week’s time. Mix a small amount of the adult food with your dog’s favorite puppy formula and slowly increase the amount over a week, while decreasing the puppy food. Bon Appétit!