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A Feeding Guide for Puppies

puppy holding bowl blogThere’s no doubt you want to give your puppy the best start in life possible. This includes proper socialization, training, lots of love, and a healthy diet. Below are three common questions new owners have about puppy food:

How do I choose a quality food for my puppy?

A good place to start for pet food recommendations is your veterinarian. Opt for a food that is specially formulated for puppies to ensure proper development. Puppy foods tend to contain more calories than adult dog foods, which is necessary for a growing canine. Be sure to choose a brand that has undergone testing by the AAFCO (The Association of American Feed Control Officials) to prevent nutritional deficiencies.

How often should my puppy eat?

Puppies should eat multiple times per day and always have access to fresh, clean water. Below is a schedule for the first year:

Age 6-12 weeks: 4 meals/day
Age 3-6 months: 3 meals/day
Age 6-12 months: 2 meals/day

At what age should I switch from puppy to adult dog food?

Small to medium sized breeds can take the plunge into adult dog food between 9 and 12 months. Larger breeds can stay on a puppy food diet for up to 2 years. Consult with a vet about your individual dog’s specific needs.

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