What should I feed my puppy?
Good nutrition is essential for all dogs, but it’s especially important for growing puppies. The first year of your puppy’s life is critical to his development. Not sure how to feed a puppy? Here are some of the most important things to consider when you’re choosing a puppy food.
What to feed a puppy
Think about your puppy’s breed and size.
Your puppy’s size can have a big effect on his growth and nutritional needs. Most puppies reach adulthood in just one year, but large or giant breeds can take up to two years to reach maturity, which means that different dogs will need to switch to adult foods at different times. When you’re feeding a puppy, consider a food formulated specifically for his size. If you have a small or toy breed puppy, look for a food with easy-to-chew, bite-sized kibble. If you have a large or giant breed puppy, consider a formula made with natural sources of glucosamine to support developing joints.
Look for essential nutrients your puppy needs.
Because your puppy is growing so fast, he has different nutritional needs than an adult dog, so his food should have everything he needs to promote healthy growth, like:
- High-quality protein to support growing muscles
- Minerals like calcium and phosphorus to support growing bones and teeth
- A healthy level of fat to support growth and energy
- Antioxidants to support your puppy’s developing immune system
- DHA, an omega fatty acid found in mother’s milk, to support brain and vision development
How to feed a puppy
Don’t overfeed your puppy.
When you’re feeding a puppy, it’s extremely important to not over feed and to keep him at a healthy weight. Our research has shown that keeping your puppy at his ideal body condition can encourage proper growth and help prevent future health problems related to obesity.
Set up a place to feed your puppy.
Make sure to place your puppy’s food and water bowls in a quiet, clean place that he can easily reach. Find a place that’s out of the way, so he won’t get distracted, and feed him away from places with human food like the stove, the refrigerator, or the dining table.
Establish a feeding routine.
Feeding your puppy the same amount of food at the same time every day can help keep his digestive system regular — and it’ll help make house-training easier. Click here to learn how many times a day you should be feeding your puppy.
Ready to choose a puppy food? Click here to use our product selector to find what to feed your puppy.