Puppy Nutrition: 7 Essential Tips For Feeding Your New Puppy
Congratulations on your new puppy!
A puppy is a beautiful and exciting addition to your life and that of your family. Caring for a new puppy can be daunting, particularly if this is your first time. As a new pet parent, you will need to consider everything from veterinary care to toilet training and diet. At Jackson's, we're the experts in puppy nutrition. Here are our top tips for feeding your new puppy.
Feed For Your Dog's Life Stage
Dogs should always be fed the correct diet for their life stage. A premium puppy diet is specifically formulated and provides a nutritionally balanced source of nutrients and energy. Remember that the energy requirements of your puppy are quite different from that of an adult dog. Adult dogs should never be fed puppy food, unless specifically directed by a vet or under special circumstances, such as pregnancy. Puppy recipes are higher in protein than adult diets to provide the necessary nutrition needed to grow and develop.
Make Changes Gradually
Your puppy may not be used to Jackson's UK so if you are thinking of swapping over to our easily digestible, grain-free puppy kibble. Here is our helpful guide:
With any puppy food brand, you'll need to make any dietary changes slowly. Our nutritionists advise keeping your new puppy on the same food for at least the first two weeks of new ownership before adjusting the food and only then if your puppy is in good health and has no tummy issues or loose stools.
Puppies can take up to 5 - 6 weeks to adjust to a new diet. Keep everything the same as advised by your breeder until the excitement of a new home has subsided, and your puppy is well in himself. Start by mixing 75% of your old puppy food, with 25% of the new puppy food. Keep an eye on your puppy and if all is well after 2 - 3 days you can further reduce the old puppy food by around 50%. Monitoring your puppy again and then reducing it further and further.
Slow and steady is the best way to avoid a tummy upset.
How Do I Choose The Right Puppy Food?
Choosing puppy food can be difficult with so much choice. But your first consideration needs to be the quality of your puppy food. Ask yourself the following:
Is the puppy food nutritionally balanced?
Does your puppy's food contain harmful additives / animal derivatives?
Does it contain a high percentage of freshly prepared protein?
And finally, does it consider your puppy's breed size and nutritional needs?
At Jackson's UK, we believe that size does matter. Our range of dog food (even our puppy range) is nutritionally balanced and the recipe ingredients carefully selected to take into consideration your puppy's breed size.
For example, our Large Breed Puppy recipe is formulated with lower crude protein and crude fat for a particular reason: reducing the crude proteins and fats reduces the energy density and helps to optimise the rate of steady growth. Furthermore, Jackson's UK also follows Nutritional Guidelines set out by FEDIAF http://www.fediaf.org/ (the European Pet Food Industry). We carefully balance the levels of calcium and phosphorous. Excessive levels of these can lead to skeletal malformations.
Breed size feed is not just about the kibble size!
Large breed puppies have a different growth curve to the smaller breeds and 'feeding them up' without understanding the implications can be disastrous. If large breeds grow too rapidly, they can develop debilitating bone, joint and muscle issues. And while to some extent genetics always play their part, as a fur parent you can decrease the chances of such conditions developing by choosing a premium size-appropriate feed.
On the other hand, small breeds have a faster metabolic rate than large breeds. This metabolic difference is linked to them having a greater ratio of body surface area to their body weight. This means that they have much higher energy requirements per kilogram of body weight and therefore they need a food with a higher calorie content that is nutrient-dense.
Anatomically, your small breed puppy has a relatively small stomach, so they aren't able to consume large meals. Therefore, it is essential to feed a small breed puppy a diet that is designed to support their nutritional requirements so that they obtain everything they need as a growing bundle of fun, just in smaller portions.
Jackson's UK Small Breed Puppy recipes have been formulated with higher levels of crude protein and crude fat to meet your puppies need for a higher calorie content. Supporting elevated energy requirements of small breed puppies is vital. Our recipes also contain high quality and highly digestible freshly prepared size appropriate protein. High digestibility is especially crucial for small breeds to ensure ease of digestion on their little tummies. And of course, all our recipes have a smaller kibble size help to keep small mouths happy.
How Often Should I Feed My Puppy?
Good feeding practice is important! Getting into a routine with your puppy is so essential for your young dog's digestive system. At Jackson's UK, we recommend starting your pup off with three-four small feeds per day for puppies at weaning up to four months (for small breeds) and up to six months (for large breeds) we recommend three feeds per day. From four to ten months of age, we recommend feeding your puppy two feeds a day. For larger breeds, aged six-twelve months, we also recommend two feeds a day.
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