Feeding your puppy
A high-quality balanced diet is very important particularly during your pup’s first 12 months. Your pup has different nutritional requirements to an adult dog, including extra protein requirements for muscle development and calcium for bone growth. There are many commercial foods specially formulated for puppies. These foods meet their unique nutritional requirements and should be fed until 12-18 months of age. Pups should be fed 3 small meals a day until 4 months of age, then twice daily until fully grown.
To this date all our puppies are fed the following diet:
- Royal Canin Mini puppy dry kibble and Royal Canin Mini Puppy wet satchels
- Big Dog – Raw food (Combo) for Puppies/Small Dogs. This great range of all natural RAW Food for dogs gives all the benefits of RAW Feeding in convenient frozen portions.
- We also find some of our puppies enjoy V.I.P. Pet Foods Natures Goodness Puppy roll, grain-free nutrition with free range chicken and vegetables. Natures Goodness provides your dog with a holistic balanced formulation, that is high in protein, has no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives, and is made from a real meat recipe that is naturally good for your dog.
- Water or lactose free milk. Our experience is that normal milk, other than the bitches own milk, (even if it is reduced with water), causes diarrhoea (lactose intolerance).
- Raw chicken necks. Gnawing and chewing helps their teething and strengthens their tooth sockets.
- Raw meat and bones, preferably lamb bones as these are a little softer.
It is better in the early days not to change the puppy’s diet too drastically.
First and foremost, good diet is the key to maintaining optimum health and the prevention of disease. We believe that the natural food is the healthiest.
Raw, Meaty Bones
Raw, meaty, bones as part of the diet not as a supplement. Offer for example: raw chicken wings and necks to puppies; lamb flaps, brisket or lamb neck as they get older. The size of the meaty bone is determined by the size of your pets mouth. Don’t cut them up – let them to do the processing. ‘Large knuckle bones or ‘bones only’ often cause tooth fractures and constipation. Meaty bones are the dog’s toothbrush and are vital to help prevent gum disease and overall sickness. Start at an early age.
- Including lightly cooked vegetables will make up the balance of the daily food intake.
What NOT to feed your dog
- Cooked Bones can splinter very easily and may get caught in the mouth, throat or intestines. Bones should be of an appropriate size for your pet and always fed RAW.
- Milk can cause diarrhoea.
- Chocolate may be toxic if consumed in the wrong amount. The theobromine and caffeine in chocolate affects the heart of the nervous system of dogs potentially causing seizures and death.
- Grapes and Sultanas – recently implicated as causing acute kidney failure in dogs due to an unknown toxin.
- Onions are toxic to red blood cells and may cause a sever life threatening anaemia in dogs.
- Bread Dough – Ingestion of bread dough can be life threatening to dogs.
- Macadamia Nuts are poisonous to dogs potentially causing muscle tremors, weakness and depression.