Are you new to the dog owner world? While you may think food, water and love is all you need at first, there are actually a lot of intricacies that go into feeding a new puppy. Puppies are still in their development stages, and need proper nutrition to build healthy and strong bones, coats and teeth. Keep reading for nutritional advice and a general understanding of how your large breed puppy should be fed.

Nutrition for Large Breed Puppies
What to Feed Your Puppy
It is important not to believe everything you see marketed on a bag of dog food, as it can be misleading. Many dog foods don't provide sufficient levels of protein, so it is important to find the ones that do. Puppies need protein to thrive and be healthy. Foods with a good source of protein such as chicken and beef, can help your dog's digestive system, and create antibodies that fight diseases. According to most nutritionists, your puppy should be eating diets that consist of 30% protein, 9% fat, and about 1.5% calcium. Another tip when choosing food for your puppy is to look for an AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) statement. This statement assures that the food is good quality, safe and nutritional. Only choose dog foods specifically designed for puppies.

How Much Food To Give
According to Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic, your puppy should be eating three times a day for at least the first three to six months. After that, twice a day. Be careful not to over-feed your puppy. Over feeding is dangerous and can result in conditions such as obesity, heart disease, or even diabetes. Large breed dogs tend to put on a lot of weight too fast. You can get an idea of how to measure each serving by looking at how big or skinny your puppy is. Take them to a Toronto or local vet clinic to get an accurate measurement. For additional guidance, many packages of dog food have precise measurements of food for each serving according to your dog's weight.

Many people are unaware of the importance of proper nutrients new puppies need to thrive. The average person, especially children, gets over excited about having a pet and won't stop to think what they feed them. All they know is they need dog food so their puppy won't starve. Most of the time people will buy the cheapest dog food on the shelf, or maybe the most appealing, without checking the ingredients on the back. The truth is, dogs have a lot in common with humans. They can catch diseases, and get sick like we can. The phrase "You are what you eat" has a lot of truth. When you eat bad, you feel bad. Give your puppy a chance to feel good while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 

Brooke ChaplanBrooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She has lived and worked in her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico after her graduation from the University of New Mexico. Contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

 

 

By Natalie Hennessy 30 days ago at 9:52 am 0 Comments

Adopting a new puppy can be both exciting and rewarding. There are also some very important responsibilities that go with being a pet owner. Puppies are much like babies and toddlers. They require affection, love, attention and lots of pet-play-time. Taking care of your new puppy should be a high priority.

5 Things to Remember When Adopting a New Puppy

Here are five tips to ensure that you raise a happy, healthy puppy in a safe environment:

1. Your Home Needs to be Puppy-Proof

Puppies are playful little creatures. And, much like babies and toddlers, they love putting things in their mouths to explore them. That’s why it’s so important that you take certain precautions to puppy-proof your home to keep your new pal safe:

  • Remove breakables and keep them out of your puppy’s designated space.
  • Make sure all electrical cords are either covered up or tied down.
  • If you have windows your pet can reach, they need to remain closed.
  • Keep all toxic cleaning supplies and chemicals locked away.
  • Your trash can needs to be too tall for her to get into and too heavy to knock over.
  • If you need to keep her confined to a specific area, use a puppy gate.

2. Follow Appropriate Feeding Standards

Never feed your puppy food that’s not specifically formulated for puppies. Some dog owners prefer dry puppy food because it helps keep teeth clean, gums healthy and breath fresh. Follow these standards for daily feedings:

  • 6-8 weeks old – Feed 4 times each day
  • 12-20 weeks old – Feed 3 times each day
  • More than 20 weeks old – Feed 2 times each day

Momo Puppy

3. Follow Good Grooming Standards

You should take pride in your pet’s grooming. Good grooming standards keep him looking good and feeling healthy inside and out. Here are some puppy grooming tips to follow:

  • Brush her coat every single day to keep it clean and shiny.
  • Clean and clip her nails regularly using a pet nail care kit.
  • Use a puppy toothbrush and pet toothpaste to clean her teeth daily.
  • About every 3-4 weeks, give your puppy a nice, warm bath.

4. Housebreak Your New Friend

The best time to start housebreaking your puppy is the day he comes home from the adoption center. Wait, and it’ll just be harder to house-train your little buddy. During those early days of training, puppy pads can be very helpful. They make it simpler to clean up after him. They also help your puppy understand where he’s supposed to “go” whenever he’s in the house.

Squish Puppy

5. Take Your Puppy to Your Local Vet

Your puppy needs to see a vet for health care purposes. Once you’ve decided on a local veterinarian, here are some general guidelines to follow:

  • 6-9 weeks old – Schedule vaccinations
  • First vet visit – Get her dewormed
  • 12-16 weeks old – Rabies vaccination
  • 20 weeks – Spay or neuter (if interested)
  • Every 6 months – Take her for a check-up

Note: Your local vet will give you more details about vaccinations schedules and pet care tips specific to your dog’s breed.

 

Ryean Bishop: Is the online outreach coordinator for Bannock Animal Medical Center. When he’s not writing about animals he enjoys 80’s action movies, mystery novels and working on restoring his canoe. 

By Lauren Colman on Oct 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm 0 Comments

Whether you want a lab, terrier, Australian shepherd, or a poodle, you will discover that you need to figure out if you are ready for the responsibility! A dog requires a great deal of time, care and investment, and you should only get one if you can provide all three. Consider some of the following and decide if you are ready for a dog.

Dachshund

Time

Dogs require time, and though some require less than others, they all need it to some degree. Make sure to do some research on breeds and their character traits. Some are more high maintenance and attention needing than others. Don't get a puppy just for the novelty of having puppy. Dogs grow up and from the time they are puppies to old age, they need and deserve the same amount of attention regardless of whether or not they are a puppy.

Regular Schedule

A regular schedule is something that is ideal for most dogs. If you are on a regular schedule, your doggy will know what is going on, and in turn, that will make them a great deal calmer about what is going on in their lives. Do you have a schedule that suits the breed that you are considering? If you are out of town all the time, you may not want to get one until you can be home more often.

Costs

Most vets say that dog owners or future dog owners need to consider the cost for caring for your furry four legged friends. Vet costs are by far the most expensive, but in addition to that, remember there is still food, leashes, toys, grooming etc..  Are you ready to shoulder the cost? There are several places on line you can look for average monthly or even yearly costs for the dog breed you're considering.

Children

Do you have children in the home, and if so, how will that affect your ability to have a dog? There are some breeds that do really well with kids and others that don't.  Some dogs just don't adjust well to newborns but are fine with older kids. It just depends, so make sure you look into it before you go out and get a dog.

Home

Is your home ready for a dog? For example, if you live in a tiny city apartment, you may find that you are not suited for having an Australian cattle dog, which is known for its bright spirits and boundless energy. If your home is full of delicate things, you may want to think about how you are going to deal with a bouncy high-spirited puppy!

Consider all these things and you can be assured that both you and man’s best friend will be much happier!

 

Andraea Campbell is 27 and lives in Kahuku, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. She is a free lance writer, blogger, surfer, skateboarder and a pet lover and goes to Carmel IN Veterinarians. She went to school at the University of  Hawaii and graduated with a degree in communications. Hang Loose and Mahalo!
By Lauren Colman on Aug 12, 2013 at 6:00 am 1 Comments