Puppy Nutrition – Everything You Should Be Aware off
Nutritional needs is different for a puppy in comparison to an adult dog. Pawsibilties are here again with to help you find out exactly what your puppy needs in his/her diet at each stage in their development.
If we talk about the first stages of his/her life, right food should give your puppy everything he/she needs to develop effectively, without giving them any kind of supplements.
Nutrition Required for one month old puppy
A puppy who is around four and 12 weeks old enter an ‘immunity gap phase in this age, were the protection and diet which they have received from their mother’s milk begins to wane but by that time their own ability to develop a strong immune system isn’t developed fully. The nutrition during this time which can provide natural boosters to them are vitamin E and vitamin B along with other nutrients, like mannan oligosaccharides, it maintains intestinal integrity along with digestive and absorptive function of the gut and also supports the development of beneficial good bacteria in their often-delicate digestive system which is very important in this stage.
Nutrition Required for two month old puppies
At two months, the focus should be on aiding the development of your puppy’s skeletal structure. For this they need calcium and phosphorus in carefully regulated amounts; these help their skeleton grow effectively, which is essential for their overall health and particularly important in larger dogs, whose bones carry a lot of muscle and body tissue.
Nutrition Required for four months old Puppy
Bones of your puppy is still developing at this stage, so they need the right nutritional balance of calcium and phosphorus in their diet. Most of the Puppies absorb calcium passively this clearly indicates that their bodies cannot regulate how much they intake, so when they are around six months old they can’t protect themselves against excessive intake. Intake of adsorption of calcium in high amount can result in several bone deformities, so make sure you stick to 0.5g of calcium for every kilo in body weight per day.
Nutrition for seven months old puppies
By this time your puppy will start gaining their body mass, so the important nutritional requirement now is protein. However, one thing needs to made sure that its in proper quantity and quality, as a high quality and easily digestible protein make it easy for their bodies to absorb & further reuse the amino acids building healthy body tissue and antibodies.
In a puppy’s diet The protein to calorie ratio should be higher should always be higher than a adult dog because they grow at a fast rate. Without protein, they can suffer various problems like poor skin and fur,and they can remain undeveloped as well. Always Keep an eye on their size and body weight to make sure they don’t become overweight during this very crucial phase of their life.
Nutrition for 10 month old puppies
There are very small and small breed dogs who are nearer to their adult stage by 10 months old, whereas larger dogs still have some time for adult age. At this stage of life all dogs and particularly large and giant dogs need nutritional support for their joints, as their muscles will be filling out and exerting pressure on their bones. Glucosamine and chondroitin are two important nutrients which would help to nourish the cartilage and the fluid giving them normal joint function. Without these, growing puppies may end up suffering with joint problems later in life so be very careful.
Adult dogs and their nutritional Requirement
In the adult stage your dog needs a balanced diet in order to avoid weight gain. It’s is seen that over a quarter most of the adult dogs are obese which in turn puts an undue pressure on bones, joints and organs, further reducing their quality of life. So If you are giving your puppy the right, nutritionally-balanced food through these crucial early months, with adequate feeding amounts, then by the time they reach adulthood they would still appear an healthy and happy dog.
If you are not sure on how to feed your puppy the best nutrition according to their age, do not hesitate to speak to your vet he/she is the perfect person who will be able to offer recommendations.
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