How To Feed a Puppy – How To Choose the Best Puppy Food

How To Feed a Puppy – How To Choose the Best Puppy Food


Hi, I’m Dr. Katy Nelson
for Iams with Howdini. Today we’re going to talk about
dog nutrition and what you should look for in
your puppy’s food. Just like infants, puppies
require different levels of nutrients than older dogs. Physically puppies grow
fastest during the first six months. The right nutrition
is critical to support this rapid growth. That said, your puppy should
only receive premium puppy food until he reaches his
adult height and weight. That’s typically in the first
year for small and medium breeds and can be up
to two years for large and giant breeds. One more thing to consider
is that a puppy’s energy requirements can be nearly twice
that of an adult dog. And since their stomachs are
smaller they need more nutritionally dense food
formulated just for puppies to help them meet their
energy needs. There are three types of food. Dry kibble. Semi-moist, which comes
in sealed packages. And moist, or canned. Most veterinarians and trainers
recommend dry kibble food because of its fat content
and the fact that moist food can spoil. Dry kibble also helps with
tartar control which is particularly important for
his developing teeth. When you’re shopping for food,
there a couple of things you want to look for and
keep in mind. Number one, look on the label
for a statement that says formulated to meet the
nutritional levels established by the AAFCO dog food Nutrient
Profiles for Growth. Number two, read the ingredients
list on the back of the package and look for
real meat as the first ingredient. Puppies grow the fastest
during the first six months of life. And because growth rates differ
among breed sizes, you need to feed a formula designed
to address the needs of your puppy’s breed
and size. Ideally, puppy food should
also contain animal-based protein for strong muscles. The protein requirement for
growing poppies is higher than that for adult dogs. High quality protein is critical
for puppies to create new body tissue as they grow. Calcium for strong
bones and teeth. Iron for healthy blood. DHA for the brain, central
nervous system, and vision. DHA is a key ingredient found
naturally in mother’s milk and is important for a baby’s
neural development. Just like a baby, your puppy’s
ability to learn depends on healthy brain development. Probiotics for a healthy immune
system, because 65% of your puppy’s immune system is
in its digestive tract. And high in calories for all
the energy a puppy burns. The nutritional needs for
puppies differ for different breeds sizes. Large breed puppies
grow more quickly. Because of that, they actually
need less calcium so their bones don’t grow too fast.
Medium breed dogs need a careful balance of calories and
nutrients to be sure that they don’t gain excess weight. While small breed puppies need
nutrient dense food in small bites because their metabolism
tends to be faster. and they have different energy
needs than larger dogs. Another important thing to know
is that what is good for humans is not necessarily
good for animals. Because proper nutrition
is critical for optimal development, and because human
food doesn’t offer the proper balance of nutrients puppies
need, it is important teach your whole family that feeding
your puppy or your dog table scraps is a big no-no and
a major health hazard. Now let’s talk about
feeding schedules. Just like babies, puppies do
best on a regular schedule. Schedules teach them that there
are times to eat, times to play, and times to potty. Obviously the feeding schedule
will largely be dictated by your own personal schedule. But no matter what, it is
critical that puppies younger than four months be feed
multiple times per day. Depending on your puppies
breed size at around six months you can start to limit
feelings to twice a day. Also keep in mind that eating
is soon followed by the urge to go to the bathroom. If you work away from your house
and are unable to feed and walk your puppy as often as
needed, think hiring a dog walker or ask a neighbor to help
you keep your puppy on his schedule. For more information on house
training, watch “How to house train your puppy.” Another important nutritional
determinant is how much you were supposed to feed your
developing puppy. Even though the back of the
puppy food bags usually have suggested portion sizes based on
weight, they are not always right for your puppy. So it’s best to pay attention to
your puppy’s body and talk to your veterinarian. Remember a fat puppy is not
necessarily a healthy puppy. Just as childhood obesity can
lead to adult health issues in humans, monitoring a puppy’s
weight is very important to ensure proper development. Treats are another food source
to consider when determining portion size. It is important to limit
treating to less than 10% of your puppy’s daily
caloric intake. When selecting treats, hard chew
treats are ideal because they improve dental health
through gnawing. Also try to save treating for
training sessions to reward good behavior, but be careful
not to overdo it. For more information on
training, watch our video “Puppy training basics.” The last part of puppy nutrition
we are going to talk about is water. Puppies need fresh, clean water
available at all times. Like us, is their most
important nutrient. You should change your puppy’s
water often, at least once a day. Providing fresh, clean water
greatly reduces the risk of disease, and therefore keeps
your pet happy and healthy. I’m Dr. Katy Nelson for
Iams with Howdini. And I hope that you found this
helpful as you welcome your new addition into your family. For more information on puppy
care and training, visit iams.com/puppy.

100 Replies to “How To Feed a Puppy – How To Choose the Best Puppy Food

  1. Thanks for the info Dr. my labs are 18 weeks and i have spoiled both with pizza, hamburgers and treats. I have to stop for the good of my babies

  2. omg thx you guys you are most helpful I will always check your channel when I need puppy care help and a gain thx you so much

  3. I gave my puppy bread… Now he's dead.

    Just kidding but i was so scared, he was shaking and couldn't walk well. I couldn't sleep too. Luckily he was happy and playing in the morning 🙂

  4. DONT FEED YOUR DOG OR PUPPY KIBBLE OR DRY FOOD 😭😭😭😭 I THOUGHT YOU WHERE EXPERTS

    YOU HAVE TO FEED YOUR DOG RAW MEAT, NOT FROM THE DOG SECTION BUT IN THE HUMAN MEAT SECTION.
    Dry food is bad for your dogs😭😭 it makes their teeth bad and poop too liquid-y

  5. Lovely Video clip! Apologies for butting in, I am interested in your thoughts. Have you considered – Trentvorty Bone Cure Theorem (probably on Google)? It is a great one off guide for Making money selling pet baking goods without the hard work. Ive heard some decent things about it and my cooworker at very last got cool results with it.

  6. Sounds like a shill for mega dog food companies. The hint is " do not feed food scraps."
    This tells me that their mentality is that the pubic is not smart enough. Surf around, there are more people parroting is attitude.

  7. I just got 1 month and 5 days old lab puppy please friends suggest me what kind of milk and food I should give him . plsss suggest me

  8. My belgian malinois eat a lot of raw chicken with bones and other raw meat, but we always exercise every day like jogging, he followed me when i ride my mountain bike off leash

  9. I need help! I don't know what my dog eat and when I try dog food he won't eat it, why? Plz answer if you know 😭

  10. I have a boxer male 5 weeks old..How long should i feed him orijen or royal cannin to make him well built? Or can i give him raw meat.. also how much times a day i should feed him? And how much quantity is required per meal..

  11. Thanks so much I took lots of notes on this, I'm getting a puppy in September and this really helped me out!!!

  12. Actually, I bought a puppy of German shepherd which is very small and can't get mothers milk and now he is 2 month old and not showing growth
    Plz hlp me
    Sugesst me some way

  13. I gave my puppy too much food and she died it’s been a month and i still have nightmares and feel the pain and the guilt

  14. Could someone tell which brand they would recommend? Right now I buy Purina ProPlan because I heard it was one of the best.

  15. I have rotwheiler puppy at home..he s not eating properly n looks Soo lean to see..I'm trying various kinda of food….he s also eating BT looks Soo lean….how to overcome tis Kate?

  16. I have 2 they are 6 weeks old havn't a clue what breed thay are but i know they in the medium size range

  17. great tips for my puppy thanks @howdini and i use balance life treat for my puppy. I always buy from vetsupply,com.au

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  26. I like Victor Professional Formula dry food in the purple bag – https://amzn.to/2VXHWrp

    I work with show dog breeders & kennels that use it for puppies and dogs of all ages.

  27. I have a problem.. i have a big dog but she never eats her food and we tried almost every food but she never eats it we always have to feed her human food or wet food.. and she getting thinner :c

  28. my puppy just died few days ago without knowing the real cause 🙁 he vomited, can't even stand to urinate,he bathed with it 🙁 the color was like coke and it was everywhere and kept on drinking water. didn't eat. that happened within just 1 day then died 🙁

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