Proper nutrition is key. Do you want to know a little more about how to feed your little glutton?
Keep reading because the amounts and frequency with which you have to feed your new friend vary depending on different factors.
In this complete guide, we will explain about nutrition from birth until your puppy is a year old.
Feeding our puppy is fundamental for his correct development. It´s also important to devote time to inform you correctly.
In a natural way, puppies feed on breast milk until about three months old, when weaning occurs and they can begin to eat specialized food for puppies.
However, not all puppies are lucky enough to be able to be fed by their mothers until weaning. So, we will explain how we should feed our puppy from birth, without the help of the mother.
Puppies cannot eat solid food because they do not even have their teeth formed, nor is their digestive system prepared for it. That’s why we should feed them only with special milk for puppies, which we can find in veterinary clinics.
We cannot feed a puppy with cow’s milk because they do not tolerate lactose well, it would cause serious digestive problems and even intestinal parasites, causing death.
Only the special milk for puppies is valid for feeding, they sell it in powder to dilute it in water or already bottled. We must temper it without it getting to burn, so that our puppy does not take it cold.
A puppy will need to drink milk with the help of a bottle between four and six times a day.
When our puppy is about three months old, we should begin to insert solid feeding. However, it cannot be in an abrupt way since his digestive system has to start adapting slowly.
How many times do I have to feed my puppy?
This is a very recurring question because you have to find a balance in nutrition. This is because you do not want your puppy to be either hungry or overfed. This balance will be marked by the frequency in which you divide his daily ration during his development stage.
The most advisable thing is to feed your puppy several times a day. It is not good to leave the feeder for puppies all the time so that he gets used to it and learns a schedule. As a general rule, follow these guidelines:
-Transition from weaning to solid feeding (usually 8 weeks): 4-6 meals a day.
-From 8 weeks to 3 months: 4 meals a day.
-From 4 to 6 months: 2-3 meals a day.
-After 6 months: 2 meals a day (depending on the breed).