CARE OF BASSWOOD PUPPIES
worming | vaccination | feeding | training
Feeding Your Puppy When You Get Home
is a time of rapid growth and development, so puppies require nearly double
the amount of nutrients per pound of food than do older dogs. Because
of their special nutritional needs, your puppy should only receive puppy
food for the first year. Most dog food manufacturers offer a special formula
for puppies that is higher in protein (28%-30%), and enriched
with other essentials your growing puppy needs.
Type of food
Guidelines to Good Basic Feeding
- Feed your puppy the same kind of food every day.
Unlike humans, a dog's digestive system cannot handle changes in food. It
can cause upset stomach and diarrhoea.
- When changing to a new food, make a gradual transition
to the new food by mixing portions of both foods until you slowly phase the
old food out. (Your puppy may experience diarrhoea if his food is suddenly
- We recommend feeding your puppy on dry complete
meal (available from supermarkets or pet shops) mixed with water.
Puppies need a balanced diet. The good thing
about commercial foods is that you know that your puppy is getting exactly
the right balance of calcium and phosphorus, vitamins and minerals. This
is particularly important while they are growing and their bones are changing
size so rapidly.
- Don't overfeed your puppy (follow the guidelines
on the puppy-food package for recommended feeding amounts.). Puppies
should be kept lean while they are growing so that they do not grow too quickly.
This is especially important in large breeds where growing too fast puts
great stress on their bones. If bones do not develop properly
it can cause lameness problems later.
- Always feed your puppy at the same times every day.
Most puppies need to be fed three or four times a day at first as their tummies
are too small to cope with large meals.
- Always have fresh drinking water available.
- Keep food and water bowls clean.
- Don't be alarmed if your puppy's appetite changes.
It is normal for your puppy to lose his appetite or experience digestive
upset occasionally. However, if your puppy's upset stomach becomes severe
or lasts longer than a day or two, contact your vet.
We never recommend tinned food or the semi-moist
fake meat. Tinned foods are typically higher in calories and fat and are
usually 80 to 83 per cent water, which makes them pretty expensive. The semi-moist
foods are about 55% water and use high salt or sugar levels for preservation.
Again, you are paying too much for water and puppies don't need the salt
and sugar. Dry foods are only 9 to 11 percent water and are made of the same
quality ingredients as the other types. They are more economical, easier
to use and, in our opinion, better for your dog.
[from a report on veterinary opinion]
Dogs on dry foods typically have fewer intestinal
upsets, either diarrhoea or constipation. They have fewer problems with unwanted
weight gain. Probably the most important advantage of using dry
foods and feeding them dry is that the abrasive action of eating them is
good for the dog’s teeth and gums. Dog’s that constantly eat any of the softened
foods always have more dental problems ranging from tarter and plaque build
up, abscesses, tooth loss and gum disease. Any or all of these cause bad
Table scraps are a "No-No" for puppies
Young puppies should not be given table scraps because their digestive tracts
are not fully developed and table scraps could cause diarrhoea or other gastro-intestinal
problems. Table scraps fill them up but do not provide the nutrients their
rapidly growing bodies need. Feeding them from the table teaches them the
bad habit of begging; this may make house training more difficult for you.