Puppies are mainly carnivores, but, just as their parents, they can also eat some omnivorous foods. Because in the wild, the dogs’ ancestors consumed herbivorous prey that contained leftovers of plant-based foods in their stomach, dogs today can tolerate some of this type of ingredients. Here are some excellent ideas for feeding your puppy the right way.
Use high-quality commercial puppy food
When you’re shopping around for food for puppies, you will notice that there are all sorts of brands available on the shelves. How can you tell which one is the best? To narrow down your search first look at the formulas that are advertised as being created with the complex nutritional needs of puppies in mind.
This is your starting point. After that, see which brands offer premium ingredients, along with a complete and balanced diet. While it is recommended to feed your dog something extra, besides the dog food you buy from the store, this should be the base for proper nutrition.
Raw lamb is excellent, but not meat off the bone
Protein is essential for the optimal development of your puppy, but you must be careful about what sources of protein you use. For instance, it is all right to feed your puppy some small pieces of raw meat – raw lamb is highly recommended – but you should not feed him or her pieces that are off the bone.
Veterinarians advise staying away from meat off the bone because puppies’ development can be affected in the long run. You should consider only human grade meat when feeding it raw to your puppy.
Don’t feed your puppy sausages and other processed meats
While humans can eat processed meats, with some consequences for their health in the long run, and only if they make a habit out of consuming such products, for puppies, these are a complete no-no.
They contain sulfites, which can be very dangerous for a puppy’s natural development, which is why you should never include them in your puppy’s diet.
What kind of bone you should give your puppy
Dogs love bones, but this does not mean that you should let your puppy chew on one all the time. It is a good idea to give him or her a bone to chew on once a week, but not more often. When puppies go through the development of new teeth, they love to chew on stuff, and a bone is better than your shoes.
Be aware not to give your puppy a bone that is smaller than his or her mouth. This way, you will prevent the risk of swallowing and choking with the bone. On the other hand, do not give your puppy a large bone either, because these are usually hard and your puppy can end up with broken teeth.
Finally, there’s one important mention we must make and it’s regarding chicken bones. Do not feed your puppy chicken bones — ever.
They are dangerous and can be broken down far too easily, and the splinters will end up in your pet’s digestive system and might cause issues like obstructions, occlusions, or even pierce through the sensitive mucous membrane of the gut, thereby causing gastrointestinal perforation.
Be aware of toxic foods
Puppies are even more sensitive than mature dogs when it comes to toxic foods. So avoid chocolate, xylitol, onion, seeds, nuts, and other foods that are either toxic or can cause digestive problems, because they get stuck in the digestive tract.