What to feed a new puppy

New puppy owners are understandably anxious about what to feed their babies. There are so many food choices out there, as well as the latest fads and fashions and this can be confusing. However, feeding your new puppy the correct diet from day one will set up him for a longer,  healthier life – and you’ll save on vet’s bills in the long term!
Here are some common questions and a few important tips to help you put the perfect portion on your pup’s plate, peppered with advice from veterinary nutritionist Dr. Joe Bartges.

What’s the most important thing to know about feeding a puppy?

Dogs are omnivores, like people. Puppies are trying to build heathy bones and muscles, as well as brains and organs. The right nutrition is critical for the building blocks of development. A balanced diet really does matter.

  • It’s important that your puppy has a food that is labelled for ‘growth’ or at least says ‘all stages of life’. These diets have been shown to be adequate for growth for an average dog. But beware, your puppy might not be average, so be sure to ask your own veterinary team to weigh in about the ways your pup might be unique.

Should I give my puppy vitamins?

High-quality diets should provide all the nutrients needed, making vitamin supplements unnecessary. In fact, giving supplements to growing animals can be a bad idea as excessive or abnormal mineral balance can impact growth. Ask your EberVet Vetshop or veterinarian for their food recommendations.

How much should I feed my puppy?

It’s essential that your puppy has adequate calories during his growth period. But it’s equally important that you don’t begin a trend towards obesity. Follow the feeding guide provided on premium-quality puppy food brands (available at EberVet Vetshops). Breeds differ too, so your puppy’s breed is an important consideration when choosing the right food and the right amount.

It is essential that you stick to regular feeding times from day one so that your puppy doesn’t eat excessively or snack between meals. Puzzle feeders or chews stuffed with peanut butter will keep your puppy’s brain stimulated too. We have a wide selection of chews, feeders and bowls to choose from at all EberVet Vetshops.

Isn’t some vomiting & diahorrea normal for puppies?

No. If your puppy throws up or has a loose stool, see your vet immediately. They could be indicators of serious illness.

Should I feed my puppy a homemade or raw food diet?

Dr Bartges thinks this is too risky for young dogs. The risks for nutrient imbalance and infectious disease are too high during such a critical phase of growth.

Take advantage of your local veterinary team’s wealth of  knowledge. Book your pup in for a check-up the moment you take him home. Your vet will not only be able to answer important questions about diet but also about essential vaccinations and your pup’s sterilisation.