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What Should I Feed My Puppy?

Pick a high-quality food made especially for growing pups

Overview

You’re cute, but what do you eat?

Zooming, growing puppies burn more calories per-pound than adult dogs. They also need the right mix of protein to support their heart and muscles; healthy fats for supple skin and a shiny coat; and carbohydrates for energy. Choose a high-quality food that’s specially formulated for puppies (it’ll say so on the label), and refuel your pup on the regular with two or three meals a day.

When to switch to adult food

Miniature and toy-breed puppies are usually mature by nine or 10 months. Large and giant breeds have nowhere to go but up: they take 16 to 18 months to reach adulthood. Once dogs are fully grown, they (like people) don’t need as many calories, so it’s time to change up the menu from puppy food to adult dog food.

Feeding your dog right

Growing dogs always seem hungry, so it’s easy to overfeed them. But don’t give in to those adorable puppy eyes. Feeding pups too much can set them up for future health issues such as obesity and even skeletal problems. The amount you should give your puppy depends on their breed, size and ideal weight. Check the label of your pup’s food for portion recommendations, or follow feeding instructions from your vet.

Always have cool, fresh water available for your puppies and dogs.

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