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What to Feed Your Growing Puppy
Food basics and best practices for puppy parents
With a mind-boggling array of puppy food to choose from, how do you make sure your new little pup’s diet is healthy? Start with a few common-sense rules.
Choose a quality puppy food
Look for food specifically made for puppies (not adult dogs) and choose a premium brand. Although lower-quality foods can be cheaper, the ingredients may lead to digestion problems, bowel problems or obesity.
Decide between wet and dry food
Soft, canned puppy food tends to be more palatable, but hard kibble helps keep those puppy chompers clean by cutting down on tartar buildup. How about a little bit of both?
Fresh is best
Check the expiration date on the food package and only buy as much as your puppy can eat before that date. Store pet food somewhere cool and dry and keep it in a tightly sealed container. After every meal, throw out whatever your puppy doesn’t eat.
The amount puppies eat should depend on their age, size and ideal weight. Talk to your vet about the portion size that makes sense for your pup and check the label on the food you buy for more information about portions.
Set a schedule
Regular mealtimes will help you regulate your puppy’s potty times, which means fewer accidents. Though it is best not to give a puppy unlimited access to food — that little dog will overeat — do feed puppies more frequently than adult dogs. They’re very active and their bodies are growing, so puppies need to eat more than once a day. Small puppies and very active dogs can also suffer life-threatening drops in blood sugar if they’re not fed frequently enough.
Your veterinarian can help you develop a feeding routine for your puppy, which you can adjust as your dog gets older.
No people food!
Table scraps can upset a puppy’s stomach or even lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous condition that can be caused by eating fatty foods. Feeding puppies from the table also teaches them to beg, a behavior you probably don’t want to encourage.Shop puppy food Shop food & water bowls Shop The Puppy Center
BLUE Wilderness® Puppy Food - Grain Free, Natural, Chicken$16.99 $19.99
BLUE Life Protection Formula® Large Breed Puppy Food - Chicken & Brown Rice$29.99 $33.99
Simply Nourish™ Puppy Food - Natural, Chicken & Brown Rice$11.89
Authority® Large Breed Puppy Food - Chicken & Rice$13.99
Hill's® Science Diet® Large Breed Puppy Food - Chicken Meal & Oats$28.69 $32.99
BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain Recipe™ Grain Free Puppy Food$18.99 $20.99
Nulo MedalSeries Puppy Food - Grain Free, Chicken & Sweet Potato$16.99 $18.99
Eukanuba® Large Breed Puppy Food - Chicken$11.04 $12.99
Purina® Pro Plan® Focus Large Breed Puppy Food - Chicken & Rice$33.98
Bil-Jac® Large Breed Puppy Food$43.99 $48.99
Simply Nourish™ Large Breed Puppy Food - Natural, Chicken & Brown Rice$42.29 $46.29
Authority® Grain Free Puppy Food - Chicken & Pea$36.99 $39.99