If you are thinking about adding a puppy to your family, or you already have one, it’s important to make sure you are feeding him so that he is getting proper nourishment to help support healthy development.
Choose A Food Made For Puppies
Your puppy needs a diet made with a balance of nutrients to help nourish his growing body and provide a solid nutritional foundation for a healthy life. This is why quality dog food brands offer specialized puppy formulas. In fact, the Purina® Pro Plan® brand offers a complete line of dry puppy formulas, each designed to deliver optimal nutrient absorption to meet your puppy’s unique nutritional needs. Plus, every Pro Plan dry formula is made with real meat (like chicken or lamb) as the first ingredient, as well as DHA for healthy brain and vision development and antioxidants to help nourish a developing immune system.
How Much To Feed Your Puppy
Ensuring that your puppy is getting the proper nutrition as he grows is extremely important. And because puppies grow so quickly during their first year, the way you feed them is equally important.
If you’re wondering how much to feed your puppy, it’s best to check the feeding guidelines on his food package as a starting point. Because every dog food formula provides a different caloric density, the amount you should feed your puppy will vary across brands and formulas.
How Often To Feed Your Puppy
When your puppy is between eight and 12 weeks old, you can feed him three-to-four times a day. When puppies are close to six months old, feedings can generally be reduced to two meals a day. Once again, it’s important to follow the feeding guidelines recommended on your puppy’s food package.
Switching To An Adult Dog Food
In general, switch your puppy to an adult dog food when he’s finished growing, which is usually around his first birthday, depending upon the breed. Ask your veterinarian to determine the right time to transition your puppy to adult food. When you make that transition, be sure to do it gradually to avoid dietary upset. Over the 7-10 day period, gradually add more and more of the new adult food, and less and less of the puppy food until you are feeding 100% of the adult food. This will allow your puppy to gradually adjust.
There are many factors to consider when choosing the right food for your puppy as he grows. If you have any questions about what to feed your puppy, ask your veterinarian and visit proplan.com/myPLAN.