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Bringing home a brand new puppy is definitely one of the most exciting things in life. Puppies are adorable balls of fur that guarantee never ending fun and playful mischief. Although puppies bring so much joy into our lives, it is still a pretty big responsibility to take care of them. One of these big responsibilities that you should especially keep track of, is how you’re feeding him. Puppies need the right amount of nutrients and minerals in order to grow and be strong. That means that you have to come up with a diet plan that details calorie intake, macro nutrients, micro-nutrients, and other minerals that he many need to grow.
Taking care of a dog is a lot of work. They require constant care and attention. To make your job easier, here are a few tips on how to feed your pooch for his best health and your satisfaction.
- Controlled Feeding
When you choose controlled feeding, you are giving your dog an exact portion of food on a daily basis by taking their weight, height, and age into consideration. Make sure you don’t leave food lying around. Dogs are curious creatures and if they find it, they won’t hesitate to chow down. If you’re unsure of the exact amount, ask for assistance from your veterinarian who will only be happy to help.
- Say No to Table Scraps
We know you love your dog. So much that you would feed him from your own plate or sneak him something under the table. To bring him up with discipline, you should skip this habit. Feeding human food to a dog is one of the worst things you’re doing when it comes to his nutrition. Keep in mind that not all that we as humans eat are safe for dogs. Some foods can even be fatal! So stick to the dog food.
- Adjust His Diet Seasonally
If your doggo is more active during a certain season, then change his diet accordingly. He may be more active during summer when the weather is nice outside and all he wants to do is go out in the sun and play. In this case, you should give him slightly more to keep up his energy. During winter months, it may get too dangerous for him to go outside which leaves him stuck inside being idle. Consult your vet on the right method to feed him during this season as dogs will still burn more calories trying to stay warm during the cold winter months.
- Limit the Treats
Treats are a good way to teach a dog tricks but you don’t have to splurge on the treats every time he does something he’s supposed to. The calories from treats are often a bit much and that can be harmful for your dog in the long run.
Exercise and diet is also important for animals. Always ask your vet before you start a new exercise or put him on a new diet. Your vet knows best when it comes to the health and well-being of your dog.