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So, you’ve got a new puppy at home. This is obviously an exciting time for you. However, don’t let that excitement distract you from the more important things. A puppy is a living, breathing creature and it’s dependent on you to take care of it. One of the most important things you need to pay attention to about pups is what they eat. Diet plays an important role with regard to the overall development of your pup. Now, this is where a certain amount of confusion can step in.There are so many options out there in terms of puppy specific food. But, how do you know which one’s right for your little guy/gal? Especially, when each breed has its own set of nutritional requirements?Well, that’s why we’ve created this guide to help you out.First things first
Pups are highly energetic and they actually require more nutrition than an adult dog. In fact, they have twice the energy requirements of an adult dog. However, they are too small to eat heavy quantities in order to source that level of energy. That’s why they require specially formulated puppy food.So, when choosing, look for foods that offer easy digestion, maximum nutrition and a growth formula that is 100% premium. These foods come packed with optimum amounts of minerals, proteins, fats, vitamins, and carbohydrates. They are developed specifically to provide benefits such as clear eyesight, a rich coat, healthy bones, healthy skin, healthy teeth, and a good muscle tone. Other than that, your pup is likely to develop a positive attitude if his/her diet is healthy.Size
You must also factor in size when choosing food for your pup. As mentioned earlier, each breed has its own set of nutritional requirements. For instance, the way a pug grows isn’t the same as how a German shepherd grows. They have their individual mechanisms in place. Larger breeds need a formula that offers a certain calcium-phosphorous ratio. This is to make sure that their bones are healthy and that they do not get affected by joint disease. Apart from the size of the breed itself, it is also necessary to focus on the size of the kibble. If you have a small breed, obviously large kibble sizes are going to be a problem. Similarly, large chunks of wet food are also going to pose the same problem.Ingredients
Ingredients are also very important. For example, a fatty acid known as DHA plays an important role in a pup’s nervous system. In fact, puppies need more DHA than adult dogs. An optimum amount of DHA leads to the development of better eyesight, better hearing and even better brain functions. In other words, your pup can be smarter, faster, and sharper than normal, if there is enough DHA in his/her diet.For more information on puppy nutrition, talk to your vet.