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Owning a puppy can be challenging, and often quite worrying. The responsibility is immense. A drop in your puppy's weight, can cause your own heart to drop, leaving you anxious, worried wondering whether you are doing something wrong. Let's not jump to conclusion just yet, as there can be a number of reasons for your puppy's inability to gain weight.
common mistake amongst first-time pup owners. New puppy parents should learn
about and feed the adequate amount of food to their puppy, because prolonged
underfeeding can cause malnourishment and pose serious health risks. The food
served must always be proportionate to the weight of your pup. Keeping track of
your puppy's weight is crucial in order to supply the right amount of food
required for your pup's body.
The food you
supply to your dog must always include all the right nutrients for healthy
growth and development. If the daily nutrition value to be met has failed, this
will naturally result in loss of weight, or inability to gain weight. Some
necessary nutrients to feed your dog are:
- Protein-protein helps build and maintain muscle, body tissue, and organs. A few good sources of protein are: beef, fish, soy, and eggs.
- Fats – this is a significant source of energy for your puppy, it is required for healthy skin, eyes and tissue.
- Carbohydrates – like fats, also provide the necessary energy required by your pup. Good sources for carbohydrates are: bread, potatoes, and rice.
- Vitamins and minerals – an essential component as dogs cannot produce their own vitamins and minerals other than vitamin C. Their daily quota must be met to encourage healthy growth and weight gain.
If efforts to feed your pup a larger quantity, with better nutrition have been proved futile, oral supplements could help your puppy pack-on a few pounds. Good quality supplements are available in most pet stores, all you are required to do is get your pup checked for any vitamin or mineral deficiencies and purchase supplements containing what your pup lacks.
A simple and common way of feeding a puppy supplements is by hiding them in their favored choice of food.
Getting a full veterinary check-up is another great way you can help your puppy. Many a times certain diseases and disorder could cause a loss of appetite and a drastic reduction of weight. Some such diseases and disorders are: Diabetes, Addison's disease, Hyperthyroidism, Chronic protein-losing intestinal disorder, neurological disorders, and parasites that feed off their hosts' nutrition.
Staying alert and aware towards early signs and symptoms of diseases and disorders could help save your pup from days, weeks, or months of discomfort.