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Basic puppy feeding guide
As each dog is an individual, you should seek veterinary advice if your puppy has any special needs or has a reaction to a standard diet.
The basis of your puppy’s diet should be a high quality balanced premium commercial puppy food that is appropriate for their life stage and health status. You can check if it complies with the Australian Standard for the Manufacturing and Marketing by reading the label. There is pet food AS 5812.
Puppies should be offered food at least 4 times per day to begin with, gradually reducing the number of meals as they grow, and adult dogs should be fed at least twice per day to help avoid bloat, which can be fatal.
Puppies should not be underfed or overfed. Research shows that puppies that are overfed can have muscle and bone problems. Your vet can tell you how much to feed your puppy.
The vet can weigh your puppy and give you advice.
If you don’t have fresh drinking water at all times, do not give your puppy milk.
The permanent teeth grow quickly between four to six months of age. Introducing puppy-specific chew toys and healthy treats can alleviate teething issues and help train your pet’s attention away from gnawing on household items. The global veterinary oral health council has a list of dental products that meet standards.
Humans and animals are not recommended to eat bones or raw meat as they can break teeth and cause internal obstructions. Should I feed my dog’s bones? For more information.
If you choose to offer bones to your puppy, they should be raw and gradually introduced. The puppy can’t fit the whole bone in their mouth or swallow it whole if the bone is large. Don’t use large hard marrow bones, T-bones, or large knuckle bones. It was sawn in one direction. Cow hearts are non-bone alternatives that you can ask your butcher for. Do not allow your puppy to eat bones.
When your puppy is eating raw bones, you should always watch them.
There are no cooked bones, onions/onion sauces or other toxic substances present in boiled chicken or lamb. Both animals and humans can get sick from eating raw meat and bones. So are not recommended. We recommend that you only feed your puppy human-grade raw meat and bones. sausages, sausage meat and cooked manufactured meats can also contain sulphite, so you should avoid them. There have been many pet food safety incidents linked to sulphite. More information can be found in this article.
Tinned sardines in spring water, canned tuna and salmon can be offered as a treat occasionally. Fish shouldn’t be fed constantly.
A small amount of finely-cut vegetable matter can be offered.
Provide access to grass that isn’t treated with chemicals. Grass may be a source of vegetable matter for puppies.
Unless directed by a vet, calcium powder supplements should not be given.
The following substances are toxic to dogs and should not be fed to them. There are alcohol, onions, onion powder, garlic, chocolate, coffee or caffeine products.
Ensure your puppy doesn’t have access to string wrappings around rolled roasts or absorbent pads found under meat when wrapped on trays.
Why is 8 weeks an important time in a puppy’s life?
It is important for puppies to be eight weeks old. When they finish their mother’s care, that’s the time. Between three to six weeks is when they begin to wean, and that is also the time when they have all of their baby teeth.
This is the time in a puppy’s life when they are the most impressionable. The time in their life when they haven’t formed habits yet and can be trained easily is called the imprinting stage. They can be socialized with other animals. Their environment and experiences are very important at this point because they are soaking up all of the behaviors and impressions that they see and feel.