You may be wondering what to feed your new puppy right after you bring him home and one of the options that came to your mind is adult dog food. Well, the problem is puppies need more nutrients than adult dogs and the bite size of these foods may not yet be suitable for their little mouths.Yes, it may be a lot cheaper to just buy adult dog food especially if you already have another dog to feed.
As a pet owner, you need to understand that a growing puppy’s needs are not the same as that of a fully grown or adult dog.
Their bodies need all the nutrients that they can get to develop tissues, organs, muscles, and bones in order to reach their adult size.
Together with this need comes the requirement for greater energy sources which is why you need to supply a greater amount of calories.
Aside from that, you also need to take into consideration the fact that they have weaker teeth, jaws, and stomach so what you may be feeding your grown up dog may not be suitable for them.
They have the right amount of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and minerals that they need to grow as well as essential nutrients such as DHA that helps in their brain development.
If however, the puppies have been orphaned or are abandoned by their mother, then the next best thing would be replacement milks which can be bought from your local pet store.
You can start feeding them some puppy food mashed in some warm replacement milk or water once they are three (3) to four (4) weeks old.
Here are a few other things to consider to help you decide which types of food to feed your puppy.
A puppy’s mother will be its best source of nutrition until they reach the age of eight weeks or two months.
The mother supplies not only warmth and hygiene needs for the puppies, but also one of their most important needs – antibodies.
Just like in humans, a mother’s milk contains essential components which cannot be replicated by commercially prepared formula milk.