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Puppy Nutrition

 

Puppies require a diet which provides optimal levels of nutrients that are required for growth, and sufficient calories to maintain their energy requirements. Puppies have greater structural and functional demands upon their bodies, a faster metabolic rate, and a subsequently higher need for calories than an adult dog of the same weight.


Feeding a super-premium quality complete food such as Arden Grange reduces the risk of over or under-nutrition. Every recipe contains not only the essential nutrients for controlled and healthy growth, but many safe and natural healthcare supplements that may optimise your puppy's overall general health and well-being.


During early growth, the digestive system is at its most sensitive. It is important to choose a very highly digestible food that will ensure balanced intestinal flora, and a regular intestinal transit resulting in firm stools.


Puppy Junior Large Breed is lower calorie to help reduce the risk of developmental bone disease associated with over-nutrition in large and giant breeds, and to help promote a slow and steady rate of growth over a longer period of time.


Fresh chicken, chicken meal and egg are included in all of the Arden Grange dry puppy foods alongside prebiotics (for digestive support), nucleotides (for digestive and immune support) and natural antioxidants (for protection against free radical damage).

Skeletal health is promoted by the addition of glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM.


Switching to an adult food
It is recommended switching to an adult food once puppies reach their optimal height. There is considerable variation between breeds, with large breeds maturing much slower than smaller breeds (and growing over a longer period of time). There is also a difference in developmental rates between every dog as an individual which will be dependent upon genetic build, metabolism and digestion. If in doubt it is sensible to contact the breeder of your puppy, your vet or our nutrition advisers

 

Hints & Tips

  • Weigh your puppy regularly to ensure food intake is appropriate.
  • Measure your puppy's height with a tape measure at the withers to check if there is still some upward growth to complete once they are older. Measure again in 2 weeks and you will be able to tell whether any further growth has occurred.
  • Poo watching is one of the best ways to check the feed volume is suitable. If the stools are normal in the morning but get progressively looser throughout the day, it may be a sign that he your pup is getting a little too much food. It can however be indicative of other problems too, so do watch carefully and seek veterinary advice if a small food reduction doesn't improve the situation.
  • Gradually make any changes to the feed volume, be it an increase or decrease (Sometimes decreases will be necessary when the growth rate slows down as the pup starts nearing maturity).
  • To soak or not to soak? We recommend that the majority of the kibble is soaked with a little warm water for 20-30 minutes for younger puppies. This softens the food and makes the initial work of the digestive enzymes easier.

It also brings out the aromas of the food, and a soft texture is usually more appealing when a puppy is teething.


For large and giant breeds, we recommend soaking the food throughout adulthood, particularly if the dog is a fast eater. This helps to deter the natural heavy thirst that occurs after a dry meal. A lot of water on top of a full stomach may increase the risk of bloat.


Do take care not to soak the food for long periods of time otherwise it may be subject to bacterial growth, especially if it is left somewhere warm or the weather is hot.

  • Frequency of feeding - we'd initially suggest following the breeder's advice as puppies develop at different rates. As a guide, puppies up to 12 weeks will thrive on 4 meals per day. From 12 weeks to 6 months we'd suggest 3 meals per day. We recommend 2 meals per day for adults, although dogs with digestive problems may benefit from more frequent mealtimes.