Many pet food producers will have you to believe that a separate food for a puppy is needed. This is not the case! If the food you are intending to feed your adult dog has all the nutrients it should, it will suffice for your new puppy.
The problem is that most dog foods contain little to no nutrition. If the puppy food contained this little amount of nutrition, the puppy would not grow adequately. While most foods contain little nutrition, some companies such as Life’s Abundance gives optimum nutrition to all stages of growth. The same food can easily be used throughout the whole lifespan of your pet. This makes buying dog food very convenient for the average pet owner.
Other pet food producers know that it would be simple to have a standard pet food for all ages, but they do not do this because more choices makes more selections and more selections makes more sales. When walking through the store to buy pet food, are you more apt to buy the brand with one simple standard dog food that takes up a single shelf? More often then not you are probably apt to take the brand that offers many types of food regardless of the nutritional value. It is all a marketing tool. Nutrition not brand name popularity should be the primary focus.
What Size Should The Kibble Be?
This may seem like a small thing, but a puppy’s teeth are not strong enough to eat the adult size kibble of most dog foods on the market. This may sound like a contradiction to the answer to the first question, but it is not. If the pet owner is feeding the puppy Life’s Abundance dog food, the kibbles are made in such a way that they are small enough for a puppy. Any dog food kibble is still hard, but the puppy can not yet chew such a hard food. The solution to this is to soak the kibbles in water to make them nice and soft for the puppy. This makes these kibbles still perfect for any stage.
How Often Should a Puppy Be Fed?
Puppies need to eat a lot, but and not too much. As a general rule, puppies can eat up to 1/3 more than a full grown dog. Remember the puppy is growing very rapidly, and he needs enough food to keep up with this growth.
You should be able to feel but not see their ribs, and they should have a visible waist when you look down at them. This is true for puppies of any breed, big or small. The new puppy may eat several times a day, but do not allow him to get use to having food available whenever he wants. Train him to be able to eat at scheduled times.
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