What is it about a puppy that makes us say “aw”? Could it be that their heads are larger in proportion to their bodies or that their big round eyes look deeply into our souls and melt our hearts. When we see a puppy we immediately start speaking in a higher pitched voice, we smile and make funny faces at them when talking to them and we actually say “aw”. Whatever it is we love our puppies and since March 23 is National Puppy Day and Canine Caviar would like to educate Pet parents on the importance of starting your puppy off early on a healthy diet.
As a new dog owner, you will want to select a puppy food that is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Growth. Canine Caviar exceeds those standards and is designed to support the whole body while totally eliminating hormones, pesticides and antibiotics from a puppy’s diet; a claim that the majority of other puppy food manufacturers can not make.
The first 6 months of a puppy’s life is when they experience their largest growth spurt. Because a puppy’s needs are much different than adult dogs, it is important to make sure the first ingredient is a reliable free-range protein source whose digestibility level is above 90%. Digestibility is especially important in a puppy’s diet because it is the difference between how much food is consumed and how much of the food is actually put to use by the body. Canine Caviar recommends rotating proteins, which gives your pet a much needed and different amino acid profile and maintains a healthy immune system. A variation of proteins will mirror that of its ancestor’s diet who hunted in the wild eating a variety of meats.
While a fat puppy is cute, cuddly and always make us say “aw”, you have to remember a fat puppy isn’t necessarily a healthy puppy. It is recommended to schedule set feeding times in order to prevent your puppy from grazing throughout the day. Starting your puppy off on a balanced diet rich in nutrients and vitamins can prevent future costs associated with disease and ailments that occur over time and may be prevented by feeding your puppy a True holistic diet especially one that is alkaline based and specifically formulated to help reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases by providing the puppy with the best “whole” healthy lifestyle.
Many foods are intended specifically for the size of your puppy’s breed; however the amounts you feed them may differ because of the breed’s specific caloric requirements. Puppies burn more energy than adult dogs, so the puppy food needs to be high in beneficial calories in order to support their metabolism. Trainers and veterinarians recommend feeding dry kibble because of its fat content. Dry kibble also helps to prevent plaque and tarter while meeting a puppies need to chew. Human foods do not offer the nutritional support that a puppy needs during this critical growth period and what is good for a human is not always good for a puppy, so it is important to avoid feeding your puppy table scraps.
There is nothing like the feeling you get when you hold and cuddle with a new puppy, and it seems at times that a puppy is invincible because of their intense energy level, but remember they are going to grow into an adult dog. Now that you understand a little more about the benefits of a nutrient dense puppy diet, hopefully you will start your puppy off on the right “paw” building strong bones and muscle is what will keep your pet healthy for a long time.
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