There are many things to take into consideration when it comes to taking good care of your puppies. These furry creatures need more attention compared to adult dogs. You have to be careful in feeding them because one wrong move can have adverse effects on their health. At the same time, wrong feeding habits can also result in problems concerning their growth or development.
At this point, it is essential to emphasize the fact that puppies need twice the energy intake of older dogs. According to experts, around twenty to thirty (20%-30%) of their diet must be composed of protein. Do not worry because during the first few weeks, the puppies will get the necessary nutrients from their mother. As a matter of fact, you cannot feed them right after they are born. You have to wait a couple of weeks before these puppies are allowed to take in solid foods.
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When these puppies are around three or four-week-old, they must already be introduced to small amounts of puppy food. They can also take in meat and vegetables, as long as they can be apportioned according to the size of the puppies. Take note that they will have a difficult time in identifying whether the item in from of them is edible or not. As such, the usual occurrence is that they would play with the food. However, once they realize that they can eat the item, it will be easier for them to identify different types of food.
Be sure to consult with a veterinarian if you are not confident with what to feed the puppy. This professional can help a lot in providing a healthy diet for your puppy. Take note that you must be strict in complying with his recommendation to avoid health complications for the puppies. Aside from this, you also have the option to inquire about pet shops about the ideal puppy food available in their stores.
As to the frequency, it depends on the specific breed of your puppies. The best thing to do is to research more about it so that you will not commit any error. Keep in mind that failure to follow these guidelines can be dangerous for your beloved furry friends.