The Puppy's Diet

Puppies require a different kind of care than adult dogs do, especially if you bear in mind that the bones have to be formed correctly; therefore, you must administer calcium and vitamins in the dogs diet so that their bones can be strengthened.

In order to know exactly what your dog needs or doesn't need, it is advisable to pay a visit to the veterinarian. He will indicate the amount of food your dog needs in proportion to his size, weight and age.

Don't get into the habit of asking about the kind of medications that other dogs use an even though your dog might have, or appear to have, the same symptoms and deficiencies as other dogs or puppies. Besides, you must bear in mind that two dogs with the same disease can not be cured in the exact same way. You have to consider that each animal and react differently. In one animal a medication can have good effects whereas with another one the effects can be adverse.

A detail that you must not forget about is the food schedule. As with your own children, it is very convenient to be organized with your puppy's meals. Up until their three months of age, is convenient for them to eat at least three times a day. Bringing forward are putting off meals can bring about diverse stomach disorders, which can be very harmful for your dog's health and for the assimilation of the food

You cannot ignore that the puppy (the same thing occurs with adult dogs and with humans), when time arrives, starts to segregate gastric juices in the stomach, especially when there is a visual stimuli, like for example the fact that someone is placing a bowl full of delicious food in front of him; if the dog is not able to eat that food after having segregated those juices, they will turn into acid and be eliminated through the urine, causing a strong smell. If the dog is repeatedly put to wait, he will develop an assimilation problem, and could also develop gastritis, which can be chronic.

The kind of food that the puppy should have between the second and third month consist in milk with a little bread. If you want, you can include some extra calcium – just as long as you have the OK of the veterinarian. This is what the puppy should receive in the early morning, in other words, when you wake up.

After that, around midday, give the puppy a ration of chopped raw meat mixed with rice, which once a week must be replaced by a pasta soup mixed with the meat. It is important to mix the meat well with the rice. That way the puppy won't pick out what he prefers. In addition, the puppy should always have plenty of water, but you should make sure that the water bowl is not too big so that the puppy doesn't end up taking a bath in his drinking water. When the puppy is still small, try to put water bowls in different parts of the house, that way, if the puppy wanders around and happens to get stuck in one room for a while, he will always have fresh water at hand.

In the evening, the food should be identical or similar to the food at midday. It is difficult to give you a precise amount due to the fact that it really depends on the size of the puppy, but it should be a little more than lunch. Remember that if your puppy seems to be a little plump, it doesn't mean that he is sick. Whenever he gets diarrhea, he will dehydrate quickly and his plumpness serves as a security measure in order to resist any disease. You mustn't, however, administer products that have an excessive amount of grease.

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