Puppy’s First Year
Tailored Nutrition and Feeding
Up until now I have not touched on the subject of my puppy Edna’s nutrition and feeding. When in fact, nutrition is in my opinion one of, if not the most important topics when it comes to our growing puppy’s development.
It Doesn’t Stop With WHAT to Feed But How MUCH to Feed!
Today more than ever, deciding what to feed our puppies and adult dogs can be an overwhelming decision. And it doesn’t stop with WHAT to feed but how MUCH to feed our growing puppy.
When I brought my first pug Edie home as a puppy, I was not given a clear and concise amount of how much to feed her. I believe this one of the factors that contributed to Edie being on the fast track to becoming an obese dog. Edie is now trim and has been at a healthy weight for several years, but I DID NOT want to go through the same battle with my puppy Edna that I went through with Edie – begging and being a food obsessed dog!
I DID NOT Want To Battle With Another Begging, Food Obsessed Dog!
Puppies and different breeds of puppies require a specialized diet to address their growing and nutritional needs. For me it was never an issue of what I was going to feed my puppy, but how MUCH I was going to feed her – this was and is, a very real concern for me.
So what am I doing to ensure my puppy’s feeding and nutrition is tailored just right for her? How do I make sure puppy Edna receives the proper amount of food from the very start?
“Open and Honest Conversations” With My Vet
I have regular open and honest conversations with my vet about my puppy’s nutrition, her appropriate weight and the amount she is being fed. Edna is weighed on a regular basis to keep track of her progress and make sure her weight is on a healthy track.
Edna is a VERY active and ENERGETIC puppy who goes non stop! For those of you who know me, or should I say, know my dogs, have likely seen videos of Edna doing her well known “zoomies”! It’s energy like this that my puppy needs to be fed a food that is nutritionally tailored for her. A food that addresses her size, breed, and keeps her growing needs in mind.
I have to say when I first viewed the below video, I though “OMG this is so my dogs!”.
On one hand is my wild child active and very busy puppy Edna who requires tailored nutrition that addresses her high energy level and growing needs. And then there is my adult dog Edie, who is calm and relaxed, but still food motivated. So Edie requires a dog food that is tailored to not only maintain a healthy weight and keep her feeling satisfied, but one that also delivers the proper nutrition she requires as well.
Have I noticed a difference in feeding and weight gain in my puppy Edna compared to my dog Edie when she was the same age?
After the struggles I experienced with my dog Edie – her voracious and insatiable appetite, constant begging/demanding of food, and ultimate weight gain, I better understand how to get ahead of the game with my puppy Edna.
With continual conversations with my vet I know exactly how much to feed my puppy and can alter those amounts as needed along the way. All of Edna’s meals are weighed and measured, she is not fed any other food, droppings or “people food”. When training my puppy she is rewarded with her kibble, and I take that into consideration and adjust the measurement of her meals.
Being this diligent when feeding my dogs may seem extreme to some, but after my previous experience with an overweight dog, and knowing the health issues associated with obesity in dogs, it works for me and it works for my growing puppy.
Edna’s weight has increased appropriately, she does not beg for food, but she does devour and enjoy her meals, yet when she’s finished eating, she does not look for more.
Do you have multiple pets that you feed differently?
Have you noticed a difference by individually tailoring each of your pet’s nutrition and feeding?