Puppy’s First Year
Tailored Nutrition and Feeding
Nutrition and feeding is in my opinion, one of, if not the most important topics when it comes to our growing puppy’s development.
It’s Not Just WHAT To Feed, But How MUCH to Feed!
Today more than ever, deciding what to feed our growing 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 and our adult dogs.
When I brought my first pug Edie home as a puppy, I had not been 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.
Although Edie is trim and has been at a healthy weight for several years now, I DID NOT want to go through the same battle with my puppy Edna – begging and being a food obsessed dog!
I DID NOT Want Another Begging, Food Obsessed Dog!
Puppies and different breeds of puppies require specialized diets that 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 did I do to ensure my puppy’s nutrition was tailored just right for her and make sure she received the proper amount of food from the very start?
“Open and Honest Conversations” With My Vet
It’s important for me and the health of my dogs, to have regular open and honest conversations with my vet about nutrition, their appropriate weight, and the amount my they are being fed.
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!
To maintain this kind of energy, and ensure proper growth in my puppy, she needed to be fed a food that is nutritionally tailored to her. A dog food that addresses her size, breed, while keeping her growing needs in mind.
Tailored Nutrition Addressing My Dog’s Individual Needs
I have to say, when I first viewed the below video I though “OMG this is so my dogs!”.
On one hand is my very busy puppy Edna who requires tailored nutrition addressing her high energy level and growing needs. Then there is my calmer, still food motivated, adult dog Edie. Edie requires a dog food tailored to her that continues to maintain her healthy weight, keeps her feeling satisfied, while still delivering the proper nutrition she requires as well.
What Feeding Differences Have I Noticed?
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. My puppy is not fed any other food, droppings or “people food”. When training my puppy, she is rewarded with her kibble and she’s happy for it. The portion of training kibble is taken into consideration and measurement of her meals are adjusted accordingly.
Edna’s weight has increased appropriately, she does devour and enjoy her meals, yet when she’s finished eating she does not look for or beg for more food.
Being this diligent when feeding my puppy (or adult dog) may seem extreme to some, but after my previous experience with an overweight dog and knowing all to well the health issues associated with obesity in dogs, it works for me, it works for my puppy and helps keep her healthy.
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?