Puppies need specialised, high-energy diets to support their rapid growth and immune systems. The best way to achieve this is by feeding a high-quality, formulated puppy food – this takes all of the guesswork out, setting your pooch up for many years of good health.
Puppies need to be fed more frequently than their adult counterparts – generally three times a day until six months of age, then twice daily until a year old. Thereafter, feed once or twice a day. How much to feed will depends on the dog’s breed and size – check with your vet or the packet instructions.
How long to feed a puppy diet also varies between breeds. Generally, smaller breeds switch to adult food earlier (at around 12 months), as they have a shorter growth period. In large breeds, it’s usually recommended to continue with puppy food until they’re between 18-24 months of age. When making the transition to adult food, introduce the new food slowly over a few weeks. Start by mixing a little new food with the puppy food and gradually increase the ratio.
Dogs should always have access to fresh, clean water.
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