Q: Why do puppies need specific food?

by Sarah, one of the vets on our Black Hawk team. Published 13 September 2016

Q: Why do puppies need specific food?

We feed puppies different food for exactly the same reason we feed human babies different food from adults. They’re digestive tracts aren’t fully developed, and they’re growing at an incredible rate. Adult foods simply don’t provide the right nutritional requirements for a growing puppy.

 Puppy foods should have a strict Calcium to Phosphorous ratio, which will vary slightly between the sizes (ie a small breed pup will require a slightly different ratio from a large breed pup). It’s important to note that it’s the ratio which is critical, not just the presence of calcium. This is why you can not just add calcium to an adult diet, and then feed it to a puppy. If this ratio isn’t correct, the puppy can develop bowed legs, and other skeletal abnormalities.

Another difference between puppy food and adult food is the amount of energy levels and ingredient composition. Puppy food is generally higher energy, and will have higher fat levels in the blends.

Black Hawk has puppy food catered specifically for your growing best friend’s needs. 

At Black Hawk, we believe optimal health is achieved by providing a complete diet using ingredients derived as closely from their natural state as possible. Hence our phrase Every ingredient matters that you’ll see on our products.

Tags: Puppy, Nutrition

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