The phrase ‘you are what you eat’ is not just applicable to humans. Matter of fact, the diet of canines can greatly affect their personalities, health and of course emotions. Which is why whatever you feed your dog should be vet-recommended. Now, puppies come in distinct breeds and some breeds are better suited for certain meals than others.
However, some diets are purpose dependent in the sense that if you want your puppy to be a show dog, the diet to facilitate his/her growth of strong bones and teeth is different from the diet of a regular house pet. This piece is explaining why your puppy might need a new diet.
Dieting for humans can be so relative and personal even. What do you do if you want to lose weight? Change your lifestyle and tweak your diet. What about when you want to bulk up? Similar changes are expected. However, these changes are mostly for adult humans and not babies. Puppies are the babies of the dog world and their nutritional needs differ from that of average grown dogs. So why then could your puppy require a new diet? Coming up.
- They could be allergic
Just like some humans are allergic to gluten, lactose or nuts, some puppy breeds can also have this tendency with certain foods. Puppies are very vulnerable and fragile creatures and as such their meals and how they react to it need proper observation. These food allergies could span from the consumption of foods like beef, dairy, eggs, wheat, chicken, lamb, fish, pork, soy, rabbit, etc. Although food allergies in puppies are more of a genetic problem, it is mostly triggered by common allergens found in the above-listed foods. Food allergies in puppies are determined by a vet after which a new diet plan is set in motion.
- They may come of age
Newborn puppies survive purely on the milk of their mothers for a period of 0-4 weeks. After this period, they are expected to be prepped for weaning when they’re about 6 weeks of age. This is because, as they progress in age, the nutrients from the milk are no more sufficient for their growth and development and this is where the solid food comes in. Now even as they’re still young (below 8 weeks) owners may still need to moisten the dry food until it becomes spongy just so the puppies can ingest it better.
Now, you may need to switch your puppy’s diet for a whole lot of reasons including finances, health challenges, internal agitation or maybe because it’s just time to. Regardless of the reason, one thing is certain and that is the fact that your puppy’s health and growth should come first during this change.
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