Diet

There are many different approaches you can take to ensure your dog has a balanced, healthy diet.

However, with many different feeding regimes to choose from, all of varying quality, it can be a little baffling to know which way to go. There is very little evidence to suggest any particular food type (raw, home cooked, kibble, dehydrated or cans) is vastly superior to any other. That doesn’t mean that I don’t think it doesn’t matter what we feed. I think the best quality you can manage of whatever type you feed is generally a good idea. But the claims and assumptions about particular feeding regimes are largely unproven.

Best puppy diet: get help from the breeder.

Puppies grow 20 times faster than adult dogs and so they require a special diet to aid their physical development. A specially formulated growth food is recommended which needs to be fed at evenly spaced intervals to avoid overstretching a puppy’s small stomach. A responsible breeder will give you advice about your puppy’s diet.

Any change in diet should be made very gradually over at least a week to avoid upset tummies. 

How often should I feed my puppy

Feed your puppy four meals a day up until the age of 4 months, and then reduce their feed to three meals a day until they are around 6 months old. They can then move to two meals a day and stay on this routine for the rest of their life.

What is the difference between fresh and dried meat ingredients

The answer is simple – the difference is water content. Fresh meat can contain up to 80% water.

Dry food

 To make sure your dog gets what they need, choose a food specially designed for them and buy the best dog food you can afford. With a golden retriever make sure it is a large breed puppy formula. The ‘premium’ dry foods tend to have the highest quality ingredients. 

Some dogs are not accustomed to dry foods but will normally grow to like them with time. If your dog does not seem to like eating dry foods and this is what you wish to feed them, you can try soaking the food in a little warm water to soften or mix in a little tinned food.

Semi-moist and tinned food

Choose a good quality dog food with an easily digestible recipe (such as chicken and rice) and choose a specialist food which is nutritionally complete (which does not require additional foods to be added to it.

Should I make their food myself

As it is very difficult to get this balance right, you are probably better off choosing from one of the tried and tested commercial diets. Puppies grow very quickly, and they need the best possible diet while they are growing up, as even a slight imbalance may harm their development and growth.

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