Guidelines to Feeding your Puppy

Puppies grow into adult dogs at a fast pace, so it is essential that you feed your puppy good quality food that will satisfy their high caloric and nutritional needs. Quality puppy food will be higher in protein, fats and carbohydrates than regular adult food, to assist the rapidly growing pup become a strong healthy dog. When choosing a puppy food, consider the age and breed of the puppy as well as the puppy’s typical activity levels. Your puppy’s needs may be met with a combination of dry and wet food. Ask one of our friendly in-store staff to assist you in choosing the correct food for your pup.

New puppy food should be introduced to your puppy gradually over ten days. Puppies’ tummies are sensitive and the added stress of moving to a new home can upset their digestive system. Find out what the breeder or shelter was feeding your puppy and continue with that brand, slowly introducing the new food to their diet. Mix about 25% of the new brand into their regular food in the first few days, then move onto 50% for the next couple of days. After a week you can include a portion of about 75% of the new food into the mix. By day 10 you should be on 100% of the new brand food. If your puppy experiences a tummy upset or diarrhoea at any point of this process, stop feeding the new food until their tummy settles and then start the slow, introductory process once again.

Puppies under 6 months of age should be fed three times a day; toy and very small breeds need to be fed three to five times a day. Once your puppy has reached the age of 6 months, you can reduce the quantity of their meals to twice a day. Puppies over the age of 6 months and adult dogs must be fed, twice daily.

Dogs have different nutritional requirements at the different stages of their lives. It is important to know what stage of development that your dog is in, so you can ensure that you feed them the correct food for that stage. We’ve given you a broad outline for the different stages of a dog’s life below, but always consult with your veterinarian who will advise you on when your dog will move onto the next stage.

  • Small breeds i.e., under 10kg’s become adults at about 12 months, transitioning to seniors at around 7 years old.
  • Medium breeds i.e., 10-25 kg become adults between 12-18 months, transitioning to seniors at around 7 years old.
  • Large breeds i.e., 25-40kg become adults between 18-24 months, transitioning to seniors at around 6 years old.
  • Giant breeds i.e., over 40kg become adults at about 24 months, transitioning to seniors at around 5 years old.