Feeding your Labradors puppies?
You have read many articles on feeding your dogs and cats.
But what do you think about feeding your dog or cat puppies? Are they really necessary for their health and well being? Do you know which foods are good for them? What is the best food for my puppy? Is it better to give him a dry food only or a wet food only diet?
These questions are very common among pet owners.
What Is A Puppy?
A puppy is a young animal between one and three months old. They are born with all the physical characteristics of an adult, but still have not grown into full maturity yet. At birth, they weigh about half that of an average adult dog or cat. Their size varies from a few pounds to several hundred pounds depending on breed. Some breeds tend to be larger than others. However, the average weight of a purebred American Staffordshire Terrier is around 15–20 pounds.
Puppies need lots of love and attention because they are so small at birth. However, if they are bred by bad breeders, they may be born with one or more medical problems.
These problems are painful and affect their overall health and well-being.
Puppies usually have a short life span due to lack of care from the breeder. This is why it is so important to find a good and reliable breeder that can provide a healthy and happy environment for your new pet.
How To Find A Reputable Breeder?
If you are thinking about buying or adopting a puppy, the best way to find a reliable breeder is to ask your veterinarian for a good referral. There are many puppy mills in different parts of the country that breed puppies without any thought for their overall health and well-being. It is best to stay away from these types of breeders as they do not put the animal’s interest first.
Reputable breeders are registered with national kennel clubs and may even belong to a local club as well. They have a genuine love for their breed and usually want to participate and show their dogs in competition.
Good breeders will also be able to tell you about the puppy’s parents and the lineage that goes back several generations. They should be able to provide you with documentation that verifies this information as well.
What Is A Healthy Puppy?
A healthy puppy should have bright eyes, smooth and tight skin, clear nose and no discharge. His ears should also be clean and free of any discharge. His nostrils should be wide open and not pinched or contracted. His body should be warm, his abdomen soft and his paws well-supple without any cracking. His movement should be free and graceful. His head should have proportionate size to the rest of his body.
What You Should Know About Puppies
Puppies are very playful and need lots of attention and love. However, this does not mean that you should give in to all their whims.
It is very important to establish a set of rules and guidelines from the very beginning of their lives. If you are relaxed and easygoing with your pets, they will grow up to be relaxed and easygoing as well.
What You Should Know About Dogs
Dogs are very social animals and need interaction with humans as well as other canines. They are also very affectionate animals that thrive on praise and attention.
Humans, in general, have benefited greatly from the contributions made by dogs throughout the centuries. They have been our guardians, protectors and companions.
Dogs are omnivores and will eat just about anything. However, it is important to provide them with a balanced diet.
There are many different types of food and brands that you can choose from depending on your budget and choice.
What You Should Know About Dog Food
There are a lot of dog foods out in the market today that it can be quite confusing as to which one is right for your pet. If possible, you should feed your dog with food that comes from fresh meat ingredients as opposed to those with meat by-products.
By doing this, you will be able to monitor exactly what your dog is consuming.
There are many different types of food out there, and it is up to you which one you want to purchase for your pet. Some of the most common types are dry, semi-moist, canned, tablets, biscuits and raw food diets.
These food types vary in cost, size of the kibble or tablet, quality, ingredients as well as nutritional content.
What You Should Know About Different Types Of Food
Dry Food is just as the name suggests, food that comes in the form of large and small kibbles that does not have much moisture. It can be stored for long periods of time and has a long shelf life.
However, it is very important to make sure that fresh water is always available for the dog to drink.
Semi-Moist Food is very similar to dry food except that it has been treated with moisture to prevent it from becoming stale. The treatment also makes it possible for this type of food to be eaten without having to be crunchy.
It can also be stored for long periods of time and can last for an extended period of time if kept sealed in its original packaging.
Canned Food is the type of food that most people are familiar with. This is the type of food that comes in a tin or aluminum pouch.
It is very important that you do not serve this food straight from the can as it will be extremely hot. All you need to do is open the can, warm it up (without making it too hot of course), and serve it to your pet. Like other canned foods, this type of food does not have an extended shelf life and should be used within a few days to a week at the most.
Tablets and Biscuits are probably the least known types of pet food available on the market today. This food is in the form of pressed or baked biscuits or tablets that are designed to be eaten directly by your pet.
These are not like the biscuits that you may be familiar with, which you can eat, but rather food that your pet can easily chew and swallow.
Raw Food Diets are food items that have not been processed at all and as such are very similar to food that humans would eat except that they are specially prepared for dogs. Not all dogs will like this food and it should only be introduced to them after checking with a veterinarian first.
How Does Your Dog Feel About His Food?
Before you buy any food for your dog, you should think about how he feels about the different types of food available. Some dogs may have a favorite type of food that they would prefer to eat over anything else. Other dogs do not really have a preference and will eat almost anything.
If you have a picky dog that is not interested in any of the commercially available foods, but you are having a hard time preparing meals yourself, you may want to consider a canned food that is similar to the type of food that you are preparing for yourself.
Does The Food Fit In Your Budget?
The cost of feeding your pet can quickly become very expensive. Some people spend as much on their pets as they do on themselves. If you have a large dog that eats a lot of food, the amount of money that you spend on food each month can add up to hundreds of dollars.
If you are on a tight budget, you may want to consider finding some coupons before you start buying food for your pet. Most pet food manufacturers will send out coupons for their products from time to time.
The internet is also a great place to find coupons and discount offers from various pet supply companies.
There are some pet foods that are less expensive than others. Although, do not let this be the only deciding factor in what you feed your dog as some “cheap” foods can be just as bad (if not worse) for your pet than the more expensive foods.
Is The Food Easy To Get?
Think about where you will be purchasing your food. There is no point in buying a large quantity of food if you have to drive miles away to get it. If you are seriously considering a certain food, it may be best if you buy it from a local store so that you do not have to worry about the food going bad by the time you get home.
Think also about how often you will need to restock your pet’s food. If you do not plan on restocking it very often, then it may not be worth buying in bulk.
Where Does The Food Come From?
When you are thinking about the food that you want to feed your dog, you should also think about where the food is coming from.
Is the food made in the same country that you live in? Did the food travel far to get to your local store?
In general, food that has been grown or produced in another country will have a greater carbon footprint than food that was grown or produced in your own country. It may be better for the environment if you choose a food that was produced locally.
Can You Trust The Food Manufacturer?
You should do some research on the different pet food manufacturers before you decide on one to feed your dog. Although there are regulations that companies have to follow when producing pet food, there have been a lot of cases where these regulations have been broken.
You should look up some of the popular pet food brands and see if any of them have recent recalls against them or if any of their products have caused health problems with your pets in the past.
An example of this is a brand called “Red Flannel Dog Food”. This food was pulled off shelves in 2007 because it caused kidney and liver failure in some dogs who ate it.
Although the company that made this food is no longer in business, you should still keep this in mind if you are thinking about feeding your dog any of their products.
Another thing to look out for are the people who make their own pet food at home. Although there are people who do this without causing harm to their pets, in most cases this practice can cause more health problems than it solves.
Most of the time, the people who make their own pet food do not have the right knowledge of what their pet should actually be eating.
How Nutritious Is The Food?
A lot of times, people will buy the cheapest food that they can find for their pet. Although this might save you some money in the short-term, it may cost you more money in the long-term when you have to take your dog to the vet because it is sick or has a medical condition that could have been prevented with better nutrition.
It may be worth it to spend a little more on pet food to ensure that your dog is getting all of the right nutrients that it needs. Of course, you do not want to overfeed it.
There are many online tools that you can use to calculate how much food your dog needs to eat and how many calories it should be consuming each day.
How To Store The Food?
If you choose to buy the food from a pet store, there is a good chance that they will have bags or cans that can be resealed after you get them home. If you choose a less expensive food, it may be worth your money to purchase a few extra bags so that you can save some for later.
If you do not have an extra bag or can around, a garbage bag makes a great substitute. Simply place the food inside of the garbage bag and twist it shut.
This will prevent your other food from smelling like dog food and will keep the dog food fresher for longer.
Do You Have A Choice of Treats?
Although your dog probably loves whatever you give it, it is not always good for them. A lot of times, unhealthy treats can lead to obesity which can cause a variety of different health problems. These problems may include heart disease and joint pain. Obesity can also shorten your pet’s lifespan.
There are specially formulated dog treats that are designed to help keep your dog at an ideal weight. These are usually made with certain fibers and oils that help your dog to feel full after they eat.
These treats can be a little more expensive, but they are well worth the price if it means that your dog will live a longer and healthier life.
There are other types of homemade treats that you can make for your dog as well. It is best to consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any kind of human food or treat though.
Some foods are poisonous to dogs and it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Interesting Facts About Dog Food
One fact that may surprise you is the amount of food your dog actually needs to eat each day. On average, a ten-pound canine will only need about 1,700 calories per day.
This means that all of that food that you see them eat on TV is nothing more than entertainment.
Another interesting fact about dog food is that it does not have to be prepared a certain way. Even though we tend to eat all of our food cooked, some dogs do just fine with eating their kibble raw.
It all depends on the type of ingredients that go into the food and whether or not the manufacturer says it is okay to feed the food in either state. It might be worth asking your vet if you feel like experimenting with your dog’s diet.
There are a lot of interesting facts about dog food out there, but the most important one is understanding what goes into it. It can be tempting to purchase the cheapest food out there since dogs are blessed with endless hunger, but that is not a good idea.
If you want your canine to live a long and healthy life then you need to take the time to research all of your options before making a final decision.
With all of this information in mind, you should be able to make an informed decision on which dog food is best for your furry friend. Just make sure to always read the ingredient list and never buy something that you don’t completely understand.
Food for Thought
Now that you have learned about the different kinds of foods that are available for your dog, you can take this information to your local store or browse online for the best deals. Again, it is always a good idea to look at an ingredient list before purchasing anything and asking your veterinarian is also advised.
Price and quality are always going to be a factor when you are buying dog food. However, you should not let price be the deciding factor every time.
While it is okay to choose a more affordable option, you should not necessarily choose the cheapest option every time. It is best to do your research ahead of time so you know what brands are reputable and which ones are not worth your time or money.
When in doubt, you can always ask your veterinarian what he would recommend. Of course, he or she may have certain brands that they prefer and there is nothing wrong with going with one of those.
Veterinarians know more about pet care than any of us regular people, so it is always best to seek their advice whenever possible.
Lastly, if you come across a brand that you like, but it is a little more expensive than others, don’t be afraid to try it out. Some of the most expensive brands out there may have great quality, but their ingredients lists may be full of things your dog simply doesn’t need.
It might sound strange, but some of the more affordable brands may be just as good as their more expensive counterparts.
You can get a good start on understanding dog food by learning the different classifications and what they mean. Once you understand the basics, you can then take that knowledge and apply it to your dog’s specific needs.
Your dog will likely live a longer and happier life as a result, so it is a win-win situation.
The next time you are at the pet store, take a little time to browse the different food options available. In addition to regular dog food, you can also find things like treats and vitamins made specifically for dogs.
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