How Long To Feed A Puppy,
By Hungry Bark | August 25, 2020
When puppies aren’t playing or sleeping, they’re eating. The puppy days are some of the most important for a dog since, at that time, puppies are still growing all of their systems and establishing a gut biome. Good nutrition and supplements right from the start will help a puppy grow into a dog with a shiny coat, strong bones, and an ideal body condition.
This guide by Hungry Bark describes how long to feed puppy food and get your dog on the right path to long term health.
Nutrients For A Puppy
The growth rate for a puppy will vary by breed, but whatever their rate of development, they need the nutritional support to maintain an optimal growth rate. To develop properly, puppies need a good balance of proteins, fats, calcium, and carbohydrates. (Puppy feeding reference VCA Hospitals)
These nutrients play an important role in brain, muscle, and brain development. It is important to maintain this balance to prevent puppies from developing into obese adults.
A puppy’s diet should contain from:
- 22-32% protein
- 10-25% fat
- around 20% carbohydrates
- .7-17% calcium.
Small Breed vs. Large Breed
Puppy Feeding Schedule
We’ve already mentioned that dogs grow at different rates.
- Small dogs reach maturity more quickly than large breeds, and most of them reach maturity at around 9 months to a year old. At this point, they should be weaned off puppy food and started on an adult diet.
- Larger breeds can grow until they are over 2 years old. They benefit from staying on puppy food for 18-24 months.
Choosing Hungry Bark To Feed Your Puppy
Whatever their breed or size, puppies need to be fed a high-quality diet to grow and develop properly. A good quality kibble like those from Hungry Bark has the right balance of vital nutrients to help your puppy maintain their optimal growth rate.
Hungry Bark recipes include superfood ingredients such as blueberries, spinach, pumpkin, and turmeric that supply important vitamins and minerals. To help establish a healthy gut biome, and maintain the health of your dog’s digestive system, all Hungry Bark meals contain probiotics. Their foods are produced in a kitchen, not in a factory, and all of their ingredients can be traced right back to the source.
The best part of choosing Hungry Bark? All recipes are intended for dogs of all ages! This means that you won’t need to transition to a new food when your pup transitions to adulthood. You can confidently navigate your pup’s meal regimen from puppyhood all the way to their golden, senior years, all the while knowing that they are getting the absolute best
Creating A Healthy Foundation
Raising a puppy isn’t for the faint of heart. Potty training, obedience training, and keeping up with the high energy needs of your little family member can be daunting and exhausting.
It’s all worth it when you look at your dog and think of all you’ve been through together. Providing them with a good nutritional foundation as a puppy will help ensure that you have as much time with your dog as possible and that their life with you is as happy and healthy as possible.