Did you know that an unbalanced diet can make your puppy ill?
Dogs and puppies need to eat a BALANCED diet if they are to grow,
mature and live a full and healthy life.
Besides a bit of scavenging, our pets get to eat only what we offer.
We as owners will consider cost, availability, type e.g. moist or
dry and whether they wish to make it themselves or buy it ‘complete’.
A common error is to feed excessive meat in the diet. Meat
lacks fibre, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals and is high in phosphorus
and low in calcium. Adding various vegetables will not make it a ‘complete
and balanced’ diet.
Dry foods have advantages such as: store easy, don’t become
unpalatable if left on the plate, tend to be less expensive, are well
tolerated AND importantly are better for their teeth as they encourage
Marrow bones and raw-hide chews should also be offered from early
puppyhood to encourage the proper development of this behaviour.
Different types of foods can be mixed together, but adding meat (of
any variety) or table scraps in significant quantities will detract
from the ‘balance’ of the diet. A fully complete and balanced
diet is very important to growing puppies.
Note: Just because your puppy appears to be fussy and only wishes
to eat ‘roast chicken’ for example, does not mean that
we should give into it. Good eating patterns should be established
early in life. It can be very difficult to change it late! This is
especially true in the ‘toy’ breeds.
of bad diets are bone deformities, fractures and bad teeth. The diet
even plays an important role in the development of hip dysplasia.