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Rearing Your Puppy

DIET

The following is a rough guide for feeding the pup, but as each individual varies, the quantity and variety should be adjusted to suit your particular dog.

From 6 Weeks to 3 months

The pup may be given 4 – 5 meals a day of Starter Puppy or Puppy Dog Food according to its size. Today numerous Dog Foods are available for the specific size or breed of dog. Puppy formula contains the extra protein and calcium requirement for a growing puppy. The quantity will depend on the size and activity of the pup. The puppy at this age should not be too fat, you should be able to just feel its ribs. This is particularly so with the large breeds with heavy bones as the muscles are yet to develop to support the weight. Remember good Dog Foods contain all the necessary nutrients required for a growing pup and there is no need to add extra vitamins or Calcium.

3 months to 6 months

Gradually increase the amount in each meal as the pup grows older, and give 3 – 4 meals a day.

After 9 – 12 months

The pup may now be fed only twice a day.

Adult diet

It would be the same as above, except for quantity, which has to be adjusted according to the condition of the dog. Remember that good dry Dog Food is very concentrated; so do not over-feed.

Fresh Food

Many people want to feed their dogs fresh food. The diet must be properly balanced and have a high protein content. But remember that by ‘reason’ of economy or your own dietary fads, you may end up with a malnourished dog.

Vegetarian diet

Dogs are by nature carnivorous, and do best on a non-vegetarian diet. Those who insist on feeding a vegetarian diet, however, may give Pedigree Vegetarian. Alternatively, Nutrela or Soya foods may be given along with chapattis, egg, paneer, finely chopped carrot and other green vegetables, bananas and curd (dahi).

Note

  • If milk is given to your dog as a puppy, it should always be rich, full-cream milk, undiluted. It is a mistake to dilute milk with water. Bitch’s milk is much richer than cow’s milk. Milk is not recommended for an adult dog.
  • A separate bowl of clean drinking water should always be available to the puppy or dog. There should never be a restriction on this.
  • Never give the dog or puppy any chicken or sharp bones that are likely to splinter. It is, however, a good idea to give a large marrow bone which cannot splinter and which would assist teething.
  • If your dog’s feeding time is close to your own lunch or dinner time, always feed him after you have eaten, never before.
  • A good, branded dog food of appropriate variety is a complete, well-balanced diet. If the dog is given the right kind and quantity of branded dog food, it is not necessary to feed anything else. Ready dog food is also very convenient while traveling.
  • Do not feed your dog at the table, so that he does not get into the bad habit of begging for food at the table. If you wish to give him some suitable left-overs, give them to him in his bowl at the end of your meal.
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