If your puppy is already eating Superior Nutrition we recommend keeping them on this. If you are not feeding Superior Nutrition food and wish to change your puppy’s food you must do so over about five days.
If a change of food is happening, gradually introduce the new food by mixing a little with your existing food.
You should start by mixing meals as follows, to avoid digestive upsets.
If your puppy does experience any minor digestive upsets (runny stools, vomiting), the transition should be stopped until this has settled.
What is the best food for your puppy?
Just like a baby, a puppy has different nutritional needs than an adult does. There are a number of main factors when deciding what to feed your puppy to give them the best start in life.
Understanding what to feed your new puppy is an important decision and huge responsibility. Depending who you ask, you’ll get a variety of answers on what is best to feed your puppy especially with the ever growing range of pet food available to you.
The good news is that Petbarn stock the best Superior Nutrition Dry Food and basic food available for your puppy.
Here is a list of some of the dog food that Petbarn range:
- Dry dog food – Including Hill’s Science Diet, Advance, Wellness, Eukanuba, ProPlan, Royal Canin, Nutro Natural Choice, Holistic Select, Eagle Pack, Iams, K9 Naturals, Supercoat, Optimum, Vets All Natural and much more…
- Wet dog food – Including Hill’s Science Diet, Advance, Wellness, Eukanuba, ProPlan, Royal Canin, Supercoat, Optimum and much more…
- Fresh meat specifically for dogs Pets Deli, Vets all Natural
- Dog food based on life stage or age – Puppy, Adult, Senior
- Breed specific dog food – Labrador, German Shepherd, Boxer, Jack Russell, Dachshund, Poodle, Rottweiler, Maltese, Shih Tzu and much more…
- Food based on health concerns of your dog- Including weight control, Dental, Skin and coat and much more…
- Natural dog food… Nutro Natural Choice
Things you need to consider when choosing your puppy food:
- If your puppy is overweight, a healthy weight or under weight
- The breed of your puppy
- The age of your puppy
- How active your puppy is
- What you are feeding your puppy (different foods have different energy outputs and therefore different daily feed recommendations)
Feeding your dog a diet of wet and dry puppy food
A diet of both wet and dry puppy food may be the best option for your pet. You need to take into consideration the total amount of food that they are eating in a day. Wet puppy food (or meat) should not be in addition to the recommended daily feeding amounts on the dry puppy food bag.
Knowing exactly how much to feed in this situation can be tricky but our Superior Nutrition Puppy food range displays feeding instructions which help you to establish what a reasonable amount to feed your pet on a daily basis, based on their weight.
When to feed your puppy
The main factor determining how often they should be fed is their age. The guide we use is as follows:
|When to feed your puppy:|
|Puppy from weaning up to 16 weeks||2 to 3 times daily|
|Small breed puppies from weaning up to 16 weeks||3 to 5 times daily|
|After 16 week up to Adult age||Twice daily|
Transition from puppy to adult
It’s important to know when your pet transitions from a puppy to an adult or senior dog and how often to feed them, but it also helps you understand when they should be on a puppy, adult or senior diet.
So what is a puppy, adult and senior dog? That depends on their size or breed.
|Transition from puppy to adult:|
|Small Breed Dogs||Under 10kg||12 months||7 years|
|Medium Breed Dogs||10 to 25kg||12 months||7 years|
|Large Breed Dogs||25kg to 40kg||18 months||6 years|
|Giant Breed Dogs||Over 40kg||24 months||5 years|
|Cats||4.5kg||12 months||7 years|