Puppies differ in several ways including color, size, age, and personality. One thing puppies of all breeds have in common is that they need a balanced diet in order to grow to be a healthy adult dog. The type of breed can help determine how the puppy will grow. For example, a Mastiff puppy will need a different diet than a young Chihuahua because their puppy growth rate varies by breed.
As you can see, it is very important to choose puppy food based on your dog’s size and breed.
One distinguishing feature of puppy food is the amount of protein it contains. Puppies need more protein than adult dogs because their bodies grow quickly. Calories are also higher in puppy food to help keep up with the high energy level that they have. However, an excessive amount of these nutrients could lead to medical problems down the road.
It is also important to make sure your puppy is maintaining a healthy weight. Underweight puppies are at risk for not fully developing. Overweight puppies have a greater risk for becoming an overweight adult dog, which makes them more susceptible to certain diseases.
When determining the right food for your puppy, it is important to consult with a veterinarian to determine a balanced diet for your growing dog.
Rachel is an animal lover and although she doesn't currently own a pet, she "babysits" Smalls, a year-old English Mastiff. She recently graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Advertising. In her free time, she enjoys photography, traveling, and watching WSU football games.